The best laid plans... Here are some of the movies I caught on the Criterion Channel in June because it was easier to flip on a streaming movie than open up the player and pop in a disc. That pretty much says it all for how June went for me.
Experiment in Terror (1962)
Glenn Ford, Lee Remick, Stefanie Powers and Ross Martin come together for a shadowy crime thriller from Blake Edwards that is a must see. Once I started watching it, I realized I had seen it before, which is a true testament to the unreliability of my memory, since it is not an easy film to forget. This is why I need to write these things down. Fortunately, it's a great movie to see again. The opening scene is worth the price of admission and will have you thinking of David Lynch.
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
No Man of Her Own (1950)
Darling, How Could You! (1951)
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
A Rouben Mamoulian movie with Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, and Basil Rathbone. I think I enjoyed Tyrone Power playing the part of a useless dandy even more than being a masked crusader. Wonderful filmography in this picture, and though I'm quite fond of Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes, it's always fun to see him relish the role of villain. This is an infinitely rewatchable film.
Mr.& Mrs. Smith (1941)
A Hitchcock comedy with Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery that has a married couple learn that they're not really married because of a technicality. Before learning this inconvenient information, the husband foolishly admits to the wife that he wouldn't marry her if he had it to do all over again, so when she finds out that they're not really married, she decides to let him go, kicks him out, and begins dating his best friend. He sets about trying to win her back, but has little success. It's a curio in the Hitchcock filmography that's entertaining for what it is. There is a requisite Hitchcock cameo lest you forget who was directing this atypical film.
The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956)
His Kind of Woman (1951)
Of the three Jane Russell films I saw, this is the one I enjoyed the most. Directed by John Farrow, with Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Vincent Price, Jim Backus and Raymond Burr. A professional gambler is offered a lot of money to go to Mexico, and is told the details of the job will be provided when he gets there. He meets up with an interesting group of people, including a lovely singer who is dating a well known actor, and soon finds out that his job is to provide a gangster with his identity to enable him to return to the United States. Vincent Price steals the show throughout, but especially during a suspenseful ending. I highly recommend this film.
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
A stylish, thought provoking film directed by Otto Preminger with Jimmy Stuart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Eve Arden, George C. Scott, and Murray Hamilton. A soldier kills a man he believes to have raped and beaten his wife and is defended by a small town lawyer. This is one of the best courtroom dramas I've seen portrayed in film, with an amazing score by Duke Ellington. Don't miss seeing this one.
Thelma & Louise (1991)
During the month of June, I've also been revisiting The Twilight Zone and Sherlock Holmes in print, TV and film, and continuing to update My Film Collection while shelving recent arrivals and acquisitions. At the same time, I am finally getting around to working on The Invaders, now that my adventures in Dark Shadows is about to finally wrap up with Night of Dark Shadows in the next few weeks. Since Brother John has kindly donated some films he was shocked to hear I had not seen, there will be some days coming dedicated to John Carpenter and George Romero. I also hope to dig into more film noir, French film, and silent movies, and finally get around to indulging myself properly.