Comedy · Drama

The Seditious Rules of the Game

The most uncomfortable films are those that denounce Society’s questionable choices. These films say I know what you’re doing, and they’re not intended to make audiences feel good about themselves. One such film is La Règle du Jeu (The Rules of the Game), released in France in the summer of 1939. Director Jean Renoir shows us the world… Continue reading The Seditious Rules of the Game

Drama · Thriller

Alfred Hitchcock’s Experimental Movie-as-StagePlay

There are two things that fascinate us about the lesser-known Alfred Hitchcock film, Rope (1948). The film, based on a stage play by Patrick Hamilton, was inspired by the infamous Leopold and Loeb murder case. (In 1923, two wealthy young men from Chicago kidnapped and murdered a 14-year-old boy “solely for the thrill of the experience.”¹) So.… Continue reading Alfred Hitchcock’s Experimental Movie-as-StagePlay

Drama · War

Planning a Great, Gutsy Escape

We inherited several traits from our paternal grandmother, among them a love of calorie-rich food and an admiration for the actor James Garner. Our grandmother would Drop Everything if Garner made an appearance on television. Who could blame her? He was handsome, charming and easy-going. He was also a fine dramatic actor, as evidenced in The Great… Continue reading Planning a Great, Gutsy Escape

Drama · Western

The Last Film of Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable

American playwright Arthur Miller once wrote a screenplay for his wife, Marilyn Monroe, called The Misfits (1961). It’s a somber, take-no-prisoners story, set in the bleak landscape surrounding Reno, Nevada. “Nevada is the Leave-It State,” explains Thelma Ritter in the film, meaning it’s the place to leave your spouse, your money and your nuclear fall-out. (Nevada… Continue reading The Last Film of Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable


Charlie Chaplin Says Goodbye

At the time, Limelight (1952) was intended to be Charlie Chaplin‘s last film. Although he did make two more films* after relocating to Europe, Limelight was his final Hollywood production. It is a last testament of sorts; a farewell to his Little Tramp character. Limelight was made during a difficult period in Chaplin’s life. The FBI… Continue reading Charlie Chaplin Says Goodbye

Drama · Science Fiction

George Orwell’s 1984 as Melodrama

Even if you haven’t read George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984, you’re familiar with its dark political satire. A cruel dictator is named “Big Brother”, the Ministry of Love conducts hate rallies, and the Ministry of Truth redrafts history. It’s a cautionary tale for any age. Sadly, because human history has recurring themes, despotic governments are… Continue reading George Orwell’s 1984 as Melodrama


Why Clark Gable is a Perfect Rhett Butler

The last Oscar nomination Clark Gable received was for his portrayal of Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind (1939). Now, Gone With the Wind is one of those prestige movies with a giant “NOMINATE ME!” sticker on its forehead. It has big names, big music and big dresses; indeed, it nearly collapses under the weight… Continue reading Why Clark Gable is a Perfect Rhett Butler

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