Archive for 1963

Bye Bye Birdie

Posted in Comedy, Family, Musical with tags on December 13, 2009 by Mark Hobin

PhotobucketPhotobucketBright colorful musical set in 1958 inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the army.  This enchanting  adaptation of the 1960 Broadway hit takes a regrettably jaded view of rock and roll music.  Luckily, the brilliant cast elevates this daffy comedy into the sublime: Dick Van Dyke is charming as always, Paul Lynde and Maureen Stapleton are hilarious and Ann-Margret is a saucy minx as the all-American teenager.  Wonderful score features the songs “Put on a Happy Face”, “The Telephone Hour” and “A Lot of Livin’ to Do”.

The Haunting

Posted in Horror with tags on November 9, 2009 by Mark Hobin

PhotobucketPhotobucketEerie haunted house story follows a paranormal investigator who gathers three people to a large estate to study the supernatural. Understated, low key and elegant, this horror film is based on the novel “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson. Film remarkably builds tension without being explicit, but rather suggesting spooky events of a psychological nature. One of the true great horror films of the 60s has over time become the quintessential haunted house movie.