Guest Post | Classic Actor Spotlight: Richard Widmark – Consummate Utility Infielder

Greetings all and sundry! And allow me this opportunity to state that those rumors of my being deodar mysteriously abducted by aliens have been grossly exaggerated. Though, I have endured two side trips to Northern Virginia's massive, expansive Mother Ship of Specialized Medicines, INOVA (A sub state unto itself. With superior doctors and eerily always …

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April 2016 Blindspot: A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

It's been ages since I wanted to see A Streetcar Named Desire, not sure why I've put it off. I feel like I have watched it as one day I actually watched a bunch of clips from this film on youtube. There's of course the famous scene where Brando yelled 'Stellaaaaaaa...!' that's been parodied many …

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Guest Post: Spotlight on Darren McGavin – Master Character Actor!

Greetings all and sundry! After a few weeks of laying low and perusing vicariously the wares of various film festivals supplied by our Hostess, Ruth. I decided to embrace a wave of nostalgia. Break open a fresh set of digging clothes. Brain bucket, miner's light, tools. And a few carafes of coffee. To plumb a …

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2016 BLIND SPOT series film picks

Ok, so I dropped the ball last year on this Blindspot series as I wanted to spend more time on my script. I've also blogged a lot less for the same reason and will continue doing so until my script is done. But given how much I've enjoyed discovering *old classics* or acclaimed films I've …

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Last Blindspot film of the year: The Sting (1973)

In 1930s Chicago, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. This turns out to be second George Roy Hill movie I saw, whom I didn't know was born in Minnesota. The first film of his I saw was Butch Cassidy …

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2015 BLIND SPOT series: My 12 film picks

Ok so I've completed my first Blind Spot series! Well ok I might've missed a couple for one reason or another – Time Bandits and How The West Was Won – but I'd still watch them at some point. The Blind Spot series was originally spearheaded by Ryan at The Matinee, and I was also inspired by Dan's list …

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November Blind Spot: Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

I chose this film because for some reason I had never seen any James Dean film. It seems that some of Hollywood's legends have escaped me, as I had just seen Marilyn Monroe's and Bette Davis' films for the first time recently. It's also my first time seeing Natalie Wood, though I have seen her previously in …

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September Blind Spot: Double Indemnity (1944)

This is the second Billy Wilder film on my Blindspot [first one was The Apartment] and the fourth film of his I've seen, which happens to be the fourth film he directed. It's also the first Barbara Stanwyck movie I saw as well as my first viewing of Fred MacMurray in the lead role. Ok …

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August Blind Spot: The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Instead of a straight review, this post is more of my reaction of the movie and the cast, so I'm going to include some observations as well as trivia from IMDb. There's been a lot of 'firsts' with some of the Blindspot movies I saw. Well, with this one, it's a lot of 'seconds.' It's the second George …

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July 2014 Blind Spot Film: Purple Noon / Plein Soleil (1960)

It's been over three years since I saw an Alain Delon film, that was  Le Samouraï  where he played a silent-but-deadly assassin. Well as Tom Ripley, he isn't quite as taciturn but he's just as deadly. Based on Patricia Highsmith's novel The Talented Mr. Ripley, I was familiar with the story from the 1996 film version. I …

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