My new review index

My Internet followers will (I hope) be happy to know that I have now alphabetized and linked all of the movie reviews that I’ve posted on this blog. (I still need to list the “miscellaneous” generic blogs, but I’m already working on that.)

If you would like to see the review index, click on the “Reviews A-Z” image that is posted in the upper right-hand corner of this blog, or go to:

Reviews A-Z


Animated films and related posts

A fun podcast for Disney buffs

Corpse Bride (2005)

Fantasia 2000 (1999)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame – An examination of Judge Claude Frollo

Mickey’s Garden (1935 short subject)

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

A Single Life (2014 short subject)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Toy Story 3 (2010)

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)



The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother (1975)

The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew (1983)

The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew (1983) – Bob & Doug in “Mutants of 2051 A.D.”

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000)

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

Beetlejuice (1988)

Don’t Give Up the Ship (1959)

Ed Wood (1994)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Flubber (1997)

Freaky Friday (2003)

The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

His Girl Friday (1940)

I Think I Love My Wife (2007)

In & Out (1998)

Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

It Happened One Night (1934)

The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)

Madeline (1998)

The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944)

The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek — It’s not about rape

National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

A New Leaf (1971)

Nothing Sacred (1937)

The Palm Beach Story (1942)

The Palm Beach Story (1942) – Nothing but a bad habit

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Raising Arizona (1987)

The Ref (1994)

Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip (1982)

So You Think You’re Not Guilty (1950 short subject)

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

Town & Country (2001)

Unfaithfully Yours (1948)

The World’s Greatest Lover (1977)



The Aristocrats (2005)

Don’t Look Back (1967)

4 Little Girls (1997)

Gap-Toothed Women (1987)

Inside Deep Throat (2005)

London Symphony (2017)

Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau (2014)

Z: A Magnificent Obsession (2004)



American Gangster (2007)

Apocalypto (2006)

The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2005)

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)

A Bill of Divorcement (1932)

Birth (2004)

Black Snake Moan (2007)

The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez (1991)

Capote (2005)

Cast Away (2000)

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Citizen Kane (1941)

Deep Impact (1998)

Django Unchained (2012)

A Face in the Crowd (1957)

FairyTale: A True Story (1997)

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

Hollywoodland (2006)

The Jackal (1997)

Little Man Tate (1991)

Matchstick Men (2003)

Mystic River (2003)

No Country for Old Men (2007)

North by Northwest (1959)

The Official Story (1985)

Open Water (2004)

The Outlaw (1943)

Panic Room (2002)

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Ponette (1997)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Rocky Balboa (2006)

The Right Stuff (1983)

School Daze (1988)

Showgirls (1995)

Steel Magnolias (1989)

The Sting (1973)

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

They’re Playing with Fire (1984)

Thirteen (2003)

Troy (2004)

Twilight (1998)

Wings (1927)


Humphrey Bogart movies

The African Queen (1951)

Casablanca (1942)

To Have and Have Not (1944)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)


Steven Spielberg movies

Jaws (1975)

Schindler’s List (1993)

The Terminal (2004)


Films noir

Behind Green Lights (1946)

The Big Combo (1955)

Born to Kill (1947)

Cry of the City (1948)

Detour (1945)

Double Indemnity (1944)

Gun Crazy (1950)

Kiss of Death (1947)

Laura (1944)

Murder Is My Beat (1955)

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)


Science fiction and fantasy films

Contact (1997)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Freaks (1932)

King Kong (1933)

King Kong (2005)

Land of the Dead (2005)

The Mark of Zorro (1920)

The Mask of Zorro (1998)

Plan Nine from Outer Space (1959)

Re-Animator (1985)

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)

The Untamable Whiskers (1904 short subject)



All That Jazz (1979)

The French Line (1955)

The Gang’s All Here (1943)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Grease (1978)

The Jazz Singer (1927)

Mame (1974)

My Fair Lady (1964)

Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005)

Rent (2005)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

About The Rocky Horror Picture Show and its unconventional conventionists

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) – There’s a light

Sextette (1978)

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)

Spice World (1997)

Sweeney Todd (2007)


Charlie Chaplin movies and related posts

Charlie Chaplin vs. Buster Keaton: Who cares??

Charlie Chaplin’s Welsh rarebit (in 10 easy photos)

Happy birthday, Charlie Chaplin!

I have a new Charlie Chaplin podcast, y’all!

Review of the novel Shadow and Substance: My Time with Charlie Chaplin

The Adventurer (1917)

The Bank (1915)

Behind the Screen (1916)

Between Showers (1914)

The Bond (1918)

A Burlesque on Carmen (1916)

A Busy Day (1914)

By the Sea (1915)

Caught in a Cabaret (1914)

Caught in the Rain (1914)

The Champion (1915)

The Circus (1928)

City Lights (1931)

The Count (1916)

A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)

Cruel, Cruel Love (1914)

The Cure (1917)

A Day’s Pleasure (1919)

A Dog’s Life (1918)

Dough and Dynamite (1914)

Easy Street (1917)

The Face on the Bar Room Floor (1914)

The Fatal Mallet (1914)

A Film Johnnie (1914)

The Fireman (1916)

The Floorwalker (1916)

Gentlemen of Nerve (1914)

Getting Acquainted (1914)

The Gold Rush (1925)

The Great Dictator (1940)

His Favorite Pastime (1914)

His Musical Career (1914)

His New Job (1915)

His New Profession (1914)

His Prehistoric Past (1914)

His Trysting Place (1914)

The Idle Class (1921)

The Immigrant (1917)

