Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- I'm Not Ashamed

This movie had a big impact on me. Mostly because of a friendship I was in, similar to that of Rachel and Celine.

I highly recommend it, though do recommend viewer and parental discretion for those under thirteen. 

I'm Not Ashamed 

Rachel Joy Scott grew up knowing God, and from the time she was little, Rachel had a sense of destiny. This is the story of the life of a normal teen grappling with young love and peer pressure, obedience and recklessness, faith and family. Rachel's story is one of fortitude and frailty, bravery, and fear.


Some kissing and making out.
Some sexual content is shown (NOT graphic) and implied several times.

Some traumatic elements.
A suicide attempt

The movie realistically depicts high school parties at homes with no parents present.
Students drink alcohol and smoke.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- Michael Shayne Mysteries

I love a good mystery. Whether it's a screwball mystery like Arsenic and Old Lace or a more hard-boiled mystery like The Maltese Falcon, and Michael Shayne is one of my favorite private detectives, topped only by Richard Diamond (Dick Powell is my favorite Diamond and Lloyd Nolan my favorite Shayne).

Some background and fun facts:

In 1939, Michael Shayne was created and first published in paperbacks by Davis Dresser (writing under the pseudonym Brett Halliday) and quickly became a sensational hard-boiled private gumshoe, and 
appeared in 77 novels and 300 short stories enduring from the 1930s through the 1970s.

Shayne quickly made the leap to films with Lloyd Nolan playing Shayne in seven movies between 1940 and 1942 giving the character 
a more light-hearted touch. There was another film series made in 1946-47 starring Hugh Beaumont.

Shayne was also a popular 
Radio drama called Michael Shayne Private Detective and starred Wally Maher as the lead from 1944 and 1948. 

There was a second radio series The New Adventures of Michael Shayne, starring Jeff Chandler and was
 aired from the mid-1940s and for decades afterward's. In this series, Shayne was one of the most hard-boiled radio detective series aired during the golden age of radio and was set in the mysterious city of New Orleans. 

The third and final Michael Shayne radio series was The Adventures of Michael Shayne which aired from 1952-53 on ABC. It managed to have three different leads in its first fourteen weeks and was set in Miami.

Michael Shayne made his way to television in 1960, with former Mr. and Mrs. North star Richard Denning starring as 

But now onto the movies. These are the Nolan films, I'll do the rest later, but for now, I thought seven were enough.

Michael Shayne, Private Detective
A private detective (Lloyd Nolan) is hired to babysit a racing official's gambling daughter (Marjorie Weaver) and try to keep her out of trouble and he inadvertently gets involved in a murder.

Sleepers West
Mike Shayne encounters nothing but trouble when he travels by train from Denver to San Francisco by train while guarding a murder witness to go on the witness stand. Being dogged all the way by a reporter.

Dressed to Kill
Detective Michael Shayne wedding gets interrupted when a scream from a nearby hotel room draws him to a pair of theatrical murders. To solve the case, he has to use clues from 25 years ago. (P.S. this was the first Shayne mystery I ever saw.)

Time to Kill
Mike Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) is hired to retrieve a rare and valuable antique coin that was stolen. The private eye soon finds himself involved in fights, blackmail, hysterical women and uncovers three murder.

Blue, White and Perfect
Private eye Michael Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) is Hawaii-bound as he tracks industrial diamonds stolen by spies and a smuggling ring.

The Man Who Wouldn't Die
The daughter of a millionaire (Marjorie Weaver) calls an old friend, private detective Mike Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) to help her investigate the strange things happening at her house, but since her father doesn't like detectives, she introduces him as her husband. 

Just Off Broadway
While serving as a juror on a murder case, private detective Mike Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) starts to suspect that the wrong person is on trial and starts his own investigation with the help of reporter Judy Taylor (Marjorie Weaver).

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- My Sister Eileen

There are two versions of My Sister Eileen. The first is a comedy made in 1942 starring Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne and Janet Blair and a special appearance by the Three Stooges and the second made in 1955 is a musical comedy starring Betty Garrett and Janet Leigh.

I love both of these movies so much, but I think the 42 version is my favorite. We were watching it the other day and laughing about how similar My sister and I were to the Sherwood sisters. Cheyenne being Ruth and me being Eileen. In both personality and attitude.

My Sister Eileen (1942 film)      
My Sister Eileen (1955 film)

Two sisters -Ruth an aspiring writer, and Eileen a would-be actress- move from a small town in Ohio to New York City to pursue their careers. But nothing goes quite to plan, from an apartment over the being built subway to the strange characters that wander in through the doors with the broken locks.

This story is inspired by author and journalist Ruth McKenney and her short stories about growing up in Ohio and moving to New York. The stories were originally published in The New Yorker but in 1938 it was published in book form.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- Houseboat

I absolutely love this movie, the youngest son reminds me so much of my little brother.

It's a romantic film with comedic lines (it's a Cary Grant film after all) and some great music.

Tom Winston (Cary Grant) takes his three kids to live with him in Washington, D.C., where he works in the US State Department. The children resent their father, and, at an outdoor concert, the youngest, Robert, runs away. He is found by Cinzia Zaccardi (Sophia Loren) who has also run away and is enchanted by the little fellow.

When she takes him home, the kids and ultimately Tom offers her a job as a live-in nanny/maid, which she eventually accepts. Unbeknown to them, Cinzia is actually a European socialite on the run from her father (Harry Guardino) and has absolutely no experience with cooking, cleaning or raising children.

Tom's sister in law offers him and the children her old guest house, which they accept, but due to unfortunate circumstances (involving a train), they move into a leaky, run-down, old houseboat.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action?- Movie Review- Three Girls About Town

I came across this screwball comedy a little while ago and my whole family loves. It involves murder, mystery, a disappearing body, and tons of laughs.

Sisters Faith and Hope Banner are hostesses at the Merchants Hotel that caters to different conventions that arrive in town. A magician's convention is just closing, and a mortician's convention is coming in and in the upstairs ballroom, a labor battle is waiting for the missing government mediator to arrive. 

The trouble starts when their youngest sister Charity arrives unexpectedly, and the sisters discover a corpse in the adjoining room. The trio, along with their manager, Wilburforce Puddle try to hide the body from everyone in fear that the bad press will shut down the hotel. Especially Faith's reporter boyfriend Tommy Hopkins, who’s trying to cover the murder for his paper. But the body just won't stay in one place, from a card game to the laundry to the coffin exhibit. If the body would ever stay in one place long enough.

Hope you enjoy.

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