8 Great Classics Starring Doris Day

A sensation both as an actress and as a singer, Doris Day typified the All-American girl next door whose shining virginal persona onscreen belied a private life plagued by abuse and multiple marriages. As an actress, Day delivered exuberant performances in a string of musicals and comedies, ultimately becoming the top box office star in the early 1960s thanks to a trio of collaborations with Rock Hudson. Though she tried subverting her virginal image with the occasional thriller, where she displayed considerable chops as a dramatic actress, Day found her greatest success with fluffy romantic comedies that eventually fell out of favor during the sexual revolution of the mid-1960s. Still, Day was fondly remembered by legions of classic movies decades after she retired and today remains one of the era’s most popular performers. Here is a list of eight fantastic movies starring Doris Day.

Classics Blu-ray June 2013 Part Three

Part three of three. Concluding this month’s Blu-ray releases are unusual pairing of Elizabeth Taylor and Warren Beatty; Joe Dante’s groundbreaking wolfman thriller; a landmark sci-fi epic by H.G. Wells; one of Bette Davis’ greatest performances; and an earlier Davis picture from 1932.

7 Great Alfred Hitchcock Movie

Alfred Hitchcock’s career spanned across six decades and over 50 feature films. The acknowledged “Master of Suspense” practically invented the thriller and was a brilliant technician who deftly blended sex, suspense and humor into the genre.

Classics on Blu-ray May 2013 Part I

Usually I’m hard-pressed to find enough movies for this article, but this month there are tons of classics being released on Blu-ray. In fact, there are so many that I need two lists. Those making the transfer in part I are a classic World War II action thriller; an iconic biblical musical; a searing courtroom drama starring Paul Newman; an experimental thriller from Alfred Hitchcock starring James Stewart; a biopic of a Mexican revolutionary with Marlon Brando; and a psychological Western adapted from an early Elmore Leonard short story. As always, these releases make for great gifts for casual fans and classic movie buffs alike.

Kim Novak Named Guest of Honor at Cannes Film Festival

Next month, actress Kim Novak will be the guest of honor at the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival, where she will help honor the restoration of Alfred Hitchcock ‘s classic romantic thriller, Vertigo (1958). … Read Full Post

Paranoid Thrillers

A direct descendant of the film noirs from the 1940s and 1950s, the paranoid thriller was a subgenre that first began to emerge in the 1960s amidst the fear of Communism during the the Cold War. But the paranoid thriller didn’t come into full bloom until the early 1970s when distrust in and fear of our own government was at an all-time high thanks to Watergate, Vietnam and the CIA. While such movies have waned in recent years, the paranoid thrillers made in the 1960s and 1970s remain popular.

Fred Zinnemann Movies

A former aspiring musician and law student born in Austria, Fred Zinnemman found himself in Hollywood in the early 1930s, where he made a number of B-movies before scoring a hit with ‘The Seventh Cross’ (1944) and earning his first Academy Award nomination for ‘The Search’ (1948). But it wasn’t until the next decade that he hit his stride with his revisionist Western ‘High Noon,’ and went on to direct highly acclaimed and commercially successful films for the next two decades, several of which have become all-time classics. Over the course of the next three decades, he would direct stunning films in genres as varied as thrillers, Westerns, film noir and even musicals. The winner of two Oscars and director of some of Hollywood’s biggest hits, Zinnemann left behind a legacy as one of cinema’s most accomplished filmmakers.

Classic Movies About Ireland

Whether whimsical musicals populated with leprechauns or dark thrillers about the conflict between Northern Ireland and England, there’s a movie about Ireland that will fit just about anyone’s taste. Here’s a list of classic movies about Ireland that can be enjoyed on St. Patrick’s Day or any other time of year.

‘Bates Motel’ Premieres Tonight

While Hollywood often goes to the remake well to draw new films from previous ones, it’s less common for the small screen to tap into movies of yesteryear for inspiration. But tonight, cable network A&E will air a prequel of sorts to Alfred Hitchcock ‘s classic horror thriller Psycho (1960). … Read Full Post

Blu-ray Movies for March 2013

In March, several lesser known films by great directors and one cult classic will be released on Blu-ray. Among those making the jump are a sci-fi classic about a killer blob; an adaptation of a Graham Greene novel by Fritz Lang; a rare Western comedy starring John Wayne; Elia Kazan’s thriller about a runaway virus; and John Ford’s personal favorite. As always, all make great gifts for ardent collectors and casual fans alike.