This week I interviewed Official Hammer Films Historian, Marcus Hearn about his new book The Hammer Vault: Treasures From the Archive of Hammer Films for TCM's Movie Morlocks blog. We discussed many topics including Hammer's enduring legacy and their upcoming adaptation of THE WOMAN IN BLACK, which is scheduled for release in February of 2012.
The second half of my two-part list highlighting my 'Favorite Film Related Books of 2011' is now available to read at The Movie Morlocks. It includes Shock It To Me: Golden Ghouls of the Golden Gate, Cinema Sex Sirens and The Hammer Vault: Treasures From the Archives of Hammer Films.
The first half of my two-part list of Favorite Film Related Books of 2011 has been posted at The Movie Morlocks. It includes Rick Goldschmidt's Rankin/Bass Mad Monster Party book as well as the new lush coffee table book Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design and Tom Lisanti's Dueling Harlows: Race to the Silver Screen.
My latest post at TCM's Movie Morlocks takes a look at some of my favorite celebrity albums recorded by classic film stars. Did you know Robert Mitchum recorded a calypso album? Have you ever heard Eddie Albert sing a Bob Dylan song? Or listened to Dirk Bogarde talk his way through “Smoke Gets In Your … Continue reading Celebrity Vinyl
Michael Caine was one of the coolest actors working during the '60s and '70s but he was also incredibly sexy. He had unconventional good looks and I love the thick black glasses he used to wear that often hid his eyes and amazingly long lashes. Michael Caine may have played a British tough guy on … Continue reading What’s It All About, Alfie?
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
I recently rediscovered some old film posters that I had in storage for over 15 years and one of them was for the Hammer film, Frankenstein Created Woman (1967). I love Hammer's Frankenstein movies and Frankenstein Created Woman is one of my favorites. The poster was a gift given to me many years ago and … Continue reading From the Archive of Hammer Films
I haven't had much free time lately but last weekend I set aside one afternoon to do some end of the summer reading and one of the books I enjoyed was Mike White's Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection. The book is a great read and I think anyone who appreciates the variety of … Continue reading Impossibly Funky Fresh and Dope
I recently read Peter H. Brothers' informative new book Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men: The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda and really enjoyed it. It's the first English language book written about the Japanese director Ishiro Honda and it's a must-read for fans of Japanese science fiction and fantasy films. I love giant monster movies … Continue reading The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda
Movie poster for Free Love (Batra Kaushalraj; 1974) Taschen recently released a wonderful book called The Art of Bollywood that collects some rare and colorful posters for Bollywood films. I own several Bollywood movie poster books already because I love the artwork but this is is probably the best of the bunch due to the … Continue reading The Art of Bollywood
Shane Briant & Rita Tushingham in Straight on Til Morning (1972) Fellow Shane Briant fans take note - Robert Kenchington who runs the Shane Briant Tribute Site has recently published a pictorial biography of the actor called "Shane Briant: A Talent for Terror." It contains many rare photos of Shane Briant as well as information … Continue reading Attention Shane Briant Fans!
If literary legend Jack Kerouac were still alive he would be celebrating his 88th birthday tomorrow. Unfortunately Kerouac left us much too early at age 47 but his work lives on. Often called the father of the Beat movement, Jack Kerouac’s jazz-fueled spontaneous writing style doesn’t easily lend itself to film adaptations. The most grievous … Continue reading LOVE AMONG THE NEW BOHEMIANS