Shamedown #11: Bright Star

We've made it, friends--the last Shamedown of 2019. Can you believe it? I sure can't. Anyone who's wondering what the heck I'm talking about can find answers at Cinema Shame. Past 2019 Shamedowns can be found here. John Keats is part of every English major's academic diet in one way or another. Born in 1795 … Continue reading Shamedown #11: Bright Star

Shamedown #10: The Phantom Of the Opera

Ah, 2019's next-to-last Shamedown. And another silent movie, but I'm not complaining. I like silent movies, and it is Lon Chaney, after all. If anyone would like to know what this Shamedown business is all about , please visit Cinema Shame. And now on with the show... Lots of people remember Lon Chaney, the Man … Continue reading Shamedown #10: The Phantom Of the Opera

Shamedown #9: Touch of Evil

Well, lookee what we have here...another Shamedown. Anyone who's new to the blog and is wondering what the heck this is all about, please visit Cinema Shame. Orson Welles's relationship with Hollywood was always a contentious one, but by the late nineteen-fifties, a few things were changing. A lot of the old guard executives had … Continue reading Shamedown #9: Touch of Evil

Shamedown #8: The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

For those of you who would like to find out what all this strange Shame business is about, please visit Cinema Shame. Past 2019 Shamedowns can be found here. The timing of this Shamedown is ironic, as today we're remembering those we lost on 9-11. On the other hand, it's oddly appropriate. There are so … Continue reading Shamedown #8: The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

Shamedown #7: Thunderbolt

It's time for another Shamedown, and another invitation to pay the Cinema Shame folks a visit if anyone's curious about this whole Shame thing. And now, onward... Last year's Shamedown #7 was my review of the William Wyler documentary, The Memphis Belle, in which he flew several missions with a bomber crew, documenting their reactions and the … Continue reading Shamedown #7: Thunderbolt

Shamedown #6: The Breakfast Club

Another Shamedown is upon us, and it's another teen angst-fest. First, though, if anyone would like to know what a Shamedown is, please have a look at Cinema Shame. Okeydokey, off we go... The late John Hughes was a master of the youth film. My personal favorite is Pretty In Pink, but I'm always interested in seeing his other … Continue reading Shamedown #6: The Breakfast Club

Shamedown #5: I Don’t Know How She Does It

Hard to believe we're halfway through the year already, but Shamedown #5 is upon us. For anyone who would like to know what a Shamedown is, please visit Cinema Shame. It's fitting that I picked this movie for one of this year's Shamedowns, because a couple of months ago I got a job with a neighboring … Continue reading Shamedown #5: I Don’t Know How She Does It

Shamedown #4: The King’s Speech

Our fourth Shamedown, and this time we're getting an extra helping of shame. Not for us, though. For the king. If anyone wants to see the origins of the Shamedown, please visit Cinema Shame. Past 2019 Shamedowns can be found here. I learned a new word last week: Glossophobia. It's said that seventy-five percent of … Continue reading Shamedown #4: The King’s Speech

Shamedown #3: The Stranger

Shamedown Numero Trés, and our first Orson Welles movie of the list. I've been told this film's not one of Welles's best, but I'm keeping an open mind. If anyone is wondering what on God's green earth a Shamedown is, please visit the folks at Cinema Shame. After Citizen Kane, Orson Welles never quite got the same amount of creative … Continue reading Shamedown #3: The Stranger

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

Shamedown #1: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Here we are again. Want to know more about the Shame thing? Please visit Cinema Shame. Last year's Shamedowns can be found here. Onward... Like I said in my Shame Statement, I've only ever wanted to see 2001's Lara Croft because Chris Barrie's in it. Other than that, Lara's basically a female Indiana Jones, except with tighter … Continue reading Shamedown #1: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

New Year, New Shamedowns

Some of us really are gluttons for punishment. Or something. After eleven doses of shame last year, I'm fixing to do it all again with a new crop of movies. Some of them have been sitting on my Netflix list gathering dust for months, but 2019 will be their year to shine. I may not … Continue reading New Year, New Shamedowns