4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films is all about letting the visuals do the talking.
All of the scenes below come from films that were made and released between the introduction of sound in the late 1920s and the adoption of the infamous Hays Production Code in 1934. This was truly an exciting time for film as an art form. Not only were filmmakers intoxicated with discovering what they could accomplish through the medium but they were also unhindered by censorship or regulation. The end result was some of the most visually imaginative and narratively daring films to ever be released by the major American studios.
There’s a reason why film lovers continue to eagerly seek out pre-code films. And if you want to experience what made the pre-Code era so memorable, you could not do any worse than to start with the four films featured in this post.
Madam Satan (1930, dir by Cecil B. DeMille)
Safe in Hell (1931, dir by William Wellman)
Rasputin and the Empress (1932, dir by Richard Boleslawski)
The first trailer for Creed was released earlier today! Now, I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of boxing. Nor did I exactly love Rocky when I watched it on TCM. (That said, I’ve always secretly felt that I was a bit too glibly dismissive of it in my review.)
But you know what film I did really admire? Fruitvale Station. Ryan Coogler’s directorial debut was a powerful and disturbing look at race relations in America. It had its flaws but overall, Coogler crafted one of the best films of the decade. Equally impressive was the film’s star, Michael B. Jordan.
So for me, my interesting has been piqued because Creed is another chapter in the careers of both Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan and I can not wait to see where they go.
Will Tom Hardy finally get his Oscar nomination this year? Well, he has already starred in one of the best films of the year, Mad Max: Fury Road, though I would argue that Charlize Theron is the one who deserves to be nominated for that film.
However, Hardy may have a chance of scoring a nomination for his performance in the fact-based gangster film, Legend! Not only is Hardy playing a real-life killer (which always seems to be a good way to get nominated, just ask Steve Carell) but he’s also playing twins!
Tom Cannady is an American artist who has been active for over 35 years. Trained at Murray State University in west Kentucky, Cannady paints poignant pictures that capture the spirit and nostalgia of Americana.