Recently Watched: Female (1933) and God’s Country and the Woman (1937)

And now, on to the show. There isn’t much I can say about “Female” (1933) that my beloved Mordaunt Hall hasn’t already said. I agree completely with Hall’s assessment that some of the scenes undermined the otherwise terrific characterization of Alison, and while watching the film I kept thinking that …

Recently Watched: The Silencers (1966)

I have a sort of unofficial “Watch Everything D for Doom Watches” rule here at Casa de la Stacia, because he has the best and wackiest taste in movies ever. That’s how I ended up watching “The Silencers”, the 1966 spy spoof D wrote about last month. I’m a huge …

Recently Watched: I Married a Monster From Outer Space (1958) and Leviathan (1989)

A long time ago I recorded three classic sci-fi films from TCM. For months I tried to get my husband to watch them with me, but noooooo, he was too busy with the Stick Ranger and the “Maniac Cop” and the X-Files. So I watched “I Married a Monster From …

Recently Watched: The Trying to Free Up Disk Space Edition (part 1 in an infinite series)

Big thanks to Ivan at Thrilling Days for bestowing upon SBBN the “Your Going Places, Baby!” award, which has quite possibly the cutest icon I’ve seen in a long while. This award — like all awards — has morphed over the weeks. Originally stated, “This award means you’re really going …

Recently Watched: I Loved a Woman (1933) and Living on Velvet (1935)

Kay Francis made a lot of movies that should have been mediocre, but Kay’s presence and her influence at the studio meant she often had great costars and a decent director at her disposal, elevating what was supposed to be a woman’s weepy into a classic film. Unfortunately, neither of …

Recently Watched: The World Is Yours Edition

There are a lot of classic and must-see films I haven’t seen yet. Time and life has its limits, and that’s the excuse I’m going to stand by when I’m asked why it took me until 2010 to watch “Scarface” (1983). I am quite chagrined by this fact, don’t get …

Recently Watched: The Civilization of Maxwell Bright (2005)

Spoilers, adult concepts, and bad language abound. The Civilization of Maxwell Bright is a movie that tries hard to do the right thing, but it falls back on the old, lazy, entrenched bigotries so prevalent in Hollywood that, despite being an indie film, it might as well have been a …

Recently Watched: The Blackbird (1926)

Lon Chaney and Tod Browning collaborated ten times in their too-brief careers, beginning with The Wicked Darling in 1919 and ending in 1929 with Where East is East. Lon Chaney died in 1930, and Tod Browning’s career effectively died just two years after that with his film Freaks. Two of …

Recently Watched: The Light Touch (1951) & The Whole Truth (1958)

“You can’t smell a rose through somebody else’s nose.” George Sanders being given all the best lines in The Light Touch (1951)   “The Light Touch” is a nice little film but not very original. Set mostly in Sicily and Tunis, it’s a crime caper that’s one part “Casablanca” and …

Recently Watched: The All-Corpse Edition

Before I forget, I want to mention I am now posting to my Twitter when I update the blog. I’m not very wise in the ways of Twitter, so the hashtag #sbbn I automatically add to the tweets may or may not be appropriate. You’ll tell me if I’m doing …