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Stock Your Shelves III

Here’s another round-up of some great deals out there to add to your personal film collection. As always, please note that the sale prices listed are accurate as of posting, and may be subject to change (and quickly). So if one of our recommendations catches your fancy, we urge you to snap it up as…

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Remembering Lauren Bacall

It’s been a difficult week for film fans. First, we lost the immensely talented Robin Williams. And yesterday, we learned that the iconic, lovely Lauren Bacall has passed away at the age of 89. She was a model who parlayed arresting good looks and no short amount of talent into a storied career that lasted for more than…

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The Romance of WALL-E (2008)

Our friends at Wonders in the Dark are currently hosting their annual film countdown. This year, it’s all about the romance, with a wide selection of talented writers posting articles on the top one hundred romantic films as voted by the site’s contributors. This week, it’s my turn, with the first of my four pieces going live…

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Gerald McBoing-Boing on Planet Moo (1956)

In 1956, UPA released the final of four cartoons featuring Dr. Seuss’s adorably strange, noise-making little boy, Gerald McBoing-Boing. This last cartoon in the series deviates from the typical McBoing-Boing short in one important way: the creative, sometimes nonsensical rhyming meter of the previous Gerald entries is gone, replaced by a straightforward narrative. And while I find myself…

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Book Review–A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True, 1907-1940

A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True, 1907-1940 Victoria Wilson Release Date: November 12, 2013 Simon & Schuster Hardcover, 1044 pages The word “exhaustive” gets thrown around quite a bit when talking about biographies. But never has that term been more aptly used than when referring to Victoria Wilson’s stunning recent biography of film legend Barbara Stanwyck.…

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This Looks Like a Job for … Max Fleischer’s Superman

In 1941, Paramount approached Max and Dave Fleischer, heads of their in-house animation production, with a proposal: to adapt the increasingly popular Superman comic book into an animated series for the big screen. But the Fleischers were reluctant. As Dave later admitted (as recounted in Les Daniels’ Superman: The Complete History), the idea of animating Superman was a daunting…

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Stock Your Shelves II

It’s time for another sweet deal round-up! As always, please note that the sale prices listed are accurate as of posting, and may be subject to change (and quickly). So if one of our recommendations catches your fancy, we urge you to snap it up as soon as possible. Also, please note that we are…