Monday, March 4, 2024

Kristin Battestella

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Subtle Fifties Hitchcock

Though not To Catch a Thief, Rear Window, Vertigo, or North by Northwest, this trio of perhaps quieter, subtle Alfred Hitchcock fifties films remains top tier suspense.   Dial M for Murder Stereotypical bliss gives...

Two Great, Two Ho-Hum Alfred Hitchcock

Believe it or not, not all Alfred Hitchcock films are great Alfred Hitchcock films. Here's a tit for tat featuring two worthy early Hitchcock thrillers and two of his ho-hum period pieces...

Hitchcock in the 1930s

Though often under-produced with innate poor quality, these early Alfred Hitchcock British films from the thirties are peppered with familiar Hitchockian nuggets and all the expected suspense.   Murder! Screams, Beethoven overtures, and Wagner on...

A Fun Jane Seymour Trio

Peeping Jane Seymour's new cozy detective series Harry Wild reminded me of some of her early science fiction work and entertaining swashbucklers. Here's a sampling of fanciful romps from Dr. Quinn, Medicine...

Larger than Life Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton Pictures

Together or separate, tumultuous thespians Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton left their mark on classic film. Here's a chronological sample of costume dramas, medieval splendor, and larger than life epics featuring the...

An Ingrid Bergman Potluck

Famed for her international beauty, classic films, and then scandals as well as awards – Ingrid Bergman's talent is well known even to the movie layman, thanks to a big name picture...

Op-Ed: Unusual Ralph Fiennes Pieces

Ralph Fiennes is well known for big villains like Voldemort and Schindler's List or dramatic epics like The English Patient or his recent tenure as James Bond's boss M. However, Fiennes' impressive...

Op-Ed: Modern Shakespearean Looks

  These outside the box contemporary Shakespeare adaptations bend time, place, and drama for unique, ever relevant looks at the same old Bard.   Macbeth (2015) Director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) helms Michael Fassbender (Shame)...

Kristin Battestella

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