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

Excitement

Our Cockeyed 50,000-Word Endeavour

We’re gonna do it. After much thought, and much pestering of the people around us, we are joining the NaNoWriMo challenge. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, an event that takes place each November. The goal is to write the first draft of a novel in 30 days. The novel must be 50,000 words, which is roughly 1,667 words per day.… Continue reading Our Cockeyed 50,000-Word Endeavour

Documentary

Orson Welles Takes on William Randolph Hearst

In 1939, Orson Welles signed a contract to make two films with the Hollywood studio RKO. This was no standard-issue movie contract. Nay, this contract likely made other filmmakers a bit envious: RKO guaranteed Welles complete control over his projects. This, even though he had never before made a film! And he was only 24 years old! RKO… Continue reading Orson Welles Takes on William Randolph Hearst

Excitement

Things I Learned from the Movies: Wrap-up

Originally posted on Speakeasy:
We want to thank all the bloggers who took the time and effort to contribute writing on lessons they learned from films, which ranged from hilarious to deeply personal. Thanks also to everyone who helped promo this event on social media. The reactions and writing were so nice that Ruth and I would like to make this…

Excitement

Things I Learned from the Movies: Day 3

If you have someone in your life telling you movies are a waste of time, then send them over here to the Things I Learned from the Movies blogathon. We offer all kinds of life lessons – serious lessons, funny lessons and philosophical lessons. There’s something for everybody! Bloggers: If we missed your post today,… Continue reading Things I Learned from the Movies: Day 3

Excitement

Things I Learned from the Movies: Day 2 Recap

Originally posted on Speakeasy:
Movies are so educational! Just look at these posts from the second day of the Things I Learned from the Movies Blogathon: (Bloggers: If we missed your post today, we’ll be sure to include it in tomorrow’s recap.) How to be a World-Class Detective, Courtesy of Inspector Clouseau and Love Letters to Old…

Drama

How Sidney Poitier Taught Us Forgiveness

There is something of a miracle in the 1963 drama, Lilies of the Field. The film, adapted from the 1962 novel by William E. Barrett, stars Sidney Poitier as a traveling carpenter who experiences car trouble in Arizona. Here he meets a strict Order of Eastern European nuns trying to scratch a living out of the dry… Continue reading How Sidney Poitier Taught Us Forgiveness