Five Reasons To See “A Hard Day’s Night”

Britannia rules the waves (again)... We all know 1964 was a huge year for the Beatles. Their careers and collective fate suddenly shot to the top. They made two appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. They toured America for the first time. John wrote and published In His Own Write, which he also promoted on … Continue reading Five Reasons To See “A Hard Day’s Night”

Stage To Screen: The Music Man

Few Broadway shows can touch The Music Man. It's probably in the top ten of the most well-known musical comedies, or just musicals in general. It's rousing, it's funny, it's winkingly naughty, it has a lot of cool plays on words, it feels like yesteryear. Most of all, who hasn't wanted to go marching out of the … Continue reading Stage To Screen: The Music Man

The Yanks Are Coming, The Yanks Are Coming

Are American tourists really as pesky as they're made out to be? I've only been to Canada, so I can't really comment based on firsthand experience, but obviously the stereotype exists. I do however, have a couple of decades of experiences with tourists in general, and while most people are cool, I have encountered a … Continue reading The Yanks Are Coming, The Yanks Are Coming

See You On Venus

Venus is an intriguing planet because its nature guarantees it will never be anything but an unknown quantity. We've tried to land on it, but it's too windy and the probes that have managed to land were melted in very short order by the extreme heat, but not before they sent back a few pictures. … Continue reading See You On Venus

Love Is In the Air

Back on the beach, only we're with Frankie and Annette in 1965's Beach Blanket Bingo. Can't have a Sorta Adios To Summer without at least one Frankie and Annette film, so here we go... The group is hanging out on the beach, of course, when new singer Sugar Kane (Linda Evans) parachutes into the water. Well, not … Continue reading Love Is In the Air

Pepsi, Please

Beach movies were the rage in the sixties, of course, and they weren't limited to Gidget or Frankie and Annette. Oh no, there was also 1964's For Those Who Think Young, where shiny happy young people cavort around the poster surrounded by bubbles. Lots and lots of bubbles. That title, though... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQlRp6E1YFg Although, people nowadays are … Continue reading Pepsi, Please

Call Me Crazy

Bob Hope and Bing Crosby's Road pictures are pretty iconic, but of course there were times when Bob went on jaunts sans Bing, such as in the rollicking 1963 comedy, Call Me Bwana. Wow. This movie. Heh. A probe has landed in the African jungle after a trip to the moon and the leaders of the United States … Continue reading Call Me Crazy

Aloha, Elvis

I have been wanting to see Elvis's movies since reviewing the new Baz Luhrmann film last month (read the review here), and it just so happens that Amazon Prime has a few, among them 1961's Blue Hawaii, which came right smack in the middle of the King's Hollywood career. Watching it was an interesting experience, … Continue reading Aloha, Elvis

Adventures With Tuco

Saddle up yer horses... I knew it was just a matter of time before I crossed paths with Mr. No Name again, and here we are with 1967's The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. There are more faces and more bounty hunting, but this time there's a Civil War angle to cap things off. No … Continue reading Adventures With Tuco

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

Spies Among Us

Miss Day is back... Doris Day didn't spend her entire career at Warner Bros. She also made a few movies at MGM, and one of them was 1966's The Glass Bottom Boat. Oh golly, this is a good movie for April first, although it's not Miss Doris's best. Strangely...appropriate. Jenny Nelson (Doris Day) works for … Continue reading Spies Among Us

Six Things You Might Not Know About “Psycho”

What in the world can that be? We all know 1960's Psycho is Alfred Hitchcock's most infamous movie. Even those who haven't seen the film feel like they have because that shower scene has been parodied and referenced ad nauseum over the past sixty years. Here's a famous example (one of several just in Simpsons … Continue reading Six Things You Might Not Know About “Psycho”

Manos, King of Slaps

OK, little change of plans. I just looked at my dashboard and noticed I'm about to publish my six-hundred sixty-sixth post. Not review. Post. Now, I'm not superstitious or anything, not by a long shot, but I thought something truly weird would be fitting for the occasion. We'll go back to the fifties sci-fi later. … Continue reading Manos, King of Slaps

The Man With No Name

Yee haw... Ah, 1964's Per Un Pugno Di Dollari, better known as A Fistful of Dollars. I've never seen it until now, but I always felt as if I had since it's pretty notorious. If Stagecoach is the Bela Lugosi of westerns, A Fistful of Dollars is Christopher Lee with a generous dash of Kung Fu. Or something like … Continue reading The Man With No Name

There’s A New Sheriff In Town

Looking for a few good men... Anyone who's ever been in a school anywhere, teacher or student, public, private, religious, whatever, knows that the average class can smell fear. Even a Sunday school class can be fraught with peril. Some teachers claw their way through it. Others buckle. Still others end up bringing it, whether … Continue reading There’s A New Sheriff In Town

Low Budget Badness

Are y'all ready for this? Ah, 1960s camp meets Atomic Age scifi. It's a universe full of cigar-shaped spacecraft and jerky stop-motion monsters, of bad special effects and wooden acting. Interstellar travel, something mankind had dreamed about for hundreds of years, was suddenly on the verge of attainability, and yet we weren't quite there. We … Continue reading Low Budget Badness

This Is Also Sparta

What comes to mind at the mention of Sparta and the Battle of Thermopylae? Frank Miller and Zack Snyder's 300 has probably prejudiced a lot of us because, love it or not, it's pretty hard to forget. Fake chests. Men in Speedos. Dancing oracles. Chiseled Persian kings with lots of piercings. Boisterous, masculine yells of … Continue reading This Is Also Sparta