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: “Rebel Without a Cause,” and Becoming A Man (1955)

James Dean has been immortalized as a Hollywood icon because the instant he hit his peak, he died in a car crash. If you want to see an icon who's been put in paintings with Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, and The Three Stooges, Rebel Without a Cause is pretty much your only option. PLOT: A … Continue reading 75 YOF: “Rebel Without a Cause,” and Becoming A Man (1955)

75 YOF: “War of the Worlds” and Silly Sci-Fi Scariness (1953)

What's more 1950s than a movie about the space age and all the wonders and dangers lurking out there in the cosmos? Rockets! Lasers! Invasions! Golly-Gee Whillakers! THE PLOT: Martians attack Earth. Simple as. IS IT ANY GOOD? Not really. Back in the 1950s this may have been new and scary, but in 2016, there's … Continue reading 75 YOF: “War of the Worlds” and Silly Sci-Fi Scariness (1953)