Monday, October 26th, 2009

Giving Voice to Silent Film

Filmmaker and film historian Kevin Brownlow has spent over forty years working tirelessly to preserve and document the age of silent cinema.  In the 1960′s he began to interview hundreds of people associated with the era. From actors and directors to stuntmen and technicians, he realized that a whole generation of knowledgeable artists was beginning to pass into [...]

Monday, October 19th, 2009

All About Oscar

80 Years of Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards is Robert Osborne’s latest update to a series of histories he began when the Academy celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1978. Osborne, a columnist for The Hollywood Reporter and long time host of the Turner Classic Movies network, is also the official historian of [...]

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-code Hollywood

Mark Vieira’s book Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood, published in 1999, offers a fascinating window into a Hollywood era that many people know little about.  It focuses on films made between 1929 and 1934 when studio filmmakers often ignored what became known as the Hays Code. This was basically an attempt by the major studios to head off government [...]

Friday, December 12th, 2008

The Morlocks Are Out At TCM

One of the best film blogs on the web is MovieMorlocks.com, the official blog for Turner Classic Movies. The term Morlocks refers to the subterranean creatures first introduced by H. G. Wells in his novel The Time Machine and later brought to life on the screen by the film. The site features an eclectic mix of these “morlocks;” regular writers [...]

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Turner Classic Movies: The Website

Since it’s inception in 1995 Turner Classic Movies, or TCM for short, has carved a unique niche in cable television.  TCM routinely shows classic films, forgotten gems and low budget programmers from the Golden Age of Hollywood. These are all films that are rarely, if ever shown on any other channel.  TCM’s official website offers [...]

Monday, November 17th, 2008

The Internet Movie Database: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Internet Movie Database, IMDB for short, is one of the most popular film sites on the internet. It is a handy tool for researching films and the people who make them. No database as comprehensive and as massive as IMDB is going to be perfect, but using a few simple guidelines and understanding what the [...]