This post is part of the Marvelous Michael Caine Blogathon, hosted by Realweegiemidget Reviews. Read the rest of the marvelous posts HERE! Remakes are usually very controversial. I remember a few years ago an intense discussion on a screenwriters message board where we concluded the only good reason for doing a remake is when the original film isn’t that great but has a strong basic … Continue reading The Marvelous Michael Caine Blogathon: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
This post is part of the Time Travel Blogathon, hosted by Ruth Silver Screenings and Rich of Wide Screen World. Read the rest of the non-linear entries HERE! BIG, BIG SPOILERS FOR ARRIVAL AND PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED. When I recently viewed the 2016 film Arrival, I never imagined it would put me in mind of the 1986 film Peggy Sue Got Married. In fact, … Continue reading Remembering the Future: Peggy Sue Got Married & Arrival
This post is part of The Free for All Blogathon, hosted by Theresa of CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE! FYI, I think 10 is a ridiculously arbitrary number and of course I love way more than 10 film scores. Besides, I’m cheating because I wrote a post last year about how much I love Michael … Continue reading My 10 Favorite Film Scores
This post is part of the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon 2018, hosted by Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled, Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club and Aurora of Once Upon a Screen. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE! The aura around the Academy Awards is pretty strong. Not only the belief that those who merit the awards win them, but that it … Continue reading Forgotten Oscar Nominees and Winners
This post is part of the Small Screen Blogathon, hosted by Maddy Loves Her Classic Films. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE! The television show Lost has the unique position of being one of the most admired and most reviled TV shows of all time. The negativity is mostly directed at the show’s finale episode. (The article I wrote defending the finale … Continue reading Lost’s Best Episode: “The Constant”
This post is part of the O! Canada Blogathon 2018, hosted by Kristina at Speakeasy and Ruth at Silver Screenings. Read the rest of the posts for this event HERE! When we think of the word “dystopia,” we tend to envision a futuristic society. But dystopian nightmares can happen anywhere, at any time. They can even exist within societies we call “free.” The American institution … Continue reading O! Canada Blogathon 2018: Alias Grace
Time for a new blogathon! This time, I am inviting you to write about films that take place in outer space. Space operas, space fantasies, space parodies, space horror stories, animated films set in space–any and all of these are welcome! Only two rules: No duplicates. At least one character in the film MUST leave Earth’s gravitational pull at some point. So it’s O.K. if … Continue reading Announcing the Outer Space on Film Blogathon!
MASSIVE SPOILERS FOLLOW. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. Or, you know, you don’t care about spoilers. Not going to make a mystery of it: I loved The Last Jedi. Possibly it will end up as my favorite of all the Star Wars films. Sure, it has some flaws (newsflash: EVERY Star Wars film has flaws) but … Continue reading The Last Jedi: Not Your Daddy’s Star Wars
Lately, I’ve been mostly enjoying the new TV series The Orville, a spoof of Star Trek by Seth McFarlane. But it’s frustrating in a way, because something always seems a little bit off. I think my niece hit on the problem: “I wish they would dump the spoof part and just make a straight space opera, because it only works on that level.” Spoofing beloved … Continue reading Genre Grandeur: Galaxy Quest (1999)
This post is part of the Happy New Year Blogathon, hosted by Steve at MovieMovieBlogBlog. Ring in the new year with the rest of the posts HERE! A riff on Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper, Trading Places is one of the great buddy comedies of the 1980s. Louis Winthorpe III (Aykroyd), a young, rich snot-head who trades commodities, has an uber-preppy fiancé (Kristin … Continue reading Merry New Year! Trading Places (1983)
It’s that time of year again! Woo-hoo, awards! As always, these are about my personal preferences and just for fun. The Sorry, Television, This Year the Movies Kicked YOUR Butt Award Wonder Woman, the No Man’s Land Sequence Yep, the movies finally did it. After years of TV out-doing, out-creating, out-character-driving action sequences, this year’s Wonder Woman did more than vanquish the movie villain. I’ll … Continue reading Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards of 2017
Been a while since I’ve done book reviews, and since it’s early December, seems like a good time for some gift recommendations. If you’re looking for gift suggestions for teens (or if you like YA yourself) check out these: The Court of Five Series by Kate Elliott This is a three-book fantasy YA series, the first book (Court of Fives) released in 2015. The other … Continue reading Book Recommendations for Your Holiday Shopping
First, I want to extend my warmest thanks to all who participated in the “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon. SO many great posts, and quite a few about films I’ve never seen–some I’ve never heard of! WOW! My viewing list has expanded a lot the last few days. Go HERE for a complete list of posts with links. Please check out these posts that did … Continue reading The “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon – Final Wrap-Up!
Day 3 of our blogathon brings even more theft and mayhem! Critica Retro writes about William Powell’s perfect counterpart to his Nick Charles persona in The Thin Man–The Robber in the pre-code film Jewel Robbery. 4 Star Films enjoys the unexpected levity in The Big Steal, the film that paired Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer again after their success with Out of the Past. Pure Entertainment Preservation … Continue reading “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon – Day 3 Recap
This post is part of the “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon, hosted by ME. Read the rest of the criminally good posts in this event HERE! Crooks in classic films generally split into a couple of categories: either professional criminals, or people driven by desperate circumstances to commit crimes. There’s another subset where characters steal to get revenge. Fun with Dick and Jane is a … Continue reading “It Takes a Thief Bogathon”: Fun with Dick and Jane (1977)