In the Park (1915)

A Jitney Elopement (1915)

The Kid (1921)

Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914)

A King in New York (1957)

The Knockout (1914)

Laughing Gas (1914)

Limelight (1952)

Mabel at the Wheel (1914)

Mabel’s Busy Day (1914)

Mabel’s Married Life (1914)

Mabel’s Strange Predicament (1914)

Making a Living (1914)

The Masquerader (1914)

Modern Times (1936)

Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

The New Janitor (1914)

A Night in the Show (1915)

A Night Out (1915)

One A.M. (1916)

The Pawnshop (1916)

Pay Day (1922)

The Pilgrim (1923)

Police (1916)

The Property Man (1914)

Recreation (1914)

The Rink (1916)

The Rounders (1914)

Shanghaied (1915)

Shoulder Arms (1918)

The Star Boarder (1914)

Sunnyside (1919)

Tango Tangles (1914)

Those Love Pangs (1914)

Tillie’s Punctured Romance (1914)

The Tramp (1915)

Triple Trouble (1918)

Twenty Minutes of Love (1914)

Unknown Chaplin (1983 documentary)

The Vagabond (1916)

A Woman (1915)

A Woman of Paris (1923)

Work (1915)


Buster Keaton movies and related posts

The Buster Blogathon is almost here!

Buster Keaton and Lucille Ball in a 1965 TV appearance

Buster Keaton Blogathon in February

A Buster Keaton rerun

Buster Keaton: The Irony of the Irish

For the love of Buster Keaton

Hanging on in Hollywood: Buster Keaton’s Educational and Columbia short subjects (1934-1941)

My Buster Keaton websites

Newly researched (but not by me!) Buster Keaton article

Arbuckle & Keaton, Vol. 1 (2001 compilation)

The Balloonatic (1923)

Battling Butler (1926)

The Blacksmith (1922)

The Boat (1921)

College (1927)

Convict 13 (1920)

Cops (1922)

Daydreams (1922)

The Electric House (1922)

The Frozen North (1922)

The General (1926)

The Goat (1921)

Go West (1925)

Hard Luck (1921)

The Haunted House (1921)

The High Sign (1921)

The Love Nest (1923)

My Wife’s Relations (1922)

Neighbors (1922)

The Navigator (1924)

One Week (1920)

One Week (1920) – Rain, rain, go away

Our Hospitality (1923)

The Paleface (1922)

The Playhouse (1921)

The Railrodder (1965)

The Saphead (1920)

The Scarecrow (1920)

Seven Chances (1925)

Sherlock Jr. (1924)

Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)

Three Ages (1923)


Laurel & Hardy movies and related posts


Behold: The Laurel & Hardy Blogathon!

A brief history of Sons of the Desert (a/k/a The International Laurel & Hardy Appreciation Society)

Celebrate the steps of Laurel & Hardy’s The Music Box!

Everything I ever need to know, I learned from Laurel & Hardy.

The Final Film of Laurel and Hardy: A Study of the Chaotic Making and Marketing of Atoll K, by Norbert Aping

The Films of Laurel and Hardy, by William K. Everson

Got nothing to do in Jacksonville today?Got nothing to do in Jacksonville today?

Happy birthday, Oliver Hardy

Happy birthday, Stan Laurel!

“Here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into.” – Oliver Hardy

I have a Laurel & Hardy podcast, y’all!

January 2019 = Laurel & Hardy Month!

Laurel & Hardy, by Charles Barr (and an interview with the author)

Laurel & Hardy A-Z

Laurel & Hardy biographies – The John McCabe Collection

Laurel & Hardy biographies – Way out worst

Laurel & Hardy and horses

Laurel & Hardy at Twentieth Century-Fox – Another nice mess

Laurel & Hardy Dirt Cake Recipe

The Laurel & Hardy Encyclopedia, by Glenn Mitchell

Laurel & Hardy on NBC’s “This Is Your Life” (Dec. 1, 1954)

Laurel & Hardy’s “freak endings”

Laurel & Hardy: The eternal friendship of Stan and Ollie

Laurel & Hardy: From the Forties Forward, by Scott MacGillivray (and an interview with the author)

Laurel & Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies – Ultimate Edition, by Randy Skretvedt

Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy, by John McCabe

My interview with Laurel & Hardy biographer Randy Skretvedt – October, 1987

The return of Laurel & Hardy to the Jacksonville Beaches area

R.I.P., Oliver Hardy

Second reel of Laurel & Hardy’s The Battle of the Century recovered

Stan & Ollie (2019)

Stan & Ollie (2019) – my podcast’s review

Stan & Ollie vs. Laurel & Hardy

Stan and Ollie: The Roots of Comedy, by Simon Louvish (and an interview with the author)

Stan and Ollie trump Kim

Stan Laurel wins an Honorary Oscar, 1961

45 Minutes from Hollywood (1926)

A-Haunting We Will Go (1942)

Air Raid Wardens (1942)

Another Fine Mess (1930)

Angora Love (1929)

Any Old Port (1932)

Bacon Grabbers (1928)

The Battle of the Century (1927)

Beau Hunks (1931)

Be Big! (1930)

Below Zero (1930)

Berth Marks (1929)

Big Business (1929)

The Big Noise (1944)

Block-Heads (1938)

Blotto (1930)

The Bohemian Girl (1936)

Bonnie Scotland (1935)

Brats (1930)

The Bullfighters (1945)

Busy Bodies (1933)

Call of the Cuckoos (1927)

Chickens Come Home (1931)

The Chimp (1932)

A Chump at Oxford (1940)

Come Clean (1931)

