Finding Answers With Ben-Hur

Time to hit the books... Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is quite the novel and quite the enticing story for filmmakers. Every time it's been brought to the screen it takes people's breath away with the emotion, the politics, and the relationships, all woven together with the life and ministry of Jesus. Its author, … Continue reading Finding Answers With Ben-Hur

Page To Screen: A Night To Remember

The late Walter Lord is kind of a legend among Titanic buffs and historians. When he wrote A Night To Remember, which was published in 1955, he basically inspired the public fascination with the ship that continues today. Pretty much every book written about the Titanic uses Walter Lord's work as a source because he's that OG. How did Lord … Continue reading Page To Screen: A Night To Remember

Taking Off the Mask

Time to rock out, all... It's always interesting when Christian artists (or any musicians) dabble in moviemaking, and 2008's The Imposter sports not one artist, but three: dc Talk alum Kevin Max, Kerry Livgren of Kansas, and Jeff Deyo, formerly of Sonicflood. Not to be confused with the Gary Sinise film, The Imposter follows Johnny … Continue reading Taking Off the Mask

Back To MGM

Mr. Keaton is back... Buster Keaton did have a career of sorts in sound films. Well, he tried, anyway. From 1933 onwards Keaton's life was turbulent. He was fired from MGM in 1933, his marriage collapsed, and Keaton struggled with alcohol abuse. IMDb claims there was a period of time when the public hated him … Continue reading Back To MGM

Norma’s Almost-Swan Song

Way up north... Quebecois Norma Shearer was an unlikely film star, at least in the sense that she didn't fit the mold of the perfect movie goddess. She had short legs, one of her eyes had a slight cast, and the critics regularly poked fun at her delivery. On the other hand, in regards to … Continue reading Norma’s Almost-Swan Song

Under the Sea

Glug, glug... I'll be honest: I'm not a huge James Cameron fan. I think he's kind of a jerk, really. However, he's made some great movies, and one of them is 1989's The Abyss, a gripping story about creatures that lie beneath. And nukes. And a paranoid Naval officer. And possible annihilation by going too … Continue reading Under the Sea

Heigh-ho For Cuba

In this post-Fidel Castro day and age, it seems really odd to think about Cuba being a top tourist destination for Americans, but at one time it was. Before the country was declared off-limits to Americans, people liked the fact that they could pop round to an exotic country for a quick visit and be … Continue reading Heigh-ho For Cuba

Stage To Screen: He Who Gets Slapped

Plenty of us film buffs, including me, are aware that 1924's He Who Gets Slapped was MGM's first movie. There were a few other films in production at the time of MGM's incorporation, but He Who Gets Slapped is the first movie made by MGM as a new distinct entity. What I didn't know until recently … Continue reading Stage To Screen: He Who Gets Slapped

Leaping Through Time

Happy Leap Day, all... The Monty Python guys are, of course, longtime friends, and it's always fun to see what new projects they come up with. 1981's Time Bandits is one of those. Written by Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin, Time Bandits is a crazy film that just keeps getting crazier, and nothing ends up … Continue reading Leaping Through Time

Mr. Rains, I Presume

One of the most intriguing movies I have seen in a long time is 1933's The Invisible Man. Starring Claude Rains and loosely based on the H.G. Wells novel, it's considered part of Universal's stable of horror but it isn't all that scary. More like it's wryly funny and cerebral and outside the norm. The film … Continue reading Mr. Rains, I Presume

I’m Not Flying, Jack

OK, I can hear all of you thinking, "The Titanic already sank. How in the world could there be a sequel?" Well, folks, Asylum Films, the company that brought you six Sharknado movies, has done it, sorta, in a straight-to-video 2010 flinch-fest, Titanic II. How these Asylum people are still able to obtain financial backing is a mystery, but … Continue reading I’m Not Flying, Jack

Lord of the Mushrooms

I like mushrooms. Do you? Well, certain kinds, anyway. Cremini. Lobster. Button. Shiitake. Oyster. I'm not picky. The usual rule of thumb, of course, is that it's a bad idea to eat strange mushrooms because they can be potentially deadly or at least cause weird hallucinogenic effects. Eating mushrooms growing out of a decrepit shipwreck … Continue reading Lord of the Mushrooms

Smashie, Crashie

Here we go... Remember the 1984 Supergirl movie? I was in the second grade when it came out. I only got to see it once when it was released on VHS, but I had the Scholastic storybook of it, and I thought it was all pretty cool. Teenage girl becomes superhero, defeats the evil sorceress, and … Continue reading Smashie, Crashie