Showing posts from September, 2022

Gentlemen (and ladies) prefer Blonde

Poppy Montgomery in 2001’s ‘Blonde’ This week might as well be dubbed Marilyn Monroe week with the wall to wall coverage of Netflix’s release of Blonde. But the reviews continue to praise our version of the Oates classic as a mighty if not superior production. TheArchive  doesn’t like to keep score, or does it? As we’ve discovered, the onscreen Marilyns have also been ranked by Vulture: guess where our version of  Blonde ’s  blonde ranks? While Ana de Armas’ recent portrayal clocks in at #9 of 22, Poppy Montgomery who stars in the first Oates adaptation of  Blonde  from 2001 comes in at #5.   It appears that gentlemen (and ladies) prefer  Blonde .  Starring Poppy Montgomery. On  TheArchive . In an Indiewire opinion piece from this week, “The 2001  Blonde   Miniseries understands Marilyn Monroe Better Than Andrew Dominik,” the author goes on to explain that TheArchive’s “Blonde contains the same beats as Dominik’s film, and yet holds far more empathy and appreciation for Monroe, her ca

Hispanic Heritage Month: Mexican Cinema on TheArchive

As we observe National Hispanic Heritage month through October 15th, TheArchive curated a list of classic 50s and 60s Mexican cinema to watch throughout the coming weeks. Hispanic Heritage month (which started as a week) began in 1968 years after these films released. It kicks off every September 15th, which marks the the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico celebrates on September 16th. To that end, let's celebrate this important time by spotlighting some brilliant films from some of Mexico's great filmmakers. We start with the legendary Oscar nominated Luis Buñuel. In the classic film  Una Mujer Sin Amor  (1952) from famed director Luis Buñuel, when a woman sacrifices her own happiness for her family, she creates a rift that will only come to pass years later. It is based on Guy de Maupassant's story "Pierre et Jean."  The film is an indictment on bourgeois  values and Buñuel himself, later in life fa

The Emmys on TheArchive

The 74th Emmy Awards are finally here and Kenan Thompson is hosting live from the Microsoft Theater. A number of notable Emmy contests will be sure to delight and surprise while no one will be all that surprised, perhaps delighted, if HBO's Succession and Netfix's  Squid Game take home the most awards, While the current Emmy race is always exciting, each year at  TheArchive  we like to go back in time and feature a few of our favorite Emmy nominees and winners from our own library. As Marilyn Monroe is on everyone's mind with the forthcoming Ana De Armas Netflix movie, our Marilyn and Me from 1991 was a Primetime Emmy nominee for, no surprise,  Outstanding Individual Achievement in Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Special. Paul Wendkos' Cross of Fire was 1990's Primetime Emmy winner for  Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Miniseries or a Special. But our most nominated series of all time is Peter Gunn with a total of eight nominations including Best Drama, Blak

Stream TheArchive's Week of Fashion

New York's Fashion Week has officially kicked off with the world's top designers, models, celebrities and performers converging on New York City. Tommy Hilfiger, Christian Siriano, Telfar, Rebecca Minkoff and more are setting the tone for style trends to come. From Gigi and Bella Hadid to Beverly Johnson; Anna Wintour to Lil' Kim; Kid Cudi to Lil Nas X the stars are out in full effect. At  TheArchive   we too are pret-a-porter and have our own fashion week of content for all of you who want to go retro and see some classic looks. We start with one of our favorite docs in the library,  A Coat of Many Countries , which follows the amazing journey of a single men's suit as it passes through a global assembly line, before landing in a New York department store. Join Patrick Bergen and Elizabeth Berkley en route to a photoshoot. Fashion model Vicky veers off the road and flips her car in the heart of the African bush. She struggles to survive in the wilderness, with only her

Welcome Back Pinocchio!

This weekend Disney+ releases Pinocchio in what may be their worst reviewed film in years - at least for their animation to live action remakes. While this weeks' reviews of Robert Zemeckis' Pinocchio definitely set Guillermo Del Toro up for rousing success later this year with his highly stylized, no doubt brilliant "story of a wooden boy you've never heard before," we too have one you've never seen. In fact like this fall's dueling Pinocchios, we also have two. And that's the truth. Let's start with Welcome Back Pinocchio which is a charming Italian produced spectacl e boasting all the classic tropes yet it brings its own sense of wonder and departure from the original 1940 Disney classic. As the story goes, Pinocchio is now a young lad staying out of trouble for fear of being turned back into a piece of wood. But when he gets off track and manipulated into stealing, Pinocchio must learn the hard lessons that enable him to become a human once m