Gone With The Wind (1939)

June 16, 2010

“We’re alike. Bad lots, both of us. Selfish and shrewd.”
Adjusting for inflation, this is the highest-grossing film of all time. Gone With The Wind is a film richly deserving of the term epic – it’s a love story, of sorts, played out against a backdrop of the civil war, and of the reconstruction that followed.
Gone [...]

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)

March 5, 2010

You fight for the lost causes harder than any other.
Jimmy Stewart plays Jefferson Smith, selected as a stooge to be a temporary Senator for an unnamed state, so that Jim Taylor (Edward Arnold) can get his dam plan through. Smith, though, is an innocent with a pure belief in the principles of [...]

The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938)

February 15, 2010

You’ve come to Nottingham once too often…
As camp as Christmas, so far over the top it’s looped back around a few times, shot in unconvincing technicolor with costuming and dialogue so bizarre that you wonder what on /earth/ anyone was thinking about (the “wear an unattractive curtain” competition really gets in full [...]