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JOHN HUGHES AND THE CELEBRATION OF TEEN ANGST ON FILM

By Craig Leask In the early 1980’s a rash of new films were released focusing on the teenage demographic in hopes of establishing a new market. The success of Porky’s (1981), which earned $7.6 million on its opening weekend on its $2.5 million budget, launched a rash of teen sex comedies including The Last American Virgin…

DAME MARGARET RUTHERFORD AS THE INCOMPARABLE MISS MARPLE

By Craig Leask While there have been many, MANY movie and television adaptations of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple Mysteries with multiple women playing the lead character (Angela Lansbury, Helen Hayes, Joan Hickson, Geraldine McEwan, and Julia McKenzie), I must admit my favorite by far playing the role is Margaret Rutherford as she brings her own…

REVISITING A CHRISTMAS CLASSIC: IT HAPPENED ON 5TH AVENUE (1947)

By Craig Leask It Happened on 5th Avenue is one of those little gems that reappeared after having slipped into obscurity for several decades due to a series of unfortunate events, finally falling out of copyright in 1976. On Nov 11, 2008, Warner Home Video released the film on DVD, and in 2009 Turner Classic…

FINALLY: GAYS, MOVIES AND GETTING IT RIGHT

By Craig Leask In 2016 the film Carol which starred Cate Blanchett as a bored housewife who falls in love with an aspiring female photographer (Rooney Mara)  earned six Oscar nominations. The following year Moonlight, a film ultimately about a gay black youth struggling to find acceptance and his identity in a world filled with…

ARMCHAIR TRAVEL AND MOVIES THAT INSPIRE THE TRAVEL BUG: PART FIVE – THE EXOTICS

By Craig Leask In this, the final in my series on Armchair traveling, I’m following up on the articles on Italy, France, Great Britain and Sand and Surf with movies filmed in and featuring exotic locations. My definition of exotic locations includes those countries or areas that contain a certain mystique not generally found in…