May 26, 2017

Is There a Future for NATO?

April 3, 2017 TheGlitteringEye 0

Not the North Atlantic Treaty Organization although there’s some doubt about whether there’s a future for that, either. The other NATO. The National Association of Theater Owners. Movie theaters are having a bad time. Here’s what happened at their most recent convention as reported at The Verge: Studio after studio [Read More]


A Clockwork Orange Revisited

March 29, 2017 Scott Kirwin 0

By Scott Kirwin In the early 1980s I attended a Jesuit-run high school, and in my junior year was assigned the book “A Clockwork Orange” by Anthony Burgess. After reading the book I saw the movie, directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1971 starring Malcolm McDowell in a role I would [Read More]


Logan: A Movie Review (Of sorts)

March 6, 2017 Proof Positive 0

I will attempt to do this with as few spoilers as possible, but for those of you who expect some glimpse of nudity in your R rated movies, the only bit comes in a bit of a false start, where the movie seems to begin, but we see Ryan Reynolds [Read More]


Flashback: Hollywood Celebrates Christmas

December 22, 2016 RAvrech 0

by Robert J. Avrech During Hollywood’s Golden Age, the studios, through newspapers, fan magazines, and trade publications, published photos of their stars celebrating Christmas. In this way, Hollywood—though founded by poor immigrant Jews—assured its vast audience that the motion picture industry was in harmony with Christian America. My wife and [Read More]


Movie Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

December 17, 2016 mcdanielm 0

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Director: Gareth Edwards Written by: Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy (story and screenplay), John Knoll and Gary Whitta (story), based on characters created by George Lucas Felicity Jones: Jyn Erso Mads Mikkelson: Galen Erso Diego Luna: Cassian Andor Alan Tudyk (voice only): K-2SO Donnie Yen: Chirrut Imwe Forest Whitaker: Saw Gerrera [Read More]


Movie Review: Dr. Strange

December 11, 2016 mcdanielm 0

By: Mike McDaniel Doctor Strange (2016) Director: Scott Derrickson Writers: John Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill Based on the Marvel Comics by Steve Ditko Benedict Cumberbatch: Dr. Stephen Strange Chiwetel Ehiofor: Mordo Rachel Adams: Dr. Christine Palmer Benedict Wong: Wong Tilda Swinton: The Ancient One Benjamin Bratt: Jonathan Pangborn Mads Mikkelsen: Kaecilius Here’s the brief Marvel Bio on Dr. Strange: To [Read More]


Three Essential Streaming Movies

November 17, 2016 RAvrech 0

by Robert J. Avrech Zero Motivation, (2014) Israel. Zohar (Dana Ivgy) and Daffi (Nelly Tagar) are two young Israeli soldiers serving on a remote army base. Stuck in the Human Resources Division, the girls are bored pencil-pushers who spend their days playing video games, singing pop songs, flirting with handsome [Read More]


Hidden Hollywood: Fay Wray, Beauty and the Beasts, Part III

October 31, 2016 RAvrech 0

In her disarmingly modest, and revealing autobiography, On the Other Hand, film actress Fay Wray (September 15, 1907–August 8, 2004), best known for her role as Ann Darrow in the classic film King Kong, unveils her life in a lovely, impressionist style that is at the same time sharply focused. [Read More]


Hidden Hollywood: Gloria Swanson’s Wedding Night

October 10, 2016 RAvrech 0

by Robert J. Avrech Between 1919 and 1921, Gloria Swanson starred in a series of wildly popular films for director Cecile B. De Mille in which the iconography of Hollywood glamour was formally codified. The titles of these films carry the whiff of scandal and decadence: Don’t Change Your Husband [Read More]


Movies as Political Propaganda: The Battle of Algiers, Part I

September 28, 2016 RAvrech 3

by Robert J. Avrech Movies are the most powerful tools of social and political propaganda the world has ever known. Consider: America wins wars only when Hollywood supports the conflict and puts itself squarely behind America’s efforts. During World War II, every studio in Hollywood backed the Allied effort against [Read More]


Hidden Hollywood: Joan Fontaine’s Honeymoon from Hell

September 26, 2016 RAvrech 0

by Robert J. Avrech In 1939, Joan Fontaine, twenty-one years old, was slowly making her way up the Hollywood ladder. MGM signed Fontaine to play a small part in the high profile production The Women, directed by George Cukor, starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell and Paulette Goddard. For [Read More]


Mexico: Vicente Fernandez {hearts} Hillary

September 22, 2016 FaustaW 3

Hugely popular singer Vicente Fernández (Chente to his fans), idol of the Mexican working class, momentarily suspended his retirement to take on a commission from the Clinton campaign to write a corrido for Hillary out of his devotion for her possibly large stipend, but who knows? After taking to Chente’s [Read More]


How to Write a Screenplay

September 21, 2016 RAvrech 2

by Robert J. Avrech I get a fair amount of email from readers asking me about writing. More specifically, how do I go about writing a movie? Writing is ninety percent perspiration, ten percent inspiration. In other words do not wait to get struck with inspiration. That’s a load of [Read More]

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