My most vivid memory of a drive-in involves a movie that I didn’t actually see. In the early 1970s, my father and I took a trip to Spelter, WV for the purpose of escorting my grandparents (on Dad’s side) to the Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins, a West Virginia celebration that gets underway in… Continue reading “We hope you have a wonderful time…come back soon…”
The folks at DISH—sensing that it might be a sensible idea to remain on my good side—offered up what they call "Kids Binge-a-Palooza" in the latter part of July this month. (Apparently this is their second year of sponsoring this, having had a month-long celebration previously in 2017.) What this entails is offering subscribers gratis… Continue reading Starz and stripes
I’m sorry that the blog has been kind of quiet over the past week; the good folks at DISH were generous enough to give us an HBO/Cinemax freeview, and I spent a little time getting re-acquainted with some old favorites including Secretary (2002—with my gal Maggie Gyllenhaal) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006). (Prada may… Continue reading My heroes have always been in documentaries
A documentary or two (or three, even!) courtesy of downloads from Epix Vault on Demand: Under the Gun (2016) - On December 14, 2012, with the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT that left 20 children and six adults dead, I convinced myself that this would be the time when this… Continue reading What’s up, docs?
In Kevin Brownlow and David Gill's documentary Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987), there's footage of Buster reminiscing about his days as a gag writer at MGM...and in describing working with Bud Abbott & Lou Costello (who made three films at the studio while on loan from Universal) he had this to say… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: The Noose Hangs High (1948)
At the beginning of the 2008 biopic Milk, we find San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) talking into a tape recorder, making out what appears to be a will. The timeline is November 18, 1978—nine days before Milk and Mayor George Moscone (Victor Garber) are assassinated by disgruntled ex-City Supervisor Dan White (Josh… Continue reading “My name is Harvey Milk and I’m here to recruit you!”
In March of this year, I made the mistake of opening an e-mail I received from Milestone Films. (Okay, there was no gun placed to my temple...but you'd think I'd learn by now.) They were advertising a sale on DVDs in their inventory featuring female filmmakers (to celebrate Women's History Month) and one of the… Continue reading “Oh, why did I ever begin this dark deception?”