The Animal Kingdom (1932)

Directed by Edward H. Griffith & (an uncredited) George Cukor. (Don’t know what the story is there – but whatever.) Based on the play by Philip Barry. Music by Max Steiner. (Except, edit: There really wasn’t any music in this, save for during the credits.) Tom Collier (Leslie Howard) owns Bantam Press, a publishing company/print shop. Tom’s […]

The Hours (2002)

Okay, so – I’m not sure how much of a disadvantage this puts me at, but I have never read Mrs. Dalloway, the book at the center of this movie. (Sorry, Virginia Woolf fans – I’m a classless slacker, I know.) Well, crap. Seven minutes in, and were already in four different places & time periods: […]

Victor Victoria (1982)

Directed & (adapted) screenplay by Blake Edwards. Music by Henry Mancini. I love the design of the opening credits – with the pink neon letters (with effective drop shadows) & the single-red-line illustration style in the background. Paris 1934. Julie Andrews is an unemployed singer named Victoria who can nail a D-flat to break a wine glass, […]

The Truth About Youth (1930)

Okay, so – I think I’ve got the story straight: Richard (Conway Tearle)’s brother Charlie (he’s dead, so he’s not played by anyone) kicks the bucket & leaves his infant son to Richard to care for. Richard’s like, ‘I don’t know how to raise a fucking kid!’ and moves in (or hires?) Mrs. Ericson (Myrtle […]

Five Graves to Cairo (1943)

Directed by Billy Wilder. Screenplay by Wilder & Charles Brackett (based on a play by Lajos Biro). Costumes by Edith Head. I’m a fan of the opening credits – there’s this bold, black, typewriter-style font, overlaid on a black & white picture of sand dunes. Very graphic. I like it. “In June 1942 things looked […]

The Silver Horde (1930)

Directed by George Archainbaud. Based on the novel of the same name by Rex Beach. Baby-faced Joel McCrea & his buddy Fraser (Raymond Hatton) (they only met 3 days ago) stumble upon a small village after a long journey through northern Alaska, and no one will let them into their houses for food & shelter […]

The Candidate (1972)

Written by Jeremy Lamer (his screenplay won an Oscar). Directed by Michael Ritchie. A political operative called Marvin Lucas (Peter Boyle) has this great idea to convince former California governor John McKay’s son (Bill, played by Robert Redford) to run for the U.S. Senate. He’s like, ‘Look – you can do & say what you […]