One Week Until the Unexpected Blogathon

It's getting close, you guys...are you ready? Thanks again to everyone who's signed up already, too. And if anyone is looking to join us, feel free--the more, the merrier! Find the rules and current roster here, and enjoy. Since it's the end of November, here's a small preview of December: Here are the people to see … Continue reading One Week Until the Unexpected Blogathon

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Origins: Robin Hood

Robin Hood is notorious. He robs from the rich to give to the poor. He can shoot arrows like nobody's business. And he lives rent-free in the heads of Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. He's a folk hero and a staple of English letters like King Arthur. He's also been done to death … Continue reading Origins: Robin Hood

Why I Never Say, “Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid.”

Today's post is not going to be exactly cheery, and if anyone wants to stop reading due to sensitivities or thinks this topic is too macabre, I completely understand. History's not always a pretty sight. However, I wanted to at least touch on Jonestown because it shook a lot of people in America, and Northern … Continue reading Why I Never Say, “Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid.”

George’s Final Days

It's Mr. Hudson! Doris Day and Rock Hudson are a perennially favorite screen team. They only made three movies together, but they're all memorable and fun. The last of them was 1964's Send Me No Flowers, a tale of hypochondria, hysteria, and hilarity. George (Rock Hudson) has it tough. He may live in a perfect house with … Continue reading George’s Final Days

Dance, Vicky, Dance

Hello there... I don't know why I never saw The Red Shoes. TCM showed it several times during the brief period my family had cable, but I never watched it. Too distracted, I guess. Well, that's all changed now, so let's hop into this 1948 gem, shall we? The Red Shoes was based on a story by Hans … Continue reading Dance, Vicky, Dance

Announcing the So Bad It’s Good Blogathon!

OK, yes, the Unexpected Blogathon hasn't dropped yet, but I'm announcing the So Bad It's Good Blogathon now because I'm kind of excited about this idea. So excited that I'd like to hold it in February, which is filling up fast. Plus, Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews and I were talking on Twitter yesterday about this … Continue reading Announcing the So Bad It’s Good Blogathon!

Down In Africa

It's Miss Grace! Grace Kelly's third movie was 1953's Mogambo, co-starring Clark Gable and Ava Gardner. Set in the French Congo, it was a remake of the 1932 film, Red Dust. The story was a daring choice for Kelly, but it paid off. Victor Marswell (Clark Gable) is a big game hunter living in the African bush. He's … Continue reading Down In Africa

So Long, Champ

Hello, Mr. Rains... Claude Rains could play anyone...well, almost anyone. He never was a song-and-dance man. He was known for his elegant gentility, whether he played a villain, a hero, or someone in between. In 1941's Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Rains plays what appears to be his usual type, only he holds an extra set of … Continue reading So Long, Champ

Beneath the Beauty

And here's Miss Hedy... When it comes to Hedy Lamarr, it's easy to zero in on her beauty and go no further. However, this woman had plenty more going for her than just a gorgeous face, and we in the twenty-first century wouldn't be where we are today without her. 2017's Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story ably … Continue reading Beneath the Beauty

Shamedown #10: Armageddon

Our penultimate Shamedown. For those inquiring minds inquiring about the origins of the Shamedown, please visit Cinema Shame. For previous Shamedowns, click here. For some reason or other, in 1998 the world was treated to two nearly identical films two months apart. Both featured a rogue heavenly body about to destroy the Earth and an … Continue reading Shamedown #10: Armageddon

Stage To Screen: Pygmalion

The idea of a master proving his prowess via a supposedly hopeless case is an old, old tale, and one of its most famous modern iterations is George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. First exhibited in Vienna, Austria in 1913, it follows Professor Higgins and his subject, Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle, as that august gentleman teaches … Continue reading Stage To Screen: Pygmalion

One Month Until the Unexpected Blogathon!

Yep, we have thirty days to go. Thanks heaps to those of you who have already joined--I appreciate your enthusiasm! If this is the first you're hearing about our little event and want to get in on it, never fear, because there's plenty of time to sign up. Click here for the rules, pick your … Continue reading One Month Until the Unexpected Blogathon!