Holiday Hidden Gem #1: “While You Were Sleeping” (1995)

Holiday Hidden Gem #1: “While You Were Sleeping” is a 1995 classic Christmas rom-com, directed by Jon Turteltaub, who is responsible for Cool Runnings, National Treasure franchise, The Meg, & The Kid. Who Could Have Been? Lucy Moteratz (Sandra Bullock) could have been played by Demi Moore, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts or Meg Ryan. JackContinue reading “Holiday Hidden Gem #1: “While You Were Sleeping” (1995)”

Murder Mystery #3: “Knives Out” (2019)

“Knives Out” (2019) directed by Rian Johnson was the sneak attack stacked hit from a year that already was full of top tier highly anticipated features (“Once Upon A Time in Hollywood,” “The Irishman,” “1917” “Midsommar” “Hustlers” “Little Women” “Us” and “Parasite”). Stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana De Armas, Chris Evans, Katherine Langford, Don Johnson,Continue reading “Murder Mystery #3: “Knives Out” (2019)”

Murder Mystery #2: “Gosford Park” (2001)

“Gosford Park” (2001) directed by Robert Altman, written by Julian Fellowes (of “Downton Abbey”). “Gosford Park” was based on a French film that came out in Jean Renoir’s French classic, “La Règle du jeu” (“The Rules of the Game”) which came out in 1939. Development on “Gosford Park” began in 1999, when Bob Balaban askedContinue reading “Murder Mystery #2: “Gosford Park” (2001)”

Murder Mystery #1: “Clue” (1985)

Murder Mystery #1: Murder mystery parody, CLUE “Clue” (1985) was directed and conceptualized by Johnathon Lynn who was in collaboration with John Landis. The film stars Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Colleen Camp, Bill Henderson, Howard Hesseman, Madeline Kahn, Jeffrey Kramer, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, Kellye Nakahara, Lee Ving, Lesley Ann Warren, and more.Continue reading “Murder Mystery #1: “Clue” (1985)”

“Far From The Madding Crowd” (2015) Episode Notes

Sources/Further Reading & Listening: The novel by Thomas Hardy Fancast Typecast Podcast NPR Interview with Carey Mulligan – clips used in episode

ELVIRATOBER Pt. 4: “Messiah of Evil” (1973): Girls, Gore, and a Lovecraftian Giallo

Cinematic Breadcrumbs ELVIRATOBER Pt 4: “Messiah of Evil” (1973) – Girls, Gore, and a Lovecraftian Giallo Lovecraftian horror or sometimes called “cosmic horror” is a subgenre that predicates itself on the unknown or incomprehensible – you might have heard of this term more recently in relation to the HBO drama series “Lovecraft Country” which takesContinue reading “ELVIRATOBER Pt. 4: “Messiah of Evil” (1973): Girls, Gore, and a Lovecraftian Giallo”

ELVIRA-TOBER Pt. 3: “City of the Dead” (1960) & the Salem Witch Trials in Cinema History

“City of the Dead” (1960) also known as “Horror Hotel” was directed by John Llewellyn Moxey and stars Christopher Lee, otherwise known as Count Dracula (from the Hammer Horror productions movies & seven total films). The film is about a young student who travels to Whitewood, New England to research the Salem Witch Trials –Continue reading “ELVIRA-TOBER Pt. 3: “City of the Dead” (1960) & the Salem Witch Trials in Cinema History”

ELVIRA-TOBER PART 2: “House on Haunted Hill” (1959) & “Elvira’s Haunted Hills” (2001)

“House on Haunted Hill” (1959) directed by Winston Castle… a movie that Elvira remembers seeing for the first time at 8 years old – her first horror! This film stars Vincent Price as eccentric millionaire Fredrick Loren. He and his fourth wife, Annabelle, have invited five people to the house for a “Haunted House” party.Continue reading “ELVIRA-TOBER PART 2: “House on Haunted Hill” (1959) & “Elvira’s Haunted Hills” (2001)”

ELVIRA-TOBER Pt. 1: “Elvira: Mistress of the Dark” (1988)

Elvira’s Macabre Mobile: Elvira’s car, lovingly referred to as the Macabre Mobile, is a 1958 T-Bird hard top which was purchased for $2,500, then went through over $7,000 in alterations to make it look how it does in the film… barbed wire mirror, skull cap stick shift, chain link steering wheel and snow leopard interior.Continue reading “ELVIRA-TOBER Pt. 1: “Elvira: Mistress of the Dark” (1988)”

Drag Queens On Screen!

History: 1904 – Mr. Wix of Wickham stage play with Julian Eltinge 1915 – Julian Eltinge’s “The Countess Charming” (first on film screen drag) The Roaring ’20s – The Panzy Craze where Gene Malin became a star With no movies made during this time period, showing gay culture, we can look to modern films thatContinue reading “Drag Queens On Screen!”

ZOLA, Modern Storytelling, and Strippers on Screen

Based on a true story told in a popular twitter thread containing 148 tweets written by Detroit waitress A’Ziah “Zola” King in October 2015. The story, which begins with “Y’all wanna hear a story about why me and this b—- here fell out???????? It’s kind of long but full of suspense.” quickly went viral, garneringContinue reading “ZOLA, Modern Storytelling, and Strippers on Screen”