In Which We Serve (1942) – Noel Coward and David Lean

As I continue to explore The Movie Book from DK Canada, I find myself diving into the What Else to Watch list after the book’s recommendation of Das Boot (and who doesn’t love that movie?). Noel Coward not only stars in this film, he wrote, produced and directed it (alongside David Lean) as we follow…

The Undying Monster (1942) – John Brahm

The Undying Monster, the next werewolf title recommended by DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book by legendary directory John Landis is suitably moody, dark, gothic, and set in England – despite the fact that most of them speak with American accents. There’s an ancestral home, a curse, a pair of Scotland Yard investigators with…

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) – Michael Curtiz

As I continue my time with the Musical chapter in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, I dove into the biographical film, Yankee Doodle Dandy starring James Cagney. That gave me a pause. Despite everything I had ever heard about the film, I’d never seen him do anything like this. It was…

Casablanca (1942) – Michael Curtiz

  As we move back to the Romance and Melodrama genre in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, we get to revisit one of my favourite films (many people share that opinion, and who can blame them?!) – Casablanca. It came along at just the right time, had just the right cast,…

The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) – Erle C. Kenton

Lon Chaney, jr. takes over the mantle of the Monster from Karloff in this next sequel in the Universal series. Ygor (Bela Lugosi), yet lives and is still causing problems for the hamlet of Frankenstein. The locals want to destroy the castle completely and the horrible creature still seeks revenge against the superstitious villagers. And…

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) – Orson Welles

This is the first time I’d seen this one, and honestly, it was the first time I’d ever heard of it. That being said, I quite liked this film by Welles, which serves as one of the recommended follow-up titles to my viewing of Citizen Kane from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film…

To Be Or Not To Be (1942) – Ernst Lubitsch

  The recommendations from Bringing Up Baby from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book features Jack Benny and Carole Lombard in this satirical romp that takes on the Nazis! Benny plays Joseph Tura, a bit of a high-strung¬†actor, while Lombard plays his wife Maria. The two along with their theater group, who…

TIFF – Short Cuts Canada Programme 6

  Today brings us the last day of the short programs for TIFF 2013 here in Toronto, you can catch them screening at 7:00pm this evening or 12:15 tomorrow at the Lightbox. Like the five preceding programs this one if filled with gems and jewels, and one in particular I thought was brilliant! Cory Bowles’…

Cat People (1942)

Had some time yesterday, to return to the exploration of 101 Horror Movies, and settled in to watch Cat People, which in the end is a story of sexual repression, with terrible repercussions for those involved. Simone Simon stars as Irena a Serbian-born fashion sketch artist, who has come to America to work. Against her…