“A FILM IS A PETRIFIED FOUNTAIN OF THOUGHT.” – JEAN COCTEAU

When Jean Cocteau’s name surfaces most of us think of the visionary artist, poet and director who made films such as BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1946), BLOOD OF A POET (1930), LES PARENTS TERRIBLES (1948) and ORPHEUS (1949). Cocteau is all these things and more but he also happens to be one of my favorite film critics. I hesitate to call Cocteau a critic because it’s a term I’m not particularly … Continue reading “A FILM IS A PETRIFIED FOUNTAIN OF THOUGHT.” – JEAN COCTEAU

VINCENT PRICE TAKES CENTER STAGE

This post was part of my month-long celebration of Vincent Price–TCM’s October Star of the Month in 2013. This month marks the 20th anniversary of the death of one of my favorite actors; the remarkable Vincent Price. Vincent Price also happens to be TCM’s Star of the Month and every Thursday throughout October viewers can tune in to see him in a wide variety of films that … Continue reading VINCENT PRICE TAKES CENTER STAGE

Orson Welles’s Irish Ghost Story

I love a good ghost story and some of the best ones ever written have come from the hearts and minds of Irish authors but very few of them have been adapted for the screen. Horror movies set in Ireland that feature an Irish cast are a rare commodity, which makes RETURN TO GLENNASCAUL (1953) all the more special. This short supernatural film featuring Orson Welles is … Continue reading Orson Welles’s Irish Ghost Story

6 Months of Film Writing

I’m afraid I’ve been neglecting Cinebeats again but I’ve been busy with various personal projects and obligations. I’ve also recently started writing for Publishers Weekly but I thought I’d finally update with some highlights from TCM’s Movie Morlocks. Here’s some of the more interesting (in my estimation) film related writing & entertaining babble I’ve produced in the last 6 months. You might notice that the … Continue reading 6 Months of Film Writing

“A film is a petrified fountain of thought.” – Jean Cocteau

“I know of no elite and no tribunal which can take upon itself to judge what a film will unleash in its immeasurable course. The only jurisdiction to which a film should be subject concerns its style and its expressive power. The rest is a mystery and will always remain so.” – Jean Cocteau My latest post for TCM’s Movie Morlocks is a compilation of … Continue reading “A film is a petrified fountain of thought.” – Jean Cocteau

The Fantastique World of Orson Welles

I recently had the opportunity to watch the often forgotten and neglected horror anthology THREE CASES OF MURDER (1955), which features Orson Welles in a segment titled Lord Mountdrago. It’s assumed that he directed some of the dream sequences in the film but after finally seeing it for myself I’m convinced that he had a much bigger hand in the making of the movie than … Continue reading The Fantastique World of Orson Welles

KEN RUSSELL: IN HIS OWN WORDS

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 work as a young pre-teen in the late 1970s after … Continue reading KEN RUSSELL: IN HIS OWN WORDS

The Many Faces of Rochester

Top: Colin Clive and Orson Welles Bottom: George C. Scott and Michael Fassbender First I want to apologize for the lack of original content lately. I haven’t been feeling well and my computer’s been acting up so I’ve been neglecting Cinebeats. Hope to post a few more updates soon. In the meantime I recently watched the latest film adaptation of Jane Eyre (Cary Fukunaga; 2011) … Continue reading The Many Faces of Rochester

An Irish Ghost Story

I’m celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the Movie Morlocks by posting a little something called Orson Welles’ Irish Ghost Story about a short film that Welles appeared in and undoubtedly had a hand in making titled Return to Glennascaul (1953) aka Orson Welles’ Ghost Story. This spooky 23 minute movie has some genuinely eerie moments that should impress classic horror fans. It’s also set in … Continue reading An Irish Ghost Story

Favorite DVD Releases of 2007: Part III.

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. Legends of the Poisonous Seductress #1: Female Demon Ohyaku (1969) … Continue reading Favorite DVD Releases of 2007: Part III.