I haven't been online much the last few months for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I've been having some medical problems with my left eye and spending lots of time on my computer reading, watching vids and writing can often be problematic. My eyes get easily irritated and I'm prone to headaches, etc. … Continue reading June & July 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
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 … Continue reading 2013 at the Movie Morlocks
My latest post at the Movie Morlocks takes a look at the making of THE PICASSO SUMMER (1969) starring the fabulous Albert Finney & Yvette Mimieux. Here’s a brief excerpt from my post...
Controversial film director Ken Russell passed away suddenly this week at the age of 84. Russell has long been considered the bad boy of British cinema or the original ‘enfant terrible’ of the empire, but for almost as long as I can remember he’s been one of my favorite filmmakers. I was introduced to his … Continue reading KEN RUSSELL: IN HIS OWN WORDS
As someone who came of age during the 1980s, I've become increasingly disturbed by the critical response to director John Hughes' recent death. Over and over again I've been told that he was "the voice" of my generation and that he "defined the '80s." Instead of pointing out the crass commercialism that made up the … Continue reading John Hughes vs. Shane Meadows: This Is England (2006)
When I first mentioned that I was going to start "Modern Mondays" at Cinebeats I briefly discussed how much I liked musicals so I thought I'd share a few thoughts about the best musical I've seen in recent years, Love Songs (aka Les chansons d'amour; 2007). Love Songs was directed by the talented French filmmaker … Continue reading Modern Mondays: Love Songs (2007)
Pictured Above: High and Low (1963), Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) Eyes Without a Face (1960) Rocco and His Brothers (1960), Cleo From 5 to 7 (1961) I was invited to participate in putting together a list of Favorite Foreign Language Films at Edward Copeland's blog recently which is now open to online voting and I … Continue reading List Making
R.I.P. Jean-Claude Brialy 1933-2007 I was planning on finally wrapping up my delayed week of celebrating all things French today, but after reading the news that the great French actor Jean-Claude Brialy had passed away I felt compelled to write something about him. Oddly enough my first thoughts went right to Alain Delon since Brialy … Continue reading Jean-Claude Brialy 1933-2007
Like many people I would love to be in France this weekend, but I'll have to settle for celebrating Cannes 60th Anniversary in the privacy of my own home. In true armchair traveler fashion I thought I'd share some tips on how you can throw your own 1960s-1970s style Cannes Festival at home for yourself … Continue reading Celebrating Cannes 60th At Home
The Cannes Film Festival turns 60 this week and that's reason enough to celebrate all things fabulous and French, so I plan on doing just that throughout the next week until the festival wraps up. I haven't come across many books written about the early days of Cannes but I can recommend Cannes - Fifty … Continue reading Vive La France!