75 YOF: John Wayne, North Dakota, and Casual Racism (The Searchers-1956)

Sometimes, I feel like I'm living in a western movie. White men in North Dakota are trying to spread west, but run into Indian opposition. Terrified of the "red man," they paint him as the enemy, the great obstacle of progress. But at least westerns had the decency¬†to make the Indians murderous villains, not quiet … Continue reading 75 YOF: John Wayne, North Dakota, and Casual Racism (The Searchers-1956)

75 YOF: “Don’t Bother to Knock,” the Marvelous, Maniacal Monroe (1952)

It's a bit hard to study film history without including Marilyn Monroe at some point. However, I wanted to look beyond her iconic appearance. Could she actually act? Here's a film that tries her talent, not just her physique. STORY: After being snubbed by his lover, a man named Jed starts flirting with a Nell … Continue reading 75 YOF: “Don’t Bother to Knock,” the Marvelous, Maniacal Monroe (1952)

75 Years of Film: 1949–The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

This is part of an ongoing series exploring history and film throughout the ages by watching one movie per release year from 1941 to 2016. To see the other movies and times discussed so far, click here. And now for something completely different. In order to shake things up, we decided to watch an animated … Continue reading 75 Years of Film: 1949–The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad