Can't believe Hedy Lamarr invented Wi-Fi just so I could abuse it by streaming this film. And that's on me. Y'all caught me slipping.
"You can't escape what you've done."
In The Walking Dead, those who suppress a conscience can flourish, and those who can't, for good or bad, are governed by it. Ex-con John Ellman (Boris Karloff), sentenced to 10 years for second-degree murder, is released from prison and is content to find a job and to return to his music. Guilt may or may not have played a hand in his reform, but it is certainly part of his life--and his death.…
Ziegfeld Girl never adds up to anything more than the sum of its parts, but its parts sure are gorgeous.
Lana Turner, Hedy Lamarr, and Judy Garland play three good-natured nobodies who hit the big time simultaneously, inducted by chance into the Ziegfeld Follies. It's pretty predictable from there--all three women have at least one unpleasant and/or unsupportive man (father, husband, Jimmy Stewart, etc.) in their lives; all three are torn between love and success. The fame and fortune get…
If you do not simply pass away when the title card for this film appears on screen, then you might as well find something else to watch. Cleopatra isn't the film for you.
Cecil B. DeMille's Cleopatra is scene after scene of awesome extravagance--hedonistic, passionate, and deadly. If the script isn't quite up to the task of telling an epic story about empires, everything else certainly is. Even in the slightly slower first half, you will never once be at…