The last couple of months have been extremely difficult. In between doctor's appointments while dealing with some eye problems I suffered a major shake up in the Napa earthquake, which did a lot of damage to my home & neighborhood. Naturally this impaired my writing but I still managed to compile a few articles for … Continue reading August & September at the Movie Morlocks
Highlights from my April & May contributions to TCM’s Movie Morlocks. You can read all the articles by following the links below: - Happy Birthday Doris! Excerpt: "The legacy of this vivacious movie star, popular vocalist, television personality and animal rights advocate is truly unparalleled. And knowing Doris Day’s is still here with us doing … Continue reading April & May at The Movie Morlocks
I’ve been thinking a lot about dune buggies lately. It all started a few weeks ago while I was watching HEAD (1968) on TCM starring The Monkees.
Linda Rogers in a promo shot from WINTER A GO-GO (1965) It's cold outside and like a lot of people I've got a case of the post holiday blues but I also have a cure. Make your way over to the TCM Movie Morlocks blog where you can find my latest post titled “Ski Buffs … Continue reading Winter A Go-Go (1965)
Stuart Hagmann’s THE STRAWBERRY STATEMENT (1970) is often dismissed today as a dated relic of the early ‘70s. During its initial release it was singled out for being exploitive and failing to be a straightforward adaptation of the book it was based on. Many critics claimed that Stuart Hagmann’s direction was erratic and too creative for its own good, which supposedly diminished the film’s political message. When I recently set aside some time to watch THE STRAWBERRY STATEMENT I prepared myself for the worst. I expected to see a confusing, opportunistic, dated and laughable Hollywood film made to cash in on the political zeitgeist of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. But I came away from the movie with an entirely different opinion and immediately understood why it had been nominated for a Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1970 and walked away with a Jury Prize.
I recently got the chance to review the Warner Archive DVD release of THE LOVE MACHINE (1971) based on Jacqueline "Valley of the Dolls" Susann's book and naturally I jumped at the opportunity. I've mentioned the film at Cinebeats before during my farewell post to John Phillip Law, which was written after he passed away … Continue reading Jacqueline Susann’s Love Machine (1971)
Anthony Perkins & Geraldine Chaplin in Remember My Name (1976) I've been really busy lately so please excuse the lack of updates around here. Lately it seems like I only have enough free time to share my Movie Morlock updates and today is no exception. I recently got the opportunity to watch Alan Rudolph's unusual … Continue reading Remember My Name (1976) & TCM News
Peter Sellers and Claudine Longet in The Party (1968) I recently wrote a piece about The Party (1968) for the newest issue of Screening the Past that you can read online. Issue #30 of Screening the Past is a tribute to the late director Blake Edwards and The Party is my favorite Edwards' film. I … Continue reading Blake Edwards and THE PARTY (1968)
Ida Lupino in Jennifer (1953) In my latest post at the Movie Morlocks I take a look at an unusual and little known thriller called Jennifer (1953), which features a great performance from Ida Lupino and some breathtaking black & white cinematography from James Wong Howe. If you enjoy unconventional noir films or low-key horror … Continue reading What Ever Happened to Jennifer?
Top: Lon Chaney and Roman Navarro Bottom: Joan Crawford and Anna May Wong All photographs by Ruth Harriet Louise In case you haven't heard, it's Women's History Month, so this week I decided to focus my attention on one of Hollywood's little known female pioneers, studio photographer Ruth Harriet Louise. Louise was MGM's chief portrait … Continue reading It’s Women’s History Month
Barbra Streisand in On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) Last week I had planned on writing about some romantic films in honor of Valentine's Day but I never got around to it. I'm still fighting off that cold bug but this week I decided to share some thoughts about one of my … Continue reading Vincente Minnelli’s Metaphysical Musical
At the Movie Morlocks this week I wrote about my disappointment with James Goldstone's 1972 film They Only Kill Their Masters. This dull and unimaginative mystery wasted the talents of all the actors involved including James Garner, Katherine Ross, Peter Lawford and Hal Holbrook but it does showcase a pretty groovy beach house if you'd … Continue reading They Only Kill Their Masters (1972)