Origins: Harriet

Here's something completely different: A Harriet Tubman movie. I don't know why this woman hasn't been featured in films sooner and more often. Her story has it all--intrigue, espionage, and stealth, with a whole lot of moxie. So yeah, it's about time. Harriet Tubman wasn't the only slave who successfully ran to freedom, and she … Continue reading Origins: Harriet

I Vant To Be A Clone

Vampires are funny creatures in Gothic lore. They're very subjective in their looks; they can be everything from suave and debonair to repulsive and slimy, to smoldering and sparkling to just plain comical. Or all of the above. Either way, as we all know, they have fangs and they drink blood. Bela Lugosi is the … Continue reading I Vant To Be A Clone

Shamedown #9: Touch of Evil

Well, lookee what we have here...another Shamedown. Anyone who's new to the blog and is wondering what the heck this is all about, please visit Cinema Shame. Orson Welles's relationship with Hollywood was always a contentious one, but by the late nineteen-fifties, a few things were changing. A lot of the old guard executives had … Continue reading Shamedown #9: Touch of Evil

Be God’s

On September 20, 1997, I was at home reading my e-mail and saw Danl Blackwood's name pop up. My mouse cursor jumped to open it. I was on Danl's Rich Mullins mailing list, where he kept fans up to date on Rich news, interviews, concert schedules, and so on. Danl always had something fun for … Continue reading Be God’s

Pint-sized Poe

It seems I can't get out of October without looking at the work of Edgar Allan Poe, and this year's finding is the 2013 animated anthology, Extraordinary Tales. I discovered this little Raul Garcia product on Netflix, and while it's not the best adaptation of Poe's stories, it's still a fascinating film. Parents beware, though: Extraordinary Tales might be … Continue reading Pint-sized Poe

Then There Were Two

Longfellow once wrote, "To have joy, one must share it, for happiness was born a twin." I wonder what Longfellow would say about Leibster Awards, of which I now have two, thanks to the sweet ladies at Pure Entertainment Preservation Society. Thank you so much, Tiffany and Rebekah! As always, accepting a Liebster requires the … Continue reading Then There Were Two

Reading Rarities: Retro Breakfast

Breakfast. The most important meal of the day. According to Linda Everett and Richard Perry's cookbook, Retro Breakfast: Memorable Meals Morning, Noon or Night, breakfast isn't what it used to be. Instead of being a wake-up feast of comfort food and love on a plate (or in a bowl), it's now cold, impersonal, and manufactured by … Continue reading Reading Rarities: Retro Breakfast

One Month Until the William Goldman Blogathon

Thirty days, friends, until the William Goldman Blogathon has arrived. Thirty days until we pay tribute to this great man of letters. Have you signed up yet? Need a little inspiration? Here you go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lISBP_fPg1s Don't even think about rebooting this one, Hollywood. Just don't. Not even a sequel. Princess Bride fans everywhere will give you stinkeyes … Continue reading One Month Until the William Goldman Blogathon

Mr. Blandings and Mr. Breen

Surprise! Those of us who have big families or have lived in apartments and dorms know what it's like to not have a lot of space. Being on top of each other all the time is a constant occurrence, and it can be a pain in the neck. Ideally, though, when the going gets tough, … Continue reading Mr. Blandings and Mr. Breen

Curing Box Office Poison

Miss Hepburn is back... Joan Crawford wasn't the only Golden Age actress to garner the dreaded Box Office Poison label; Katharine Hepburn also got stuck with it. What's interesting is how differently these two women handled the setback. Joan's response was to smolder in her posh mansion while waiting for good parts to come along, … Continue reading Curing Box Office Poison

Origins: The Addams Family

Let's get one thing out of the way first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ5IWRz78DY You're welcome. Good luck getting it out of your head (chuckles fiendishly). So yeah, there's a new Addams Family movie coming out. Among the many voices bringing the characters to life this time around are Poe Dameron as Gomez, Will from Stranger Things as Puggsley, Snoop Dogg from Compton … Continue reading Origins: The Addams Family