Form and Function

Time to talk shop. The costume shop, that is... Chinese cinema can be very interesting, and one of the most famous (sorta) recent films is 2000's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, directed by Ang Lee. This visually arresting movie is part romance, part traditional Chinese fantasy, part Hollywood, and all spectacle. It opens at a typical village on … Continue reading Form and Function

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After Citizen Kane

The phrase, "sophomore slump" is common among public figures. When one's debut venture is excellent and celebrated, there's always a danger that anything following it will be a letdown. When one's debut film is Citizen Kane, the stakes are even higher. Orson Welles followed up that infamous firestorm with 1942's The Magnificent Ambersons. Based on the Booth Tarkington novel, … Continue reading After Citizen Kane

What the Code Means To Me

Tiffany and Rebekah at Pure Entertainment Preservation Society are the blogging world's co-queens of the Production Code. Parsing it, analyzing it, giving it context--these ladies know the Code inside and out, and their mission is to resurrect the Code in today's Hollywood. So when they asked us, their fellow bloggers, what we think of the … Continue reading What the Code Means To Me

The Angels of Bataan and Corregidor

Like Wake Island, Bataan and Corregidor were attacked by the Japanese while Pearl Harbor was taking place. Even more obscure than what happened to the servicepeople are the experiences of military nurses in the Philippines. These women tirelessly labored with little to no medicine or resources, and nevertheless provided major support and encouragement to Americans … Continue reading The Angels of Bataan and Corregidor

Remember Wake Island

Pearl Harbor wasn't the only locale attacked by the Japanese in December of 1941. Another was Wake Island. It's one of the most isolated islands in the world, but Wake Island was both a Marine base and a refueling stop for the Pan American Clipper, which made it strategically important and therefore no small target … Continue reading Remember Wake Island

God Bless This Ship

In tribute to those who fought and died for freedom throughout the world... On this day in 1939, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announced in a slumped, defeated voice that Britain was at war with Germany. It was a supreme comedown for the man who blithely waved a copy of the Munich Pact in the … Continue reading God Bless This Ship

The Wizard of Oz Blogathon: Wrapup

Time to tap those slippers together, people... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT12WuZb_DU However, our time in Oz isn't quite over, because I'll be posting any late entries I receive here for your reading pleasure. Speaking of which... Here's MovieCritic from Movies Meet Their Match with a page-to-screen comparison of Baum's book and the film. When I was reading everyone's … Continue reading The Wizard of Oz Blogathon: Wrapup

Politics As Usual

And here's our guy Van... Ah, politics. It's no secret that they're a nasty business. It's also no secret that they can get particularly ugly on social media. What's easy to forget, though, is how much hasn't changed (Side note: Jefferson and Adams were known for some sick burns in their time.). Manipulation, back door … Continue reading Politics As Usual

The Wizard of Oz Blogathon: Day Three

We have come to the third and final day of our blogathon (see Days One and Two here), with lots of new posts about to be revealed. Speaking of revealing, who can forget this scene? https://youtu.be/-RQxD4Ff7dY Now, without further ado... Quiggy at The Midnite Drive-In starts things off with his personal memories about watching Oz as a … Continue reading The Wizard of Oz Blogathon: Day Three

The Magic Never Ends

Eighty years ago today (can you believe it?), The Wizard of Oz premiered in theaters. The focal point of the movie is of course, a certain pair of ruby red slippers. The number of slippers made for the film is unknown, and at least five pairs still exist. Discovered in one of MGM's storehouses by costumer Kent … Continue reading The Magic Never Ends

Baum the Movie Mogul

Surprise, everyone... Yesterday when I was posting everyone's Day One entries, I realized something: It's not only the eightieth anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, but the hundredth anniversary of L. Frank Baum's death. Obviously, we wouldn't be talking about this classic film right now if it wasn't for this man. Baum was ahead of his time … Continue reading Baum the Movie Mogul

The Wizard of Oz Blogathon: Day Two

Welcome back, everyone! Ready for Day Two? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur7GnxTkS-M Okeydokey, let's jump right into it (Day One's posts can be found here). Sean Munger looks back on his childhood experiences with Oz, as well as the history of the film. Le from Crítica Retrô examines the Song of the Century, "Over the Rainbow" and how the song came … Continue reading The Wizard of Oz Blogathon: Day Two