watching: The Lineup (1958)

This movie stands on it’s own as an excellent film noir, but I’m highlighting it because it also is an excellent reference material to showcase San Francisco-that-was. I love seeing what San Francisco used to be, versus what it is today. The entirety of The Lineup is shot in SF, and actually goes out ofContinue reading “watching: The Lineup (1958)”

watching: Twilight: Breaking Dawn part 2

You know what surprised me? Lee Pace played Garrett. I would not have known, had I not stayed to read the credits. (image pulled from here) Because usually Lee Pace looks like this (image pulled from here) and WOW I have to think there’s an awful lot of prosthetics between those two images. Mostly becauseContinue reading “watching: Twilight: Breaking Dawn part 2”

watching: Cowboy and the Lady, The (1938)

I wouldn’t say this is one of my favorite movies because I don’t go back and watch it every year, but it has just the right number of special touches to make it memorable. 1. I love how Gary Cooper keeps untying Ma’s apron when her back is turned. 2. Someone sings “Flat-foot flooty inContinue reading “watching: Cowboy and the Lady, The (1938)”

painting: The Comfort of Friends 18″x24″

I worked on this painting while watching Season 1 of Game of Thrones. Got to the last disk, and have to say, “WOW! I can’t WAIT for season two!!!” What an ending! All the characters, all the battles, all the complete opposite of moral ambiguity — a world where everything is black and white, rightContinue reading “painting: The Comfort of Friends 18″x24″”

watching: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a woman’s film all the way. I can’t think of one moment a man would enjoy, so don’t sit your husband down to watch it with you. But it is still an enjoyable and satisfying film in exactly the way women like: A Happy Ending. Plain Miss PettigrewContinue reading “watching: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)”

Watching: Prestige, The (2007)

I have mentioned before I love Christopher Nolan, so I went back to see if I had missed any of his films and this is one that had slipped by. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Two magicians vie to create the greatest illusion, and the story turns round and round until the Great RevealContinue reading “Watching: Prestige, The (2007)”

Watching: Sweeny Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

This was one of those movies that slipped by me during those years I was otherwise occupied with Life, and going back and watching on DVD now isn’t so bad. I had forgotten it is a musical. As a rule I enjoy musicals as long as the music does not overwhelm everything else. At firstContinue reading “Watching: Sweeny Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)”

watching: Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

There’s not a lot of movies that when I get to the end of it, I want to start it over and watch it through again. But Howl’s Moving Castle is just the right kind of movie. It’s a Studio Ghibli film in association with Disney, so I am not using any screen grabs hereContinue reading “watching: Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)”

watching: Dames (1934)

“Your knees in action — that’s the attraction — what good’s a show without you beautiful dames?” That line sums up all the glorious cynicalness of a stage production in 1934. Seriously, I think there have yet to be written decent term papers from aspiring film students, simply studying the dance sequences in Busby BerkeleyContinue reading “watching: Dames (1934)”

watching: Last King of Scotland, the (2006)

It is very few movies I walk away from thinking, “Wow, that was good!” Ridiculously few. So here I tell you about them, so you might keep an eye out for when one pops up for you to view, too. I picked up The Last King of Scotland because in the back of my headContinue reading “watching: Last King of Scotland, the (2006)”