Go Ask Shirlee

Siskel and Ebert At the Movies... Dolly Parton is a versatile lady, and we all know how she likes dipping her big toe into Hollywood. She doesn't do a ton of acting, and most of her film credits are now behind the scenes, but she starred in some classics. One of her last movie appearances … Continue reading Go Ask Shirlee

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I Feel Fine

Nice to see you, Mr. Goldblum... I'm really not surprised that Gill decided to host a Jeff Goldblum Blogathon. We used to have Follow Fridays With Jeff Goldblum on Twitter, where a bunch of us would post Goldblum gifs and wish each other a happy weekend and stuff like that (Goldblumers represent!). I figured it … Continue reading I Feel Fine

Travels With Papa

Summertime, and de livin' is easy... Ah, summer. And ah, vacation season. Unless one is a too-cool-for-school teenager who's suddenly allergic to Mom and Dad, especially when there's someone cute to impress. Katherine Heigl in her pre-Grey's Anatomy days takes this to the extreme in the 1994 father-daughter comedy, My Father the Hero. It's an unusual movie, especially … Continue reading Travels With Papa

Go, Pre

Steve Prefontaine is known as the "James Dean of track" and is a legend among runners. A native of Coos Bay, Oregon, he was born in 1951 and died in a car accident in 1975 at the age of twenty-four. Though his life was short, he was a major star. Naturally, he's been immortalized in … Continue reading Go, Pre

Remembering Rick Elias

This past Tuesday, Rick Elias passed away from glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. He was sixty-four. I grew up on his music, mainly through his work with one of my all-time favorite songwriters, the late Rich Mullins. Elias made numerous contributions to contemporary Christian music, or CCM, as it's called. Elias didn't release … Continue reading Remembering Rick Elias

On the Sidelines

And off we go... So we're here to discuss M. Emmet Walsh, namely, his role in 1997's My Best Friend's Wedding. Walsh's part is microscopic, but he still makes a fine contribution to a classic rom-com. Julianne (Julia Roberts) is a food critic on the line of James Beard. When she eats at a restaurant, the staff … Continue reading On the Sidelines

Shamedown #2: Empire Records

And now for Shamedown #2. Want some background on Shamedowns? Please visit Cinema Shame here. In 1995, the same year I graduated from high school, an ensemble film called Empire Records hit theaters. It wasn't a success; it really didn't go anywhere. Still, when it popped onto Netflix, I thought, "Why not? Liv Tyler's cool. Nostalgia sounds … Continue reading Shamedown #2: Empire Records

Coach Ed

Welcome, sports fans... When people think of Ed O'Neill, many of a certain age default to his iconic, crotchety Al Bundy on Married...With Children. And what did Al Bundy talk about constantly? His football days. O'Neill really was a football player, though. According to A&E Biography, O'Neill won a state championship in high school and a football … Continue reading Coach Ed

Helter Shelter

The time for our first blogathon of the year now approaches... Who can forget what it was like to live through the Cold War? For us regular people (in America, anyway), life would go on in its happy, placid way until something would happen and it would be like, "Oh yeah, the Russians might drop … Continue reading Helter Shelter

Shamedown #10: Armageddon

Our penultimate Shamedown. For those inquiring minds inquiring about the origins of the Shamedown, please visit Cinema Shame. For previous Shamedowns, click here. For some reason or other, in 1998 the world was treated to two nearly identical films two months apart. Both featured a rogue heavenly body about to destroy the Earth and an … Continue reading Shamedown #10: Armageddon

Getting Through

Well, here we are... What if you discovered you or your child had a disability? How would you respond? As humans, we're used to making plans. We like to be in control of what's going to happen next. When those plans get derailed, it feels like the universe is coming apart. Then what? 1995's Mr. Holland's … Continue reading Getting Through

Shamedown #8: Like Water For Chocolate

Mmmmm...chocolate. Chocolate mixed with shame might be a different story, though. Here's the link to Cinema Shame for those of you who would like to know why this post is called a Shamedown. Previous Shamedowns can be found here. The idea of a cook's mood going into their food is certainly nothing new. It's a classic move … Continue reading Shamedown #8: Like Water For Chocolate