The Aviation In Film Blogathon Has Arrived

It's here, guys. Prepare for takeoff... And yes, I'm going to get in as many aviation puns as I can because how often do any of us get such a perfect chance? Anyway, here we go with all our great Day One posts... Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews kicks things off with 1979's Hanover Street, starring a very … Continue reading The Aviation In Film Blogathon Has Arrived

Indiana Jones Vs. the Red Baron

Contact... Ever see the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles? Also known as The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, it was on in the early nineties and one of my favorite shows in high school. Not only was Sean Patrick Flanery really, really cute, but Indy got around. Forrest Gump would be jealous of the number of historical figures Indy … Continue reading Indiana Jones Vs. the Red Baron

During World War Two: Remember Pearl Harbor

Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously called December 7, 1941 "a date that will live in infamy." Eighty-plus years later, December seventh is still infamous, although the media nowadays seems to use Pearl Harbor mostly as a metaphor instead of an actuality. 9-11, for instance, has been compared to Pearl Harbor more times than anyone can shake … Continue reading During World War Two: Remember Pearl Harbor

My Four Favorite Noirs

Happy National Classic Movie Day! I'll be honest: Noirs aren't my default choice when it comes to movies. I guess it depends on my mood. Sometimes I've looked at those shadowy scenes and wondered if the characters have ever seen daylight or worn any outerwear other than a trench coat and a fedora. Or ever … Continue reading My Four Favorite Noirs

One Week Until the Aviation In Film Blogathon

One week to go, people. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Time flies. See what I did there? Again? Also again, thanks lots to everyone who has signed up, and if anyone would like to join us, feel free! Find all the details here. Can't believe we only have one week till … Continue reading One Week Until the Aviation In Film Blogathon

Paddy Lee and ‘The Patsy’

Time to celebrate Paddy... One of the last blogathons that our dear friend, Paddy Lee participated in was the Odd Or Even Blogathon the lovely Gill of Realweegiemidget Reviews and I held back in January. For those of you who missed that event, we had a coin toss decide whether our participants would review a … Continue reading Paddy Lee and ‘The Patsy’

Stage To Screen: On Golden Pond

Every family has its problems. We all know this. We also all know that whether or not a family deals with its problems is another matter, and Ernest Thompson's On Golden Pond is a rather gorgeous and slightly tempestuous look at aging and reconciliation. Yeah, we've had a lot of family movies and dysfunction type stories … Continue reading Stage To Screen: On Golden Pond

The Strange, Strange World of Chinese ‘Star Wars’ Bootlegs

Ever seen a Chinese bootleg Star Wars movie? While nothing should surprise us in this day and age, well...yikes. These movies are a nightmare for grammarians and linguists and paydirt for Star Wars fans. Heaven help those who can tick off more than one of those boxes. Here's the lowdown for the unfamiliar: Some unknown individual translated … Continue reading The Strange, Strange World of Chinese ‘Star Wars’ Bootlegs

The Hardys Take Manhattan

Anything that can go wrong... MGM made sixteen Andy Hardy films. It might sound funny to us today, but movie serials were the thing before the advent of TV, and the Hardy movies were easy and quick to shoot because they used the same sets and mostly the same cast every time. Plus the stories … Continue reading The Hardys Take Manhattan

Smile Politely And Stab Cleanly

We all know how much Bette Davis loved heavy, meaty, dramatic roles, and her turn as Regina Giddens in 1941's The Little Foxes sure gave her something to sink her teeth into. I tried watching this movie on the plane to South Dakota last summer, but there was no sound and the remote was in the … Continue reading Smile Politely And Stab Cleanly

I Am Woman, Hear Me Quote RomComs

I'm middle-aged. I freely admit it. *ducks sheepishly behind laptop monitor* Seriously, though, the forties don't seem to be very different from the thirties, other than the looming spectre of menopause for women, and the decade can even have some perks. A lot of us forty-somethings feel more comfortable in our own skin and care … Continue reading I Am Woman, Hear Me Quote RomComs

One Month Until the Aviation In Film Blogathon

We already have thirty days to go. Wow. I feel like I just announced this thing, guys. Time flies and all that stuff. Yes, pun intended. 🙂 And wow, your enthusiasm is awesome. We already have a great variety of films, genres and eras in our roster, which I'm looking forward to reading during our … Continue reading One Month Until the Aviation In Film Blogathon

During World War Two: With A Little Help From My Friends

After Britain and Germany declared war in 1939, there were roughly two years in which America, for all intents and purposes, laid low. Sort of. Not really. The first Neutrality Act was signed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt on August 31, 1935, and it would be renewed several times over the next few years. The Act … Continue reading During World War Two: With A Little Help From My Friends

The Play’s the Thing

Mr. Holden's back... By 1943 William Holden had been in films for five years, and his roles were steadily growing in size and importance. It's ironic that one of his movies from that year was Young And Willing, about green-as-grass hopefuls trying to break into show business. The movie feels like something we've seen before, only … Continue reading The Play’s the Thing

Shamedown #4: Bank Alarm

Another Shamedown already? Kidding, it's all good. If anyone is just joining us and wants to know what the heck a Shamedown is, please click here. And now, on with our show... It's with a little bit of trepidation that I posted my Shamedown list this year, because I put a lot of Poverty Row … Continue reading Shamedown #4: Bank Alarm

MGM In Space

Who here has seen 1956's Forbidden Planet? While it's definitely not the first sci-fi flick, this movie's one of the game-changers and a pretty unusual film for MGM. Even people who don't usually care for older films should watch this one because it's chock-full of tried-and-true tropes. The real buffs will no doubt notice more … Continue reading MGM In Space