Shamedown #5: The Longest Day

Time for my monthly dose of shame. If you've missed the previous Shamedown posts and want to know what it's all about, please visit Cinema Shame. Seventy-four years ago as of June sixth, the largest amphibious invasion in history took place. Officially called D-day, and codenamed Operation Overlord, it goes without saying that it was … Continue reading Shamedown #5: The Longest Day

Who Really Shot Liberty Valance?

Looks like it's high noon... My dad used to rent a lot of westerns when I was growing up, and I remember I felt pretty blah about them after a while. Westerns can be like sci-fi in that they have their own archetype. There are gallops on horseback, shootouts (at high noon or otherwise), peppery women, saloons … Continue reading Who Really Shot Liberty Valance?

Shamedown #3: Voyage To the Bottom Of the Sea

Time for another Shamedown. I kept getting that one Little Mermaid song, "Under the Sea" in my head when I was writing this. Can't imagine why. Anyway, for those who want to know what in the world a Shamedown is, please visit the Cinema Shame crew. When Irwin Allen's 1961 film, Voyage To the Bottom of the Sea was released, the … Continue reading Shamedown #3: Voyage To the Bottom Of the Sea

Page To Screen: The Fall of the House of Usher

Very few have done more for Gothic literature than Edgar Allan Poe. His writings about spooky happenings, death, and decay, fit right in with the Victorian mindset, which was all too familiar with death. He is so iconic that other Goth and horror writers can only follow in his wake (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and the … Continue reading Page To Screen: The Fall of the House of Usher

All By Himself

From the good to the mad to the lonely. And why shouldn't our hero be lonely? He's the last man in a world full of zombies. At least, that's what he thinks... The sixties and seventies were a funny time in Hollywood. The studios were in transition, and since they were no longer allowed to … Continue reading All By Himself

Surf’s Up

We Californians have to deal with some funny stereotypes, none of them true. Most of the time, anyway. We all live next door to movie stars, we're all uber-liberal, we're all hippies. And we all surf. I had a friend in high school who moved to California from Ohio, and she told me her friends … Continue reading Surf’s Up