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Well it’s another week done gone, ladies and gents! The weather in Toronto is a little nutty, ranging from downright nippy to warm enough for a/c in a single day. In true Canadian fashion, as soon as the sun peeks out, every man, woman, and child heads outside under the banner of “this might be the last nice day!” (Canadians go a bit fruity about summer, ya’ll.) But Pretty Clever Film Gal, for one, is looking forward to a beautiful autumn, shorter days, and longer nights for movie watching! October is a fine month on TCM with tons of Buster Keaton and drive-in horror movies, so warm up the dvrs. Now let’s get down to it and take a look at the best and brightest the interwebs had to offer this week. Happy reading and happy viewing! Read the rest of this entry

Film Friday | Weekly Roundup

Another week down, y’all! Pretty Clever Film Gal is gearing up for a long weekend and plotting her TIFF strategies. Whether you’re celebrating Labor Day or Labour Day, I hope you have a few great movies queued up for weekend viewing. Before you hit the multiplex, the arthouse, or the couch,enjoy some of the best the interwebs has to offer this week. Happy reading and happy viewing! Read the rest of this entry

Film Friday | Weekly Roundup

It’s a holiday weekend no matter which side of the fence you’re on. Happy Canada Day and/or Happy 4th of July, depending on where you are! Since I’m existentially straddling that fence, I’ve decided to celebrate both. Summer holiday weekends mean bbq, pool dates, fireworks and, of course, lots of movies! So kick back, soak up some rays, uncork a bottle  of vino and take a tour around the interwebs in this weeks Friday Roundup. And then get to watching!

  • If you’re looking for something to watch, you can’t go wrong with Mary Pickford in Poor Little Rich Girl. Mythical Monkey has conveniently provided some cool factoids and a link to stream it.
  • Mandy has set herself the task of watching each movie in Roger Ebert’s Great Movies and writing about them The Mandy/Ebert Project. Personally I love a list and checking things off of a list, and I love the completely guileless way Mandy approaches movies. She writes so personally and without a whit of pretension. A long weekend is the perfect time to catch up on her progress and start to follow along!
  • A here-to-fore unknown Chaplin short (probably compiled without his knowledge) “Zepped” failed to meet $100,000 reserve at a London Auction. I love Chaplin as much as the next gal, but 100K for a “Chaplinesque” short does seem a bit much, especially in these troubled times.
  • June 29 was Bernard Herrmann’s 100th birthday and bloggers celebrated with great pieces all over the interwebs, inlcuding Alfred Hitchcock Geek with his excellent “Hitchcock and Herrmann: A Tale of Two Maestros”
  • Noir & Chick Flicks reviewed the Marion Davies flick “Quality Street” this week. Yes, that Marion Davies, the 20th Century’s Helen of Troy. I haven’t seen this movie yet, but thanks to this review it’s on my list.
  • Ingmar Bergman had a cinema barn and he visited it every day at 3 p.m. I want a cinema barn, and I’m going out to buy some lottery tickets now, since that’s the only way I can think of to get my own cinema barn.
  • I had forgotten all about <a title=”IMDB” href=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/qqqJGHcQll0” target=”_blank”>The Three Lives of Thomasina, but Via Margutta 51 reminded me this week. It was a particular favorite of mine as a child because my cat looked a lot like Thomasina. Is it a great movie? Nooo… but it brought back very fond memories.

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Hitchcock in the ’50’s on TCM!

Don’t forget that TCM is showing 5 (that’s right, 5) Hitchcock films from the ’50’s. Arguably, this is the golden era of Hitchcock. But, shhh,  let’s not argue…let’s just watch. Fire up the DVR or start drinking coffee if you don’t have one!

  • Stage Fright at 8:00 pm EST
  • I Confess at 10:00 pm EST
  • Dial M for Murder at 12:00 am EST
  • The Wrong Man at 2:00 am EST
  • Strangers on a Train at 4:00 am EST

In the meantime, check out this fabulous post from Noir and Chick Flicks about Hitch in the 50’s.

Film Friday | Weekly Roundup

It’s rainy but it’s Friday! A rainy summer afternoon is designed for staying in with good coffee and great movies. Or really really bad movies… maybe it’s time to dive into the cheesy sci-fi flicks TCM has been airing in the “Drive-In Double Features” series? Whether you’re going high-brow or low-brow, pick a flick and watch it. After you read the weekly roundup, of course! Have a great weekend and happy viewing!

  • Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello is now an e-book. To promote this newfound ebookiness, bloggers got a creepy excerpt. Take a read at Alfred Hitchcock Geek.
  • Very few of John Ford’s silent movies survive, but The Iron Horse (1924) does. I have yet to see a Ford silent, but I really really want to. This review from Silent Volume makes me really really really want to.
  • Another Old Movie Blog also reviewed Bogey’s 1945 Conflict this week. I think she has excellent taste.
  • The Film Forum in New York has been running a Buster Keaton series (I’m jealous, much) and Alt Screen has a round up of reviews of Keaton’s College.
  • The Guardian reports that a newly available handwritten manuscript illustrates Charlie Chaplin’s struggles with synchronized sound.
  • And just because… if you’ve never seen Seven Beauties, you should. Watch the brilliant opening on YouTube.

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