Movies & TV

When History Isn't History: Legacies of the Great War

Marching toward the Battle of the SommeRegrettably for humankind, the “War to End All Wars” did not live up to that hopelessly hopeful appellation. In fact, most historians will tell you that it and the treaty that ended it, were the chief causes of the Second World War which remains the only war in human history to surpass it in the cost of human life.

As you will have heard by now, over the next four or so years, the world will be commemorating the hundred year anniversaries of the events of what has come to be known—exactly because it could not measure up to that overly optimistic sobriquet—World War I.

Fall Into Television

tvFall is my absolute favorite time of year. When fall blows in, it brings cool, crisp air, sidewalks strewn with crunchy leaves, more pumpkin-flavored foods than any one person could possibly eat, sweater weather, and Thanksgiving turkey. Fall also means the return of some of my favorite television shows after the summer hiatus.

Chicago

It’s been years since I’ve been to Chicago.  I mean years!  And that was just a day trip.  But I have to say, I thought it was one of the greatest cities I’d ever been to.  I’ve been wanting to return, but circumstances have kept me from going again.  One of my best friends lives in Illinois and visits the city quite often.  She invited me to visit her next year and sai

66th Primetime Emmy Awards

Emmy StatueLast night, the winners of the Primetime Emmy Awards were announced in a live telecast. Usually held on a Sunday night, this was the first time the Emmys had been moved to a Monday since 1976. This year’s ceremony, like any awards show, had its ups and downs.

Lauren Bacall (1924-2014)

First, we have to acknowledge the voice.  That slightly rough, very smooth, absolutely arresting voice.  Then the look.  Chin down, gaze up, right-in-the-eyes look.  And finally, the attitude.  Tough with a streak of vulnerability.  Is it any wonder that men fell hard for

Robin Williams (1951-2014)

Most of us first saw him on Happy Days, where he played Mork from Ork.  From there, he went on to a spinoff series Mork & Mindy<

Moves Like Jagger

twirlingIt’s no secret that I have a fondness for dance movies. I own a good number of them and have been known to watch the best dance scenes from each movie, one after the other.

A Musician's Life

street musicianWhether it’s a beautifully composed score supporting the emotionally tenor of a movie, or a carefully selected song overlaying the action, music has always been an important component in movies. It is not surprising that many filmmakers have chosen to bring that music to the forefront with biopics on famous musicians and composers and stories about fictional musicians.

2014 Primetime Emmy Nominations: Comedy

emmyOne of the distinct advantages of the Primetime Emmy Awards is that nominated television series are divided into two categories:  drama and comedy. This same divide is fairly common in television awards shows, but only exists for movies at the Golden Globes. I have often wondered how the Academy Awards would differ if they followed suit and awarded Oscars for best comedy and best drama.

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

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