At the Stage Door Canteen

Much has been made of the Hollywood Canteen and its efforts to entertain the troops during the Second World War. They weren't the first to the party, however, not that anyone's counting, but Broadway got there way before them. In 1917, various Broadway stars, many of them women, founded the American Theatre Wing, which was … Continue reading At the Stage Door Canteen

The Second So Bad It’s Good Blogathon Is One Week Away

The Sultan of Swat is here to remind us that it's T-minus seven days and counting, people, before things get bad. Really bad. And really good. *chuckles fiendishly* 😉 There's plenty of room to sign up if anyone wants to join--see all the details here and feel free to comment. Last year's entries can be … Continue reading The Second So Bad It’s Good Blogathon Is One Week Away

Out of the Vault (At Last)

You guys. I'm going to see TobyMac tomorrow. My brother, sister-in-law, my nieces, my son, and my dad are going to be there too, because though a funny "Gift of the Magi"-ish coincidence, we all bought tickets. Oh. My. Word. Can we say, "LIT," or is that too last-decade? I've been a fan of TobyMac's … Continue reading Out of the Vault (At Last)

Be Careful What You Wish For

John Steinbeck was full of surprises, but a common theme in his stories is the struggle between good and evil. His 1947 novella, The Pearl is one such story, with the battle taking place within the protagonist, brought on by what he thinks is a treasure. It's a clichĂ©, but our hero gets more than he … Continue reading Be Careful What You Wish For

Page To Screen: Minority Report

We all know how Phillip K. Dick's work is a fixture on the big screen. He's like Jane Austen that way, only with computers and big chase scenes. One of his more underrated stories is The Minority Report, which first appeared in the January, 1956 issue of the sci-fi magazine, Fantastic Universe. Then in 2002 it was … Continue reading Page To Screen: Minority Report

Grumpy Old Presidents

Well hello, Mr. Garner... OK, so 1996's My Fellow Americans is a political satire and, I'll admit, an ironic choice for an election year, but we're gonna roll with it. Heck, we're going to lay the irony on thick here, because 1996 was the year Bill Clinton and Bob Dole locked horns for the Presidency. However, I'm … Continue reading Grumpy Old Presidents

You’re In the Army Now

Eighty years ago next year, the Abbott and Costello film, Buck Privates hit theaters. It was a tense time in the United States because we knew we would be in the Second World War at some point, but we didn't know when. President Roosevelt had just reinstated the draft, so men were shipped off to the … Continue reading You’re In the Army Now

One Month Until the Leap Year Blogathon

The Leap Year Blogathon is fast approaching, and who else is stoked about it? We have a plethora of Leap Day-related topics on offer that I never considered but am excited to find out about, and I can't wait to share my fellow bloggers' posts with all of you. It's gonna be awesome! Have you … Continue reading One Month Until the Leap Year Blogathon

The Farmer Takes A Wife

Here come the bride and groom... Here's our second post-wedding story in two weeks, and this time we're going silent with the 1926 film, The Canadian. I had heard of this movie but didn't know much about it, so when it came time to dive in I was pleasantly surprised. The film begins with Frank Taylor … Continue reading The Farmer Takes A Wife

Reading Rarities: The Zombie Survival Guide

Well, here we are, starting off a new year and a new decade by talking about that most menacing of threats, the Zombie Apocalypse. Dun dun dun... I'll be honest, while I'm not much of a horror fan, I'm even less enamored with zombies. They're undead like vampires, although they're not nearly as elegant, and … Continue reading Reading Rarities: The Zombie Survival Guide

The Second So Bad It’s Good Blogathon Is One Month Away

One month, all. One month until we cringe, we groan, and we split our sides laughing at the ludicrousness of bad cinema, glorious and otherwise. Have you signed up yet? Do you know anyone who might be interested in joining us? All the details can be found here. If you can't send in a post, … Continue reading The Second So Bad It’s Good Blogathon Is One Month Away

After Happily Ever After

Carole's back, everyone... Carole Lombard was a successful comedienne, but she was not immune to a movie of hers tanking at the box office. That came in the form of 1939's Made For Each Other, which starred Carole opposite James Stewart. Produced by David O. Selznik and directed by John Cromwell, it's an uncomplicated story of … Continue reading After Happily Ever After

Hello, Portici, Hello

I've got a mystery on my hands. Literally. Last Tuesday I got a package from Amazon in the mail, and when I opened it, found a Blu-ray of The Dumb Girl From Portici, along with a note on the receipt that read, "Dear Rebecca: Thanks a million." That's it. No signature. Cue the profound mystification. My face … Continue reading Hello, Portici, Hello