Shamedown #7: Thunderbolt

It's time for another Shamedown, and another invitation to pay the Cinema Shame folks a visit if anyone's curious about this whole Shame thing. And now, onward... Last year's Shamedown #7 was my review of the William Wyler documentary, The Memphis Belle, in which he flew several missions with a bomber crew, documenting their reactions and the … Continue reading Shamedown #7: Thunderbolt

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I Feel Fine

Nice to see you, Mr. Goldblum... I'm really not surprised that Gill decided to host a Jeff Goldblum Blogathon. We used to have Follow Fridays With Jeff Goldblum on Twitter, where a bunch of us would post Goldblum gifs and wish each other a happy weekend and stuff like that (Goldblumers represent!). I figured it … Continue reading I Feel Fine

The Wizard of Oz Blogathon Is One Week Away

We're almost there, at last, at last! Are you ready? If anyone still wants to join, there's plenty of room on the Yellow Brick Road, so check here for the details. Those of you who have already signed up, thanks so much, and I hope you're ready to go to Oz. Okeydokey, my review of … Continue reading The Wizard of Oz Blogathon Is One Week Away

Dickensian Barrymore

Nice to see the Barrymores again... Before Gone With the Wind or even Selznik International Pictures, David O. Selznik was a producer at MGM. L.B. Mayer had a vendetta against Irving Thalberg's success and respect in Hollywood, so when Thalberg was out ill, Mayer installed several other producers at the studio to take away some of Thalberg's … Continue reading Dickensian Barrymore

Page To Screen: Julie & Julia

It's been ten years since Nora Ephron's swan song, Julie and Julia. It was an ambitious film for her and it also wasn't, because it features expected and loved Ephron trademarks of witty dialogue and deft character development. What's unusual for the Ephron canon is that Julie and Julia juxtaposes the lives of two unique … Continue reading Page To Screen: Julie & Julia

Quintessential Pickford

Silent movies have really been growing on me lately. I'm always glad to find more of them, even though I don't always know what to look for and am still unfamiliar with many of the actors and crew. One silent-era player who's definitely not a mystery is Mary Pickford. To say this lady was and … Continue reading Quintessential Pickford

The Show Must Go On

Some crazy, crazy stuff hit theaters during the Second World War. Audiences were receptive to it, as they were looking for an escape from worry or bad news. One of the craziest was 1943's Thank Your Lucky Stars. Warner Bros. not only crammed in every star it could, but many of them act delightfully out of character. … Continue reading The Show Must Go On

The Wizard of Oz Blogathon Is One Month Away

Professor Marvel says we're getting closer to Oz...are you ready? I'm so glad people are excited about this blogathon--The Wizard of Oz is such a beloved movie. The prevailing trend among our bloggers so far has been wanting to reminisce, which is completely natural. The film has pleasant associations for so many, and it's always … Continue reading The Wizard of Oz Blogathon Is One Month Away

Joan Goes Noir-ish

And here's Miss Joan... After World War Two, it really got to be a thing for studio actors to turn free-agent, and it became way more common for actors to both produce and star in their own films. One of these was 1948's Hollow Triumph, which is also known as The Scar, and as The Man Who Murdered Himself. Produced by … Continue reading Joan Goes Noir-ish

The Sunshine Blogger Award, Part Two

As promised, deja vu... 🙂 My second Sunshine Blogger Award in less than a month! Well, friends, this is an unexpected honor. This time I got nominated by my lovely friend, Gill at Realweegiemidget Reviews--thank you so much, Gill! I am immensely flattered that you thought of me for this award. Just like the first time … Continue reading The Sunshine Blogger Award, Part Two

Reading Rarities: Make Do and Mend

During the Second World War, rationing was a thing in most parts of the world, and Britain had some of the most stringent rules of any free nation. Then, as now, they relied heavily on imported goods and raw materials, and when shipping became a problem, conservation was the order of the day. Not only … Continue reading Reading Rarities: Make Do and Mend

At the Very Beginning

Production Code Time... The onscreen and offscreen partnership of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn is the stuff of legend, and it all started with the 1942 film, Woman of the Year. The story of two rival columnists, it's a classic battle of the sexes. Tess Harding (Katharine Hepburn) is an international affairs columnist for the New York Chronicle. … Continue reading At the Very Beginning