Monday, October 26, 2020

Busby Berkeley: Flying away from Rio


WONDER BAR

1934
Directed by Lloyd Bacon
Written by Earl Baldwin (based on the play by Geza Herczeg, Karl Farkas, and Robert Katscher)

Spoiler alert: moderate

Cineramarama: Vacation's all I ever wanted


CINERAMA HOLIDAY

1955
Directed by Robert L. Bendick and Philip De Lacy
Written by Louis de Rochemont III and Otis Carney (based on a book, somehow, called America Through a French Looking Glass by Renee Gossett and Pierre Gossett)

Spoiler alert: N/A

Friday, October 23, 2020

Census Bloodbath: Cultural appropriation


Halloween might be cancelled, but it's still October, and that means it's time again for the peanut butter and chocolate we call The Switcheroo, with Brennan Klein of Popcorn Culture and Alternate Ending doing my weird, gross, nostalgic 1950s sci-fi thing for a spell, whilst I do some nice, wholesome slashers from the brightest days of the 1980s.

NIGHT SCHOOL

1981
Directed by Ken Hughes
Written by Ruth Agerton

Spoiler alert: high, I guess, I said reluctantly

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

This is the voice of world control


COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT

1970
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Written by James Bridges (based on the novel Colossus by Dennis Feltham Jones)

Spoiler alert: high

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Cineramarama: For beautiful for spacious skies


THIS IS CINERAMA

1952
Directed by Merian C. Cooper, Michael Todd Jr., Ernest B. Schoedsack, and Gunther von Frisch

Spoiler alert: as inapplicable as it gets

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The night breed


LITTLE MONSTERS

1989
Directed by Richard Alan Greenberg
Written by Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott

Spoiler alert: mild

Friday, September 11, 2020

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Oh the huge manatee


CHILDREN OF THE SEA
Kaiju no kodomo

2019 Japan/2020 USA
Directed by Ayumu Watanabe and Kenichi Konishi
Written by Hanasaki Kino (based on the comic by Daisuke Igarashi)

Spoiler alert: I feel like I'd need to have understood what happened in order to spoil it, but hey, let's say "moderate"

Monday, August 31, 2020

God gave rock 'n' roll to you


BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC

2020
Directed by Dean Parisot
Written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon

Spoiler alert: moderate

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Brooklyn, James—Cinderella wants to take another look at the ashes


COVER GIRL

1944
Directed by Charles Vidor
Written by Marion Parsonnet, Paul Gangelin, Erwin Gelsey, John H. Kafka, and Virgina Van Upp

Spoiler alert: moderate

Saturday, August 29, 2020

The great beauty


ROMAN HOLIDAY

1953
Directed by William Wyler
Written by Dalton Trumbo and John Dighton

Spoiler alert: moderate

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Life after wartime



THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

1946
Directed by William Wyler
Written by Robert E. Sherwood (based on the novella Glory For Me by MacKinley Kantor)

Spoiler alert: moderate

Friday, August 21, 2020

I'm a society burglar—I don't expect people to rush about shooting me


HOW TO STEAL A MILLION

1966
Directed by William Wyler
Written by Harry Kurnitz (based on the story "Venus Rising" by George Bradshaw)

Spoiler alert: moderate

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The first wonder of the world


LAND OF THE PHARAOHS

1955
Directed by Howard Hawks
Written by William Faulkner, Harold Jack Bloom, and Harry Kurnitz

Spoiler alert: well, the pyramid gets finished, but moderate otherwise

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Dancing about architecture


PLAYTIME

1967
Directed by Jacques Tati
Written by Jacques Lagrange, Art Buchwald, and Jacques Tati

Spoiler alert: oh, very inapplicable

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Disney's Challengers, part V: Courageous heart


THE SECRET OF NIMH

1982
Directed by Don Bluth
Written by Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, John Pomeroy, and Will Finn (based on the novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien)

Spoiler alert: high

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The young girls of Mount Helicon


XANADU

1980
Directed by Robert Greenwald
Written by Richard Christian Danus and Marc Reid Rubel

Spoiler alert: moderate

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Busby Berkeley: Talking pictures? It's just a fad


FOOTLIGHT PARADE

1933
Directed by Lloyd Bacon
Written by Manuel Seff, James Seymour, Robert Lord, and Peter Milne

Spoiler alert: moderate

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Busby Berkeley: Old Man Depression, you are through, you done us wrong


GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933

1933
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Written by Erwin S. Gelsey, James Seymour, Ben Markson, and David Boehm

Spoiler alert: moderate

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Busby Berkeley: After three weeks, to me a leg is just something to stand on


42ND STREET

1933
Directed by Lloyd Bacon
Written by Rian James and James Seymour (based on the book by Brandon Ropes)

Spoiler alert: moderate

Friday, July 3, 2020

The Rasho-men


LES GIRLS

1957
Directed by George Cukor
Written by John Patrick and Vera Caspary

Spoiler alert: moderate

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Man, everybody really does want to be a cat


A WHISKER AWAY
Nakitai Watashi na Neko wa Koburo

2020
Directed by Junichi Sato and Tomotaka Shibayama
Written by Mari Okada

Spoiler alert: moderate

Saturday, June 27, 2020

I'm fairly pretty, which is a nuisance



IT'S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER

1955
Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen
Written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

Spoiler alert: moderate

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

I dinna like it


BRIGADOON

1954
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Written by Alan Jay Lerner (based on the play by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe)

Spoiler alert: moderate verging on high, I guess

Friday, June 19, 2020

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

I suppose I could be persuaded to believe


THE VAST OF NIGHT

2020
Directed by Andrew Patterson
Written by James Montague and Craig W. Sanger

Spoiler alert: mild

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Walt Disney, part XXIX: It's not easy to find magic in pairs


PETE'S DRAGON

1977
Directed by Don Chaffey
Written by Malcolm Marmorstein, Seton I. Miller, and S.S. Field

Spoiler alert: moderate

Friday, May 22, 2020

Walt Disney, part XXVIII: Who will rescue me?


THE RESCUERS

1977
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery, and Art Stevens

Spoiler alert: moderate

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Walt Disney, part XXVII: When we were very young


THE MANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH

1977
Directed by John Lounsbery and Wolfgang Reitherman

Spoiler alert: well, he's not eaten by heffalumps, is he?

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Busby Berkeley: How?


WHOOPEE!

1930
Directed by Thornton Freeland
Written by William M. Conselman, E.J. Rath, and Robert Hobart Davis (based on the musical play by William Anthony McGuire based on the regular talking play by Owen Davis)

Spoiler alert: high, but it's 90 years old, you don't care

Coffey was right


UNDERWATER

2020
Directed by William Eubank
Written by Brian Duffield and Adam Cozad

Spoiler alert: moderate, maybe very very slightly high