ONE FOR ALL, AND ALL FOR ONE!

  Director Richard Lester was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but he made some of the best British films of the 1960s. Inspired by Buster Keaton and Jacques Tati, he developed an acute funny bone and an appreciation of the absurd that allowed him to work side-by-side with bastions of British comedy such as Spike Milligan … Continue reading ONE FOR ALL, AND ALL FOR ONE!

October & November at the Movie Morlocks

Links to my posts at the TCM's Movie Morlocks October - November. Ghost Stories: THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES (1946) Excerpt: "THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES is often referred to as an “Abbott and Costello movie for people who don’t like Abbott and Costello” but as a fan of the comic duo I find that … Continue reading October & November at the Movie Morlocks

Goodnight Phyllis, We Love You

I was disappointed to learn that Phyliss Diller had passed away last week so I devoted my recent Movie Morlocks post to her titled, Goodnight Phyllis, We Love You. Here's a brief excerpt from my post: The wife, mother and career woman who started life as Phyllis Ada Driver on July 17, 1917 didn’t share … Continue reading Goodnight Phyllis, We Love You

The King of Comedy: Jerry Lewis at 86

My latest post at TCM's Movie Morlocks focuses on the controversial comedian Jerry Lewis who is celebrating his birthday tomorrow. From my post: "On Friday, March 16th, Jerry Lewis will be celebrating his 86th birthday. Jerry’s been on my mind a lot lately so I didn’t want to let the occasion pass without making note … Continue reading The King of Comedy: Jerry Lewis at 86

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1967)

I recently watched Clive Donner's teenage sex farce Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1967) for the first time. Soon afterward I learned that the director had died at age 84 so in tribute to Donner I decided to write about the film for TCM this week. I really enjoyed Here We Go Round … Continue reading Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1967)

Monsieur Hulot vs. The Modern World

Images from Jacques Tati's Mon Oncle (1958) I recently caught up with Jacques Tati's delightful French comedy Mon Oncle (aka My Uncle; 1958). I had previously only seen one Tati film, Les Vacances de M. Hulot (aka Mr. Hulot's Holiday; 1953) and frankly it didn't engage me as much as I wished it had so … Continue reading Monsieur Hulot vs. The Modern World

Talking With Trina

Trina Parks in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) I recently had the opportunity to interview the actress Trina Parks who appeared in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and the fascinating blaxploitation movie Darktown Strutters (1975). Trina was really fun to talk to and I learned a lot about her during our exchange. You … Continue reading Talking With Trina

Bachelor in Paradise (1961)

Bob Hope & Lana Turner in Bachelor in Paradise (1961) Recently I've been re-watching some older films that feature great mid-century design to inspire my home renovation efforts. In my latest post for the Movie Morlocks I talk about the Bob Hope comedy Bachelor in Paradise (1961) that features lots of wonderful exterior shots of … Continue reading Bachelor in Paradise (1961)

Modern Mondays: OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)

If you've been reading Cinebeats for awhile you're probably well aware of my fascination and fondness for spies. From the smart and exceptional Prisoner to the ridiculously silly Last of the Secret Agents?, I never seem to get tired of watching spy movies or television shows as long as they have a good soundtrack accompanying … Continue reading Modern Mondays: OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)