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Malabar Farm: Ghosts and Hollywood

content discovered on Friday, October 31, 2014 in beyond nyc, movie stars, weird stuff, world events

[Maybe you believe in the paranormal. Maybe you don't. Either way, I suggest that you take the following for what it is: a really cool story from a good pal of mine. - RW]Guest post by Andrea McEnaney Ohio is not a state thought of as a getaway destination. When most people think of Ohio, if they think of it at all, they imagine farms and fields, not Hollywood icons. But for a period in the 1940s, Ohio was a destination for some of the biggest names in movies. James Cagney, Tyrone Power, Dorothy Lamour...

5 horror films from my childhood

content discovered on Thursday, October 30, 2014 in 3d, childhood, horror, lists and compilations, television

The TCM blog, Movie Morlocks, recently had a piece in which the author recounted how he got his child to not be afraid of what he initially thought of as relatively benign horror movies from his youth, such as the original Blob. I, on the other hand, had no such guidance from my folks; I discovered horror films on my own, and more or less dealt with the consequences of watching such films the same way. It's not that they didn't care. It's just that in some things, such as television, they were surprising...

Dear White People

content discovered on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in comedy, favorite theaters, race, strangers

Dear White Peopleseen @ Kew Gardens Cinemas, Kew Gardens, Queens, NY10.28.14First of all, I wanna say upfront how grateful I am that the Kew Gardens is showing Dear White People. I was prepared to see this in the city if I had to - the Kew gets a lot of indie films, but they don't get everything - but seeing it in Queens, at a reasonable price (read: single digits) means a lot to me. They even put it in Theater 3, the main auditorium, which is the biggest one they have.Now, when the movie started, I was ...


content discovered on Thursday, October 23, 2014 in angelika film center, comedy, friends

Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)seen @ Angelika Film Center, New York, NY10.19.14I'm sitting here trying to think of how to express my feelings about the movie Birdman and I can't quite come up with something. I don't know why. It's not a bad movie; in fact, it's quite good, but it's so chock full of... stuff - ideas, images, themes - that it's difficult for me to arrange. It would help if I saw it again, but these days, I can't afford to see the same movie twice. Well, I probably could, ...


content discovered on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 in childhood, drama, education, lincoln plaza cinema, sociology and politics, trends, visual art

Whiplashseen @ Lincoln Plaza Cinema, New York NY10.12.14I was thirteen years old when I entered high school and took the freshman drawing class. I majored in art, you see, and it was my specialized course of study throughout high school. The teacher I had, to quote the Eagles, had a nasty reputation as a cruel dude. He was this middle-aged sourpuss of an instructor whom everyone dreaded. He was acerbic, bitterly sarcastic and merciless. In his class, everything had to be done his way if you expected any ...

Nosotros amamos Ricardo Montalban

content discovered on Saturday, October 11, 2014 in acting, blog a thons, movie stars, race, television

Hollywood's Hispanic Heritage Blogathones un evento dedicado a celebrar los logros de los latinos en la industria del cine a lo largo de la historia, organizado por Once Upon a Screen y Movie Star Makeover. Para obtener una lista de bloggers que participan, por favor visite los enlaces en cualquier sitio."My dear guests, I am Mr. Roarke, your host. Welcome to Fantasy Island!"And with a beverage raised in salute, the mysterious yet charismatic host played by Ricardo Montalban welcomed television viewers e...

Gone Girl

content discovered on Friday, October 10, 2014 in gender, sociology and politics, suspense, world events

Gone Girlseen @ Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas, Jamaica NY10.7.14 SPOILERS Can't talk about this movie without them. Sorry.In the old war-of-the-sexes comedy Adam's Rib, Katharine Hepburn's lawyer character gets a jury to acquit a woman who shot her husband in a crime of passion after discovering him with another woman. She does it out of a conviction that if men can get away with this sort of thing, then so can women, and that they should be treated just as equally as men in a case like this. Spencer Tracy...

The Devil's Rain

content discovered on Saturday, October 04, 2014 in acting, childhood, horror, movie stars, philosophy and religion, trends

The O Canada Blogathon is an event devoted to Canadian actors and films, hosted by Speakeasy and Silver Screenings. For a list of participating bloggers, visit the links at either site.The Devil's Rainseen online via YouTubeThe first impression most people have of him is that acting style of his. It defined his most popular role when he was young and in his prime: a kind of stop-and-start cadence in which he'd carefully punctuate... certain...words, andthenspeedup! In that sense, he was a bit of a throwb...

The unexpected virtue of linkage

content discovered on Wednesday, October 01, 2014 in bloggers and critics, education, movie industry, silent films, world events, writing

So there's this local literary magazine called Newtown Literary. It's still relatively new, but it's already built a bit of a rep for attracting Queens writers for short stories and poetry. The theme for their next issue is sci-fi/fantasy.Guess who's gonna be in it.Yep! I had had my eye on getting in the mag before, possibly by submitting a piece from WSW, but they only take original, unpublished work (a post on a blog counts as being published), so what I did was, I crafted a short story loosely inspire...

Singin' in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain seen @ Landmark Loew's Jersey Theater, Jersey City, NJ 9.27.14And now, five things I thought about while watching Singin' in the Rain:1. There's just something about musicals. When they're done right, that is. I don't seek them out, most of the time. It's not like I'm crazy for them or anything, but the best of them have a way of making you just feel good about life, as silly as that may sound. And while there are modern musicals that I adore, such as Dreamgirls and Hedwig and the A...

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