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Today is the Film Friday Weekly Roundup very late afternoon edition. Why is Pretty Clever Film Gal so late today? Because she forgot it was Friday! Part of the magic of the holiday season is that you completely lose track of time, forget what day of the week it is, and generally feel life is about so much more than work and computer screens. I hope you all had fantabulous holidays and that Santa left everything you ever wanted under your tree. I also hope you have rockin’ New Years Eve plans so you can par-tay before facing the grim reality of new year’s resolutions. Unless, like PCFG, your new’s resolution is easy to keep (more movies, of course!). Happy viewing and happy reading and Happy New Year!

Film Friday | Weekly Roundup

It’s been a busy week at Pretty Clever Films Headquarters thanks to TCM’s Summer Under the Stars. First we’re treated with Lon Chaney day and then Humphrey Bogart day. At night, I hear TIVO softly crying to himself in the other room. Even though I have roughly a gagillion movies to watch, I still took the time to scour the interwebs for the best goings on so you don’t have to. There seems to be an explosion of silent movie writings this week and here are a few of the best. Have a read, pop a bottle of bubbly to celebrate silent movie love, and happy viewing! Read the rest of this entry

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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Noir of the Week Reviews “Conflict”

Conflict - Humphrey Bogart - Sydney Greenstreet - Lobby Card - Pretty Clever FilmsWhile poking about the interwebs, I found this excellent 2006 review of Conflict from Noir of the Week. Sadly, as the review notes, Conflict is still not available on dvd. It does appear to be available from Amazon on something called Vee Aych Ess, whatever that is.  Spoilers ahoy.

Read the Original NYTimes Review of “Conflict”

Conflict - Humphrey Bogart - Sydney Greenstreet - Lobby Card - Pretty Clever FilmsRead the 1945 NYTimes Review for Conflict. Do you fit this description:

The appeal of this film, which is unpleasant and obviously morbid in theme, will be to those customers who are fascinated by the anxieties of a tortured man, who like to listen figuratively to the desperate thumping of a telltale heart.

Then read my review of Conflict, where I never refer to Greenstreet’s battle with weight.

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