Category Archives: Film

Violence and Heroism

Movies, books, and television give us examples today of villains as heroes. We watched “The Suicide Squad” a couple of days ago. I don’t recall any one of the Dirty Dozen doing the heinous things the Suicide Squad did. Am … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Character

I’m about 95% sure that Wade Warren Silcox is my 3x Great Grandfather, and if he is not, then he is my 3x Great Grandfather’s brother. He most definitely had an interesting life. Wade’s story actually begins with his father, … Continue reading

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Star Wars Fan Fiction

If you follow my blog or my Twitter account, you know I’m a longtime fan of the Star Wars saga. In 1987, at the 10th anniversary convention in Los Angeles, I learned about an unofficial club called Forces of the … Continue reading

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Why Star Wars Fans Stand in Line

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on Friday (well, Thursday really, but the official opening date is December 18th), and around the country, fans are already lining up to see the movie. Most of those fans bought their tickets weeks … Continue reading

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My Latest Jewelry Designs

For the past few years, I’ve been putting together some “original” jewelry. I put that in quotation marks because, for the most part, I use existing pieces, either from a thrift shop, clearance sale, or craft store. This is my … Continue reading

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The Oscars Tribute to Musicals

The 2013 Academy Awards had a theme. The ceremony paid tribute to movie music, and they definitely hit some high notes. They also could have done a lot better. Barbra Streisand singing The Way We Were in tribute to composer Marvin … Continue reading

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Film Review – Les MisĂ©rables – a vivid portrayal of revolution

I held off a week, but that’s as long as I could wait to see the film adaptation of the stage adaptation of Victor Hugo’s film about the French class structure and revolution. I’ve seen the musical on stage twice, … Continue reading

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Top 5 Reasons to Own Indiana Jones on Blu-ray

1. Harrison Ford’s even hotter with the clarity of Blu-ray. 2. It comes with “The Making of Raiders” – the original 1981 special! 3. Two new behind-the-scenes features about “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” 4. The audio and visuals have … Continue reading

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Movies That Surpass Their Source Material

This morning, Nerdist News announced their list of five films that surpass their source material. I agree with one of them. Planet of the Apes is an amazing movie that takes author Pierre Boulle’s basic story to another level. Here … Continue reading

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A Creative Wasteland

Someone else agrees that we need more original entertainments instead of yet another remake, reboot, or reimagining. “It seems that every movie is a remake of something that was better when it was first released in a foreign language, as … Continue reading

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