2011 Best of the Blogathons RoundUp

There were many things about 2011 I’d rather forget, and am quite eager to sweep under the rug and write off as a (semi) total loss. It was, however, a fantastic year for bloggers. And especially so for the classic film community– a niche that hitherto has been of a largely insular nature, existing on […]

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Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last and the Triumph of Silent Film

Wow. So the best cinematic experiences I’ve had in recent memory tend to have the same thing in common: silence. First with the TCM Festival’s triumphant screening of Buster Keaton‘s The Cameraman in April. And now two months later, with the Los Angeles Conservancy’s closing night film of their 25th Annual “Last Remaining Seats” series, […]

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Harold Lloyd's Safety Last and the Triumph of Silent Film

Wow. So the best cinematic experiences I’ve had in recent memory tend to have the same thing in common: silence. First with the TCM Festival’s triumphant screening of Buster Keaton‘s The Cameraman in April. And now two months later, with the Los Angeles Conservancy’s closing night film of their 25th Annual “Last Remaining Seats” series, […]

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BIG FIVE GLORIES: CLASSIC MOVIES ONLINE

We were just given a heads up about a site dedicated to viewing classic film online called “Big Five Glories.” Suspicious at first, I am currently having the most delicious time eating my words. The quality isn’t the greatest on some of the films, but there are no gimmicks here: no membership fees, no pop-ups, […]

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December 1960: Screen Spotlight Magazine

I was perusing the hallowed halls of the Larry Edmunds Cinema bookshop on Hollywood Boulevard the other day and had to take this copy of Screen Spotlight magazine home with me. Dated December 1960, it features an in-the-pink Sandra Dee opposite the eternally sexy Cary Grant (kinda wish they had done a film together!). The […]

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The Film Foundation: 20 Years of Preservation

In many respects, The Film Foundation is more than just the leader in film preservation. It IS film preservation. There isn’t an organization out there that has been more instrumental in raising awareness and support for film preservation than The Foundation. For the past twenty years, the non-profit spearheaded by Martin Scorsese and a roster […]

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Favorite Website of the Week: Some Came Running movie blog

Any blog that designates Griffith’s The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1913) as the image of the week is absolutely begging to be named the Pictorial’s Favorite Website of the Week. Glenn Kenny’s Some Came Running movieblog is movieblog for people starving for a quality movieblog. His delightfully diverse palette bounces from silent film to old Hollywood […]

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Europa Film Treasures

Cheers to the inexhaustably creative culprits at BoingBoing for bringing our attention to yet another jewel of a find. Europa Film Treasures is precisely that. Backed by such venerable institutions as the Svenska Filminstitutet and the Filmmuseum Munchen, their archives are diverse and dizzying–their passion for our cinematic heritage evident in sheer scale and quality […]

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AFI Film Review – The Brothers Bloom

This capriciously offbeat sophomore offering from director Rian Johnson (whose film Brick is an inarguably brilliant must-see) starts off in the tradition of good old-fashioned Hollywood screwball sillies. Rian Johnson’s The Brothers Bloom has charm and charisma and plenty of promise with its premise. Two brothers who have spent their lives telling stories as con-men […]

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