Second Looks: Dark Victory (1939)

Second Looks: Dark Victory (1939)

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Second Looks is a series in which I re-watch a classic I haven’t seen in a few years, analyzing it with a fresh pair of eyes. Today I’ll be taking a look at Dark Victory, starring Bette Davis. Previous posts in this series can be found in the archives.

Judith Traherne is living the high society life. She’s got plenty of friends and is the heiress to a large fortune. She holds large parties at her…

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The Beast of the City (1932)

The Beast of the City (1932)

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“Instead of the glorification of cowardly gangsters, we need the glorification of policemen who do their duty and give their lives in public protection. If the police had the vigilant, universal backing of public opinion in their communities, if they had the implacable support of the prosecuting authorities and the courts — I am convinced that our police would stamp out the excessive crime —…

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Second Looks: The Damned Don’t Cry (1950)

Second Looks: The Damned Don’t Cry (1950)

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Second Looks is a series in which I re-watch a classic I haven’t seen in a few years, analyzing it with a fresh pair of eyes. Today I’ll be taking a look at The Damned Don’t Cry, starring Joan Crawford. Previous posts in this series can be found in the archives.

Nick Prenta (Steve Cochran), a notorious gangster, has been murdered. One suspect in his death is Lorna Hansen Forbes (Joan Crawford), a…

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Classics of the Corn: The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

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An archaeologist in Harold Lloyd-ish glasses yells “YEEEE-HAH!” when he finds something… An amazing Scottish band sings about fish while people dance around a giant model of some sort of worm-fish hybrid… A delicious dish of pickled earthworms is served at a party… and that’s just within the first ten minutes of The Lair of the White Worm, the latest film to enter TMP’s Classics of the Corn Hall…

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Broadcast News (1987)

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Jane Craig (Holly Hunter) is a network news producer who takes her work very seriously and is completely dedicated to her job. Her work is frantic and she’s willing to do anything to make sure the stories she produces turn out perfect, even when that means editing up until the very last second.

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She finds herself attracted to news anchor Tom Grunick (William Hurt) despite…

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High Tide at Noon (1957)

High Tide at Noon (1957)

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“Gosh, it’s good to be home. And everything’s the same. That’s what’s so wonderful about the island. Nothing ever changes.” – Joanna, High Tide at Noon

On an island off of the coast of Nova Scotia, the lifestyle of lobster fishermen is rugged but contented. The fishermen rent their homes and businesses from the Mackenzies, a wealthy family by whom much of the island is owned. They work hard, but…

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Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: The Brass Legend (1956)

Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: The Brass Legend (1956)

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I love a film with a strong opening, and 1956’s The Brass Legend has no trouble grabbing the viewer even before its introductory credits roll. Beautiful black and white cinematography shows shots from an off-screen revolver being fired at a “REWARD – DEAD OR ALIVE”  poster. Harmonica-fueled music plays as the film transitions from this undeniably Western scene to its opening titles.

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Period film: Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)

Period film: Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)

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After her husband passes away, 70-year-old Laura Henderson (Judi Dench) decides that it’s time to find some hobbies to keep herself occupied. Ever the eccentric, when a friend tells her to “buy things,” she buys an old theater instead of jewelery or clothes.

Needing someone to oversee the productions at the theater, Laura hires Vivian Van Damm (Bob…

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Keep Your Powder Dry (1945)

Keep Your Powder Dry (1945)

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Valerie Parks (Lana Turner), Ann Darrison (Susan Peters) and Leigh Rand (Laraine Day) are three very different women who have all joined the WACS.

Valerie is a beautiful, wealthy woman who lives a life of glamour and leisure. She joins up to prove that she’s a responsible adult and gain access to her trust fund.

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Ann is a military wife who is very devoted to her…

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Period film: Jersey Boys (2014)

Period film: Jersey Boys (2014)

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My favorite journalism professor from my undergraduate years always told his classes, “Every great story has a Detroit connection.” This is true of the tale of Frankie Valli’s rise to fame, which has now been chronicled on the big screen in Jersey Boys, adapted from the hit Broadway musical.

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From his beginnings as barber shop assistant Frankie Castellucio in New…

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