County Hospital (1932)

Cuckoo (1974 documentary)

The Dancing Masters (1943)

The Devil’s Brother (1933)

Dirty Work (1933)

Do Detectives Think? (1927)

Double Whoopee (1929)

Duck Soup (1927)

Early to Bed (1928)

The Finishing Touch (1928)

The Fixer Uppers (1935)

The Flying Deuces (1939)

The story behind Laurel & Hardy’s The Flying Deuces

Flying Elephants (1928)

From Soup to Nuts (1928)

Going Bye-Bye! (1934)

Great Guns (1941)

Habeas Corpus (1928)

Hats Off (1927)

Helpmates (1932)

Hog Wild (1930)

The Hollywood Revue of 1929

The Hoose-Gow (1929)

Jitterbugs (1943)

Laughing Gravy (1931)

Laurel & Hardy’s Laughing ’20s (1965 compilation film)

The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (1930)

Leave ’em Laughing (1928)

Liberty (1929)

The Live Ghost (1934)

Love ’em and Weep (1927)

The Lucky Dog (1921)

March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934)

Me and My Pal (1933)

Men o’ War (1929)

The Midnight Patrol (1933)

The Music Box (1932)

Night Owls (1930)

Nothing But Trouble (1945)

Oliver the Eighth (1934)

One Good Turn (1931)

On the Loose (1931)

On the Wrong Trek (1936)

Our Relations (1936)

Our Wife (1931)

Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)

Pardon Us (1931)

Perfect Day (1929)

Putting Pants on Philip (1927)

Sailors, Beware! (1927)

Saps at Sea (1940)

Scram! (1932)

The Second Hundred Years (1927)

Should Married Men Go Home? (1928)

Slipping Wives (1927)

Sons of the Desert (1934)

The Stolen Jools (1931)

Sugar Daddies (1927)

Swiss Miss (1938)

That’s My Wife (1929)

Their First Mistake (1932)

Their Purple Moment (1928)

Them Thar Hills (1934)

They Go Boom! (1929)

Thicker Than Water (1935)

Tit for Tat (1935)

Towed in a Hole (1932)

The Tree in a Test Tube (1943)

Twice Two (1933)

Two Tars (1928)

Unaccustomed as We Are (1929)

Utopia (1951)

Twice Two (1933)

Way Out West (1937)

Way Out West – By the numbers and way-out trivia

We Faw Down (1928)

With Love and Hisses (1927)

Wrong Again (1929)

Why Girls Love Sailors (1927)

You’re Darn Tootin’ (1928)


Marx Brothers movies and related posts

Billy Wilder and the Marx Brothers – A match almost made in heaven

Groucho Marx and The Exorcist – You bet your soul

The Marx Brothers in color

R.I.P., Groucho Marx

Animal Crackers (1930)

At the Circus (1939)

The Big Store (1941)

The Cocoanuts (1929)

A Day at the Races (1937)

Double Dynamite (1951) (Groucho only)

Duck Soup (1933)

Go West (1940)

Horse Feathers (1932)

The Incredible Jewel Robbery (1959)

Love Happy (1949)

Monkey Business (1931)

A Night at the Opera (1935)

A Night in Casablanca (1946)

Room Service (1938)

The Unknown Marx Brothers (1993 documentary)


W.C. Fields movies and related posts

John Barrymore and the Bundy Drive Boys

The Bank Dick (1940)

The Dentist (1932 short subject)

The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933 short subject)

The Golf Specialist (1930 short subject)

Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)

The Pharmacist (1933 short subject)


Three Stooges short subjects

Gents Without Cents (1944)

Hold That Lion! (1947)


Woody Allen movies and related posts

Lobster humordor

Celebrity (1998)

Crisis in Six Scenes (2016 cable-TV mini-series)

Deconstructing Harry (1997)

Interiors (1978)

Manhattan (1979)

Small Time Crooks (2000)

Stardust Memories (1980)

Take the Money and Run (1969)


Mel Brooks movies

Blazing Saddles (1974)

Young Frankenstein (1974)

Silent Movie (1976)

History of the World Part I (1981)

Life Stinks (1991)

The Producers (2005)


Albert Brooks movies and related posts

Happy birthday, Albert Brooks

Defending Your Life (1991)

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005)

Mother (1997)

The Muse (1999)


Monty Python movies and related posts

10 great Monty Python sketches you might never have heard of

And now for something completely different — announcing The Monty Python Movie Blogathon

A fairy tale from Monty Python

In praise of Monty Python

It’s Sunday — let’s go to church with Monty Python!

Monty Python – It was only a dream

Monty Python Speaks (2000 book)

And Now for Something Completely Different (1972)

Clockwise (1985 – John Cleese only)

A Liar’s Autobiography (2012)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)

Monty Python’s Flying Circus: “The Cycling Tour” (1972)

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983)

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life – Food for thought

The Rutles (1978 – Eric Idle only)


Steve Martin movies and related links

Steve Martin as “The Great Flydini”

The Absent-Minded Waiter (1977 short subject)

Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982)

Fantasia 2000 (1999 – cameo appearance)

L.A. Story (1991)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)


Popeye cartoons and related posts

I have a new Popeye podcast, y’all!

