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Jimmy Stewart and the American Dream

This post in honour of James Stewart’s birthday is an essay originally written for my “Crash to Crisis: American Cinema 1931-2015” course as part of my Film and Literature MA at the University of York. James Stewart’s star persona navigated the country’s disillusionment with the American dream in the years […]


THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (1967) is More Problem Play Than Comedy

William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” is classed as a comedy in the First Folio, though the term “comedy” had a slightly different meaning in Shakespeare’s day than it does today. A comedy then was simply any play that concluded with a happy ending, usually a marriage or reconciliation […]


Mickey Rooney, the audience’s best friend

This post is written in conjunction with the Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence and Scribe Hard on Film. Full listings for SUTS programming on Turner Classic Movies can be found HERE. As far as I am concerned, he who is tired of Rooney is tired of life. I don’t […]


Book Review: “At Home With Kate” by Eileen Considine-Meara

“At Home With Kate: Growing Up in Katharine Hepburn’s Household: An Intimate Portrait” is a bit of a highfalutin title for this humble volume. The book is written by the daughter of Katharine Hepburn’s cook/housekeeper at the NYC residence, so the author did not actually “grow up” in Katharine Hepburn’s household. That’s […]


What’s Up, January 2013!

Happy New Year, everybody! I am sorry I have been AWOL for the last week or so. Since returning from my six-month stay in England, I’ve been zipping around seeing old friends. I have finally settled down and am now looking for a real job. Until then, it is back […]