Born Crooks: Innocence and Crime in Outside the Law (1920)

***This post is part of The Lon Chaney Sr. Blogathon, hosted by the Maddy Loves Her Classic Films blog. *** ***Some spoilers*** Dapper Bill Ballard (Wheeler Oakman): “What I was going to say - we weren’t born crooks, were we?” After a month off from my blog for Camp NaNoWriMo, it’s great to be back! … Continue reading Born Crooks: Innocence and Crime in Outside the Law (1920)

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Camp Nano Blog Break

Photo Credit: Summer in Connecticut - The Old Barn at Branchville, J. Alden Weir, 1890's, oil on canvas, Christie's, New York: Trzesacz/Wikimedia Commons/PD Old 95 1934 I posted this week's blog post (here) a few days earlier than usual for a reason. I'll be taking April off to concentrate on my goals for Camp NanoWriMo. I will … Continue reading Camp Nano Blog Break

“Remember Me”: The Marriage of Sci-Fi and Noir in Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

***This post is part of The End of the World Blogathon, hosted by Movie Movie Blog Blog. *** ***Some spoilers.*** I will say right off that although I love classic films, I am not a huge fan of the sci-fi genre. There are a few films I like, mostly in the psychological horror/sci-fi category (like … Continue reading “Remember Me”: The Marriage of Sci-Fi and Noir in Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

The Corruption of a Writer’s Life: Billy Wilder’s Films About Writers

Photo Credit: The young writer, 1958, on aTriumph Perfekt typewriter, manufactured by Trimph-Werke in Nuremberg, German: pellethepoet/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 ***Some spoilers*** Like many of my blog post ideas, this one began as the germ from an article I read and evolved through research. As a writer, of course I am always interested in the way … Continue reading The Corruption of a Writer’s Life: Billy Wilder’s Films About Writers

Creative Limitations

Photo Credit: Book, phone, and computer in chains, created and uploaded on 24 January 2015 by stevepb: stevepb/Pixabay/CC0 1.0 “I had to let go … then come back to the [book] understanding the new limitations as creative challenges.” (Tea, par. 4) I came across an interview with West Coast writer Michelle Tea quite some time … Continue reading Creative Limitations

Not Strangers Anymore: Female Friendship and Fulfillment in Between Friends (1983)

***This post is part of the Elizabeth Taylor Blogathon, hosted by Crystal of the In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood blog. ***  ***Some spoilers.*** Mary Catherine Castelli (Carol Burnett): “It’s weird telling all this to a total stranger.” Deborah Shapiro (Elizabeth Taylor): “We’re not strangers anymore, kiddo.” When I saw Crystal put up … Continue reading Not Strangers Anymore: Female Friendship and Fulfillment in Between Friends (1983)