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Why have there been no great films about George Washington? And why are there so many films featuring Abraham Lincoln? From the John Ford classic Young Mr. Lincoln, starring Henry Fonda, to Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, there is something about the […]

Gracie Fields, Roddy McDowell, and Monty Woolley star in “Gracie and Me,” a sweet, gentle British comedy about a down-on-her-luck actress who takes a job as housekeeper for a former politician. She ends up helping him out behind the scenes, […]

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with this charming gif from the pre-code Cecil B. DeMille classic, “Madam Satan.” via GIPHY

Garry Marshall’s “New Year’s Eve” shows us a variety of happy, poignant, and romantic encounters on the night of December 31. “When Harry Met Sally” has a memorable New Year’s Eve dance. Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn “step into a […]

Many thanks to Kristen Lopez for inviting me on her Ticklish Business podcast to talk about some of our favorite old movie discoveries in 2016.  We talked about “The Harvey Girls,” “The Second Face,” “Homicidal,” “Madam Satan,” My Sister Eileen,” […]

At The Daily Beast, Marlow Stern has an excellent list of the most overlooked movie performances of the year, including Ryan Gosling in “The Nice Guys” (a masterpiece of comic timing and physical grace — great work from everyone in […]

In Slate, Aisha Harris has a very comprehensive list of the movies that inspired writer/director Damien Chazelle in creating the musical romance, “La La Land,” from the more obvious (“Singin’ in the Rain,” “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”) to the more […]

My favorite Christmas story is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and I enjoy as many versions as possible every year.  I love it in just about any of its movie incarnations. “Bah, humbugs” have been muttered by Scrooges played by […]

The 2016 additions to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress has the usual mix of cultural touchstones (“Thelma and Louise” and “The Breakfast Club”), beloved favorites (“The Princess Bride”), neglected historic gems (“The Beau Brummels”), innovative oddball […]