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

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

Stage To Screen: Peter Pan

Who's up for a trip to Neverland? I know I could sure use one. J.M. Barrie's immortal story has been delighting children and children at heart for over a century with its joyful, sparky melée of pirates, mermaids, Lost Boys, Native Americans (although the story calls them Indians), happy thoughts, fairies, and of course, the … Continue reading Stage To Screen: Peter Pan

The Remake of the Remake

It takes two, baby... There's much more to The Parent Trap than meets the eye. While it might seem like the beloved 1961 Disney film is the original, and in a way it is, it's actually a remake of a 1950 German film, Das Doppelte Lottchen, which was based on a novel of the same … Continue reading The Remake of the Remake

Page To Screen: The Three Musketeers

It's been a long time since we've looked at a literary leviathan, adapted countless times for the large and small screen, part of our cultural lexicon, and something we can't imagine life without. The 1844 Alexandre Dumas classic is an absolute titan in that regard, right up there with Robin Hood, King Arthur and Romeo and … Continue reading Page To Screen: The Three Musketeers

They’re Watching Us

Time to crack open those books... H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds seems to be the Michael J. Fox of sci-fi in that plenty of other sci-fi stories want to be it really, really badly, and some are more overt about it than others. John Christopher's wonderful Tripod series is definitely an homage to … Continue reading They’re Watching Us

Page To Screen: The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings

As pretty much everyone knows by now, next month Amazon Prime will premier its new Lord of the Rings series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Hi, my name's Fred. What's my name? Sorry, I think the series title looks redundant. Anywhoo, the trailers have been royally dragged by Tolkien fans and rightly so, … Continue reading Page To Screen: The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings

Getting There Is Half the Fun

We all know travel can be a big ol' crapshoot. Just two weeks ago my parents and son and I took a whirlwind two-day trip to Carson City and Virginia City, which was really great, by the way (see some of the photos here), and we decided to come back via Reno and I-80. While … Continue reading Getting There Is Half the Fun

Happy Again and Again: The Filmography of “Singin’ In the Rain”

The sun's in my heart and I'm ready for love... Who can forget Singin' In the Rain? Who can forget Gene Kelly dancing down the street singing the title song? It is magic. Pure film and pure magic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAI6hhsDNxc The 1952 movie is far from the only time the song has been featured on the … Continue reading Happy Again and Again: The Filmography of “Singin’ In the Rain”

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

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

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

Page To Screen: Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew is iconic to say the least. She's OG. She's been a teenager way longer than Bart Simpson has been a ten year old and has been inspiring readers, boys and girls alike, for decades. She has a very deep bag of tricks at her disposal. Codebreaking? Nancy's on it. Deductive reasoning? No problem. … Continue reading Page To Screen: Nancy Drew

You Think I’m What? (A Tribute To the Reluctant Hero)

Not everyone wants to be a hero, but some of us are downright allergic to the idea. I'm not talking about villains who do the right thing in spite of their penchant for the dark side. Or the antihero, who leans good but lives bad. Nope. I'm talking about the guy or girl who just … Continue reading You Think I’m What? (A Tribute To the Reluctant Hero)

Page To Screen: Little Women

Few books have been as influential to women's literature and for that matter, American literature as Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. There's a saying among Englishers that the American literature canon is more than twelve dead white guys and Emily Dickinson, but I think it should be "more than twelve dead white guys, Emily Dickinson, and Louisa … Continue reading Page To Screen: Little Women

Christmas Movies Are All the Same (And I’m Still Here For It)

Christmas is in less than a week...can you believe it? I can't. And it's hard to believe 2021 is almost over. I'm not going to make any predictions about 2022. I tried that with 2021 and it was still a roller coaster, although not as much as 2020. It's probably safer to just see what … Continue reading Christmas Movies Are All the Same (And I’m Still Here For It)

Hanging Out With Felix Bressart

Felix Bressart was a familiar face on the big screen in the nineteen-forties. Affable, supportive, and a little goofy, Bressart was typically cast as the friend, the co-worker, the genius, sometimes the buffoon, or maybe a combination of all of those, but whatever shoes he landed in, he was always a welcome sight. Bressart was … Continue reading Hanging Out With Felix Bressart