Page To Screen: Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Few movie openings are as iconic as Breakfast At Tiffany's. Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly gets out of a cab in the early morning on Fifth Street in Manhattan dressed to the nines, walks up to a Tiffany's display window, then pulls a cup of coffee and a croissant out of a paper bag. After staring dreamily … Continue reading Page To Screen: Breakfast At Tiffany’s

School’s Out For Summer

If anyone now has a certain Alice Cooper song in their heads, I'm heartily sorry...oh, wait, no, I'm not. 🙂 So yeah, as of today I am DONE with work until August tenth and I feel fine. It's been a good school year. Wild and crazy, but good. I'll miss the kids and the cat … Continue reading School’s Out For Summer

Where’s Your Bim Mark?

Some movies have it all. They really do. 1980's The Apple does. *Insert sheepish chortle here* We're just going to jump in, folks. The movie opens in 1994 with a battle of the bands, where literally everyone is wearing lamé, spangles, and garish makeup and surrounded by cardboard triangles covered in tinfoil. It's like Tron had a head-on … Continue reading Where’s Your Bim Mark?

Leslie and Ingrid’s Bargaining Chips

Intermezzo is famous for a couple of reasons. Leslie Howard agreed to play Ashley Wilkes if David O. Selznik would agree to greenlight Intermezzo, plus the film marks Ingrid Bergman's Hollywood debut. As it turned out, the 1939 film was advantageous for everyone, although the movie itself is a quiet one. It opens at the … Continue reading Leslie and Ingrid’s Bargaining Chips

Walk This Way

TIme travel's been done, of course. It's been done to death, Heck, the poor and proverbial dead horse hasn't taken the beating time travel has in terms of how often it's been done in films. The 1964 American International Pictures movie, The Time Travelers did it. Or, more precisely, walked through it. Again and again and … Continue reading Walk This Way

An Embarrassment of Superhero Movies

The Pick My Movie Tag is back, guys, and it won't be the last time this year. This go-round, J-Dub of Dubsism nominated me (thank you, J-Dub!) because backsies are not only acceptable but encouraged. The challenge, should I choose to accept it, is to review a movie everyone likes but I can't stand. While … Continue reading An Embarrassment of Superhero Movies

During World War Two: Frank Capra

Frank Capra often stood alone. He was an underdog. He had no choice. He was, however, also a teacher of high ideals and human worth, and connected with his audience in ways the more cynical were always surprised at and maybe a little jealous. Born in 1897 in the Sicilian town of Palermo, Italy, Capra … Continue reading During World War Two: Frank Capra

Carmen At MGM

Olá... Like many contract players of the studio era, Carmen Miranda started freelancing once her contract with Fox ended, and after making Copacabana for United Artists, Miranda made two films for MGM, the first of which was 1948's A Date With Judy. The film was a departure for her in some ways and in other ways it was more … Continue reading Carmen At MGM

Stage To Screen: Much Ado About Nothing

One of Shakespeare's most popular plays (and one of my favorites, too), is Much Ado About Nothing. Written in either 1598 or 1599, it's full of biting wit, passionate romance, and manipulation of both the shameful and shameless varieties. While it has a long production history, it has a short filmography. For those who might not be … Continue reading Stage To Screen: Much Ado About Nothing

Shamedown #4: Streamline Express

Our fourth Shamedown, all. I can't believe May first is TOMORROW. Anywhoo, if anyone would like to find out what a Shamedown is, Cinema Shame's 2023 announcement post can be found here. Past 2023 Shamedowns can be found here. All righty, here we go... Ever heard of Victor Jory? He's probably best known as the … Continue reading Shamedown #4: Streamline Express

Hitch Films A Play

Good evening... Ever heard of Juno and the Paycock? Any Irish people reading this probably have, but the rest of us, not so much. I hadn't, either, although I've owned the movie for a couple of decades or so. That's what I get for buying a Hitchcock collection sight unseen from the bargain bin at Wal-Mart, … Continue reading Hitch Films A Play

When MTV Does Sci-fi

Cue the ghosts of future past... MTV has turned out some pretty memorable movies but they're not always memorable for the same reasons. There's 2001's Save the Last Dance, with all its ballet-meets-hiphop coolness. There's 2004's Napoleon Dynamite with its endlessly quotable kitsch. There's the unbelievably low-key 2006 movie, Broken Bridges starring Toby Keith, Burt Reynolds, Kelly Preston … Continue reading When MTV Does Sci-fi

During World War Two: William Wyler

William Wyler was born Willi Wyler on July 1, 1902 in Mülhausen in the Alsace-Lorraine region of what used to be Germany and is now France. He was initially not supposed to work in movies, as his apparent destiny was to inherit his father's haberdashery business. His training included college in Paris and a job … Continue reading During World War Two: William Wyler

Hollywood Comes To Auburn

Off we go... Placer County is no stranger to the film business. Not to brag, but Hollywood has loved our scenery since the silent era. Charlie Chaplin, of course, filmed The Gold Rush in Truckee. Nike, when much wiser and more daring heads prevailed in the PR department, used Foresthill Bridge for the bungee-jumping scene … Continue reading Hollywood Comes To Auburn

Different Year, Different Weirdness

The weirdness is back, bay-bee, and since my last go-round I've been dubbed the Queen of the Bad Movie by Michael of the wonderful Maniacs and Monsters blog, a title I wear proudly because Michael and his co-writer, Andrew are well-acquainted with weirdness themselves. So yeah, thank you, Michael. 🙂 Now, with the title comes … Continue reading Different Year, Different Weirdness

Page To Screen: Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre is a very personal heroine who, once encountered, is hard to forget, and everyone has their own ideas as to how she should be portrayed. The proof is in the dozens of film and TV movies made about her over the past century (see a complete list here). For those who might not … Continue reading Page To Screen: Jane Eyre

We’re All In This Together

I've heard things about Sunday School Musical, and when I found it on Tubi, curiousity got the better of me, not that there's much to ruin about the movie. Simply put, it is both a nostalgia hit and a train wreck, so averting the eyes is impossible, and anyway, it's an Asylum movie, so we … Continue reading We’re All In This Together