2014 TCM Film Festival: Hat Check Girl (1932)

2014 TCM Film Festival: Hat Check Girl (1932)

Despite the brief running time, this film probably has more innuendo and off-color remarks than 90% of the Pre-Codes.

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2014 TCM Film Festival: The Stranger’s Return (1933)

The tightest scheduling block I attempted was between How Green Was My Valley (see here) and this film, and I was extremely lucky to get in – I was, in fact, the LAST person into a very full theatre. I felt kind of bad (and still do, since I know several people who tried the same schedule and didn’t make it in), because this was initially a filler...

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2014 TCM Film Festival: How Green Was My Valley

[Spoiler content: I describe a couple of comical vignettes in relative detail, and I mention vaguely the trajectory of Angharad's plot thread.] This timeslot was easily the toughest choice of the festival for me, with John Ford’s How Green Was My Valley in the El Capitan with Maureen O’Hara in attendance vying with a specially curated program of...

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2014 TCM Film Festival: Touch of Evil

I knew this TCM Film Festival was going to be a brief one for me, as having a one-year-old daughter lessens ones flexibility considerably, even with a very considerate husband. My major goal was to find one thing that he and I could go to together since he was going to spend a lot of the rest of the time alone with our daughter while I galavanted off to watch...

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Friday One Sheet: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind @ 10

The intelligent, romantic, weird and astonishingly emotional film from Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was released 10 years ago this week. We shall celebrate with many inspired posters for the film below, but first, a brief love letter to the film: The experience of following Lacuna Inc. a loose small-business that...

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Friday One Sheet: 4K Re-Release of The General

Because it is a weak week for key art, and it is really, really welcome news that Buster Keaton’s The General is getting a 2014 re-release in UHD (aka 4K) in the cinema next January, I offer you the minimalist quad-style poster celebrating this fact. Like many, this remains my favourite Buster Keaton film, and that pretty much makes it my favourite silent...

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The Story of Film on TCM: Chapter Nine

[Turner Classic Movies is airing Mark Cousins' epic documentary The Story of Film, playing one episode a week accompanied by films discussed in that week's episode. I'm writing up my thoughts on each episode. I got behind four weeks ago, but rather than give up, I'm going to just post catch-up posts over the next four days, and I should be up to date for next...

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The Story of Film on TCM: Chapter Eight

Film wasn’t just a window through which you saw characters and stories, it was a language and a way of thinking in itself. Just about every episode, I’ve lamented that Cousins had to rush through some things or wished that there had been a whole episode devoted to something he covered well, but briefly. Holy cannoli, this one is the ultimate example...

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The Story of Film on TCM: Chapter Seven

Cinema didn’t tell the story, it was the story. Two episodes back I said how much I enjoyed the 1940s episode, especially since I love film noir so much. Well, my second favorite movement or faux genre might just be the French New Wave, so I’m definitely biased to enjoy Chapter 7 as well. If the 1950s were a cinematic pressure cooker bursting at the...

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The Story of Film on TCM: Chapter Five

Movies had to get this raw because life had become this raw. I’m running behind, as Chapter Six aired last night on TCM. I’m hoping to get caught up tomorrow. The world changed in the 1940s, a world war casting its presence over half the decade and its shadow over the rest. Nothing would ever be the same, and neither would cinema. In his intro...

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