Into the Habit

One thing that's not often talked about when it comes to Audrey Hepburn's career is how varied her filmography really wasn't--she mostly played romantic leads or maybe women who were unconventional. There's nothing wrong with that, but as they say, variety is the spice of life, and like many actors, Hepburn enjoyed playing against type … Continue reading Into the Habit

Reading Rarities: ABC of Aviation

I've grown up hearing and talking about airplanes. My dad was a single-engine pilot for many years. Well, technically he still is, but he hasn't got a current medical certification, so there's that. My knowledge of planes is purely academic while Dad's is practical, but it's our thing. One year I bought him a pack … Continue reading Reading Rarities: ABC of Aviation

Best. Worst. Movie. Ever.

I heard somewhere that ninety-five percent of idea submissions in Hollywood get rejected. Who knows if it's true anymore, but it's a pretty widespread saying. Naturally, there's nothing stopping hopeful filmmakers from going outside the mainstream, and this has resulted in some...er, very unique movies. Some good, others not so much. Then there's 2010's Birdemic. … Continue reading Best. Worst. Movie. Ever.

Nora’s Revenge

It's a cliche that necessity is the mother of invention. Before she really made a name for herself as a crafter of witty film repartee, Nora Ephron was an essay writer for the New York Post and Esquire. She also dated and married fellow journalist Carl Bernstein in 1976. Happiness was short-lived, though, as Bernstein cheated on Ephron … Continue reading Nora’s Revenge

The Old College Try

Hello, Mr. Lawford... One of the quirks of the studio era was that very often actors were conscripted into parts. Unless a performer had a lot of clout with the public, they pretty much had to take whatever the studio threw at them. Even then the word, "suspension" got bandied around a lot, but that's … Continue reading The Old College Try

That Lubitsch Touch

Ernst Lubitsch was born in Berlin in 1892 and had a long career in Germany as a comic actor, writer, and director. Britannica says Lubitsch directed over forty films before coming to America in 1923. After seeing a Lubitsch film, people often ask, "What made Ernst Lubistch different?" Especially directors and writers, because they all … Continue reading That Lubitsch Touch

Stage To Screen: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

When I was going for my degree, I had to read a lot of plays, and one of my favorites at the time was Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. It's an existential absurdist spinoff about Hamlet's two college friends, and it's like Groundhog Day in that the action takes place around the title characters. … Continue reading Stage To Screen: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

One Month Until the Atticus and Boo Blogathon

How is everyone holding up? It's T-minus thirty days and counting until the Atticus and Boo Blogathon, people. Thanks to everyone who has signed up so far--you all are awesome! If any of you other equally awesome people are looking to join our little tribute, here are the details. Feel free to contact me anytime … Continue reading One Month Until the Atticus and Boo Blogathon

Bill and Ted, Tenet and Nolan (No spoilers, though)

It's not often that I get to see two movies I've done Origins posts on within a couple of days of each other, but this is 2020 and nothing is typical ever. We saw Bill and Ted over the weekend via Amazon Prime while noshing on Amy's margherita pizza and Dove chocolate. Then yesterday my husband had … Continue reading Bill and Ted, Tenet and Nolan (No spoilers, though)

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