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Am I who I am today because of Lego?
Christmas morning, 1977. I race out to the living room to see what Santa has brought me, because without a doubt as four-year-old boy I had been exceptionally well behaved. There was a stocking full of sweets that I was forbidden from devouring before breakfast, and then my parents pointed out a few well wrapped parcels.
The Most Powerful Find Is That Of Knowledge
Shopping. What I find so inimitably fascinating about shopping is how you don’t always leave a shop with what you intended to go in for. What are treasures to one can be obsolete objects to another, but whether you come out with your intended buy or an unexpected profit it’s just another reminder of how this world is wildly full of surprises.
Indulging My Inner 80s Child
I am a child of the 1980s and, gosh, that seems like a shockingly long time ago these days. Admittedly I was a baby for the first half of the decade, so some things slipped me by. I am only belatedly catching up with 80s film classics, which I simply could not have watched back when they were first out.
1. Note to self: Google Mank
Recently, I would eyeball the local billboard just above the Shell station featuring an ad for "Mank" while I was idling at the red light on the corner of Beverly and Fairfax. Seeing Gary Oldman’s name immediately registered two thumbs up in my subconscious mind for his wide range of acting roles from Sid Vicious to Ludwig Von Beethoven, Winston Churchill with many award-winning performances in between and now, his most recent Oscar nod, "Mank."
If you enjoyed the original Twilight Zone series then you will absolutely love Alfred Hitchcock Presents
During the pandemic I found myself watching a lot of METV and experienced a wonderful benefit. I began enjoying the original episodes of the Twilight Zone and also Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Often when I fell asleep, I would wake up and not be able to tell which program was on. This was because many of the same actors were on multiple episodes of both television series. If you enjoy the old black and white television programming from the 1950s and 1960s and were a fan of The Twilight Zone, you will really enjoy watching Alfred Hitchcock presents. The reverse is also true.
Silent Movies: An Acquired Taste in Cinematic Magic
Prior to Hollywood's Golden Age (which began in the late 1920s and lasted until the late 1960s), movie goers were treated to "moving pictures" - minus the sound. In lieu of actors speaking their lines to audiences, their lines were displayed on the screen for audiences to read in film frame boxes between scenes. Movie houses usually hired a pianist, organist or sometimes even a full orchestra to play music along with the film. (There was usually an official film score). While the absence of speaking parts in silent movies might make you believe they are really boring to watch, quite the contrary is actually true.
My Saturday Morning Cartoon List
Hi there. Among other things, I was a child of the 1980s (or one of SEVERAL eras where it was still WORTH waking up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning [maybe Sunday in some markets] to "toon" in to some great animation).
"The Swan" (1956) And The Illusion of Power Dynamics
I wasn't much for romantic comedies in my youth, so it hasn't been until the past few years that I decided to give them a chance and realize just what could be done with the genre. I was surprised to find that Old Hollywood in particular had quite a few clever gems that challenged the audience's expectations - one being The Swan from 1956.
The Kid (1921) Charlie Chaplin Film Analysis
The Kid (1921) is a silent motion picture released during the early days of Hollywood, written and directed by the infamous Charlie Chaplin. Although only an hour long, this film packs a whole lot into a story that will leave the viewer emotionally invested, laughing, and wondering how the quality of a film made 100 years ago could surpass modern production standards.
Disney and The Grimm Brothers
Many people do not realize that most of their favorite Disney stories and movies actually came from the Grimm Brother's, Jacob and Wilhelm. Most of the stories, however, were modified to make them more child and family friendly. Which in a sense makes them different but when taken down to the basics the stories are similar.
Stick with the Classics
If you love Les Miserables, Downton Abbey, or Pride & Prejudice, but you cringe when you hear a string quartet playing Ariana Grande, consider something else for a show to take you back in time.
A Filmmaker's Guide to: Marlon Brando
In this chapter of ‘the filmmaker’s guide’ we’re actually going to be learning about literature and film together. I understand that many of you are sitting in university during difficult times and finding it increasingly hard to study and I understand that many of you who are not at university or not planning on it are possibly stuck of what to do, need a break or even need to catch up on learning film before you get to the next level. This guide will be brief but will also contain: new vocabulary, concepts and theories, films to watch and we will be exploring something taboo until now in the ‘filmmaker’s guide’ - academia (abyss opens). Each article will explore a different concept of film, philosophy, literature or bibliography/filmography etc. in order to give you something new to learn each time we see each other. You can use some of the words amongst family and friends to sound clever or you can get back to me (email in bio) and tell me how you’re doing. So, strap in and prepare for the filmmaker’s guide to film studies because it is going to be one wild ride.