Comedy

Carole Lombard takes on the High-Profile Illness

Spoiler Alert You have to hand it to 1930s screwball comedies. They are, in part, a response to the Production Code (c.a. 1930-67), a set of rules about What Was Allowed in the movies. Screwball comedies wink at audiences while madly skidding around these rules. In a screwball comedy, the question is: See what we did there? But 1930s… Continue reading Carole Lombard takes on the High-Profile Illness

Biopic · Historical

The (not so) Private Life of Henry VIII

We’ve been musing about the busy British monarch Henry VIII (1491-1547), and wondering how his personal life might look if you framed it on a baseball card. You know Henry, he of six successive wives, the fate of each summarized in this rhyme: Divorced, beheaded and died Divorced, beheaded, survived Before we proceed, however, we must ask all… Continue reading The (not so) Private Life of Henry VIII

Comedy · Holiday

The Best Holiday Film You’ve (Maybe) Never Seen

We’re feeling all smug because we just learned two Big Things.* (*You’re probably familiar with these things already, but please humour us.) Big Thing #1  Did you know The New York Times publishes a list of people in need over the holidays, and has done so for 105 years? Big Thing #2  We learned about #1 from… Continue reading The Best Holiday Film You’ve (Maybe) Never Seen

Excitement

Celebrating the Art of Blogging

We’ve been having a blast these past few weeks, guest blogging on other sites. If you’re not acquainted with the folks below, why not pop by and say hello? They’re good writers, and each of their sites is a treat to read. We’ve included helpful links to save you searching online. (And yes, these helpful… Continue reading Celebrating the Art of Blogging

Musical

The All-Black Musical and Vincente Minnelli

Cabin in the Sky (1943) has always been a controversial musical. Because it features an entirely African-American cast, it was banned in several U.S. cities when it was first released. It remains controversial today because of its use of black stereotypes. Having said that, our goal is to look at individual aspects of this film, as part… Continue reading The All-Black Musical and Vincente Minnelli

Book Reviews

Want to be a Film Noir Aficionado? Start Here.

Dear Reader, we believe all humans have certain universal and inalienable rights; among them, the Right to be a Know-It-All. If, for example, you’ve always wanted to know more about film noir – and who doesn’t? – you’ve come to the right place. (Wait – we’re not suggesting we’re an authority on film noir. Good heavens! But,… Continue reading Want to be a Film Noir Aficionado? Start Here.

Drama · War

Why John Wayne has to do Everything Around Here

There’s a delicious meta moment in the 1951 drama, Operation Pacific, a film that mostly takes place on a submarine during WWII. In the film, the submarine crew is watching a Cary Grant movie that is also set in a submarine. One of the crew members quips, “It’s amazing what Hollywood can do with submarines.” It’s amazing… Continue reading Why John Wayne has to do Everything Around Here

Excitement

Announcing the O Canada Blogathon 2017!

Originally posted on Speakeasy:
Time again for the annual event that celebrates Canada’s contributions to film history and pop culture! O Canada blogathon 2017, to occur FEB 3-5, 2017, will look at the ways Canadian people, subjects and settings have shaped cinema and TV. You can join in with your blog, YoutTube channel, podcast, tumblr or…

Fan Letter

The Kirk Douglas Recipe (Or: How to Make a Hollywood Legend)

If you ask us, Kirk Douglas is one of the most remarkable of the Hollywood legends. For example, he was a big Movie Star when he agreed to work with a young and relatively unknown director named Stanley Kubrick in Paths of Glory (1957). Or how about the time Douglas helped give blacklisted scriptwriter Dalton Trumbo proper screen credit… Continue reading The Kirk Douglas Recipe (Or: How to Make a Hollywood Legend)

Comedy

Jane Wyman’s Love Letter to Aviation

A person can get a little jaded about air travel. You know – cramped legroom, unscheduled delays, highly contagious people. There was a time when commercial airline travel was portrayed as exciting, even romantic. One example is the 1951 comedy, Three Guys Named Mike (1951). Jane Wyman plays a delightful, almost-too-helpful woman who becomes a flight attendant… Continue reading Jane Wyman’s Love Letter to Aviation