Back To Titanic

Well, hello, Miss Barbara... In 1953, the Titanic disaster was only forty-one years in the past. Many of the survivors were still alive. However, the tragedy had all but passed from public consciousness, as between the sinking and the nineteen fifties, there were several wars, the Great Depression, and a sense of just wanting to live a … Continue reading Back To Titanic

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Love Me, Love My Gunner

It was eighty-one years ago... Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy made three movies together. The first was 1936's San Francisco. The last was 1940's Boom Town. Sandwiched in the middle was Test Pilot, a story of bros, planes, and what happens when a lady gets thrown into the mix. Jim Lane is a hotshot test pilot. Gunner Morse is … Continue reading Love Me, Love My Gunner

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

Origins: Mary Poppins Returns

Full disclosure: I was all set to announce that this would be the last installment in the Origins series, because there are only so many ways to say today's Hollywood mostly stinks. However, that was before I peeked at what's lined up for next year. Put it this way: 2019 may reveal whole new levels … Continue reading Origins: Mary Poppins Returns

Being Fay Bainter

Gotta watch those character actors... Only ten actors to date have been nominated for Best and Supporting Actor or Actress in the same year. Fay Bainter is the first one. Fay Bainter was biz-ee. She was an able supporting player, and her work spans radio, film, television, and stage. Mostly stage, though. Born in Los … Continue reading Being Fay Bainter

Shamedown #11: The Young Victoria

Here we are, everyone--the last Shamedown of 2018--can you believe it? If you're coming in late to the party or just want a refresher as to how this thing got started, please visit Cinema Shame. The full Shamedown roster can be found here. Very few monarchs have been as influential as Queen Victoria. Seriously, the woman … Continue reading Shamedown #11: The Young Victoria

The Unexpected Blogathon: Wrap Up

We have had a great weekend with these terrific entries! I would expect no less (Yeah, corny, but it had to be said, right?). It's always fun to see what kinds of things jump out at people when watching something new. Here's a fashionably late entry, and if anyone else has Unexpected contributions to add, … Continue reading The Unexpected Blogathon: Wrap Up

For Your Consideration

Hello there... In 2006, my husband and I went to the movies. We'd been hearing for a long time about a film where Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman go head to head as rival magicians, with Michael Caine as stage manager, and we were both intrigued and interested. Only problem was, neither one of us … Continue reading For Your Consideration

Page To Screen: A Christmas Carol

When the Yuletide season rolls around, indulging in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is almost as much of a tradition as putting up the tree or hanging stockings. First published on December 19, 1843 as a stand-alone novel, it followed Dickens' relative flop, Martin Chuzzlewit. Chapman and Hall, Dickens' publisher, thought he was losing his touch, so Dickens paid … Continue reading Page To Screen: A Christmas Carol

Origins: Robin Hood

Robin Hood is notorious. He robs from the rich to give to the poor. He can shoot arrows like nobody's business. And he lives rent-free in the heads of Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. He's a folk hero and a staple of English letters like King Arthur. He's also been done to death … Continue reading Origins: Robin Hood

George’s Final Days

It's Mr. Hudson! Doris Day and Rock Hudson are a perennially favorite screen team. They only made three movies together, but they're all memorable and fun. The last of them was 1964's Send Me No Flowers, a tale of hypochondria, hysteria, and hilarity. George (Rock Hudson) has it tough. He may live in a perfect house with … Continue reading George’s Final Days