August & September at the Movie Morlocks

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 the TCM Movie Morlocks’ blog. – Carole Lombard’s Lasting Impact … Continue reading August & September at the Movie Morlocks

2013 at the Movie Morlocks

Jess Franco 1930-2013 What follows is a collection of links to some of my posts at TCM’s Movie Morlocks from 2013. These are (in my estimation) the best and most interesting articles I wrote last year but you can read my entire output for 2013 at the Movie Morlocks if you peruse the archives. From this point onward on I’ll be collecting links to my … Continue reading 2013 at the Movie Morlocks

HAIL CLEOPATRA! QUEEN OF THE NILE & QUEEN OF ’60S STYLE

This week the 50th Anniversary of CLEOPATRA (1963) is being celebrated at the Cannes Film Festival where a digitally restored print of the film is making its debut. This will be followed by a limited theatrical release and a new lavish double-disc Blu-ray set that’s arriving in stores on May 28th. The film has been marred in controversy since it went into production and reviews and articles … Continue reading HAIL CLEOPATRA! QUEEN OF THE NILE & QUEEN OF ’60S STYLE

THE TABLOID TROUBLES OF TAYLOR & BURTON

By now you’ve probably heard about LIZ & DICK(2012), a heavily publicized made for television movie produced by the Lifetime Network that dramatically retold the story of how Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton met, fell in love and married not once, but twice. I’m extremely fond of both Taylorand Burton and I’ve written about them frequently but I had no interest in watching LIZ & DICK myself. I made the mistake … Continue reading THE TABLOID TROUBLES OF TAYLOR & BURTON

Movies in Comicolor

Last week I neglected to share a link to a recent Movie Morlocks post I wrote discussing Movie Love. This interesting ’50s era romance comic was aimed at a female audience and featured romantic films adapted into comic books. It also contained background stories on particular actors and little tidbits of information that many classic movie fans should appreciate. There’s more about this interesting comic … Continue reading Movies in Comicolor

GOODBYE GODDESS: ELIZABETH TAYLOR 1932-2011

Elizabeth Taylor has always been one of my favorite actresses. She was an incredible natural beauty. Arguably the most beautiful actress Hollywood ever produced but she was also a brilliant performer when she wanted to be. She dominated almost every film she ever appeared in even when that film wasn’t particularly worthy of her larger than life presence. Taylor was a complex woman with a … Continue reading GOODBYE GODDESS: ELIZABETH TAYLOR 1932-2011

Happy Birthday Joseph Losey!

Two of my favorite people: Director Joseph Losey & actor Dirk Bogarde Today marks what would have been Joseph Losey’s 102 birthday. Unfortunately very few of us live that long and Losey died in 1984 at age 75. Lately critics around the world seem to be rediscovering his work and rethinking their opinion of the director’s impressive legacy. Joseph Losey is gaining new fans every … Continue reading Happy Birthday Joseph Losey!

The Glamorous World of Paul Hesse

Four of my favorite actresses photographed by Paul Hesse Top: Gene Tierney and Elizabeth Taylor Bottom: Bette Davis and Ava Gardner Like most film buffs, I absolutely love old Hollywood glamor photography. I’m an amateur photographer myself so I own a lot of photography books and some of my favorites are jam-packed with beautiful photos of classic Hollywood film stars. In the ’70s the practice … Continue reading The Glamorous World of Paul Hesse

Ash Wednesday (1973)

Yesterday was Elizabeth Taylor’s 77th birthday. Last year I wasn’t able to properly complete my tribute to Taylor and I never finished writing about a few of her films that I want to cover here sooner or later, but today I thought I’d offer up a few brief thoughts about her 1973 film, Ash Wednesday. The paper-thin plot of Ash Wednesday was summed up perfectly … Continue reading Ash Wednesday (1973)

The Eyes Have It

My blogging buddy Peter Nellhaus over at Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee has asked me to contribute my own list of “20 Favorite Actresses” to a new film meme making the rounds of the blogosphere. Frankly I was just going to blow him off and ignore his request because these meme things tend to make me nuts but Peter is too nice a guy to … Continue reading The Eyes Have It