Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards 2020

I know. I’M SUPER LATE with this. I usually get this post out in December. Give me a break because of the year that just passed. Due to the pandemic, many films and television shows were delayed. But we did have some good (and not so good) things happen in the world of pop culture. … Continue reading Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards 2020

The Subversive Lessons of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

This post is part of the Things I Learned from the Movies Blogathon, hosted by Kristina at Speakeasy and Ruth at Silver Screenings. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE! When it comes to the actual text of Roald Dahl’s Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and its 1971 film adaptation Willy Wonka … Continue reading The Subversive Lessons of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards Of 2013, Part One

It’s awards season! Time for my second annual pop culture awards! Same as last year, these are limited to my own personal preferences (as I’m not a professional critic) are just for fun and a place for me to laud what I loved and rant about what made me mad over the past year. As … Continue reading Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards Of 2013, Part One

I’ll Take My Fiction With A Side Of Truth, Please

WARNING: SOME SPOILERS FOR THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK AND MIDNIGHT IN PARIS FOLLOW: Early on in the movie The Silver Linings Playbook, the protagonist Pat (Bradley Cooper) is reading A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway. Frustrated by the book’s tragic ending, and fueled by a manic episode (he’s manic-depressive and just out of the … Continue reading I’ll Take My Fiction With A Side Of Truth, Please

What The Coen Brothers Teach Us About Keeping Genre Fresh

A while back I was participating in a discussion about The Big Lebowski on a screenwriters message board. Someone claimed the movie was of no particular genre. In fact, that the Coen brothers never made genre movies. I disagreed with that, of course. I pointed out The Big Lebowski most certainly fits into a genre, … Continue reading What The Coen Brothers Teach Us About Keeping Genre Fresh