Author Mark A. Vieira Discusses His New Book,
Into the Dark (Running Press/TCM)

Order in the Court! the Classic Courtroom Movies Blogathon

What do Duck Soup, Anatomy of a Murder, The Story of Temple Drake, and Adam’s Rib have in common? Whether dramas, comedies, or tragedies, they’re all courtroom movies. What’s your favorite?

Second Sight Cinema and CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch are pleased as punch to announce our upcoming blogathon, Order in the Court!, to celebrate the movies we love about justice, blind justice, blonde justice,  show trials, and miscarriages of justice.

Mark your calendars: Court will be in session starting June 10 and running through June 13.

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Second Sight Cinema Live Coverage From Hollywood
at the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival!
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2016 TCM Classic Film Festival

TCMFF 2016: A Breathless Diary

Greetings, gentle reader! After another refreshing 5 hours of sleep I’m off to the day’s delights and trials, of which more in a moment.  Here’s what happened yesterday: I hot-footed it down to breakfast at Club TCM, where I got to shake Leonard... read more

Fasten your seat belts—TCMFF 2016 has begun

Greetings, gentle reader, from Hollywood! Here is a breathless post to begin my coverage of the festival, before I head out into Day 1. First stop: Karie Bible’s tour of Hollywood Forever, the cemetery where many classic film Titans found their final rest.... read more


Disembodied: Waldo Lydecker, the Voice in the Dark in Laura (1944)

  “McPherson, if you know anything about faces, look at mine. How singularly innocent I look this morning. Have you ever seen such candid eyes?”  “Laura considered me the wisest, the wittiest, the most interesting man she’d ever met. I was...

Elizabeth Taylor’s Best Actress Oscars: BUtterfield 8 (1960) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Elizabeth Taylor won two Best Actress Oscars, for BUtterfield 8 (1960) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). The first she perhaps rightly dismissed as a pity vote. The second she won fair and square, and I hope it meant something to her. Until fairly...

A Viewer’s Guide: How to Watch the Cinematic Collaboration of Humphrey Bogart and John Huston

John Huston and Humphrey Bogart made six movies together, six points of intersection over their long careers. Three of the six were crucial in the careers of both men: The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), and The African Queen (1951)....

A Viewer’s Guide: How to Watch The Gang’s All Here (1943)

Fasten  your seat belts. The Gang’s All Here is too much. It’s the thrill ride of Hollywood musicals. If you’ve not seen it but have seen other Busby Berkeley movies you’re thinking, Yeah, got it. But all the fabulous excesses of Berkeley in...

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend! Welcome to the You Must Remember This…A Kiss Is Just a Kiss blogathon!

We’re live! Welcome to the You Must Remember This… Blogathon!  Kisses blistering and chilled, delirious and hard-boiled, Judas kisses, cartoon kisses, and of course the kiss-off… Here’s our Valentine’s Day celebration of screen kisses....

Dickie Moore (1925-2015), Lost and Found

Where all parents are strong and wise and capable, and all children are happy and beloved… —H.I., Raising Arizona It’s an intense little face. The Cupid’s Bow mouth and tiny, turned-up nose sit beneath large, dark, deeply serious eyes. Dickie...

Newsreels of the Early 1930s: Two Huge Stories About the Two-Way Mirror Between Fact and Fiction

Real life and entertainment, politics and policy. The Bonus Army—Herbert Hoover, FDR, and William Randolph Hearst, Gabriel Over the White House; Busby Berkeley and “Remember My Forgotten Man” in Gold Diggers of 1933 The movie industry’s successful...

Strangers in a Strange Land Pt II: Marlene Dietrich in Josef von Sternberg’s Shanghai Express (1932) and The Scarlet Empress (1934)

Part II Deceit, Desire, and Survival: Marlene Dietrich in Josef von Sternberg’s Shanghai Express (1932) and The Scarlet Empress (1934) A missionary wins the heart of a poetic warlord, a woman of mystery wins back her untrusting lover, and a promiscuous princess...

Strangers in a Strange Land: The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1932), Shanghai Express (1932), and The Scarlet Empress (1934)

Here are three pre-Code films about women from the West who find themselves in dangerous situations in exotic lands (China in two, Russia in the other). The women are thrown upon their own resources, their ability to adapt and survive, with little or no support or...