OUT OF THE INKWELL (2005 book) – Happy birthday, Max Fleischer

The Popeye/Beatles connection

Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Bluto: The ultimate love-hate relationship

Popeye’s pop psykolojiky

Adventures of Popeye (1935)

Baby Wants a Bottleship (1942)

Beware of Barnacle Bill (1935)

Big Chief Ugh-Amugh-Ugh (1938)

Blow Me Down! (1933)

Bridge Ahoy! (1936)

Brotherly Love (1936)

Bulldozing the Bull (1938)

Can You Take It? (1934)

Child Psykolojiky (1941)

Choose Yer ‘Weppins’ (1935)

A Clean Shaven Man (1936)

Customers Wanted (1939)

The Dance Contest (1934)

A Date to Skate (1938)

Dizzy Divers (1935)

Doing Impossikible Stunts (1940)

Females Is Fickle (1940)

Fightin’ Pals (1940)

Fleets of Stren’th (1942)

The Football Toucher Downer (1937)

For Better or Worser (1935)

Goonland (1938)

Hello, How Am I (1939)

Hold the Wire (1936)

Hospitaliky (1937)

The House Builder Upper (1938)

The ‘Hyp-Nut-Tist’ (1935)

I Eats My Spinach (1933)

I Never Changes My Altitude (1937)

I Wanna Be a Lifeguard (1936)

I’ll Never Crow Again (1941)

I’m in the Army Now (1936)

It’s the Natural Thing to Do (1939)

The Jeep (1938)

Kickin’ the Conga Around (1942)

Leave Well Enough Alone (1939)

Let’s Celebrake (1938)

Let’s Get Moving (1936)

Let’s Sing with Popeye (1934)

Lost and Foundry (1937)

Man on the Flying Trapeze (1934)

Me Feelins Is Hurt (1940)

Morning, Noon and Nightclub (1937)

My Artistical Temperature (1937)

Never Kick a Woman (1936)

Nix on Hypnotricks (1941)

Olive Oyl and Water Don’t Mix (1942)

Olive’s Boithday Presink (1941)

Olive’s $weep$take Ticket (1941)

The Paneless Window-Washer (1937)

Pip-Eye, Pup-Eye, Poop-Eye an’ Peep-Eye (1942)

Popeye Meets Rip Van Winkle (1941)

Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba’s Forty Thieves (1937)

Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936)

Pleased to Meet Cha! (1935)

Plumbin’ Is a “Pipe” (1938)

Popeye the Sailor (1933)

Problem Pappy (1941)

Puttin’ on the Act (1940)

Shakespearian Spinach (1940)

Shiver Me Timbers! (1934)

Shoein’ Hosses (1934)

Sock-a-Bye Baby (1934)

The Spinach Overture (1935)

The Spinach Roadster (1936)

Spooky Swabs (1957)

Stealin’ Ain’t Honest (1940)

Strong to the Finich (1934)

The Two-Alarm Fire (1934)

Vim, Vigor and Vitaliky (1936)

We Aim to Please (1934)

What – No Spinach? (1936)

Wild Elephinks (1933)

Wimmen Hadn’t Oughta Drive (1940)

Wimmen Is a Myskery (1940)


Warner Bros. cartoons and related posts

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

Cartoon violence: Are we really better off without it?

Happy 75th birthday, Bugs Bunny!

Happy birthday, Porky Pig!

Happy Father’s Day from Chuck Jones

Mel Blanc: 1908-1989

My interview with Chuck Jones – February, 1988

More Chuck Jones bragging rights

Porky Pig pitches a b****

Your Saturday morning cartoon

A Bear for Punishment (1951)

The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie (1979)

Bully for Bugs (1953)

Coal Black an de Sebben Dwarfs (1943)

Compressed Hare (1961)

Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)

The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950)

Tiny Toon Adventures (1990-1995)

You Ought to Be in Pictures (1940)


Beatles movie reviews and related posts 

Across the Universe (2007)


The Beatles’ music video for “Free as a Bird” (1995)

The Beatles – The gift that keeps on giving

George Harrison’s music videos for “This Song” and “Crackerbox Palace” (1976)

Happy birthday, John Lennon

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 50th-Anniversary Edition (2017 album)

A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Help! (1965)

Let It Be (1970)

Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

Yellow Submarine (1968)


Adrienne Barbeau movies and related links

Happy birthday, Adrienne Barbeau

Happy National Pumpkin Day!

Happy National Coloring Book Day!

Nike post # 2

Our 2015 Person of the Year

The Cannonball Run (1981)

Swamp Thing (1981)


TV talk show clips

Jerry Lewis brings the funny, 1994

Joan Rivers interiews Jane Russell, 1986


TV reviews

The Apprentice (2004)

Behind the Red Door (2003 TV-movie)

The Color Honeymooners (2008) – Baby, they’re not the greatest

Coupling (2000-2004) – One of TV’s best sitcoms, British or otherwise

Date with the Angels (1957) – A Betty White Christmas

Disjointed – A Netflix sitcom buzzing with laughs

Double Indemnity (1973 TV-movie)

Falcon Crest and the born-again Christian

How the critics stole Christmas

I Love Lucy – “Lucy Does the Tango,” first broadcast on 3/11/57

Ida Lupino directs four episodes of Gilligan’s Island

It’s the Great Pumpkin, blog readers!

A modest actor, for a change

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman – A little more conversation

Pray for the Wildcats (1974) and some thoughts on the TV-movie genre

The Ranch – Raising 100% USDA-choice laughs

A rethinking of The Honeymooners ethos: Is Alice Kramden a moax?

