Time for a new Shamedown, people, and this one was definitely not what I expected. Before we get into that, though, if anyone would like to know what a Shamedown is, the details can be found at the CinemaShame website, and past Shamedowns can be found here. All righty, here we go... As I said … Continue reading Shamedown #3: The North Star
Announcing the Sixth Broadway Bound Blogathon!
OK, it seems like we just did this, right? Well, yes. Yes, we did. I feel weird announcing our sixth trip to Broadway only six months after our last one, but since those wacky folks at the American Theatre Wing decided to move the Tonys to September in 2020 and then move them back to … Continue reading Announcing the Sixth Broadway Bound Blogathon!
A Tale of Sentinels and Fire
TV's on again, guys... One of my favorite shows in college was The Sentinel, and by far one of my favorite episodes of the series is "Light My Fire," which was originally broadcast on February 5, 1997 as part of the show's second season. I don't think it's the show's best episode, but it has a … Continue reading A Tale of Sentinels and Fire
During World War Two: John Ford
John Martin Feeney seemed born ready for a fight. He didn't start out wanting to direct films but to join the United States Navy, and upon graduation from Portland High School in Maine he applied to the Naval Academy. When Feeney was rejected, he went to Hollywood and worked as an apprentice to his older … Continue reading During World War Two: John Ford
Vampires, Werewolves, and Tags…Oh My
OK, the Pick My Movie Tag has come back to haunt me, and I'm good with that, because people have taken this thing and run with it, which is fun and highly gratifying (Thanks, blogosphere!). Anyway, my friend Sally of 18 Cinema Lane has tapped me in to write about a vampire film made after … Continue reading Vampires, Werewolves, and Tags…Oh My
One Month Until the Seen On the Screen Blogathon
We're getting close, all...are you ready? I'm so glad everyone has gotten into this topic, which is, admittedly, pretty unusual, and I'm curious to see what kinds of stories you've got about the places you've picked and how this works into the film or films you've picked. Thanks everyone who's signed up so far--you all … Continue reading One Month Until the Seen On the Screen Blogathon
The Allure of the Bad Boy
Nice to see Mr. Keaton again... Early sound films can be funny. The stereotype is, of course, that actors had to huddle around a microphone badly hidden or not while punching out their lines with all the sincerity of rain-soaked fence posts. Buster Keaton being Buster Keaton, though, all bets were off, and one of … Continue reading The Allure of the Bad Boy
Service With A Smile
Well, hello, Mr. Kaye... It's no secret that during the Second World War the public were to never quite forget the current situation, and movies that promoted everyone getting in on the fight were especially welcome by the Office of War Information, but I have to wonder how prepared they were for 1944's Up In … Continue reading Service With A Smile
Stage To Screen: Shadowlands
Although he was a literary powerhouse, C.S. Lewis has very seldom been portrayed on the screen as himself (Sorry, Treebeard, although you still kinda count). One of the most major works associated with him is Shadowlands, which mainly focuses on Lewis's life with his wife, Joy Davidman Gresham. For those who aren't familiar with Lewis … Continue reading Stage To Screen: Shadowlands
Shamedown #2: The Hidden Fortress
Our second dose of Shame! As usual, if anyone would like to know what a Shamedown is, the deets can be found on CinemaShame's website. All righty, then, here we go... The 1958 film, The Hidden Fortress is rather notorious because of its pedigree as a Kurosawa film and being one of George Lucas's inspirations for … Continue reading Shamedown #2: The Hidden Fortress
The Fifth So Bad It’s Good Blogathon: Wrapup
We have come to the end of the blogathon, friends, which is hard to believe. Feels like it just started, right? I'm working through your posts right now, and a cursory glance reveals an unplanned but not unwelcome theme for this year: We like our bad movies even if few others agree and that's OK. … Continue reading The Fifth So Bad It’s Good Blogathon: Wrapup
Supercilious Aliens From Alpha Centauri
Elvis has been getting a lot of well-deserved buzz lately, what with the Baz Luhrmann film being poised to win armloads of awards (see a complete list of nominations and wins here), not to mention the sad, untimely death of Lisa Marie Presley, so it's no shock that a lot of streaming services are running … Continue reading Supercilious Aliens From Alpha Centauri
So Bad It’s Good 2023: Day Three
It's Day Three, all, and we've been having a great time over the past couple of days. I hope I haven't overlooked anyone's posts (my comments section can be like a black hole sometimes), so if you've sent me your post link and it didn't get added I apologize. And if anyone's missed anything here … Continue reading So Bad It’s Good 2023: Day Three
So Bad It’s Good 2023: Day Two
Day Two has arrived! We sure hit the ground running yesterday, and I'm excited to see what's in store for Day Two. As usual, I'll add everyone's posts as soon as possible, and if anyone is just joining us, Day One's entries can be found here. Now without further ado (again, click on the images)... … Continue reading So Bad It’s Good 2023: Day Two
Are You Ready To Go Back To Titanic?
Time for more badness... Yep, we're going back to Titanic again, only this time she's not sinking. The 1980 film, Raise the Titanic, which is loosely based on the highly successful Clive Cussler novel of the same name, is a tale of Cold War-era derring-do, a guy named Dirk Pitt, and firm suspension of disbelief. The … Continue reading Are You Ready To Go Back To Titanic?
The Fifth So Bad It’s Good Blogathon Has Arrived
We're here, all...can you believe it? We've got some great stuff in store over the next three days and I don't know about you, but I'm raring to go. I had to change one my picks for this year and drop the third, but I have no regrets, as you'll see tomorrow. And if anyone … Continue reading The Fifth So Bad It’s Good Blogathon Has Arrived
During World War Two: George Stevens
For the next five months, we're going to do a series within a series, because one big aspect of Hollywood's response to the Second World War is all the major and not so major industry professionals who went into uniform. Four of Hollywood's top directors served in the Army and one in the Navy, and … Continue reading During World War Two: George Stevens