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Though it is not without its flaws, the movie D.O.A. (1950) is considered by many to be one of the best examples of classic film noir. When I first started watching old movies, I didn’t watch much film noir, however after watching and enjoying movies like Scarlet Street, Woman in the Window, and Out of the Past among others I developed a new appreciation for the style. Now I am on a quest to learn as much as I can about it and add many more to the list of those I’ve already watched.

Film Noir

Was anyone else a big fan of Rachael Ray’s tv show “$40 a Day?” If you’re not familiar with it, it was a show on the Food Network where for each episode Rachael would spend 24 hours in a certain city with only $40 per day to spend on meals and snacks. The cameras would follow her around each city, and she would give tips on what local attractions to see, how to find bargains, and how to eat on a budget. That brief description doesn’t really do the show justice, but I’ll just say that I absolutely loved watching it, and it inspired me to want to travel more and take short trips to various cities throughout the United States.


Barbara Stanwyck is my second favorite actress behind only Bette Davis, and as I’ve had the tendency to do with many of the classic movie actors and actresses that I love, I created an image in my mind of what I thought she was like in her personal life based on how I saw her in some of her movies. I even once compared her to comfort food in a review I did of her movie No Man of Her Own to convey the feeling of warmth and familiarity I got when watching her movies. Ah, the silly things I said as a new blogger!


“I never told you I was anything but what I am. You just wanted to imagine I was.”

That claim, uttered by Jane Greer as the devious Kathie Moffat in director Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past, is not entirely true. The character is an exercise in self-construction, spending much of the film behind an array of masks designed to please whichever man she is trying to manipulate at the time. But at heart, she is far from pleasing, for Kathie is undiluted feminine poison, crossing, double-crossing, and triple-crossing everyone unlucky enough to come into contact with her. By turns innocent and evil, virtuous and dishonest, she operates entirely without moral compass or conscience to guide her, and in the process she destroys not only herself, but all of the men in her orbit.

Film Noir

I have a bad habit of saying I don’t like things when I haven’t even given them a try. I’m sure that habit has caused me to miss out on some great things in life, and I really should learn to break it. Well, except maybe when it comes to beets it would have been wiser to stick to the stubborn “I don’t like them even though I’ve never tried them” declaration that I made for so long. Beets really are gross!

Screwball Comedy

According to author Marc Eliot in his book, “Jimmy Stewart, a Biography,” Stewart had for some time wanted to make a movie about Glenn Miller, a man with whom he shared several things in common. They were both small town boys with music in their backgrounds and both had served in the Army Air Force. Stewart had long admired Miller’s work, and in 1953 he got his wish to play the trombonist, arranger and bandleader in the movie The Glenn Miller Story (1954).


What hotels do celebrities stay in Chicago?

I have a fascination with hotels that started at a very young age. Growing up, we didn’t have the money to take expensive trips to places like Disneyland, but my sisters and I were perfectly happy going on smaller trips to places nearby. Often times we would just stay at a hotel to enjoy all its amenities, which for us kids meant mostly the swimming pool!


Ask a classic movie fan, “What was your favorite year or the best year for movies?” and I’m guessing that more often than not you’d hear “1939” as the answer. At least that seems to be the case based on numerous discussions I’ve heard over the years. While there were definitely some great movies made that year, there is a year that stands out to me even more, 1941.

Screwball Comedy

Horror movies are a special breed of American culture, and it is not always about the content of the film. The music is a real driving force for the genre and it is one of those aspects of a horror movie that immortalizes the film.

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have both acknowledged that if it weren’t for the music of John Williams, their movies would have never been the astronomical successes that they are today. Well, the same can be said for several horror movies.


Film Adaptation: Do Film & Literature Truly Coincide With One Another?

When studios attempt to adapt a form of literature, they strive to create a visualization of an imagined world. Rarely do they succeed.

According to Toby Osborne, in his article entitled ‘The Art of Adaptation’, “85 percent of movies are adaptations”. This means that only 15 percent of movies are written from scratch. Literature is a very important medium and has been for some time. Hollywood clearly understands this.

Film Making

While there isn’t a definitive definition of what makes a cult film, there is an essential agreement among film fans that these movies are not business as usual. The description “cult” evokes thoughts of bizarre, potentially uncomfortable, or even controversial cinematic expression. In Cult Filmmakers: 50 Movie Mavericks You Need to Know, Ian Haydn Smith explores the works of fifty filmmakers that he categorizes as cult, following that essential definition.

Book reviews

Hitchcock & Cary Grant Present Delightful Mystery

Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock combine in a great caper movie – maintaining just enough menace to be thrilling, whilst also featuring much comedy.

Roger Thornhill, a suave and handsome advertising executive, gets mistaken for someone else by chance and is thrown into a game of cat and mouse where the mouse doesn’t understand why it’s being hunted down. Pursued by Phillip Vandamm (Mason) and his cohorts, Thornhill must enlist the help of beautiful stranger Eve Kendall (Saint) in his quest to understand who exactly is chasing him and who they have mistaken him for.


You’ll soon see that a number of the horror films on this list have, at one point in time, made a much anticipated return to the big screen. A few however, have never been afforded such treatment, despite the fact that they truly do deserve it.

Join us now as we examine 10 amazing classic horror films worthy of some modern day big screen love!


Ridley Scott is a director that over the course of an almost 50-year career has had a hand in almost every genre imaginable, and has often redefined some of them along the way. Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action, Epic, Crime, Drama, Thriller, and Comedy, the helmer has done it all. With his iconic visuals and gifts for storytelling, Ridley has proven to be a remarkable force behind the camera.


Horror movies have never really had the biggest draw at the box office unless there was something super special about them. That usually has to do with the rating of the horror movie in question, and as most horror fans already know, it really isn’t worth it unless they are rated R.

So how has the horror movie genre done at the box office over the years and what movies have really cashed in on the genre? It is safe to assume that everyone could probably guess the top two or three in the genre, but you might be surprised what has fared better at the box office than other truly great horror films.