Carole's back, everyone... Carole Lombard was a successful comedienne, but she was not immune to a movie of hers tanking at the box office. That came in the form of 1939's Made For Each Other, which starred Carole opposite James Stewart. Produced by David O. Selznik and directed by John Cromwell, it's an uncomplicated story of … Continue reading After Happily Ever After
Earl Grey. Hot. Oh, wait. 😉 One of my favorite of Patrick Stewart's non-Star Trek roles is that of Charles Xavier in the X-Men franchise, a paen to the marginalized and disenfranchised among us. It's hard to believe the first movie is twenty years old this year. And that it's from a time when the bulk of … Continue reading Mutants Among Us
Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noel! ¡Feliz Navidad! Fröhliche Weihnachten! Feliz Natal! Erry-may Istmas-chray! 🙂 Before the advent of TV, studios invested in movie serials, and one of MGM's most popular franchises was the Andy Hardy series, which followed the adventures of its young protagonist in the Midwestern (?) town of Carvel. The films were sure bets … Continue reading Christmas In Carvel
Anyone have a birthday on February 29th, or know someone born on that day? It's an interesting concept, having a birthday every four years--it must feel a little surreal. I'll bet people born on that day celebrate like no one's business. In that vein, I thought it would be fun to commemorate Leap Day next year by … Continue reading Announcing the Leap Year Blogathon!
Well, hello, Mr. Bridges... Timing is a funny, funny thing. As I'm sure a lot of you have heard by now, the YouTuber world is in an uproar over COPPA, or the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (If you haven't, here are a few of the details). Suffice it to say, content creators may see … Continue reading The Realm of the Invisible
Nice to have you back, Ms. Bacall... Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart made five movies together. Their chemistry was so electric that no matter what the story was about, she would always smolder and he would always appraise her coolly and wordlessly. The 1947 film, Dark Passage, however thinks outside of the box due to one simple … Continue reading Your Face Is Bogart’s
Our William Goldman Blogathon, sadly, has officially ended, but the examination of Goldman's work doesn't have to. Speaking of which, if anyone has late entries for us, please feel free to spirit them my way and I will post them here. A huge heap of thanks to my wonderful and talented participants who sent in posts this … Continue reading The William Goldman Blogathon Wrapup and Thank You
We've made it to the blogathon! Inconceivable! OK, maybe not, but it's here, and it's gonna be awesome. I will be updating this post throughout the weekend, so please send me your wonderful entries and I will add them here. Happy reading! MovieRob brings us three reviews with this look at the 1966 film, Harper, 1978's Magic, and Heat from 1986. … Continue reading The William Goldman Blogathon Has Arrived
Mr. Goldman, I presume... To those of us who are older than thirty-five, the name, "Watergate" is rather charged, as it's one of the most notorious incidents of the last fifty years. I remember my high school history teachers talking more about Watergate than about World War Two or the Civil War. For those who … Continue reading A Dangerous Story
From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli... My uncle is a Marine. Well, he's not on active service, but they say a Marine is never really out, so he's technically still a Marine. He's also a Vietnam vet, and he always flies the Marine flag outside his house. So, I have a … Continue reading Ten Hut
It's back, it's badder than ever, and it needs you to make it shine in all its cringeworthy glory. Yes, Round Two of the So Bad It's Good Blogathon is going to take place from February 21st until February 23rd in the year of our Lord, 2020. If you missed last year, here's the premise of the … Continue reading Announcing the Second So Bad It’s Good Blogathon!
Mr. Rains is back... Claude Rains had a lot of classic roles, and one of his best in my opinion is that of Senator Joseph Paine in the 1939 film, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. This movie is well-trod territory for film buffs and Frank Capra fans, and it's definitely James Stewart's show, but he's effectively matched … Continue reading Walking the Tightrope