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: 1947–Miracle on 34th Street

Yet another classic neither I nor my wife had seen before. After all, how many Christmas movies can you possibly watch every year? I haven't even seen the remake with Mara Wilson. Oh, well, it's the perfect opportunity to watch the film and examine 1947 a little closer. STORY: A jolly old man named Kris … Continue reading 75 Years of Film: 1947–Miracle on 34th Street

Best Christmas Movie: The Case for “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Last in a tribute to great Christmas movies is my personal favorite--and one of my favorite films in general. While a box-office bomb, this film turned out to be one of the biggest movies ever. It's easy to see why. A Break from Christmas Movies Despite being hyped as a Christmas film, the film isn't … Continue reading Best Christmas Movie: The Case for “It’s a Wonderful Life”