‘The Burglar’ (1957)

March 22, 2021 markvoger 0

The movie that made me love Dan Duryea The independently produced noir masterpiece “The Burglar” could not have been made within the Hollywood studio system. […]

Women’s History Month

March 7, 2021 markvoger 0

Based on a true story Movies based on the lives of real people aren’t documentaries, but they can get the conversation started. To mark Women’s […]

Film noir

January 27, 2021 markvoger 0

Explore genre’s dark allure Stressed out over Covid-triggered cabin fever? Make it better, or worse, by watching some film noir. The genre will always be […]

‘M’ (1931)

January 11, 2021 markvoger 0

Paranoia in pre-WWII Berlin The director of 1931’s “M,” Fritz Lang, and the film’s star, Peter Lorre, would flee Germany later in the decade, as […]

‘Vampyr’ (1932)

December 20, 2020 markvoger 0

Dreyer’s shadowy world Yes, Carl Theodor Dreyer‘s “Vampyr” deserves respect as a pioneer in the vampire movie genre. But modern audiences are going to have […]

Halloween movie picks

October 13, 2020 markvoger 0

In 2020, the biggest horror is something you cannot see. (One guess what I’m talking about.) So my Halloween movie picks this year center on […]

My Lucy ‘Mame’ story

September 25, 2020 markvoger 0

A childhood anecdote A friendly warning: The following childhood anecdote does not have a big payoff. When “Mame” starring Lucille Ball came out in 1974, […]

‘Svengali’ (1931)

September 10, 2020 markvoger 0

Hamlet, schmamlet By 1931, all that boozing and fornicating were beginning to catch up with John Barrymore, but they had yet to vanquish him. Barrymore […]

Zita Johann (1904-1993)

August 16, 2020 markvoger 0

Star burned brightly, but briefly Recently watching actress Zita Johann in “The Sin of Nora Moran” (1933) — just out on Blu-ray and DVD from […]

Baseball movies

July 12, 2020 markvoger 0

In The Summer of ’20, there will be baseball. Albeit, it’s a shortened season — July 23 to Sept. 27 — thanks to You Know […]

Easter movie picks

April 5, 2020 markvoger 0

By Mark Voger, author “Groovy: When Flower Power Bloomed in Pop Culture” Easter represents rebirth. The birds and flowers are still doing their part, but […]

Sid Haig (1939-2019)

October 1, 2019 markvoger 0

Remembering a gentle genre giant Let’s face it, 80 is up there. But it was still a shock to learn that we lost exploitation-film icon […]

Labor Day movie picks

August 31, 2019 markvoger 0

Life never stops teaching us My idea for this year’s Labor Day movie picks is a sampling of films with senior citizens as protagonists. In […]