One year, one film: Project wrap-up

A few days ago I published the final installment of the “One year, one film” series, where I’ve put the spotlight on one film from each year, 1925 through 1965, comparing my own praises for each film with contemporary newspaper and magazine reviews. As is common practice for special projects on TMP, today I’ll be sharing a wrap-up to look back on the 41 films … Continue reading One year, one film: Project wrap-up

One year, one film: 1965 – Von Ryan’s Express

One year, one film: 1965 The film: Von Ryan’s Express, dir. Mark Robson Starring Frank Sinatra and Trevor Howard Rating: Recommended | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED | Must-See Frank Sinatra was a multi-talented man, an actor who made many an enjoyable film and, of course, one of the greatest singers of all time. Von Ryan’s Express is, in my opinion, one of his best films. Sinatra stars as … Continue reading One year, one film: 1965 – Von Ryan’s Express

One year, one film: 1964 – Dead Ringer

One year, one film: 1964 The film: Dead Ringer, dir. Paul Henreid Starring Bette Davis Rating: Recommended | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED | Must-See A little bit campy but also a little bit brilliant, Dead Ringer offers a fantastic showcase of the talent of Bette Davis in a later stage of her career. Directed by her Now, Voyager and Deception co-star Paul Henreid, Davis stars in a dual … Continue reading One year, one film: 1964 – Dead Ringer

One year, one film: 1963 – It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

One year, one film: 1963 The film: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, dir. Stanley Kramer Starring just about everyone under the sun! (See the poster below.) Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a film that I’ve loved for practically my entire life. I first watched this lightning-paced, madcap comedy of greed when my age … Continue reading One year, one film: 1963 – It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

One year, one film: 1962 – Carnival of Souls

One year, one film: 1962 The film: Carnival of Souls, dir. Herk Harvey Starring Candace Hilligoss Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE Carnival of Souls became an instant favorite for me when I watched it for the Horror Half-Week series in 2012. The mood, the tension, and Candace Hilligoss’ gripping lead performance kept me trapped in the carnival from beginning to end. It’s a … Continue reading One year, one film: 1962 – Carnival of Souls

One year, one film: 1961 – A Cold Wind in August

One year, one film: 1961 The film: A Cold Wind in August, dir. Alexander Singer Starring Lola Albright Rating: Recommended | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED | Must-See A Cold Wind in August may have been independently produced on a low budget, but it would give Lola Albright what she considered to be her best role of all time, per a 1960 interview with The Los Angeles Times. … Continue reading One year, one film: 1961 – A Cold Wind in August

One year, one film: 1960 – Bells Are Ringing

One year, one film: 1960 The film: Bells Are Ringing, dir. Vincente Minnelli Starring Judy Holliday and Dean Martin Rating: Recommended | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED | Must-See When you blend one masterful musical director, one member of the Rat Pack, one very lovable lead actress, and a song name-dropping a gaggle of classic Hollywood stars, you get this: Bells Are Ringing, a delightful film from 1960. … Continue reading One year, one film: 1960 – Bells Are Ringing

One year, one film: 1959 – Gidget

One year, one film: 1959 The film: Gidget, dir. Paul Wendkos Starring Sandra Dee and James Darren Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE Gidget is, in my view, one of the quintessential must-views of the 1950s. It captures the beginning of a craze (a cultural obsession with the surf/beach-crazy lifestyle), and the social values of the time. It’s a time capsule of a film … Continue reading One year, one film: 1959 – Gidget

One year, one film: 1958 – South Pacific

One year, one film: 1958 The film: South Pacific, dir. Joshua Logan Starring Rossano Brazzi and Mitzi Gaynor Rating: Recommended | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED | Must-See South Pacific is a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, a film full of music, romance, and colors so bright they’ll nearly burn your eyeballs. Way back in this blog’s beginnings, in April of 2012, I reviewed it with a score of … Continue reading One year, one film: 1958 – South Pacific