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  • You’re Never Too Young (1955)

    Motion pictures provided a poor showcase for the comedy team of Martin & Lewis.  As nightclub comedians, they thrived on the spontaneity of live performance, where they could jump in and out of character, ad-lib, interact with the audience, and try to crack each other up.  Movies were too...
  • The Living Wake (2007)

    Take one part Wes Andersonian whimsy, a couple of parts British absurdism, add a dash of Withnailesque melancholy, shake vigorously, and the resulting cocktail might end up something like The Living Wake. This bizarre indie comedy stars Mike O’Connell as K. Roth Binew, a self-proclaimed artist and dedicated drunkard,...
  • Bone Tomahawk (2015)

    Just two months before The Hateful Eight (2015), Quentin Tarantino’s 70mm Western, was released to great acclaim and ballyhoo, another Western, also starring Kurt Russell, premiered unceremoniously on the small screen through video-on-demand.  This was a criminal treatment of Bone Tomahawk, because it was not only the better of...
  • When Knighthood Was in Flower (1922)

    While William Randolph Hearst always wanted to promote his mistress/live-in companion, Marion Davies, as an virtuous, innocent beauty, Marion bristled against playing the delicate flower.  Davies had a flair for comedy, and preferred meatier roles, where she could play a multi-dimensional modern woman (preferably one with a sense of...
  • The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933)

    A Note: The Fatal Glass of Beer is an extremely funny short subject. If you haven’t seen it, I’d highly recommend watching and savoring the film before reading my synopsis below. Analysis tends to kill comedy, and my description is no exception. Relegated to secondary roles at Paramount Pictures,...
  • Our Hospitality (1923)

    While Our Hospitality was Buster Keaton’s third feature-length film, it can be argued that it was the first true Keaton feature.  In 1920, Buster had starred in The Saphead, but that was a work-for-hire as an actor, and he was otherwise uninvolved.  Earlier in 1923, Keaton produced and directed...
  • Blood and Black Lace (Sei donne per l’assassino, 1964)

    Black gloves, garish colors, scantily clad women, brutal murders, multiple suspects — this is the masterpiece that really defined the giallo genre.  Blood and Black Lace may not have been the first giallo that Mario Bava directed (The Girl Who Knew Too Much proceeded it), but it was the...
  • Messiah of Evil (1973)

    “We sit in the sun in wait. We sleep. And we dream. Each of us dying slowly in the prison of our minds.”  Such is the bleak philosophy of Messiah of Evil, an underseen horror gem from the early Seventies.  Husband and wife team, William Huyck and Gloria Katz,...
  • Who Done It? (1942)

    Most casual film fans know exactly one Abbott and Costello film — Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein.  That’s a fine film and a near-perfect blending of the Universal horror aesthetics and Bud and Lou’s burlesque slapstick.  But, (and I know this is heresy) it is not the team’s best...
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  • While William Randolph Hearst always wanted to promote his mistress/live-in companion, Marion Davies, as an virtuous, innocent beauty, Marion bristled against playing the delicate flower.  Davies had a flair...
  • “We sit in the sun in wait. We sleep. And we dream. Each of us dying slowly in the prison of our minds.”  Such is the bleak philosophy of...
  • There have been literally dozens of film and television adaptations of Alexandre Dumas’ novel Les Trois Mousquetaires; but once you’ve seen director Richard Lester’s one-two punch of The Three Musketeers...
  • Just two months before The Hateful Eight (2015), Quentin Tarantino’s 70mm Western, was released to great acclaim and ballyhoo, another Western, also starring Kurt Russell, premiered unceremoniously on the...