All summer long Turner Classic Movies is celebrating various actors with their ongoing "Summer Under the Stars" series. But August 10th is truly something to celebrate. Today TCM will be running films that feature one of my all-time favorite actors, the extraordinarily talented and incredibly handsome Dirk Bogarde. This would be worthy of mention no … Continue reading Spend Your Day With Dirk Bogarde
Apologies for the long delay! My annual list of Favorite DVDs always takes longer to compile than I expect it will. You can find the first part of this list here. Now on to Part II #11-20 . . . Cornel Wilde in The Naked Prey (1966) 11. The Naked Prey (Criterion) You can read … Continue reading Favorite DVD Releases of 2008: Part II
Top: David Hemmings and Steve Marriott Bottom: Jennifer Moss and Heinz Burt I recently watched two entertaining and important musicals directed by British B-movie maven Lance Comfort called Live It Up! (1963) and its sequel Be My Guest (1964), which are currently available on DVD from Guillotine Films. After my failed attempts at finding any … Continue reading The Mod Musicals of Lance Comfort
Evil nannies that are determined to harm the innocent children they care for have become a popular recurring menace in many horror films over the years and last week one of the best nasty nanny movies was finally released on DVD for the first time. I originally saw Seth Holt's chilling British thriller The Nanny … Continue reading Seth Holt’s The Nanny (1965)
Favorite DVD Releases of 2007: Part III. - Top 30 DVDs #11-20. John Savage in The Killing Kind (1973) The Killing Kind (Dark Sky Films) Please see my brief look at this Curtis Harrington film HERE. Latitude Zero (1969) Latitude Zero (Dub Sub) (Media Blasters) Please see my review of Ishiro Honda's Latitude Zero HERE. … Continue reading Favorite DVD Releases of 2007: Part III.
Favorite DVD Releases of 2007: Part II. - Top 30 DVDs #1-10. Black Test Car (1962) Black Test Car (Fantoma) Yasuzo Masumura is one of my favorite Japanese directors, but unfortunately many of his films are unavailable on DVD and have never been seen outside of Japan. Thankfully Fantoma has been making an effort to … Continue reading Favorite DVD Releases of 2007: Part II.
I was hoping I'd get the chance to watch the new Criterion release of Lindsay Anderson's This Sporting Life (1963) this week, but unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to. Since I've seen the film before and I have great respect for it, I really have no problem recommending the new Criterion disc. It promises … Continue reading DVD of the Week: This Sporting Life (1963)
Richard Harris in one of his many Nehru style jackets he designed himself (1968) Blame TCM for recently showing Lindsay Anderson's brilliant This Sporting Life (1963), blame the wonderful Colin for sending me a copy of Richard Harris's 1968 album A Tramp Shining as an early Christmas gift and last but not least, blame The … Continue reading Richard Harris Sings!
Last week I neglected to post my DVD pick of the week, but the pickings were slim and I couldn't recommend anything. This week there are plenty of great new DVD releases to get excited about such as Polart's release of Andrzej Zulawski's The Devil (Diabel, 1972), The second Mario Bava DVD Box Set and … Continue reading DVD of the Week: O Lucky Man!
Dirk's Bogarde's nephew has just launched the Official Dirk Bogarde Website @ http://www.dirkbogarde.co.uk/ and I've spent all morning there exploring the site. It's one of the most impressive celebrity websites I've come across and it does a terrific job of celebrating one of Britain's greatest exports. Dirk Bogarde has long been one of my favorite … Continue reading At Home With Dirk Bogarde
I had planned on finishing up the Lucio Fulci tribute I started last week but I was deeply saddened to learn that the great British filmmaker & cinematographer Freddie Francis had passed away on March 17th due to complications following a stroke. In light of this, I decided to spend some time writing about Francis … Continue reading R.I.P. Freddie Francis 1917-2007
THE EARLY YEARS When critics discuss the movies James Fox starred in during the '60s and early '70s his costars often seem to overshadow him. This is somewhat understandable since Fox’s greatest films from that period feature amazing talents from the decade such as actor Dirk Bogarde and musician Mick Jagger. But Fox is an … Continue reading James Fox: Subverting Sexual Identity & Social Class in British Cinema