R.I.P., Chuck Barris, and a salute to The Gong Show

A slippery slope called Gilligan’s Island

A tribute to Mary Tyler Moore

Want quality TV? Better watch Better Call Saul


Book reviews

The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made (1999)

Agee on Film (1948)

Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland (1999)

Monty Python Speaks (2000)


Our blogathons

The Adrienne Barbeau Blogathon

The April Showers Blogathon

The Beatles Film Blogathon

The End of the World Blogathon

The Happy New Year Blogathon

The In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb Blogathon

It’s Just a Joke: The Movie Parody Blogathon

The Monty Python Movie Blogathon

The A Movie Gift to You Blogathon

The Laurel & Hardy Blogathon

The Movies That Haven’t Aged Well Blogathon

The My Favorite Movie Threesome Blogathon

Nuts in May: A Laurel & Hardy Blogathon (With Prizes!)

The ONE of My All-Time Favorite Cartoons Blogathon

The Popeye Blogathon

The 2nd Annual ONE of My All-Time Favorite Cartoons Blogathon

The See You in the FALL Blogathon

The SEX! (now that I have your attention) Blogathon

The 2nd Annual SEX! (now that I have your attention) Blogathon

The 3rd Annual SEX! (now that I have your attention) Blogathon

The 4th Annual SEX! (now that I have your attention) Blogathon

The Year After Year Blogathon


#SatMat posts 

#SatMat Live Tweet movie for Sat., Sept. 12, 2015: Strange Invaders (1983)

King Kong (1976)

Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982)

Rubber (2010)

Top 5 Riffs for Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark

Top 5 Riffs for Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical

#SatMat Live Tweet movie for Sat., Feb. 6, 2016: Empire of the Ants (1977)

Top 5 Riffs for Empire of the Ants

#SatMat & #WarBonds’ special Live Tweet movie for Sun., Feb. 7, 2016: Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman (1925)

#SatMat Live Tweet movie for Sat., Feb. 13, 2016: Locusts: Day of Destruction (2005)

Top 5 Riffs for Locusts: Day of Destruction

#SatMat Live Tweet movie for Sat., Feb. 20, 2016: Willard (1971)

#SatMat Live Tweet movie for Sat., Feb. 27, 2016: Earth vs. the Spider (1958)

Top 5 Riffs for Earth vs. the Spider

#SatMat Live Tweet movie for Sat., Mar. 5, 2016: Stop Making Sense (1984)

Top 5 Riffs for Live Tweet of Yellow Submarine on Sat., Mar. 12, 2016

#SatMat Live Tweet movie for Sat., Mar. 19, 2016: Violated

Top 5 Riffs for Violated

#SatMat Live Tweet double feature for Sat. & Sun., Mar. 26 & 27, 2016: Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday (2016) and Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

Thoughts & Top 5 Riffs for Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday

Top 5 Riffs for Monty Python’s Life of Brian

#SatMat Live Tweet movie for Sat., Apr. 2, 2016: Dragnet 1966

#SatMat Live Tweet movie for Sat., Apr. 9, 2016: Evil Roy Slade (1972)

#SatMat Live Tweet movie for Sat., Apr. 30, 2016: Them! (1954)

#SatMat Live Tweet movie for Sat., May 14, 2016: I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)

#SatMat Live Tweet movie for Sat., May 21, 2016: Unknown World (1951)

#SatMat Live Tweet movie for Sat., July 23, 2016: The Girl Can’t Help It (1955)


#BNoirDetour guest- and co-host posts 

Guest-hosting a Live Tweet double feature with #BNoirDetour on Sun., Aug. 23

Guest-hosting a #BNoirDetour Live Tweet double feature on Sun., Sept. 13

Co-hosting a #BNoirDetour double feature for 1/17: The Face Behind the Mask and The Scar


The Gangsters All Here Live Tweet movies

Let’s B-Movie.

Creature with the Atom Brain (1955)

Gangster Story (1959)

The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959)

The Hoodlum (1951)

Johnny O’Clock (1947)

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)

Machine-Gun Kelly (1958)

Plunder Road (1957)

Railroaded! (1947)

The Scar (1948)

The Street with No Name (1948)

Too Late for Tears (1949)



Random posts

The 12 Days of Blogmas

About me and movies

About Robin Williams and depression

Addicted to the Live Tweet

Aand now, a word from Dr. Maya Angelou

Bette Midler vs. Ariana Grande

Bonus: Happy Tara Hastings Friday!

The blogger who (temporarily) hated people

Brags about blogs

Bruce Altman, unheralded supporting actor

A career with legs

Chill Wills and his Alamo Oscar campaign

Christmas in October

A Christmas thought

Christopher Walken. Just because.

Closed on account of molasses, er, hurricane


The Day the Clown Shut Up

A farewell to alcohol

Fergie kills the National Anthem. (No, I mean it. She really murdered it.)

For Valentine’s Day – How my wife and I got together

A funny (and clean) comedian

A great meeting of the melons

Happy 42nd anniversary! (Actually 6th anniversary, but in dog years)

Happy April 1st!

Happy Birthday, Adrienne Barbeau

Happy birthday, Albert Brooks

Happy birthday, George Melies

Happy birthday, Paul McCartney

Happy birthday, Porky Pig!

Happy birthday to me!

Happy birthday, Tom & Jerry

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Fourth of July from Movie Movie Blog Blog!

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Happy Friday!

Happy Friday the 13th

Happy Groundhog Day!

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Happy holidays from Denis Leary (WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE AHEAD!)

Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Tina Fey Friday!


Helping to #PayClassicsForward

How to cut a watermelon

How you know you’re old


Internet lesson of the day

Interview with movie songwriters Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, Nov. 1987

It’s only an Oscar

It was a dark and stormy night for a TV scripter…

The Jennifer Aniston question

Jennifer Lopez movie blooper

Jessica Rabbit – a very animated sex symbol

John Hurt brings us some laughs in Mel Brooks comedies

Judy Garland singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – A holiday experience

Just don’t do it

Katy Perry at the Super Bowl — No deflated balls here

Ken Levine’s tips for young playwrights

Kenny & Dolly & some Christmas campiness

Last man talking

Let’s do the Time Warp again…on TV

Make me laugh!

