The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios didn’t start with a scene from a Technicolor epic or a majestic view from a beloved musical. It began in bubbles, with a fountain made of women, a vision only Busby Berkeley could dream up. It’s a scene from the Depression-era musical Footlight Parade, a towering achievement… Read More Warner Archive Blu-Ray Review: ‘Footlight Parade’ Starring James Cagney
Warner Archive finally brings Stanley Donen’s 1954 musical to high definition on June 5 with a beautiful transfer and sound.… Read More Warner Archive Blu-Ray Review: Stanley Donen’s ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’
As 2016 comes to a close, so many of us are thankful that it is over. But 2016 gave us at least 127 minutes of pure joy in the form of Damien Chazelle’s La La Land. It’s a musical that belongs in the 1960s and begs its audience to accept the rules of the genre… Read More This Is The Dream: Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’
I recently picked up Warner Bros. Home Video’s 2008 DVD set ‘Frank Sinatra: The Early Years.’ I’ve never seen any of these films and have just started going through them in chronological order. The earliest film in the set is ‘Higher and Higher.’ Frank Sinatra made his starring debut in the 1943 RKO movie Higher… Read More Frank Sinatra: The Early Years – ‘Higher and Higher’
Welcome readers to Movie Mania Madness and thanks to the Classic Movie History Projects hosts Aurora of Once Upon A Screen, Ruth of Silver Screenings and Fritzi of Movies, Silently for this event. Flicker Alley is also sponsoring it, so check them out (and buy their awesome Chaplin Mutual set). This is my first contribution… Read More ‘It’s Always Fair Weather,’ Except When It’s Not: The Musical Gets Cynical
It’s hard to see your favorite stars stumble through a bad movie, especially when it has so many good names attached. That’s the case with The Belle of New York, a seemingly tossed-off Arthur Freed production from 1952. It stars Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen and was directed by Charles Walters. There’s even lyrics by Oscar… Read More ‘The Belle of New York’ with Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen
Without a doubt, Sing You Sinners is probably the most bizarre movie in Universal’s The Bing Crosby Collection. Bing is a bad boy in this movie. He’s the wayward brother in this film, directed by Wesley Ruggles (who also helmed the first and worst film in the set so far, College Humor) and released in… Read More The Bing Crosby Collection: ‘Sing You Sinners’
Cabaret, directed by Bob Fosse, is one of my favorite films. I wrote about it for my weekly column here: http://thecelebritycafe.com/reviews/film-friday-cabaret-directed-bob-fosse-09-09-2011.
I did a review of Vincente Minnelli’s first masterpiece, Meet Me In St. Louis with Judy Garland over at the Jacksonville Film Examiner. You can check it out here: http://www.examiner.com/film-in-jacksonville/classic-film-of-the-week-meet-me-st-louis-1944-review.