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[1931/2] Grand Hotel

We trace ensemble casts back through Shakespeare to Ancient Greece and most likely to the earliest days of storytelling; they say ‘it takes a village for a reason.’ Most likely, in the earliest days of our anthropological past, the concept of community was not a distinction between the haves and the have-nots or the 99% vs. 784 more words

First Take

Beau Brummel (1924) and Sentimentality in Movies

I cried and cried and cried. It was embarrassing. I didn’t look at my sister, but I could feel that she was crying, too. When the movie ended, we looked at each other to see how the other was affected. 1,471 more words

Mary Astor

Women are entitled to invisibility too

The third in the Universal invisible trilogy, The Invisible Woman (1940) becomes a cavalcade of pratfalls, in more ways than one.  This movie begins with a man getting hit in the face by a door, so that tells you the level of quality we’re talking about here.   631 more words

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An Invisible Trifle

I’ll be missing Universal’s 1940 The Invisible Woman tonight on Svengoolie. Hey, having something else to do later on a Saturday night isn’t a crime, you know? 174 more words

Horror Cinema

It Sneaks In...

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.

John Barrymore


Shia LaBeouf to Cop, 'Do You Know Who The F**k I Am?'

Other than having a name like a sect in Iraq that is currently taking it in the shorts from its counterpart psychopathic terrorists basically good Muslims, ISIS,   584 more words


Embracing the Melodrama #6: Grand Hotel (dir by Edmund Goulding)

Today, we continue to chronologically embrace the melodrama by taking a look at one of the earliest examples of what would become a Hollywood mainstay, the big budget, all-start soap opera.   766 more words