Who Are You Really, Frank?

It sounds funny nowadays, but there was a time when commercial pilots were treated like rockstars. Obviously it's always taken a lot of training and testing to become a pilot, but for Frank Abagnale it was a stepping stone. 2002's Catch Me If You Can tells some of his story, or at least it seems to, and … Continue reading Who Are You Really, Frank?

I Am Woman, Hear Me Quote RomComs

I'm middle-aged. I freely admit it. *ducks sheepishly behind laptop monitor* Seriously, though, the forties don't seem to be very different from the thirties, other than the looming spectre of menopause for women, and the decade can even have some perks. A lot of us forty-somethings feel more comfortable in our own skin and care … Continue reading I Am Woman, Hear Me Quote RomComs

Home Again, Naturally

I don't know about anyone else, but I've been listening to a lot of classic rock lately, and this radio station I hear driving to and from work plays all the good stuff. They also play Lynard Skynard, which of course means "Freebird," not to mention "Sweet Home Alabama," which I've had in my head … Continue reading Home Again, Naturally

Who’s Your Tad Hamilton?

*insert Wilhelm scream here* Who hasn't fantasized about meeting a celeb? I know I have, and in this age of social media it's more possible than ever, at least on some level. That can be pretty cool. Or not, but I won't mention any names. It's kind of an odd mix of navel-gazing and fairy … Continue reading Who’s Your Tad Hamilton?

Bad On Purpose?

The badness is back, y'all... Who else thought (or thinks) M. Night Shyamalan was going to be the next Hitchcock? I sure did. Night likes macguffins and making cameos in his own films, plus the camerawork in Signs was very silent film-esque, with characters reacting to unseen horror. Even The Village grows on a lot of … Continue reading Bad On Purpose?

Five Reasons To See “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”

We're here, guys... Remember My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Who doesn't, right? The film started life as a one-woman play about Nia Vardalos's experiences growing up Greek in Manitoba, and came to the big screen after Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson saw Vardalos perform in Los Angeles. This was 2002's Little Movie That Could, because how … Continue reading Five Reasons To See “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”

My Favorite Lord of the Rings Character

Love it, like it, or not, it's pretty safe to say no one's indifferent to Lord of the Rings, and people are pretty precious about their favorite characters. Remember the uproar when Tom Bombadil was left out of the movies? It's still a slightly touchy subject because there are LOTR fans who are that committed. Me, … Continue reading My Favorite Lord of the Rings Character

Reading Rarities: What We Saw

Those who remember 9-11 will no doubt recall the huge demand for merch that immediately followed. The Longs Drugs I worked at during that time couldn't keep American flags, or anything flag-related, in the store. What we did get would sell out by the end of the day. Naturally, 9-11 books, magazines, and T-shirts were … Continue reading Reading Rarities: What We Saw

It Takes All Kinds

We all have unpopular opinions, and film is such a subjective topic that there's gonna be division somewhere (Last Jedi, anyone?). Ergo, the idea of coaxing a few secrets out into the open is fraught with intrigue. Here are two of my possibly unpopular opinions, and there are plenty more where these came from. *Impish … Continue reading It Takes All Kinds

You Will Not Forget This Date

It's hard to believe 9-11 happened twenty years ago today. How much has America changed since then? How much has the world changed since then? Look at us now. https://twitter.com/ian_mckelvey/status/1427608214024212485?s=20 Of course, on that bright Tuesday morning we had no way of predicting what was about to unfold. People went to work and school, got … Continue reading You Will Not Forget This Date

I Honestly Like This Movie

Sometimes you just need a good popcorn flick. Or any popcorn flick. Even the guilty pleasure variety. For me, one of those guilty pleasures is 2001's The Wedding Planner, a movie in which the titular character has always been outside looking in at happy endings. For those who aren't familiar with the plot, it's this: Mary … Continue reading I Honestly Like This Movie

Six Reasons To Go “Legally Blonde”

I know any guys reading this might be groaning already, so this post is probably for the ladies. Come to think of it, some of the ladies might groan, too. *wicked chuckle* 😉 Anyway, Legally Blonde is twenty years old today. How time does fly. For those who aren't familiar with the plot, it's simply … Continue reading Six Reasons To Go “Legally Blonde”

Stage To Screen: Chicago

A year or two ago my friend Gill of Realweegiemidget Reviews fame asked if I would review one of her favorite movies, 2002's Chicago, and I wanted to, but I kept putting it off and putting it off. Now the time has finally arrived, and I'm not only going to review Chicago but give it … Continue reading Stage To Screen: Chicago

Trend Pimps and Style Junkies

Funny how these reviews happen sometimes. When I was working on another post last month I thought I'd have 2001's Josie and the Pussycats on in the background as white noise. Heh. Yeah, no. Josie and the Pussycats begs to be noticed. It's either one of the smartest movies ever made or one of the … Continue reading Trend Pimps and Style Junkies

Charge the Pipe

The surf is up again, folks, only it's not of the Frankie and Annette variety. Oh, no. Today we'll be looking at the 2002 film, Blue Crush, starring Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Matthew Davis and Mika Boorem. I always get that one Bananarama song in my head when I think of this movie, probably because the … Continue reading Charge the Pipe

The Wind Has Changed

For my third and last post of this blogathon, I'll be looking at the 2008 film, Doubt, which was based on the Tony and Pulitzer-winning play of the same name. The only things I knew about it before I watched it was that it stars Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams, and a lot … Continue reading The Wind Has Changed

We Are Mishpokhe

Eh, what's up, Doc? Few studios are as influential as Warner Bros. Over its long history it's pioneered sound film, refused to tiptoe around the Nazis or any other pressing social issue, and has never shied away from presenting a grittier, more realistic view of life. What's amazing is that its history is largely unknown. … Continue reading We Are Mishpokhe