We’re On Our Way To France

I'm so glad travel is basically back to normal, those stupid inflated fuel prices notwithstanding. This summer we're staying pretty close to home because the cheapest gas in my part of Placer County is currently around seven dollars a gallon, and any traveling we do will have to be creative. Among other things we'll be … Continue reading We’re On Our Way To France

The Art of the Anne Frank Biopic

Today it's eighty years exactly since Anne Frank started her diary, and as of July sixth, eighty years exactly since the Frank family went into hiding. Anne once wrote that she wanted to go on living even after her death, and therefore she was grateful to God for the gift of writing. She has certainly … Continue reading The Art of the Anne Frank Biopic

The Flaming Hot…Five Reasons Why Tag

Us bloggers sure do love our tags, don't we? Gill of Realweegiemidget Reviews and Catherine of Thoughts All Sorts have come up with a fun one for us (read Gill's post here and Catherine's post here), but as timing would have it, I've had to put off answering it until now. Oh well, that's life, … Continue reading The Flaming Hot…Five Reasons Why Tag

Show Me the Money

Saddle up... The Man With No Name is back in 1965's For A Few Dollars More, only this time he's called Monco, and the world is a different place. The bounty killer is king, and his kingdom is built on taking out murderous, grabby bad men who think nothing of killing women and children if … Continue reading Show Me the Money

Page To Screen: Dick Tracy

Amidst all the capes, spandex, super powers, super weapons, and super heroes is the relatively unappreciated and underrated Dick Tracy. Sharp of chin and nose. Inscrutable stare. Cool head. Laserlike focus on rooting out crime and corruption. Always with the bright yellow fedora and the trench coat. And let's not forget Tracy's uber-cool two-way wrist … Continue reading Page To Screen: Dick Tracy

Shamedown #5: That Uncertain Feeling

We're back, all, and about time, too. School is out for my son and I, of course, and it feels fine. Anyway, if any of you are wondering what a Shamedown is, click here for the answers. No one is too big to fail, not even Ernst Lubitsch and his famous touch, as audiences saw … Continue reading Shamedown #5: That Uncertain Feeling

With the Crew of the “Memphis Belle”

As we all know, a big part of the Second World War was each side bombing the other for various purposes. Britain and the United States tagteamed their bombing of German war production sites; the Brits went at night, but the Americans chose to drop their bombs during the daytime. Both actions were risky, but … Continue reading With the Crew of the “Memphis Belle”

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?

The Aviation In Film Blogathon Has Arrived

It's here, guys. Prepare for takeoff... And yes, I'm going to get in as many aviation puns as I can because how often do any of us get such a perfect chance? Anyway, here we go with all our great Day One posts... Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews kicks things off with 1979's Hanover Street, starring a very … Continue reading The Aviation In Film Blogathon Has Arrived

Indiana Jones Vs. the Red Baron

Contact... Ever see the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles? Also known as The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, it was on in the early nineties and one of my favorite shows in high school. Not only was Sean Patrick Flanery really, really cute, but Indy got around. Forrest Gump would be jealous of the number of historical figures Indy … Continue reading Indiana Jones Vs. the Red Baron

During World War Two: Remember Pearl Harbor

Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously called December 7, 1941 "a date that will live in infamy." Eighty-plus years later, December seventh is still infamous, although the media nowadays seems to use Pearl Harbor mostly as a metaphor instead of an actuality. 9-11, for instance, has been compared to Pearl Harbor more times than anyone can shake … Continue reading During World War Two: Remember Pearl Harbor

Paddy Lee and ‘The Patsy’

Time to celebrate Paddy... One of the last blogathons that our dear friend, Paddy Lee participated in was the Odd Or Even Blogathon the lovely Gill of Realweegiemidget Reviews and I held back in January. For those of you who missed that event, we had a coin toss decide whether our participants would review a … Continue reading Paddy Lee and ‘The Patsy’

The Strange, Strange World of Chinese ‘Star Wars’ Bootlegs

Ever seen a Chinese bootleg Star Wars movie? While nothing should surprise us in this day and age, well...yikes. These movies are a nightmare for grammarians and linguists and paydirt for Star Wars fans. Heaven help those who can tick off more than one of those boxes. Here's the lowdown for the unfamiliar: Some unknown individual translated … Continue reading The Strange, Strange World of Chinese ‘Star Wars’ Bootlegs

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

During World War Two: With A Little Help From My Friends

After Britain and Germany declared war in 1939, there were roughly two years in which America, for all intents and purposes, laid low. Sort of. Not really. The first Neutrality Act was signed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt on August 31, 1935, and it would be renewed several times over the next few years. The Act … Continue reading During World War Two: With A Little Help From My Friends

The Play’s the Thing

Mr. Holden's back... By 1943 William Holden had been in films for five years, and his roles were steadily growing in size and importance. It's ironic that one of his movies from that year was Young And Willing, about green-as-grass hopefuls trying to break into show business. The movie feels like something we've seen before, only … Continue reading The Play’s the Thing

Shamedown #4: Bank Alarm

Another Shamedown already? Kidding, it's all good. If anyone is just joining us and wants to know what the heck a Shamedown is, please click here. And now, on with our show... It's with a little bit of trepidation that I posted my Shamedown list this year, because I put a lot of Poverty Row … Continue reading Shamedown #4: Bank Alarm