Posts Tagged ‘Classics’

The Blob (1958)

“It’s the most horrible thing I’ve ever seen in my life!” It was the genius mind of producer Jack Harris who saw potential in combining two popular 50s genres — the horror sci-fi films and the teen delinquency films — when he got Irvin Yeaworth to direct 1958s “The Blob.” There were plenty of low…

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Christmas in July

“If you can’t sleep at night, it isn’t the coffee — it’s the bunk.” Happy holidays, everybody! It’s time for our annual holiday episode here on The Next Reel. This year, we — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — are talking about a film that doesn’t actually take place at Christmas time. In fact, it’s…

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Compulsion

“Murder’s nothing. It’s just a simple experience. Murder and rape. Do you know what beauty there is in evil?” It’s the start of our Richard D. Zanuck tribute series, ladies and gentlemen, and what better way to begin than with the first film he produced for his father, Darryl F. Zanuck, 1959’s “Compulsion.” Based on…

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The African Queen

“What a time we had, Rosie. What a time we had.” John Huston co-wrote and directed it, choosing to shoot as much as he possibly could in Africa. While many said it couldn’t be done—shooting a story on location about two characters typically considered much too old for a love story—John Huston proved them wrong.…

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The Red Shoes

“You cannot have it both ways. A dancer who relies upon the doubtful comforts of human love can never be a great dancer. Never.” And thus sums up the battle within Michael Powell’s and Emeric Pressburger’s 1948 film, “The Red Shoes” — the battle between love and art. Can the two exist together? Or will…

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We’re No Angels (1955)

”We came here to rob them and that’s what we’re gonna do:  beat their heads in, gouge their eyes out, slash their throats.  Soon as we wash the dishes.”  Merry Christmas and happy holidays, movie nerds! Tonight, in the spirit of the season, we talk about Michael Curtiz’s curious gem of a Christmas comedy from…

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