Tag: movie

Penny Dreadful, Suckerpunch and the joys of there not being crap on TV now

Is it me or has TV deteriorated even more of late? For a while it was a bastion of creativity exceeding film--Rome, Game of Thrones, Hell on Wheels ... some great stuff, mostly from the pay channels. Now, Doctor Who isn't doing it for me, and I can't watch more than an episode of the latest Supernatural, Falling Skies or Continuum or whatever without going *meh*. I've been re-watching my DVDs instead and catching up on series I missed. Here's two of my great finds. Penny Dreadful I liked season 1 enough to tune back in, but season 2 is where it comes into its stride. I had a whole season to catch up on, and there's nothing better than having a marathon of a good show. Vanessa Ives was always my favorite character...Read More

Were people smarter in 1941? What I learned re-watching Sullivan’s Travels

Sullivan's Travels (1941) is a must for classic movie buffs like me. I was re-watching it the other day to see Veronica Lake, an early inspiration for my soon-to-be-published mystery heroine, Eva Thorne. I realized they're not the same at all, but that's fine. Veronica and this movie were fantastic to see again, and from the start I began to wonder if people weren't smarter in 1941? A few items of note: People were more patient, of course, as there was the long intro credits to sit through and I found myself fidgeting there There was dialog! I've written a few screenplays and have read all the advice on paring down dialog to the bare minimum and letting pictures tell the story. Sullivan's Travels had a whole silent montage scene that did just that,...Read More