Origins: Tenet

Well, lookee here, it's our second Origins post of 2020, and it's only the end of August. The year is young, guys. Heh. Seriously, it's been touch-and-go as to whether or not there would be any Origins this year, what with features either getting ported to video on demand or having their release dates bumped. … Continue reading Origins: Tenet

This Train Is Bound For Murder

Nice to see Ms. Bergman again... In the seventies, studios liked a lot of star wattage in their prestige films. Maybe it was because their output was so much smaller than it was in past decades, or maybe they were desperate to get audiences away from their TVs and back into theaters. It was probably … Continue reading This Train Is Bound For Murder

Origins: Bill & Ted Face the Music

Well, well, our first Origins post of 2020, and what better to see in this year of crazy than Bill & Ted Face the Music? To quote Bill S. Preston, Esquire, and Ted 'Theodore" Logan, "Excellent!" Like most Gen-Xers, I have plenty of memories of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. I even had a Bill … Continue reading Origins: Bill & Ted Face the Music

Holy Guest Star, Batman

Mr. Johnson's back... When Batman was on TV in the 60s, it seemed like every star in Hollywood lined up to take their turn at being a villain, and one of these was Van Johnson. Early in Season Two, he played the Minstrel, a devious lute player who sets his sights on the Gotham City Stock Exchange … Continue reading Holy Guest Star, Batman

Veg, Gromit

Ah yes, Wallace and Gromit. Who doesn't love these guys? My favorite short of theirs is "A Grand Day Out," because it's a trip to the moon and it's adorable. Wallace won't be kept from his cheese, ladies and gentleman, especially if it's a good Wensleydale. However, cheese isn't free (no, government cheese doesn't count), … Continue reading Veg, Gromit

I Am Spartacus

I've touched on 1996's That Thing You Do! before, and including it in our Five Days At the Fair fest is a no-brainer. That, and the recent untimely death of Adam Schlesinger, writer of the title song, make the timing of this review slightly more fortuitous. Written, partially composed, directed by, and starring Tom Hanks, That … Continue reading I Am Spartacus

Dallas To Donuts

Different city. Different state. Much, much bigger fair. It is Texas we're talking about, after all. Hollywood has never been one to let a beloved property languish on the shelf, and in 1962 Twentieth Century Fox released its remake of State Fair, hoping to make some more magic out of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. The new film had … Continue reading Dallas To Donuts

For Your Entertainment

Our state fair is a great state fair. Don't miss it, don't even be late. It's dollars to donuts that our state fair is the best state fair in our state... 1945 was a weary year, but with the end of the war in August everyone was looking ahead to happier times and simple fun. … Continue reading For Your Entertainment

Six Reasons To See “Meet Me In St. Louis”

In 1944 Americans and everyone around the world were weary of war. There was a desire for simpler, happier times, when nothing very big or exciting happened. Hollywood fed into this with movies such as Meet Me In St. Louis, a gentle story about the Smith family as they wait for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, or th … Continue reading Six Reasons To See “Meet Me In St. Louis”

Reading Rarities: A Field Guide To the North American Family

Ah, that elusive, nubelous entity, the American Family. The whole world finds the American Family intriguing. They can't really help it, seeing as American Families are ubiquitous. Everyone from the Jeffersons to the Cleavers to the Bundys are known in every country. The fictional American family, at least the ones found in sitcoms of a … Continue reading Reading Rarities: A Field Guide To the North American Family

Anybody Could Be Anybody

Good evening (oh, wait)... Every prestigious filmmaker has had their imitators, and there's probably more homage paid to Hitchcock than anyone. One instance of this is the 1997 David Mamet film, The Spanish Prisoner, a tale of twists, turns, betrayal, and secrets. Oh, and it features an unusually serious Steve Martin, but we'll get to that. … Continue reading Anybody Could Be Anybody

Come On In, the Water’s Fine

Swimmers, take your marks... Esther Williams never set out to be a movie star. She was a champion swimmer who dreamed of competing in the Olympics. When the 1940 games were cancelled, she got a job working as a floor model at I. Magnin's Los Angeles store, and then landed a gig with Billy Rose's … Continue reading Come On In, the Water’s Fine

Is That You, Hitch?

Good evening (again)... Hitchcock had a long time to develop his trademark style. Before the taut mysteries and thrillers we all know and love, he accumulated a sizeable and assorted filmography. One of these was his 1928 British film, Champagne. It's so unlike what we think of as traditional Hitch that if anyone misses the opening … Continue reading Is That You, Hitch?

And the Blogosphere Recognizes…

Er...yeah, it's me again (I'm trying to be modest here, guys). Really, though, my sweet friend, Gill of Realweegiemidget Reviews nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award, which I had never heard of but I think is a cool concept. Thanks, Gill, you're awesome! Like any good blogging award, there are certain niceties to be … Continue reading And the Blogosphere Recognizes…

Hardboiled Lucy

Hello, friends. I'm your Vitameativiggivat Girl... The name, Lucille Ball, is synonymous with dramatic film noir...oh, wait, no, it isn't. Duh. 😉 Lucille Ball was a comedienne in the best sense, but like most up-and-coming actors, she did her share of roles outside of what she's now famous for. Ergo, Lucille Ball made some dramatic … Continue reading Hardboiled Lucy