Life has kind of been getting in the way of blogging and following along with the classic movie universe this week, so I totally missed the news that Robert Osborne is taking leave of absence from hosting duties at TCM to undergo minor surgery. I suppose it’s arguable that this is causing me way more [...]
Forget werewolves and vampires, it’s time to stake your claim to Team Keaton or Team Chaplin! The Kitty Packard Pictorial refers us to The Girl Gatsby and her marvelous designs for the team debate t-shirts. It’s a marvelous idea and those are must have tees, if I say so. I’m not sure I can choose [...]
In my continuing quest to pass as Canadian, I’m spending the last half of this week “out in it.” That’s right, as you are reading this and enjoying the best the interwebs has to offer, I’m in an unairconditioned lodge in the middle of the woods, boiling my own drinking water! I like a day [...]
Thanks (again) to TCM’s “Silent Sundays” series, I watched my first Max Linder movie, Seven Years Bad Luck. Slapstick comedy typically asks us to accept the outrageous in the name of fun, but in Seven Years Bad Luck, Max Linder engineers a narrative context for the madness, asking us to accept nothing other than that [...]
Special effects 1924 style! As part of the July series “Race and Hollywood: Arab Images on Film,” TCM aired The Thief of Bagdad last night. I had forgotten how much I love this movie and Douglas Fairbanks. This film is pure delight, and here’s one of the more delightful moments to whet your appetite. If [...]
Today we celebrate the birth of America with simulated war fare, backyard burgers, and copious amounts of booze. To further commemorate the 4th of July, I bring your the great dame of American Liberty, The Statue of Liberty. Hitchcock style! Happy 4th of July and happy viewing!
It’s a holiday weekend no matter which side of the fence you’re on. Happy Canada Day and/or Happy 4th of July, depending on where you are! Since I’m existentially straddling that fence, I’ve decided to celebrate both. Summer holiday weekends mean bbq, pool dates, fireworks and, of course, lots of movies! So kick back, soak [...]