Origins: Sharks, Sharks Everywhere

We all know how sinister predators seem to be a real thing in summertime flicks. Maybe it's because summer is when people go camping or to the beach or something--it's an imagined feeling of impending doom. There's not much that compares to watching a roller-coaster of a disaster movie, armed with popcorn and Milk Duds, … Continue reading Origins: Sharks, Sharks Everywhere

Clean With Breen

So it's come to this... As promised, I'm recapping all the Breen-friendly films I reviewed in July for Tiffany and Rebekah's #CleanMovieMonth blogathon. How did they meet the Breen Code standards? Let's find out: It's Love I'm After (1937) This film played it dangerously. Basil and Joyce were so passionate I thought they were a … Continue reading Clean With Breen

This Old House

My son had his Spring Break at the end of March, and I took the extra free time to start revisiting most of the "House" series. Remember those? A family, several familes, or maybe just a random group of people would try to live as people did in a certain time in history, and it … Continue reading This Old House

Stage To Screen: Romeo And Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare's most infamous play. Even those who don't know much about Shakespeare know its elements. The balcony scene, for one thing (which is a window in the original script, by the way), has been parodied and referenced more times than anyone can count--everyone from Bugs Bunny to school drama teams to … Continue reading Stage To Screen: Romeo And Juliet

Origins: Game Night

The concept of a game coming to life is definitely not new, and the latest movie about that is titled...Game Night. Yeah. Totally didn't see that coming. The title is so generic that Googling "game night movie" turns up more clip art for hosting game nights than stuff about the movie. Am I the only one … Continue reading Origins: Game Night

All About Ann Rutherford

OK, all--confession time: up until Ruth and Kristina announced this blogathon, I had no idea that Ann Rutherford was Canadian. I've watched her films for years, so I don't know how I missed that important detail, but it's true. Rutherford was born in Vancouver, British Columbia a hundred years ago as of November 2, 2017, … Continue reading All About Ann Rutherford

Discovering Eve Arden

Here we go... You all know character actors rarely get famous. Most of the time they show up, and our response is something like, "Oh, it's that person. What's their name again?" That's to be expected; I've heard it said that the sign of a good character actor is when audiences don't know who they … Continue reading Discovering Eve Arden

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

And the Oscar Goes To…

Ah, the Oscars are upon us yet again. It's hard to believe, but this year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hits the big nine-oh, which is a pretty impressive milestone. Speaking of milestones, I think it would be great if the Academy added the "First" category, a special award given to films … Continue reading And the Oscar Goes To…

The Other Pin-up Girl

In case you all haven't noticed by now, I went a little crazy with the boxed sets at Christmas, and one of the last collections I bought this year was The Films of Rita Hayworth. I wasn't that familiar with her work, but I had seen You Were Never Lovelier with Fred Astaire and knew she had been … Continue reading The Other Pin-up Girl

Just Keep Swimming

My last blog title was taken from the Esther Williams movie, which was fitting, but sort of pretentious because I had never seen it. Since then, that has changed. In fact, I've been having a mini Esther Williams fest at my house lately, and it feels fine. These movies are fun, frothy, and just right … Continue reading Just Keep Swimming

On an Island With You…and Five Movies: My #NationalClassicMovieDay Picks

In honor of May 16th being National Classic Movie Day, Rick of Classic Film and TV Cafe posed this question to the blogging world: If you were stranded on a deserted island, which five movies would you choose to watch for the rest of your life? It's with a bit of trepidation that I approach this … Continue reading On an Island With You…and Five Movies: My #NationalClassicMovieDay Picks

Unboxing Bogie, Part Two

All righty, my brain is somewhat rested. The last couple of weeks were busier than I thought. Oh, and the dog ate my homework. 😉 So, without further ado let's get back to Bogart. Across the Pacific (1942): After The Maltese Falcon and before Casablanca, Bogart played Rick Leland, an officer drummed out of the Army. Rick's punishment was … Continue reading Unboxing Bogie, Part Two

Unboxing Bogie, Part One

Happy (belated) New Year, everyone! Has the dust settled for you all yet? My son and I have gotten back into our school routine, my husband is back at work, and our fake Christmas tree is back in the closet. I also realized when I got all the presents organized that I received five Humphrey … Continue reading Unboxing Bogie, Part One