Fan Letter

5 Reasons We Love Classic Film

Dear Reader, if you were our neighbour, we would invite you to our place to celebrate National Classic Movie Day on May 16. There would be balloons, champagne and, of course, a classic movie. Oh – and cake, too! Rick at Classic Film and TV Café, an advocate of classic film and movie critic extraordinaire,… Continue reading 5 Reasons We Love Classic Film

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

Drama · War

Starring Joan Crawford, as France

You know those unpleasant times in life, such medical issues, the loss of a loved one, or a parade of rotten luck? Of course you do, and we’re guessing you went on with life anyway, determined to not let circumstances Break You. But when a minor setback occurs, such as misplacing keys or spilling a… Continue reading Starring Joan Crawford, as France


The Restored Dean Martin

In our childhood, we had disdain for Westerns. All that aimless shooting and hiding behind rocks and kicking up dust seemed, to us, the Most Boring Thing In The World. But one day we were asked to watch the 1959 Western, Rio Bravo. We felt we couldn’t refuse without causing offence, so we begrudgingly complied. We loved… Continue reading The Restored Dean Martin


The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

This post is part of the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon, hosted by Once Upon a Screen, Outspoken & Freckled and Paula’s Cinema Club. It runs Feb. 1 – Mar. 3, in conjunction with Turner Classic Movies’ 31 Days of Oscar. We love a movie that gives you so much to enjoy, you even like the hats. Yes, the hats. No two… Continue reading The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance


John Wayne Upgrades the U.S. Navy

This post is part of the 2012 TCM Summer Under the Stars Blogathon, hosted by the lovely and talented ScribeHard on Film and Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence. This blogathon runs every day in August. No one can do John Wayne like John Wayne. Sure, a lot of people can impersonate The Duke, but no one delivers a… Continue reading John Wayne Upgrades the U.S. Navy


This Kind of Trouble is Lots of Fun

The trouble with running a church-funded college is you have to follow the rules. This can be dreadfully inconvenient. Take fundraising, for instance. If your school is losing money and facing imminent closure, you’ve gotta raise some fast cash. But how is a clergyman to do this when the quickest ways to raise money are… Continue reading This Kind of Trouble is Lots of Fun