Movies

James Garner (1928-2014)

James Garner’s passing was very sad to hear about.  He was always a welcome presence in movies and TV series.  An actor who could handle any genre, from comedy to action-adventure, from romance to western.  I grew up watching his TV shows and fil

Dear Sir or Madam.....

It’s an idea that dates back centuries.  A character in a play – comedy or drama – will dress as a member of the opposite sex.  Sometimes it’s for money.  Sometimes to trick another person for a noble cause.  Sometimes just to hide out for a while.  Shakespeare was fond of having a strong female character disguise herself as a

The Great American Road Trip

It’s summer!  Vacation time!  And what’s more American than traveling this beautiful country and seeing what’s beyond the horizon.  And what better time than the Fourth of July to contemplate the great American road trip.

A Different Kind of Fairy Tale

wizard of ozIn a blog post a few weeks ago, I waxed eloquent (I might actually have rambled) about my intense love for live-action fairy tales, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, and Maleficent, the greatest of the fairy tale villains. There are so many fairy tales brought to screen every year, both through animation and live-action filmmaking, and each takes a unique approach to retelling the classic story.

Eli Wallach (1915-2014)

I can’t remember the first time I saw Eli Wallach on TV or in a movie.  He just always seemed to

Ruby Dee (1922-2014)

It was very sad to read about the passing of one of America’s great actresses: <

Once Upon a Time…

maleficent dragonWhen I saw Disney’s Sleeping Beauty for the

D-Day

The planning took months, coordinating armed forces of several countries – primarily the United States, Great Britain, and Canada -- and underground forces of others, especially the occupied country of France.  The timing had to be as precise as possible, taking into consideration communication, weather, the phases of the moon, and the tides.  And though we recall the date of June 6, 1944, as key to the success of the Allied Force

As You Wish!

princess brideIn 1987 The Princess Bride, one of my favorite movies, opened in theaters to moderate success. Equal parts romance, comedy, adventure and fantasy, it offered something for everyone.

In Another Time or Place...

Game of Thrones.  As exciting as the television series is, I had never read the books by George R. R.

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