Dennis Cozzalio at the critically-acclaimed Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule blog has put up another one of his brain-bending movie quizzes, and believe you me, I was just as surprised as you’ll be to hear that I actually sat down and answered the questionnaire to the best of my ability. (In the past, I’ve been thrown… Continue reading “I’ll be seein’ you boys…prob’ly…”
I returned home last night from our family feast to see that Eddie Copeland had e-mailed me about the passing of Eartha Kitt at age 81. Eddie posited an interesting question: “How many special guest villains from Batman are left?” This is a question that I will let TDOY fans answer in their copious free time, because as I type… Continue reading Eartha Kitt and Harold Pinter, R.I.P.
Merry Christmas, everyone! By now, I’m sure you and your families are gathered underneath the Christmas tree, exchanging and unwrapping gifts—probably having a bit of a nosh in the form of danishes or pastries or Christmas cookies or whatever. (If you are…how about passing some over this way?) The big Shreve family Christmas festivities probably… Continue reading The Half-Assed Gourmand #4 (Christmas edition)
Saturday night, I couldn’t find anything decent on television to watch…and I had just achieved a state of comfortability on my couch that precluded my getting up and rummaging through the TDOY archives for a DVD. So I decided to scope out the On Demand channels and see if there was something I hadn’t seen. Let me… Continue reading Gerry-rigged
Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) – After finally getting the opportunity to see the whole enchilada, I discovered that the reason why I had difficulty following the plot of this Disney film wasn’t due to what I missed (everything before Donald Pleasence’s character taking “custody” of Ike Eisenmann and Kim Richards and handing them over to weaselly gazillionaire… Continue reading Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #9
Faithful online chum and TDOY commenter Pam sent me an e-mail this morning with the news that veteran director Robert Mulligan passed away Saturday at his Connecticut home, at the age of 83. Among Mulligan’s best-known films were To Kill a Mockingbird (1962; which garnered him an Oscar nom as Best Director the following year), Love With the Proper Stranger (1963), Baby the… Continue reading R.I.P., Robert Mulligan
TCM scratched off two more films in Columbia Studios’ popular Crime Doctor series yesterday morning; they ran Crime Doctor’s Man Hunt (1946) at 8:00am, followed by Just Before Dawn (1946). The result was a visit with an old favorite…and a first-time glance at a previously unseen little gem. In Man Hunt, an amnesiac soldier named Philip Armstrong (played by Myron Healey) makes… Continue reading (Crime) Doctor’s orders