Show People (1928)

Wow. Wow. Wow. Wonderful. Being humbled can be a wonderful and exciting experience. I’m watching films to find out about them as well as for entertainment. I’d never even heard of Marion Davies before but she’s really great in Show People. She’s in other films, too, many of which look to be worth pursuing. Taking that step to knowing more, but also knowing you knew so little really can be exciting! Continue reading

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967)

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is about prejudice. Not just based on colour but on age, too. Many characters are carrying around some sort of prejudice, whether they know it or not, just like in real life. The narrative is a very contrived one, but it’s something that can largely be forgiven and ignored considering what we get: a very powerful and gripping film about people talking to each other. Continue reading

The Kennel Murder Case (1932)

Philo Vance has been around the block a few times. The star of Twelve novels and fifteen films (as well as radio and TV series), his speciality is murder cases. All twelve novels are named “The X Murder Case” and all but two of those was adapted to film at least once. The Kennel Murder case is his sixth outing, but fifth film. It features William Powell as the detective for the fourth and last time. The first four Philo Vance films were among the earliest talkies and were all released over a fourteen-month period. If they’d kept making them at that rate there’d be 298 of them by the beginning of 2016! Continue reading

Lonesome (1928)

“Gee, it’s funny how lonesome a fella can be… especially with a million people around him.”

Lonesome is such a sweet film. It depicts the business of modern life: getting up for work; commuting; putting in a long, chaotic day; chatting to friends afterwards about weekend plans; saying goodbye as they pair off; going back to your apartment to kill time… alone. It’s serious, it’s fun, it’s sweet, it’s beautiful. It’s Modern Times without the slapstick. It’s the film I expected Modern Times to be. It delivers. Continue reading