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Topic: Warner Archive

The Cobweb

'Mad Men' in a madhouse, 50 years ago


Drama

Rod Lott
With all its drama surrounding drinking, dalliances and draperies, Vincente Minnelli's "The Cobweb" is one seriously sudsy soap.
 
Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Night Digger

Interesting, but not a standout


Thriller

Rod Lott
Although best-known as the creator of the enduring children's characters Willy Wonka, Fantastic Mr. Fox and James (he of "and the Giant Peach" fame), writer Roald Dahl more than dipped his toes in dar
 
Monday, February 7, 2011

Bachelor in Paradise

Outlandishly dated but absolutely delightful


Comedy

Rod Lott
There once was a time — 1961, to be exact — when every airplane taking off in the movies was branded TWA.
 
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Hour of 13

An 'hour' of mild power


Thriller

Rod Lott
As far as gaslight-era whodunits go, I'll give "The Hour of 13" a 6 — a hair better than average, but far from socks-knocking.
 
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt / While the City Sleeps

Enjoyable slices of old-school noir the way it should be


Thriller

Rod Lott
In 1956, three years after helming the film-noir classic “The Big Heat,” director Fritz Lang returned to the genre for a pair of films that prove to be his final for America: “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” and “While the City Sleeps.”
 
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Get Yourself a College Girl

Pure, unbridled fun.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Get yourself "Get Yourself a College Girl," a 1964 co-ed comedy as bubbly, effervescent and tasty as an ice-cold bottle of RC Cola.
 
Monday, May 2, 2011

Hold On!

Like the Beatles, only with lesser music and more entertaining filmmaking


Comedy

Rod Lott
From 1966, "Hold On!" is basically Herman's Hermits' version of The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night," but with music that's not as good, yet is more fun to watch. Yeah, I said it.
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Probe

A highly pleasurable, if dated, sci-fi adventure


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Probe” applies sci-fi principles to the “Mission: Impossible” template, making for a highly pleasurable, if dated, 100 minutes.
 
Friday, May 13, 2011

Smile Jenny, You’re Dead

A compelling crime drama, even decades later


Thriller

Rod Lott
How ironic for this made-for-TV movie to sport “Smile” in its (incorrectly punctuated) title, because for network television — especially in 1974 — it’s remarkably morose.
 
Friday, May 13, 2011

Mister Buddwing

Kinda like ‘Memento,’ only not good


Drama

Rod Lott
In a rather promising pre-credits sequence that puts us in James Garner's POV, he wakes up in Central Park, not knowing who he is, or much of anything, really.
 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
 
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