Comedy · Musical

The Grumpy 1930s Musical

Did you ever watch a movie that seems, well, irritable – like it woke up on the wrong side of the bed? That’s how we feel about Dames, a musical comedy from 1934. This film is about a rich industrialist (Hugh Herbert) who wants to give $10 million to his extended family, but! He thinks theatre… Continue reading The Grumpy 1930s Musical

Book Reviews

When Hollywood Fame Dies Out

On the face of it, Hollywood looks like many North American neighbourhoods. There are coffee shops, tree-lined streets and folks who nod Hello. But, like any town, Hollywood has seen its share of, uh, unsavoury activities. As author Michael G. Ankerich says, “Hollywood’s secret world resembled everyday life in sunny California.”¹ Ankerich’s recently-published Hairpins and Dead… Continue reading When Hollywood Fame Dies Out


Announcing the Time Travel Blogathon

Whee! We are thrilled to co-host The Time Travel Blogathon with our pal Rich of Wide Screen World. As Rich says, “Time travel movies include more than just the Terminators and Back to the Futures of the world: think of A Christmas Carol or A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court or Brigadoon.” Film history is brimming with time travel adventures, and we… Continue reading Announcing the Time Travel Blogathon

Drama · Science Fiction

The Brave Person in Every Sci-Fi Movie

Something we admire about sci-fi films is the courage one or more characters must display to defeat the monster. Battling a sci-fi monster is not easy, whether it’s a giant insect, a mutant sea creature, or an alien from outer space. Despite all danger and difficulty, one or more characters must eventually say, “Enough,” and… Continue reading The Brave Person in Every Sci-Fi Movie

Drama · Holiday

Making a Holiday Film? Watch This One First

Dear Reader, we can’t wait until your holiday film is in post-production. We have our favourites, but we’re waiting for your holiday film – the one you’ve written and/or directed and/or starred in. We know you’ll sidestep the usual holiday film clichés. What’s this? You haven’t started filming? You’re stuck for ideas? Well, you’ve come to… Continue reading Making a Holiday Film? Watch This One First

Drama · War

The Beautiful Refugees of Casablanca

Look at the people in the above photo. These are actors portraying refugees in a fashionable nightclub in French Morocco during WWII. This photo was taken in Soundstage 7-8 at Warner Bros. Studio in California. Look at how these actors are dressed. These are refugees of Means; they are not poor. If they were poor,… Continue reading The Beautiful Refugees of Casablanca


Announcing the O Canada Blogathon 2018!

Originally posted on Speakeasy:
Time once again for the wonderful annual event that celebrates Canada’s contributions to film history and pop culture! The O Canada blogathon 2017, to occur FEB 9-11, 2018, will look at the many ways Canadian people, subjects and settings have shaped cinema and TV. Your co-hosts are: Ruth of Silver Screenings  and Kristina of…


The Human Comedy: The 1943 Original vs. the 2015 Reboot

Remember that rule in Creative Writing 101 about every story having a Beginning, a Middle and an End? We (as in, yours truly) are fond of this formula; it’s what we’ve come to Expect. But not everyone cares about it. American author William Saroyan, for instance, didn’t follow this rule in his 1943 novel, The Human… Continue reading The Human Comedy: The 1943 Original vs. the 2015 Reboot

Book Reviews

Introducing the Father of Film Comedy: Max Linder

Before Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, there was Max Linder. Now, you may not have heard of Max Linder, but do not fret. We’re here to help you become the Movie Smarty Pants you’re destined to be. First, some Fast Facts on Max: French comedic actor, born in 1883 Hated school, but was popular with… Continue reading Introducing the Father of Film Comedy: Max Linder


Greta Garbo’s Study in Self-Loathing

It’s only fair to tell you, Dear Reader, that we (as in, yours truly) have an unaccountable bias against Greta Garbo. We’re baffled by it. Every time we start watching a new-to-us Garbo film, we cross our arms and silently challenge The Great Garbo to impress us. But by the end of the film, we’re… Continue reading Greta Garbo’s Study in Self-Loathing