Watching Old Movies: The Thin Man (1934)

1934 Highest Grossing Film: The Merry Widow- $2,608,000 Best Picture: It Happened One Night (which is great, fyi) What happened this year? More shitty Nazi stuff. In this specific case, the Night of Long Knives, where the Nazis purged the significant left-wing and anti-Nazi conservative political factions of their country. This was shortly followed by Hitler declaring... Continue Reading →

Watching Old Movies: King Kong (1933)

1933 Highest Grossing Film: Cavalcade- $3,500,000 (although King Kong later overtook it with $5.3m in re-issues Best Picture: Cavalcade What happened this year? Well, some guy named Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. That significant enough for ya? In addition, barely a month later, the Reichstag fire happened, giving Hitler the opportunity to pass through several sweeping... Continue Reading →

Watching Old Movies: Vampyr (1932)

1932 Highest Grossing Film: Shanghai Express- $3,700,000 Best Picture: Grand Hotel What happened this year? Lotta big stars got their start in the film industry this year. Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and Shirley Temple all made their first film appearances (although in Bergman's case, it was little more than an appearance as an extra.) Plus, Buck... Continue Reading →

Watching Old Movies: M (1931)

1931 Highest Grossing Film: Frankenstein- $12,000,000 Best Picture: Cimarron What happened this year? Bunch of little things. The Empire State Building was completed, the Star-Spangled Banner was officially adopted as the US National Anthem, the movie versions of Dracula and Frankenstein were released, starring Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff respectively (Sorry, already seen them so I won't be... Continue Reading →

Film Reviews- Godzilla: King of Monsters

Well, this was disappointing. Now, I’ve mentioned this a few times around the internet, but I honestly genuinely like the 2014 Godzila movie. It has its large share of problems, certainly, and I can understand why others dislike it, but it has so many genuinely great and memorable moments that, for me personally, make up... Continue Reading →

Watching Old Films: A Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

1929 Highest Grossing Film: The Broadway Melody (also the first major musical of the sound era)- $4,366,000 Best Picture: The Broadway Melody What happened this year? Pretty dang important year, actually. The Wall Street Crash happened, which led to the Great Depression, there were significant riots in Palestine, Stalin expelled Leon Trotsky from Russia and adopted a country-wide... Continue Reading →

Watching Old Movies: The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

1928   Highest Grossing Film: The Singing Fool (a follow up to the Jazz Singer)- $5,916,000 Best Picture: None (Early Academy Award Ceremonies weren't actually based on calendar years, so the schedule is somewhat screwy right now.)   What happened this year? Pretty interesting year, actually. Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, Herbert Hoover became president, construction was approved... Continue Reading →

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