Margaret’s CURATE MY LIFE Flash Blogathon

Mel Brooks talks about Solarbabies

Melissa McCarthy in The Boss

A message to Sen. Ted Cruz (R – Texas)

Monday morning comin’ down

Must be Bob Dylan — I think

My adventure at the DMV – A license to kill for

My birthday treat

My blog’s one-year anniversary; or, Sybil Danning and me

My blog’s 2nd anniversary

My 5 favorite movie actors

My Liebster retirement

Ned Glass (1906-1984) – More than just an actor

My new Live Tweet: POPEYE & FRIENDS



My tenuous connection to Plan 9 from Outer Space

No Batman vs. Superman review here

No more porn for Pam

One nice thing about being overweight

An open letter to bullies

Our first Live Tweet: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Our 2015 Person of the Year

#PayClassicsForward, Year 3

Paying full admission to see new STAR WARS trailer? I thought of doing it first!

Peanuts and Peppermint Patty

A question for bloggers and blogathoners

Red Buttons never got a dinner, but he once had a hit TV series


The return of Derek Taylor Shayne

R.I.P., David Ogden Stiers

R.I.P., Gene Wilder

R.I.P., Joan Rivers, The Girl Most Likely to Offend

R.I.P., Larry Gelbart

R.I.P., Leonard Maltin’s TV Movie Guide

R.I.P., Leonard Nimoy

R.I.P., Roger Ebert

R.I.P., Stan Freberg

The 2nd Annual #PayClassicsForward

Silk stalkings

The smoking gun


Sopranos Redux

The strange case of Mira Sorvino

Suicide is not painless

Take Your Child to Work Day

Tall tales with Brian Williams

Tell me what you See’s

10 embarrassing Academy Award moments

There’s always that one guy…

Thought for the day

Thought for the day

Thought for the day

Tickle, tickle, tickle!

Topless schmopless

A tribute to Charles Durning

A vote that sticks

We are Jaguars — but like us anyway

A word to (and on behalf of) women

Words of wisdom for our times

The worst song of the 1980’s??

You bet Uranus!


#NoShaveNovember posts

Requesting donations for a hairy situation

#NoShaveNovember photo # 2

#NoShaveNovember photo # 3

My #NoShaveNovember photo for Nov. 22

#NoShaveNovember ends early for me


Liebster Award nominations

The Least Liebster-Worthy Recipient Ever

Lovin’ the Liebster – Award No. 2

A Liebster for Leah – 3rd in a Series

Liebster Award – Special Questions-Only Edition

A Christmas Eve Liebster Award

Ladies and gentlemen, this is Liebster No. 5!


Jane Russell Friday and related posts

Cheap Jane Russell thrill for Wednesday

Goodbye, 2018!

Happy birthday, Jane Russell!

Happy birthday to me from Jane Russell

Jane Russell on a horse

Jane Russell says “Vote!”

Joan Rivers interviews Jane Russell, 1986

Jane Russell Friday # 48

Jane Russell Special # 47

Jane Russell Friday # 46

Jane Russell Friday # 45

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Jane Russell Friday # 37

Jane Russell Friday # 36 (on Thurs., July 9, 2015)

Jane Russell Friday # 35

“Jane Russell Friday” has been pre-empted!

Happy birthday, Jane Russell!

Jane Russell Friday # 34

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Jane Russell Friday # 4

Jane Russell Friday # 3

Jane Russell Throwback Thursday

One can never get enough of Jane Russell, can one?

Jane Russell. Just because.


Christina Hendricks-related posts

Happy Christina Hendricks Friday!

Happy Halloween from Christina Hendricks! (with apologies to Charles M. Schulz)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

No wind could topple this!

Popeye and Olive Oyl in BIG CHIEF UGH-AMUGH-UGH (1938) – Here’s where things get a little itchy


When Warner Home Video posted that political-incorrectness disclaimer at the start of those Popeye DVDs, it’s a foregone conclusion that they were referring to cartoons such as this one.

The cartoon begins with the titular American Indian chief singing a song about how he has “gotta havem squaw.” It’s meant to sound like a traditional Indian chant but includes some foot-kicking and hi-de-ho moves to appeal to the yahoos.

This is followed by another unfunny minute in which Popeye and Olive are seeing riding near the chief’s reservation on a wayward donkey. When the stubborn burro stops and refuses to move any further, Popeye and Olive try to get him going by yanking at his head and tail. Hey, I thought Bluto was the only animal abuser in this group!

Olive ends up landing in the middle of the chief’s big dance and is immediately named the chief’s squaw. Olive has been fickle before, but giving in to a total stranger just because he offers her jewelry??

Popeye tries to protect Olive but is nearly burned at the stake for his trouble. He manages to break free and rescue Olive, but all through contrivances too depressing to relate here.

The animation is top-notch, as always, and a few good gags are sprinkled throughout. But the whole cartoon is done at such “Me heapum big chief” level of stereotyping as to be downright depressing to watch. (For comparison’s sake, check out the 1940 Marx Brothers comedy Go West, which has a similarly condescending attitude towards Native Americans.)

Compared to this one, the earlier I Yam What I Am is almost enlightened. Even Jack Mercer’s usually funny mutterings contribute to the load here (such as when Popeye builds a tremendous fire and tells the chief, “That oughta keep your wig-warm”).

