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

Beauty On A Budget

Let the strangeness begin... Roger Corman liked the out-of-the-ordinary to say the least, and 1959's The Wasp Woman is no exception. It's a quick movie and very straightforward, so we're going to dive right in. The movie starts with a guy collecting wasps from a hive in the woods, because of course it does. His name is … Continue reading Beauty On A Budget

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?

Aviation In Film: Day Two

We're back on the tarmac with another round of great entries, all, and here's Day One if anyone missed it. Let's go... Le from Crítica Retrô has a very intriguing article for us about Brazilian aviation pioneer Santos Dumont and his adventures in cinema. Emily from The Flapper Dame brings us her thoughts on the 1953 John Wayne film, Island … Continue reading Aviation In Film: Day Two

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

My Four Favorite Noirs

Happy National Classic Movie Day! I'll be honest: Noirs aren't my default choice when it comes to movies. I guess it depends on my mood. Sometimes I've looked at those shadowy scenes and wondered if the characters have ever seen daylight or worn any outerwear other than a trench coat and a fedora. Or ever … Continue reading My Four Favorite Noirs

One Week Until the Aviation In Film Blogathon

One week to go, people. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Time flies. See what I did there? Again? Also again, thanks lots to everyone who has signed up, and if anyone would like to join us, feel free! Find all the details here. Can't believe we only have one week till … Continue reading One Week Until the Aviation In Film Blogathon

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’

Stage To Screen: On Golden Pond

Every family has its problems. We all know this. We also all know that whether or not a family deals with its problems is another matter, and Ernest Thompson's On Golden Pond is a rather gorgeous and slightly tempestuous look at aging and reconciliation. Yeah, we've had a lot of family movies and dysfunction type stories … Continue reading Stage To Screen: On Golden Pond

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