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I’ve Fallen into Classic TV and I Can’t Get Up

Greater love hath no husband than to tell his wife about a Murder She Wrote marathon. “It’s running all day Saturday and Sunday,” Tim tells me wearily, thereby consigning himself to another room for pretty much two solid days. But my trip to Cabot Cove comes at a price—and I don’t just mean the alarmingly high …

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THE HOUSE WITHOUT A CHRISTMAS TREE Returns to Your Screen!

“Did your Dad get you a tree yet?” “We don’t want a tree.” “Why not?!?” “They’re a waste of money. They dry up in a week.  A tree’s no fun—it stands in a corner. It doesn’t do anything.” “Yeah but you can look at it!” “I can look at the one at school. Or at …

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STREAMING SATURDAY! THE HOLLY AND THE IVY Make for a Prickly Christmas

Originally posted on Sister Celluloid:
Welcome to another edition of Streaming Saturdays, where we bring you a free, fabulous movie to watch right here every week! How can you help but love a Christmas movie where a brother and sister duck out on the family festivities to get roaring drunk? They have their reasons. But then just about everyone has…

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Reel Infatuation: Rod Taylor in SUNDAY IN NEW YORK

Ladies! Traveling around New York, you’re likely to run into all kinds of guys. Take, for instance, the manspreader: Not even Dame Helen Mirren was safe from him. And The Nicest Man in America™ actually was him. Then there’s Oscar Shapeley, who’s certain your emphatic rejections are just a playful way of heightening the romantic tension before …

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FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN! The Cast and Creator Open Up at a Sneak Preview of the Finale

While we were falling in love with Jessica Lange, she was falling in love with Joan Crawford. “She was such a treasure,” said Lange at a Q&A hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, following a sneak preview of the Feud: Bette and Joan finale. “She was never given the credit she was due. And …

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BRIEF ENCOUNTER: The Rain, the Sane, And Mainly Lots of Pain

When I was invited to join the “April Showers” celebration of rainy movie scenes, the first one that came to mind wasn’t something like this… or this… or this. You see, I’m Irish. So of course I thought of this doomed, guilt-ridden duo. The scene in Brief Encounter where Laura (Celia Johnson) tears through the wet streets after …

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The Legendary BEHIND THE DOOR Is Out On Blu-ray, and You Can Win a Copy!

Kevin Brownlow called it “the most outspoken of all the vengeance films.” It’s also one of the most daring and disturbing. And now—finally—it’s available on DVD. Irvin Willat’s 1919 masterwork, Behind the Door, has been gorgeously restored through a  collaboration of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival (SFSFF), the Library of Congress, and Gosfilmofond of Russia. …

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The Annual Oscar Memorial Reel Fiasco: Who Got Snubbed This Year

Okay boys and girls, it’s time for our annual Sister Celluloid tradition: filling in the massive gaps in the Oscar memorial reel! Granted, this was a horrible year. That old cliché that celebrity deaths come in threes? Yeah no. Sometimes it felt more like tens. The most common posts on social media consisted of a single word: No. As in, Not him. Not …

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Grab Your Sweetie—And One of These Cards!

Happy Valentine’s Day and lots of love to my classic film family of friends! Still looking for that perfect card, or maybe you—gasp—you forgot the big day is today? Feel free to grab one of these, created just for you. And whether you’re still searching for love or are lucky enough to have found it, I …

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Godspeed, John Hurt

What if 2016 wasn’t just a horrible year, but the beginning of horrible, period? 2017 is off to an awful start, with the passing of John Hurt the latest piece of unbearable news to come thudding on the doorstep. He was so much more than just an insanely versatile actor. He gave everything he had to this …

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