Yeah, I know, different era, unenlightened attitudes, etc. But considering that it was the “white” people who used stereotypes like this to reinforce their superiority, it surely doesn’t say too much about the brainpower of the whites who perpetuated this stuff.

(Trivia: This cartoon featured the last voice performance in a Popeye cartoon from Gus Wickie, who memorably voiced Bluto for 28 cartoons before leaving the Fleischer Studio.)

On a rating scale of 1 to 4 spinach cans, I give this cartoon: Can

Laurel & Hardy in ME AND MY PAL (1933) – ‘Tis a jigsaw puzzlement


(WARNING: Major spoilers abound!)

Me and My Pal is hardly Laurel and Hardy’s greatest short subject, but it’s a pretty good acid test as to whether you “get” L&H or not. At the conclusion of this slight but funny L&H piece, my wife said, “Why is Ollie kicking the puzzle around, like it’s the puzzle’s fault?” Due to statements like this one, I try not to watch L&H movies with my wife.

The movie revolves around two plot elements: (1) Ollie’s impending marriage, which will make him a son-in-law to a rich oil magnate (James Finlayson!) and secure his future wealth; and (2) a jigsaw puzzle that Stan gives to Ollie as his idea of a big wedding present. (This is, after all, the man who brought hard-boiled eggs and nuts to a bedstricken Ollie in County Hospital.) Stan’s rationalization is, “Well, you’ll be at home nights more, and I thought it would be something for us to play with” (emphasis mine).

Ollie, of course, dismisses the thought of “such childish folderol” — until Stan starts working on the puzzle and Ollie gets caught up in it. Eventually, the puzzle draws in the cab driver, a policeman, the future father-in-law, and a telegram delivery boy, whose “important telegram for Mr. Hardy” Stan shoves into his pocket so that he can continue with the puzzle.

Eventually the puzzle-puzzling ends in a free-for-all, with everyone carted off to the hoosegow save Stan and Ollie, who found good hiding places. Stan happens to remember the telegram and hands it to Ollie; it turns out to have warned Ollie to sell some valuable stock immediately. Ollie turns on the radio just in time to find out that the stock’s value has plunged to zero. But Stan finds a bright side; just as he’s leaving, he finds the final missing piece of the puzzle. Ollie responds by throwing Stan out on his ear and kicking the puzzle all over the room in frustration, causing L&H illiterates to wonder why he’s blaming it all on the puzzle.

Again, it’s not L&H’s greatest work, but Me and My Pal has that comedic gift for taking the mundane and turning it into an obsession — the sort of thing we like to think we have risen above, until we actually succumb to it…kind of like Laurel & Hardy, I suppose.

Laurel & Hardy in YOU’RE DARN TOOTIN’ (1928) – The sweet music of classic comedy


(WARNING: Major spoilers abound!)

You’re Darn Tootin’ has been praised by L&H biographer Randy Skretvedt as showing that when Stan and Ollie are (literally and figuratively) stripped of everything else in this world, they still have each other. And if you want to view the movie in those lofty terms, you could say that it’s like watching the entire span of L&H’s friendship in twenty minutes. On top of that, it’s funny as all get-out.

If any scene proves that silent movies were never truly silent, it’s the opening of You’re Darn Tootin’, where Stan and Ollie perform in an orchestra and most definitely march to the beat of their own drum. As hilarious and chock-full of sight-gags as it is, the scene would be sorely diminished without proper musical accompaniment.

In any case, the scene humorously demonstrates why Stan and Ollie quickly lose their jobs after riling up their pompous conductor. Act II of the movie shows Stan and Ollie at their boarding house, where they do a dry run (well, not exactly dry) of the salt-and-pepper-shaker-lid routine that they later reprised in The Hoosegow. Suffice to say, Ollie gets a lot of seasoning in his soup, thanks to Stan. Then the landlady’s son tips off Mom that the boys were fired from their jobs, and the landlady orders them out. They leave in a melodramatic flourish, made considerably less dramatic by the fact that they have mistakenly have each other’s hats on.

Act III finds The Boys out in the street, trying to scrounge up a living with their band instruments and plying gags that would come off as smart-alecky if done by any other comedians. (Cop: “Do you have a license [to play the instruments]?” Ollie: “We have no dog.”) Ollie’s eventual venting of his frustrations results in Stan’s angrily throwing Ollie’s horn into the street, where one of those trucks that seemingly lies in wait for L&H rolls over the horn and squashes it flat. Ollie tips his hat over his forehead in a sign that Stan will be getting his (though of course, Ollie forgets who started the fracas in the first place).

Ollie and Stan have it out in a hitting, shin-kicking, pants-ripping melee that spreads like a fever to everyone who passes by. This is the sort of slapstick violence that is sniffed at by non-L&H buffs, but here it has certainly been built up accordingly, unlike Three Stooges shorts that start at this level and go straight to mayhem. In any case, the fever spreads even to an innocent victim who has only to walk nonchalantly in front of this crowd before being denuded himself.

Finally, a cop happens into the mess and Stan tears off his pants before realizing what he has done and running off with Ollie. An overweight, pantsless man cries, “I’ve been robbed!”, and the final shot shows the recipients of the robbery — Stan and Ollie, crammed into a single pair of pants, tipping their hats at the crowd in the hope of inconspicuously leaving the scene of the crime.

This movie was released in Britain as The Music Blasters. But their occupation here is of as little consequence as it is in the later Fox film The Dancing Masters. It is merely a catalyst to demonstrate that, as much as they might beat each other up, Stan and Ollie will still walk off into the sunset together — even if only in one pair of pants between them.

