The Kid (1921)

Starring: Charlie Chaplin as The Tramp Jackie Coogan as The Kid Edna Purviance as The Woman Directed by Charlie Chaplin Written by Charlie Chaplin Running Time: 68 min. Not Rated For the longest time, I figured that any significant leap forward in filmmaking technology was an appreciated advancement. Sure, things like black and white and … Continue reading

Desk Set (1957)

Starring: Katharine Hepburn as Bunny Watson Spencer Tracy as Mike Cutler Directed by Walter Lang Screenplay by Phoebe and Henry Ephron Running Time: 103 min. Not Rated Ah. Okay, I get it now. I’ve never been inclined towards nostalgia. I’m one of those killjoys who brings up trifles like mortality rates and disenfranchisement whenever someone … Continue reading

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor as Maggie Pollitt Paul Newman as Brick Pollitt Burl Ives as Big Daddy Pollitt Directed by Richard Brooks Produced by Lawrence Weingarten Screenplay by Richard Brooks and James Poe Running Time: 107 min. Not Rated There are many classic movies that I haven’t seen but have picked up the gist of through … Continue reading

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Starring: Tony Curtis as Joe/Josephine Jack Lemmon as Jerry/Daphne Directed and Produced by Billy Wilder Screenplay by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond Running Time: 120 min. Not Rated There’s a scene at the very end of Some Like It Hot that made it entirely worth watching. It’s a funny movie, and also a funny sort … Continue reading

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Starring: Gene Tierney as Lucy Muir Rex Harrison as Daniel Gregg Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz Produced by Fred Kohlmar Based on a novel by R.A. Dick Running Time: 104 min. Not Rated Funny, how a 1947 film set at the turn of the 20th century succeeds better than most modern movies in portraying a … Continue reading

Film Before ’84

The first movie I ever saw in the theater was Mac and Me. Yes, this Mac and Me: I sat between my parents, wide-eyed and eager as the curtains parted and the lights went down, and for the next 95 minutes, I was presented with…well, this:   And I loved it. Because I was four. … Continue reading