I've got some exciting news to share! I was recently asked to join the Movie Morlocks team and I'm officially blogging for TCM (Turner Classic Movies) at http://moviemorlocks.com now. I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity and I couldn't be more excited about it. It will give me the chance to spread my wings a bit … Continue reading I’ve been abducted by the Morlocks!
"I believe everything and I believe nothing." - Inspector Clouseau Since J.D. Salinger's death many film critics like Dana Stevens have enjoyed quoting from Salinger's seminal work The Catcher in the Rye where the fictional character of Holden Caulfield proclaims "If there's one thing I hate, it's the movies." The quote has become a jumping-off … Continue reading J.D. Salinger and the Movies
Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C. (1966) I love Raquel Welch. She's not a great actress but she did appear in some good films and when she's given the right material to work with she can be very funny. I've always thought that Raquel's natural appeal as a comedic actress had been overlooked due … Continue reading Me Loana. You Tumak.
Hammer Glamour cover girl Madeline Smith Hammer horror films were an essential part of my childhood and one of my favorite things about Hammer films was the glamorous female stars. While growing up I thought that the women in Hammer movies were incredibly beautiful and I still do. Big hair and big busts seemed to … Continue reading The Glamour of Hammer
I grew up in the video age and I'm still in awe of the technology that first allowed me to watch thousands of movies in the privacy of my own home. Call me sentimental and nostalgic, but when I first got wind of Jacques Boyreau's upcoming book Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS … Continue reading Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS
There are few things in life that I love more than old books and I've tried to hang onto just about every book that I've ever bought or been given as a gift. Since I'm currently in the process of moving and trying to sort out a lifetime's worth of stuff that I've managed to … Continue reading Monster Baby Tales
Hal Ashby on the set of Harold and Maude (1971) With the exception of Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman and John Cassavetes, I can’t think of many other directors who have had more influence on modern American cinema in recent years than Hal Ashby. And yet, Ashby’s name still remains relatively unknown among the general film-going … Continue reading Being Hal Ashby
Shane Briant in Straight on Till Morning (1972) The talented British-born actor Shane Briant made his screen debut in the Hammer horror film Demons of the Mind. Since then he's gone on to appear in over 60 films and television productions including Straight On Till Morning (1972), The Picture of Dorian Gray (1973), The Mackintosh … Continue reading 10 Questions with Shane Briant
Over the Christmas holidays I made an attempt to do some baking. When my mother was alive we'd spend a week in the kitchen cooking before Christmas, but I was just her assistant and unfortunately I never really learned how to function on my own in a kitchen. I burnt the first batch of cookies … Continue reading Party Tips from Phyllis Diller
I recently stumbled across this fascinating description of Richard Burton's first meeting with Elizabeth Taylor written by Burton himself and borrowed from his book Meeting Mrs. Jenkins (1966). I enjoyed reading it so much that I just had to share it. Not only is it an amazing read but it's also a great showcase for … Continue reading Burton’s First Encounter with Taylor
Summer is coming to an end and I thought I'd make mention of a couple of new and upcoming book releases that I'm looking forward to reading. First up is John Phillip Law: Diabolik Angel written by Carlos Aguilar and his wife Anita Haas. They worked closely with John Phillip Law on the book before … Continue reading End of the Summer Reading
Top: Annie Nightingale in 1964 The very groovy Richard Harland Smith over at Turner Movie Classics much admired Movie Morlocks Blog invited me to participate in a sort of "meme" with the following rules attached to it: ) Pick up the nearest book. 2) Open to page 123. 3) Locate the fifth sentence. 4) Post … Continue reading Annie Nightingale’s Wicked Speed