PIP-EYE, PUP-EYE, POOP-EYE AN’ PEEP-EYE (1942) – Boy, do they not like spinach


The second appearance of Popeye’s quartet of like-minded (and -sounding) nephews finally yields pay dirt. It also amply demonstrates that, even in one of their final Popeye cartoons, the Fleischers could still concoct wicked variations on their familiar themes.

Popeye does every trick in the book to cajole his nephews into eating his favorite vegetable, but they refuse, causing Popeye to spank them in punishment. (And an elaborate spanking it is: All four boys are lodged over Popeye’s lap, and when Popeye wallops the first one’s behind, the smack vibrates through the other three fannies, rather like a Three Stooges slap.) But once the boys finally down the spinach and gain their requisite strength, Popeye lives to regret his disciplinary actions.

The Fleischers’ love of frantically paced jazz reaches its peak at this cartoon’s climax, as the boys go to outrageous lengths to make it clear to their uncle, once and for all, that “We…don’t…like…spinach!” Point taken, boys.

On a rating scale of 1 to 4 spinach cans, I give this cartoon: CanCanCanCan

Charlie Chaplin in TWENTY MINUTES OF LOVE (1914) – A bit short in more ways than one


Twenty Minutes of Love is the first Keystone short for which Chaplin received a writing-directing credit. But the only major stylistic difference is at the beginning, where Charlie comes upon several romantic couples in various stages of passion and he mimics them (at one point embracing a tree). This pantomime is probably the highlight of the film. After that, it’s back to Keystone high-kicking.

A woman in one of the couples asks her beau for a token of his love. He doesn’t have one handy, so he tells the woman to wait a moment, at which point he snatches a pocket-watch from a man sleeping on a park bench. Charlie happens to see this and, in a grand bit of payback, he steals the watch from the thief. As if that wasn’t enough hubris, Charlie then tries to sell the watch back to the original owner. The movie ends with a big chase in which Charlie knocks several people, innocent or otherwise, into the park’s pond.

And what possessed Chaplin to give the title Twenty Minutes of Love to a one-reeler, anyway?

Announcing the “SEX! (now that I have your attention) BLOGATHON”


Ah, summer! That time of year where the thoughts of red-blooded Americans turn to…

…hot, sweaty, unmitigated sex.

To honor this baser element of mankind, Movie Movie Blog Blog plans to usher in the summer of 2015 with the SEX! (now that I have your attention) BLOGATHON!

Lest this sound like a blogathon you’d want to avoid like a social disease, let me clarify what I’m looking for.

Remember when movies had Production Codes and the like that prevented them from overtly depicting sex on the movie screen? That was a time when filmmakers had to be very imaginative, suggesting sex through dialogue and imagery. That’s the kind of movie sex I’m looking for in this blogathon!

The Rules

Your blog entry can be about any single movie, as long as it fits the following criteria.

1. You need to write about an entire movie that you find sexy, not just a single scene. The upside-down kiss in the 2001 Spider-Man movie was undeniably sexy, but unless you can make a case for the entire movie being a turn-on, please don’t write about it.

2. The movie you choose can be from any era (even silent), but it needs to be a movie that subtly suggests sex. No writhing, naked bodies, and no explicit dialogue about how much one person wants to go to bed with another.

That’s not to say that your choice can’t be a modern movie with adult dialogue. If you can make a solid case for something like, say, Body Heat (which was a modern homage to 1940’s-style movie sex), I’ll accept it.

3. Explain why you think the movie is sexy. Your explanation does not have to be lurid or explicit, just a simple description of why the movie “does something” for you.

How Do I Join the Blogathon?

In the “Comments” section at the bottom of this blog, please leave your name, the URL of your blog, and the movie you are choosing to blog about. At the end of this blog entry are banners for the ‘thon. Grab a banner, display it on your blog, and link it back to this blog.

The blogathon will take place from Friday, June 19, through Sunday, June 21 (the first day of summer). When the opening date of the blogathon arrives, leave a comment here with a link to your post, and I will display it in the list of entries (which I will continually update up to the beginning of the ‘thon, so keep checking back!).

I will not be assigning particular dates to any blog posts. As long as you get your entry in by the end of the day on June 21, I will be satisfied. (That said, the earlier the better!) Duplicate entries about the same movie are welcome as well.

Again, be sure to leave me a comment and grab a banner, and have fun with your blog entry!

Here is the list of blog entries to date:

Movie Movie Blog Blog – The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

BNoirDetour – Born to Kill (1947)

Criterion Blues – Ingmar Bergman’s Summer with Monika (1953)

Moon in Gemini – Blood and Sand (1941)

A Shroud of Thoughts – Pillow Talk (1959)

CineMaven – The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)

Outspoken and Freckled – She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Reel Distracted – The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

Shadows and Satin – Design for Living (1933)

Girls Do Film – A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Portraits by Jenni – Ball of Fire (1941) – Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

Defiant Success – The Long, Hot Summer (1958)


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Charlie Chaplin in MABEL AT THE WHEEL (1914) – A race to the finish


Charlie tries to win Mabel (Mabel Normand) over from her sports-car-driving boyfriend, but to no avail. When Charlie kidnaps and locks up the boyfriend on the day of his big race, Mabel takes his place in the race.

The primary fun of this short is watching Chaplin (made up here to look like a variation on Ford Sterling) chew the scenery in an uncharacteristic role as an all-out villain. You also get to see Keystone founder (and this movie’s co-director) Mack Sennett as a spectator in the audience.