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REVIEW: THE ADDAMS FAMILY

By Craig Leask (**) They’re creepy and their kooky …. And they’re back! The latest incarnation of the everyone’s favorite ghoulish family – The Addams Family – has arrived in theatres as a highly detailed animated movie, reconnecting the well-established family members and locating them in New Jersey. And while it’s a visual treat, there…

The Philadelphia Story and High Society – Two Movies, One Story

By Craig Leask Many may not know this, but the play The Philadelphia Story (and it’s subsequent film adapation in 1940 and musical remake entitled High Society in 1956) was inspired by the true-life Helen Hope Montgomery Scott (1904–1995), a Philadelphia socialite known for her mischievousness shenanigans and high-spirited flirtations. She was the daughter of…

From Disney Park Attractions to the Big Screen

By Craig Leask In the 1950’s Walt Disney had a dream to construct the ultimate amusement park, populated with unique rides and attractions in a clean, family friendly environment. To finance this dream, he created a weekly television program entitled Walt Disney’s Disneyland (1954–58) which launched on ABC on March 29, 1954. In a unique…

The Addams Family – From Drawings to TV to Cinemas. Again.

By Craig Leask It all started with a simple one panel comic in 1938 where Charles Addams introduced a wealthy, but ghoulish, extended family who delight in the macabre. This was the first of some 150 single panel cartoons originally published in The New Yorker magazine continuing to 1988 when Charles Addams passed away.  Interestingly,…

Famous Television Cars

By Craig Leask In movies and in television, few techniques have been used to easily define the character of an individual better than the car the lead actor drives. Beginning predominantly in the 1960’s, cars were incorporated into various television series as an identifier of the character(s) uniqueness, social class or conventionality, rather than as…

The Evil Lairs of the James Bond Franchise

By Craig Leask There are certain things that every James Bond film needs to be a hit: iconic theme songs; outlandish gadgets used to escape tight situations; sexy, scantily clad women to entice the hero; shockingly silly one liners; and of course, beautiful cars. Back in the 1960’s, when the world was much smaller, James…

Craig’s Mother’s Day Pick: Mrs. Miniver (1942)

By Craig Leask For Mother’s Day I have chosen Mrs. Miniver, as the film that not only acknowledges the strength, endurance and fierce protectiveness found in most mothers, but the film also masterfully celebrates them. Mrs. Miniver was the right film at the right time. Based upon the 1940 Jan Struther novel of the same…