Ben Hur

Ben-Hur: The Bible Saves Hollywood!

Picture this: it is the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Television is the new invention that is sweeping the nation and capturing the audiences. Moviegoers are drifting away from the theatres to stay home and watch the little box. Hollywood was in a state of extreme agitation. What to do? What to do?

Breakfast at Tiffany's US Movie Poster

Time Out of Mind

Some images last forever. Jane Russell and her push-up bra in The Outlaw; Rhett Butler telling Scarlet (finally) “Frankly, My Dear, I don’t give a danm!” and Audrey Hepburn in her slinky black dress, upswept hairdo and long cigarette holder in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Elizabeth Taylor Still

Elizabeth Taylor: She Did It Her Way

This week, all Elizabeth Taylor fans are mourning her passing. She lived a long and colorful life. She danced to her own drummer and inspired many emotions in people throughout the world. I became an Elizabeth Taylor fan when I was six years old.

Optical Illusion

Optical Illusion, in the land of confusion, in the age of delusion, where lies the truth? Many years ago, my daughter was a strong competitor in speech and debate. She competed in many categories and one of them was impromptu speaking.

Thicker Than Water

Several years ago I told one of the students whom I was coaching that “a stitch in time saves nine”. She looked at me quizzically and asked “What does that mean?” I looked at the girl. She was one of the most brilliant young girls I had ever met.

When is a Genius Not a Genius?

Too often the title of Genius or Wunderkind is given to young people who have had success in movies. With all due respect to the great Orson Welles, he made one of the worst decisions in the late 1940s.

Bel Bel Belmondo

Viva La France! C’est si bon! Jean Paul Belmondo! What all this mean is “Long Live France, It Is Good . . .” Jean Paul Belmondo! For several years, my husband and I would only go to see foreign films. They played in one theater and every time the movie would change, we would go to see it.

The Prince of Darkness Lightens Up the Screen

When you say the name of Director, Ridley Scott, the movies that come to mind are Alien, Blade Runner, and Black Hawk Down. However, there is a gem of a movie that was produced in the 80’s called Legend, which has stood the test of time and has a cult following.

Sword and Sandal

Ah . . . summertime, and the living is easy, or at least we hope it will be. For many parents, it is a time for trying to keep children entertained. For many, it is a time to go to the movies. The movies today are indeed very entertaining, although sometimes they are questionable in content.

Character is Everything

We have all been told to “do unto others” so good things will happen for us. We’ve also grown up hearing how it is important to have a great character, for character is really everything. Frankly, after observing so many films for so many years, I’d have to say, indeed, character is everything.