WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD? PART TWO

In the first part of this series I took a capsule look at the Studio System with a nod to the use of drugs in order to produce and package the huge amount of product. It was not a complete look as many smaller operations such as PARAMOUNT PICTURES, RKO and the Poverty Row companies... Continue Reading →

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ITS ALL GREAT WITH SUPER EIGHT

      When PVR was still the “stuff dreams are made of,” or there was a hotel chain by the name or a Steven Spielberg film with the title,  those of us that wanted to see a certain style of film had to wait for these pictures in the theatres. Read about them in... Continue Reading →

WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD? PART ONE

THE STUDIO GATES This is a slightly different look at the Hollywood myth - mainly because we are going to take a ‘hardboiled” look at some of the ideas that nostalgic sites gloss over. Not all sites do yet this is an important part of the Hollywood story.  Gloss over, just as the major studios... Continue Reading →

THE JEFFREY LYNN TYPE

Hollywood was and still is filled with types - be they on the screen or not.  In fact, it was often remarked that you can expect anything to happen on Hollywood Blvd.  I remember making an inquiry in a bookshop only to have a person dressed in a red wool suit with Elvis side burns... Continue Reading →

GOODBYE TO ALL OF THIS

  There comes a time when one must pack up and get back to actual life. If you’re lucky, you get to continue with your love of film.   For some it is their full time job; for others, it can be an all- consuming hobby or Labour of Love. We try to attend as much... Continue Reading →

REFLECTIONS IN AMBER

  The consuming of liquor has been a catalyst in Classic Hollywood since they were known as the "flickers." The liquid has brought about the downfall of many a film character both on screen and off. I am writing this post in the TCM Club lounge during the 2015 Classic film festival with a proper... Continue Reading →

TIME TRIP

  I can say that you lose track of the time of day and even what day it is when you attend a film festival. I have found myself asking what day it is. You are not in the real world of whatever it is you do.  You have stepped into a existence of viewing... Continue Reading →

THE SEA HAWK SAILS AGAIN

Film festival attending can be a mixture of working the crowd, finding what you want to see, and having to make decisions when items are crossed booked.  There are no bad decisions if you attend an event such is what is happening with us at the 2015 TURNER CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL in Hollywood. Hence, I... Continue Reading →

THE SAD SCENT OF GARDENIAS

    The Golden Age of Hollywood is filled with brilliant successes and dismal failures. The film community likes a feel good story. That continues to this day.  Fitting in this category is the tragic end of Millicent Lilian Entwistle, simply known as “Peg.” She was born in Port Talbot, Wales and moved to New... Continue Reading →

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