What if Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda waxed Shakespearean? The actor/impersonator is, of course, Scott Ratner.
Thank you, Ray. You moved me.
This weekend I encountered a number of parents of tween or young teenaged girls, and all of them had been dragged by their offspring to see Twilight. I haven't read the hyped books, and am not inclined to. It's not my sub-genre. Nor does i09's chilling account of a trip to see the movie encourage […]
I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I expect the same from them. See, that's a good line. You're beautiful in your wrath. And that's an awful line, particularly the way John Wayne delivered it. Does God […]
In 1979 the town of Aberystwyth, Wales banned the movie Life of Brian for blasphemy. Now Aberystwyth Mayor Sue Jones-Davies is attempting to lift the ban. She's got a stake in it; Sue Jones-Davies, before she became Mayor, was an actress. Her roles included Judith Iscariot, Brian's hookup and dogmatic betrayer in the satirical movie. […]
i09 has got a list of 10 good books that became bad movies. Since it's i09, they are all sci-fi. The what's-the-worst-movie-from-a-book exercise is a common one, and I think it's often fundamentally misguided. Often people who liked the book don't like the movie because it doesn't cover the same things, or changes plot lines, […]
Postal director Uwe Boll: controversial avant gardist of cinema; tortured genius under siege from lesser minds; or a new Orson Welles? Game Politics reports. You decide. Postal, the film based on the controversial video game series, has received the "Best of Festival" award at the Hoboken Film Festival, according to a press release from Running […]
This Friday afternoon's time waster is a rare treat I'd been saving for the memorable occasion when I'm absolutely stumped on what to suggest and no one else had a better idea. So I'm pulling out my biggest gun, the National Archive's online collection of Universal Studios newsreels. Newsreels began in the days before television […]
I'm gathering a few odds and ends I've written at other places through the years, as recent events at one of the sites bookmarked on the left have taught me that a website is an ephemeral thing. Some of them I'm reposting here. This is a piece on Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time In […]
If I were to nominate a secular trinity of men who embody everything important to Popehat, its members would be wrestler Ric Flair, Congressman Ron Paul, and filmmaker George Romero. As we haven't discussed the walking dead in some weeks, this afternoon's friday time waster will be the second in a planned trilogy of time […]