Send A Revival

Time to talk about Miss Simmons... As the Production Code became less and less of a thing in the late fifties and early sixties, movies took on more of an overt edge. Language and content standards began to be relaxed, and once-untouchable topics became fair game. One of the early films of the cinematic new … Continue reading Send A Revival

Number Five Is Alive

Beep beep boop... 1986's Short Circuit was probably my first kinda-grownup film. Back in the day, of course, when it took years for movies to come to VHS, it felt very au courant to snag them from the video store. I remember being twelve and begging my parents to rent Short Circuit for a slumber party I had … Continue reading Number Five Is Alive

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

One month until the blogging world parades their chosen worst of the worst films. The movies may not be pretty, but the snark will be gorgeous. Have you signed up yet? Do you dare? *wicked chuckle* 😉 Thanks heaps to those who have joined so far--I'm so glad people are into this! Those who want … Continue reading The So Bad It’s Good Blogathon Is One Month Away

Back To Titanic

Well, hello, Miss Barbara... In 1953, the Titanic disaster was only forty-one years in the past. Many of the survivors were still alive. However, the tragedy had all but passed from public consciousness, as between the sinking and the nineteen fifties, there were several wars, the Great Depression, and a sense of just wanting to live a … Continue reading Back To Titanic

Love Me, Love My Gunner

It was eighty-one years ago... Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy made three movies together. The first was 1936's San Francisco. The last was 1940's Boom Town. Sandwiched in the middle was Test Pilot, a story of bros, planes, and what happens when a lady gets thrown into the mix. Jim Lane is a hotshot test pilot. Gunner Morse is … Continue reading Love Me, Love My Gunner

Reading Rarities: Read My Lips

During the break, I took a look at my bookshelves and was struck by how many novelty books I have. You know, the kind of volumes you find in college bookstores or souvenir shops. They're the books you didn't know you wanted, and they serve no discernable purpose besides pulling readers out of the everyday. … Continue reading Reading Rarities: Read My Lips

Helter Shelter

The time for our first blogathon of the year now approaches... Who can forget what it was like to live through the Cold War? For us regular people (in America, anyway), life would go on in its happy, placid way until something would happen and it would be like, "Oh yeah, the Russians might drop … Continue reading Helter Shelter

Stage To Screen: Cry ‘Havoc’

Happy New Year, everyone! How were your holidays? My son has a few days of vacation left before the rat race starts again, and we're savoring these last little bits of carefree non-scheduled time. Lots of binging on DVDs, for one thing. And Sims 3. Anywhoo...  As we've talked about before, Hollywood had to get … Continue reading Stage To Screen: Cry ‘Havoc’