In May, I received an e-mail from ClassicFlix asking me to contribute the back liner notes for a DVD collection that I knew would generate waves of enthusiasm throughout the classic film and movie comedy communities I associate with on Facebook. All 21 of the two-reel Hal Roach Studio comedies starring Thelma Todd and Patsy… Continue reading “That’s liable to happen to anyone!”
Alpha Video released another volume in their “Rediscovered Comedies of Edgar Kennedy” series about two weeks ago (July 24)—though again, for those of us dues-paying members in The Order of the Slow Burn (check out the Facebook page here) we’ve been aware of their existence for quite some time—and for a mere bag of shells,… Continue reading Slow burn-ing memory
I've never been married, but both of my sisters are...and while the mind's memory always wants to reminisce about the fun, love, and joy that results with the nuptials, it tends to bury the familial conflicts that can surface during that special event. (I'll remain mum about the "maid-of-honor" controversy at one of the weddings.) … Continue reading From the DVR: Rachel Getting Married (2008)
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
Back in May of 2010, I composed a post about a brand of potato chips manufactured exclusively in my home state of West Virginia—the legendary Mister Bee. They were my favorite chips as a kid growing up, and one of the many things I missed when we left the Mountain State to relocate in the… Continue reading You can’t go home again
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?
You may recall that on Sunday (though it seems so long ago—doesn't it?) I did a post here on the blog that briefly described my happy dance over our free Epix movie channel weekend. Meanwhile, at the paying gig, I wrote up an anniversary essay on The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, which made its radio debut on June 17, 1947. … Continue reading From the DVR: Guns, Girls and Gangsters (1959)