Going Italian With Mama Valerie

Up goes the curtain... Muppet Show alum Valerie Harper was always a versatile lady, and one of my favorite credits of hers is The Great Mom Swap. Released in 1995, the year of my high school graduation, it's vaguely based on the Betsy Haynes novel of the same name and is unusually well-done for a TV movie. … Continue reading Going Italian With Mama Valerie

Shamedown #1: Susan and God

Our first Shamedown of the new year! I think 2023 is going to be fun, at least movie-wise if nothing else. And if anyone would like to know what a Shamedown is, our instigators at CinemaShame have all the information here. Off we go... Who's made New Year's resolutions? I have, sort of--I've been trying … Continue reading Shamedown #1: Susan and God

During World War Two: It’s An Expat Thing

Hollywood was rife with actors, directors, writers, and others who had fled Europe when Hitler came to power and who still had relatives living under Hitler's thumb. Those who stayed behind, especially if they were Jewish, were subjected to the same treatment as anyone else, often dying by execution, in prison or in death camps … Continue reading During World War Two: It’s An Expat Thing

The House of Improv

After the last three years we can all relate to wanting change, right? Big change. Quiet quitting. Quiet hiring. Packing up and moving out of the city for greener pastures. Some of the guys in my life, including my husband, have felt the need to grow facial hair this year. Or sometimes we find ourselves … Continue reading The House of Improv

In the Year of Our Shame, 2023

We're back for another twelve doses of Shame in 2023, and since last year's jaunt through Poverty Row was so much fun, I thought it would be cool to go back there--it's kind of unexplored country in terms of blogging and film history. Plus, over the past year I've found a lot of intriguing titles … Continue reading In the Year of Our Shame, 2023

Meet Dorothy Morris

Gotta watch those characters... Dorothy Morris's career was relatively short compared to other character actors of her day, but she always made a big impression in her own quiet, pretty way. The daughter of a Methodist stockbroker, Morris was born on February 23, 1922 in Hollywood and despite being a shy person, became interested in … Continue reading Meet Dorothy Morris

Stage To Screen: Flower Drum Song

When I took a Broadway performance class at Sierra College we were required to audition for the spring musical, which was to be A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum. I had no interest in being in the show whatsoever but I wanted my grade so I signed up. Anyone who has ever … Continue reading Stage To Screen: Flower Drum Song

During World War Two: Five Wartime Holiday Songs

There's no doubt the war felt harder around the holidays. Not only were people missing their loved ones, but there were shortages of many materials so everyone had to get creative. Handmade gifts were big, and children's toys were often made out of paper and wood instead of plastic and metal. However, stuff wasn't always … Continue reading During World War Two: Five Wartime Holiday Songs

Shamedown #12: Saleslady

It's hard to believe this is our last Shamedown of 2022...this year went quick and slow at the same time, didn't it? If anyone would like to know what a Shamedown is the details can be found here and past Shamedowns can be found here. And now, on with the show... Mistaken identity is a … Continue reading Shamedown #12: Saleslady

Meg and the Amazing Bouncing Snow Globe

It seems everyone is getting in on the Christmas movie racket these days. It works for Hallmark and Lifetime, so why not? Amazon's got its holiday films, as does Netflix, and to a lesser degree, HBO Max. Even The Asylum has jumped on the bandwagon. Yep. The studio that brought us Transmorphers, Blood Lake, and the Sharknado series … Continue reading Meg and the Amazing Bouncing Snow Globe

Anywhere I Hang My Hat

Us Americans have always been famous for adapting to our surroundings but some things are a little beyond the pale. Like squatting. Obviously, it's usually not nice. Obviously, it's illegal depending on where the squatting happens. In California and other states, for instance, it's what's called a wobbler, which means a squatter can be charged … Continue reading Anywhere I Hang My Hat

Eve and Lacey Save Christmas

Ah, Christmas movies. They're so cozy we can almost taste the roast turkey and smell the chocolate. It would be nice to disappear into one of those romps, wouldn't it? 2019's A Christmas Movie Christmas does just that with a wink and a nod. Eve (Lana McKissack) loves Christmas and Christmas movies. Like, she really loves … Continue reading Eve and Lacey Save Christmas

Go West, Young Canadian

Janette Oke is one of the premier contemporary authors of Christian literature, and as her novels are mostly set on the Canadian prairies Laura Ingalls Wilder would be her closest comparison. Oke's eight-book Love Comes Softly series has sold millions of copies and continues to be discovered and re-discovered by enthusiastic readers. Six of the … Continue reading Go West, Young Canadian

Give Us the Pen, Clark

Hallmark might not agree, but holiday movies can be more than bounteous feasts, warm sweaters, and old friendships renewed. 2018's Santa Jaws is proof positive that anything can be Christmas movie fodder, even vicious man-eating sharks. Cody (Reid Miller) is a fantastic comic book artist who has come up with a new comic strip, Santa Jaws, about … Continue reading Give Us the Pen, Clark

Five Unusual Christmas Movies

OK, last year in my "Christmas Movies Are All the Same (And I'm Still Here For It)" post, I said that every Christmas movie ends idyllically. All i's are neatly dotted and all t's neatly crossed, with everyone holding a cup of cider or hot chocolate and smiling prettily while Grandma hands out cookies. Heh, … Continue reading Five Unusual Christmas Movies

Page To Screen: The Sarah, Plain and Tall Trilogy

Remember the Hallmark Hall of Fame movies? I used to watch those with my parents all the time, and I don't know about anyone else, but my favorites next to Harvest of Fire was the Sarah, Plain and Tall trilogy. Based on Patricia MacLachlan's novels of the same name, they are prime examples of how to … Continue reading Page To Screen: The Sarah, Plain and Tall Trilogy

Shamedown #11: Happy-Go-Lucky

We've almost made it to December, all! As always, if anyone is arriving late and wants to know what a Shamedown is, the details can be found here. Past Shamedowns can be found here. Now, on with the show... Ah, the mistaken identity trope. And the amnesia trope. And the lookalike trope. And the espionage … Continue reading Shamedown #11: Happy-Go-Lucky