Monthly Archives: May 2013

What I Learned From ROSEMARY’S BABY

You can learn a lot from ROSEMARY’S BABY, the 1968 film adaptation of Ira Levin’s novel, available on DVD and Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection. But here’s the most important lesson: never date an actor. If only someone had warned … Continue reading

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The Best Warner Bros. Musical Warner Bros. Never Made

Confession: I have a man crush on 1930s crooner Dick Powell. Although he was pushing 30 when he made his film debut for Warner Bros., Powell seemed perpetually boyish and unspoiled by the harsh realities of Depression Era adulthood. In … Continue reading

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Screening Report: CLEOPATRA’s 50th Anniversary – Mummified on Arrival

Everything about Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s CLEOPATRA (1963) is outsized – except, apparently, the audiences at Wednesday’s nationwide 50th anniversary theatrical screenings. I attended the 7 p.m. show of the digitally restored epic at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on … Continue reading

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Rarely Seen Jack Benny Film Makes DVD Debut

The title character in Sidney Lanfield’s comedy THE MEANEST MAN IN THE WORLD  (1943) is not particularly mean, nor is he particularly funny. But he is portrayed by the otherwise hilarious Jack Benny, with support from radio sidekick Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, and … Continue reading

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Update #3: 10 Things I Learned at the TCM Classic Film Festival

One of my favorite things about the annual TCM Classic Film Festival is meeting and interacting with the talented people who bring the channel to life. In addition to impromptu chats at screenings and during communal gatherings at the Roosevelt … Continue reading

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Screening Report: THE KID (1921) at Film Forum + Chaplin Look-Alike Contest

It was just after noon on a spring Sunday, and I was chatting with a fellow cineaste outside Film Forum, the Downtown Manhattan movie mecca. “KID AUTO RACES? That’s Chaplin’s first short,” I said. “Well, it’s the first one where … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Robert Osborne – Live from the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival!

Every year I travel to Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival and I think to myself, “This will be the year the magic finally wears off.” And then Robert Osborne walks in, and it feels like Moses has come … Continue reading

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