A Partial Defense of “Bunheads”

Amy Sherman-Palladino once said that she peaked with Gilmore Girls. "It's me under a bus after this." Well, you can't keep a good writer down, and Sherman-Palladino is still at it. Her second artistic follow-up to Gilmore Girls was 2012's Bunheads, a show that brought in mixed-to-favorable reviews and unfortunately only ran for a single season. The … Continue reading A Partial Defense of “Bunheads”

Down On the Farm

This year has shown us things about ourselves, positive and otherwise, and it may mean discovering depths and talents we never knew we had. With that in mind I decided to revisit 1947's The Egg and I. It's not only based on a true story of a city couple trying to start a chicken farm, … Continue reading Down On the Farm

Let’s Put On A Show

Escapism can take some funny shapes, and in 1944's Broadway Rhythm it literally does. It was meant to be the latest installment in the Broadway Melody series, but L.B. Mayer decided to change it to a vehicle for up and coming singer Ginny Sims. It was also an adaptation of a Kern and Hammerstein musical called Very Warm … Continue reading Let’s Put On A Show

We Gather Together

What are you thankful for? OK, you all know one of my all-time favorite shows is Christy (read my earlier thoughts here). The show had a short life, but they did manage to make one feature-length holiday special, "The Sweetest Gift," which originally aired on November 24, 1994. As it leads up to Thanksgiving and … Continue reading We Gather Together

Announcing the Third So Bad It’s Good Blogathon

Soon it will be that time again, folks. That time when we cringe and chortle at movies so bad they're hilarious. Yep, I'm talking about the So Bad It's Good Blogathon. It's up for Round Three and it's raring to go. Is there a bad movie you love? Or maybe there's a movie everyone else … Continue reading Announcing the Third So Bad It’s Good Blogathon

Reading Rarities: A Beginner’s Guide To Goat Yoga

Admit it, you totally thought this was clickbait, and if you did I can't blame you. However, truth is stranger than fiction and goat yoga really is a thing. No, there aren't goats doing tree poses and chatarangas, although I wouldn't put it past them, but people do practice yoga outside with goats wandering around … Continue reading Reading Rarities: A Beginner’s Guide To Goat Yoga

Oxford Calling

The Barrymores are back, y'all... In 1936, MGM established a branch of its studio in Britain, starting out at the Denham Studios in London. In 1938 three of its biggest stars made A Yank At Oxford there: Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, and Maureen O'Sullivan, supported by a lady who would became rather infamous later. Lee (Robert Taylor) … Continue reading Oxford Calling

Vive La France

Welcome back, Mr. Rains... While France was occupied during the Second World War, its soldiers, sailors, and airmen managed to deal heavy blows to the Axis with assists from the English and Americans. Like many other aspects of the war this effort was fodder for Hollywood's movie factory, and in 1944 our guest of honor … Continue reading Vive La France

Astaire’s Worst Movie

Gotta dance... Fred Astaire wasn't immune to the occasional turkey and one of them is 1940's Second Chorus. Astaire plays Danny, a trumpet player in a college band. It sounds all right on the surface, except that Astaire was forty-one at the time. At least Artie Shaw was along to make it all better. Oh, … Continue reading Astaire’s Worst Movie

Stage To Screen: A Raisin In the Sun

In "Lost Ones," Lauryn Hill wrote, "It's funny how money change a situation." The song is about a bad breakup, but money does change everything whether it's lacking or in abundance. It doesn't matter what race or ethnicity someone is, or where they live, or what time period they live in. Money does things to … Continue reading Stage To Screen: A Raisin In the Sun