The last movie I watched on FilmStruck before learning last week’s devastating news that WarnerMedia plans to shut it down on Nov. 29 was Tod Browning’s London After Midnight. The film was one of the biggest hits of Lon Cheney’s career, but it was destroyed in the infamous 1965 MGM vault fire. In 2002, Turner… Read More Film After Midnight: Losing FilmStruck
G.W. Pabst’s only American movie, A Modern Hero, was finally released on DVD. … Read More Warner Archive Review: G.W. Pabst’s ‘A Modern Hero’
There’s a reason why I haven’t watched Grand Hotel in a long time. It’s kind of a slog to get through, with its stories all over the place. But you know what would make that more exciting? Nazis! Just add members of Hitler’s authoritarian regime to the basic outline of Grand Hotel, and you get… Read More Warner Archive Review: ‘Hotel Berlin’… or ‘Grand Hotel’ With Nazis!
This month, WAC released “The Extended Cut,” a three-hour monster cut Ilya and Alexander Salkind put together without Donner’s consent. … Read More Warner Archive Review: ‘Superman: The Movie’ The Extended Cut
When one cares more about pop culture than one should, there’s a tendency to over-inflate its purpose in history. There have been pieces of art that influenced major changes in thought and had an impact on the direction of a country or populace, but not all great pieces of art do this. However, ROOTS, the… Read More Blu-ray Review: ‘ROOTS: The Story of an American Family’
Love Is A Racket is something I picked up from Warner Archive a couple of years ago just because of that title. It’s just as snappy as the movie itself, a brisk, 71-minute adventure though Broadway’s seedy underworld with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and director William A. Wellman at the wheel. Fairbanks stars as Jimmy Russell,… Read More Warner Archive Review: William A. Wellman’s ‘Love Is A Racket’
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice tries to do everything and amounts to almost nothing. No, it’s not the complete disaster clickbait headlines want you to think it is, but it’s still not a great movie. All it really confirms is that we have had enough of Zack Snyder’s darker-than-dark depiction of superheroes. Starting off… Read More ‘Batman v Superman’ review: Get Zack Snyder away from my heroes!
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’
James Stewart was born to play Charles Lindbergh, who became the first pilot to fly solo from New York to Paris in May 1927. The only trouble was that the opportunity didn’t come for Stewart until 1956, when he was already 47, almost twice as old as Lindbergh when he made the famous flight. But… Read More Billy Wilder’s ‘The Spirit of St. Louis’ starring James Stewart as Charles Lindbergh
I’m currently going through the 2006 The Marlon Brando Collection, which I picked up a few weeks ago. While the set does include Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s fantastic adaptation of Julius Caesar, the rest of the films are completely new-to-me. Yes, I have somehow never seen the ’62 version of Mutiny on the Bounty. The other… Read More ‘The Teahouse of the August Moon’ starring Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford