Tag: Craig

10 Greatest Films – Craig’s (Reluctant) Picks

By Craig Leask The term “Greatest Films” troubled me when I was first presented with this topic as an “assignment”. My stress is based upon the concept that creating such a list is entirely subjective.  Could these be my “Desert Island” films? Are these the films that were the most ground breaking? Most controversial?  Most…

William O. Jenkins House and SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)

By Craig Leask Sunset Boulevard (1950), directed by Billy Wilder, is primarily set within the derelict mansion of aging and forgotten silent movie star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson).  After years out of the public eye, Norma has unrealistic ambitions of making a celebrated comeback to the screen. Her fragile mental state and unrealistic aspirations are…

The Haunting – The Houses of Hill House

By Craig Leask Stephen King, in his 1981 book “Danse Macabre” called the 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson “one of the finest horror novels of the late 20th century”.  Furthermore, the Wall Street Journal labels Jackson’s book “the greatest haunted-house story ever written.”  With praise of this magnitude, it is…