23 Oct Review – Submarine

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews Submarine Submarine is the directorial debut of Richard Ayoade, who the geekier of readers will remember from “The IT Crowd” and “Darkplace.”   It is an autobiographical coming-of-age set in Wales, and follows Oliver Tate as he learns about love and loss. Oliver...

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01 Oct Review – Murder!

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews Murder! Alfred Hitchcock’s Murder! is an example of all the pieces fitting together, but the completed puzzle is still a little lopsided.  The film is about a young aspiring actress who is caught red-handed standing over the murdered body of her...

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01 Oct Review – Rainbow Valley

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews Rainbow Valley In college, I took this class that was, in part, about the evolution of the American West.  In the class, we discussed the era of the cowboy and the bandit and how it was romantic, but clashed quite clamorously...

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28 Sep Review – The Lady Vanishes

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews The Lady Vanishes And yet again, the film directed by Hitchcock is the best one I’ve seen in quite some time.  The Lady Vanishes surpasses even the half dozen other early Hitchcock’s I’ve watched on FlixFling.  This film was simply wonderful. ...

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28 Sep Review – Sword Of Lancelot

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews Sword Of Lancelot Sword of Lancelot is a retelling of the classic Arthurian story of Guinevere and Lancelot's torrid affair.  Personally, I have always loved Arthurian stories -- the magic, the chivalry, the gratuitous violence.  This particular version, however, I did...

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18 Sep Review – Beat The Devil

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews Beat the Devil When I read the description for Beat the Devil, I could hardly believe it.   The film stars Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre and was directed by John Huston.  The last time I saw these three names together, I...

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10 Sep Review – The Flying Deuces

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews The Flying Deuces After watching The Flying Deuces, I have dedeuced (heh, get it?) that Laurel and Hardy are similar to The Three Stooges; they are like anchovies – you either like them a lot or you don’t at all.  I,...

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10 Sep Review – The Skin Game

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews The Skin Game While The Skin Game sounds like a film that I shouldn’t admit to have watched in polite company, it is actually the exact opposite.  The phrase “the skin game” refers to dirty antics that can take place during...

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04 Sep Review – A Star Is Born

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews A Star Is Born When you think A Star is Born, you may think of the film starring Judy Garland, or the later Barbara Streisand movie.  Indeed, Judy and Babs pop into my mind when I think about A Star is...

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04 Sep Review – The Painted Desert

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews The Painted Desert The Painted Desert starts, as so many Westerns do, with two cowboys riding through the desert.  They come across a ransacked carriage, its inhabitants, dead or alive, are nowhere in sight.  Along with some pots and pans, the...

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27 Aug Review – Nosferatu

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews Nosferatu Nosferatu is the original cinematic representation of a vampire.  It is the tomb from which crawled Buffy, Angel, Twilight, and the Vampire Diaries, though it may be difficult to see the resemblance.  Nosferatu is the 1922 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s...

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27 Aug Review – The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was a long-running TV show starring “America’s Favorite Family,” The Nelsons.  From 1952 to 1966, The Nelsons, the archetypal American nuclear unit graced TV screens across the country.  The...

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17 Aug Review – Of Human Bondage

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews Of Human Bondage In most cases, when characters seem confused about the direction their lives are headed, they drop what they are doing, quit the jobs their parents wanted them to get, and go on journeys of self-discovery, often moving to...

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10 Aug Review – My Favorite Brunette

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews My Favorite Brunette In the beginning of My Favorite Brunette, we find Bob Hope in an unlikely place – prison, awaiting execution on death row.  Immediately, my interest was piqued.  When reporters arrive to hear his story, Hope’s Ronnie Jackson tells...

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06 Aug Review – Number 17

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews Number 17 My admiration for Alfred Hitchcock grows each time I see one of his early films. Made in the 1930s in England, they all seem to have small budgets and very limited equipment lists.  And yet, because of his direction,...

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30 Jul Review – Nothing Sacred

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews Nothing Sacred After being exposed as a fraud, New York reporter Wallace Cook is on the hunt for a gripping story to put him back on top.  He thinks he finds it in Hazel Flagg, a Vermont woman dying of radium...

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30 Jul Review – The Little Princess

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews The Little Princess Other than The Bachelor and the Bobby-soxer, this was only second Shirley Temple movie I’ve seen.  Despite my lack of due diligence, I classify The Little Princess as a must-see.  It is about Sara Crewe, a pampered but...

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23 Jul Review – His Girl Friday

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews His Girl Friday In His Girl Friday, Cary Grant stars as Walter Burns, an ardent newspaperman who is fighting and scheming to get his lead reporter to stay with the paper.  Of course, his motivation is not strictly professional, since his...

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23 Jul Review – Borderline

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews Borderline To be honest, the only thing I know Fred MacMurray from is Double Indemnity, and for that reason, I always associate him with gritty film noir.  So when I saw the description for Borderline, I was expecting murder, inner monologues,...

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13 Jul Review – Royal Wedding

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews Royal Wedding Royal Wedding was a delightful surprise.  In it, Fred Astaire and Jane Powell play Tom and Ellen Bowen, a brother and sister dancing duo who sell out shows across the country.  After their show in New York ends, the...

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09 Jul Review – The Pajama Game

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews The Pajama Game The Pajama Game takes us into the whimsical and musical world of PJ manufacturing at the Sleeptite Pajama Factory. The film, starring Doris Day and John Raitt, starts as many Doris Day films do -- as a battle of...

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06 Jul Review – The Man Who Knew Too Much

FlixFling contributor, Alexandra Gibson reviews The Man Who Knew Too Much In 1934, Alfred Hitchcock made The Man Who Knew Too Much.  In 1956, he remade it, though I have no idea why, as the original is thoroughly captivating.  The film begins at Winter Olympic-type games...

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