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

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Shamedown #1: That Night In Rio

So it's come to this...my first Walk of Shame. Platonically speaking, of course... 🙂 If anyone wants to know why this post is called a Shamedown, please visit the fine folks at Cinema Shame. MGM was, of course, the musical powerhouse of the studio era, but it's always interesting to see what the other studios came … Continue reading Shamedown #1: That Night In Rio

The Face On the Lunchbox

There have been a lot of famous last words spoken throughout history. John Lennon's aunt famously told him, "A guitar is nice, but you'll never make a living with it." Neville Chamberlain waved the Munich Pact and declared "Peace in our time." The Titanic was called "unsinkable." Then there's this little gem: "I'm telling you, this is … Continue reading The Face On the Lunchbox

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

Louis and Oscar

Out and about with one of our closest neighbors... 🙂 Of all the studio moguls except for the Warner Brothers, Louis Burt Mayer gets the most attention, and rightly so. He presided over Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which not only bore his name, but boasted it had more stars than there are in the heavens and made "art … Continue reading Louis and Oscar

Going Wildcat

Time to pay homage to the King... Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable made three movies together, always playing close friends, or what some today might term "bromance." However, instead of simply being best friends, the dynamic was usually Tracy's character shepherding Gable's, at times sacrificing his own happiness in order to allow Gable to prosper, … Continue reading Going Wildcat

This Is Your Life

The idea of life flashing before one's eyes is almost a cliché, but what if everyone else could see that montage after someone is gone? Moreover, what if one's entire life was stored on a microchip ready to be edited and presented in all its warty glory? Or shame, as the case may be. Robin … Continue reading This Is Your Life

Let Us Entertain You

We've touched before on the way Hollywood threw its collective self into the war effort (and we probably will again). Whether it was enlisting, going on bond tours, doing Red Cross work, volunteering at a canteen, doing special radio shows--Hollywood was busy. Of course, the stars also did camp shows and tours of hospitals. Only … Continue reading Let Us Entertain You

Movies Eleven, 2018

When Gill tweeted a bunch of us yesterday about Cinema Shame's 2018 Shame List, I thought the idea was intriguing. Basically, participants would make time to watch films they're ashamed to say they've never seen. I don't know if I'm into the "shame" idea so much, though--I look at this more as an opportunity, and … Continue reading Movies Eleven, 2018

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