Becoming Human

Hello, Snake... One of the great things about blogathons is that they can really get a person out of the familiar, and for me, most of Kurt Russell's films are definitely not familiar. Sure, I've heard of him. He's been with Goldie Hawn forever. I saw Stargate. I also saw him play Han Solo in the audition … Continue reading Becoming Human

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Two Weeks To Go

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2SDf42guB4 Okay, it's a little out of left field, but hey, it's the Bee Gees singing about Broadway. At least, they mention it. 🙂 Anyway, the Broadway Bound Blogathon draws nigh. There's still time to sign up, so leave a comment or message me if anyone's interested. Find the rules and current roster here. For … Continue reading Two Weeks To Go

Needing Release

It's that time of year again... 🙂 About fifteen years ago, my family went through a very tough time. We're OK now, but I'm not going to give any specifics because they aren't mine to give, and anyway, they're complicated. It was all stupidly, abusurdly, needlessly difficult, and I felt like life had sat on … Continue reading Needing Release

The Doors Made Me Do It

Happy birthday to Miss Lupino! This seems to be the weekend for hairpin plots. Yesterday's movie started with newsreel cameras and ended with a South American rescue. Today, well, you'll see... I've reviewed 1940's They Drive By Night before when my blog was a newborn, but it was such a short take that I have no problem … Continue reading The Doors Made Me Do It

Shamedown #4: Too Hot To Handle

Presenting another Shamedown. And another Clark Gable movie. He's getting a lot of exposure this year on Taking Up Room. And in case you missed it before, the whole story of how this got started can be found at Cinema Shame. I don't know about other countries, but in America we hear a lot about women breaking the … Continue reading Shamedown #4: Too Hot To Handle

My First Lon Chaney Movie

It. Is. Time. I'll admit, until this blogathon came around, I hadn't seen any Lon Chaney movies, although I'd seen clips of him. I knew he was a pioneer of both film makeup and horror films, which inspire industry professionals such as Rick Baker to this day. During his life, Chaney was so iconic and … Continue reading My First Lon Chaney Movie

Radio Days

In this age of ubiquitous digital media, it's always interesting to look back at a time when broadcasting was newer, cruder, and a much, much bigger deal. 1941's The Great American Broadcast is a film that does just that. The film opens at an airport in 1919, where pilot Rix Martin (John Payne) taxis his … Continue reading Radio Days

Stage To Screen: Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace is a classic play and film, a slightly macabre mix of black humor and irony. Written by Joseph Kesselring, its original run on Broadway was 1,444 performances, and it still holds up today. The story initially seems very simple, but it likes to grab the viewer with lots of gotchas, done so … Continue reading Stage To Screen: Arsenic and Old Lace

The Broadway Bound Blogathon Is One Month Away

The calendar never lies, friends. Come June first, the curtain will rise on the blogging world's look at the Great White Way. Allow me to offer a great big thank you in advance to those of you who have already signed up. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your support and enthusiasm (not … Continue reading The Broadway Bound Blogathon Is One Month Away

Tap, Tap, Tap

Fred Astaire seemed like he had the corner on the whole top-hat-and-tails thing, but he had an equally strong counterpart in Eleanor Powell, who also rocked that particular form of evening attire. Only hers were often trimmed with sequins. Powell's dancing was gutsy, athletic, and precise. One of the roles she tapped her way through … Continue reading Tap, Tap, Tap