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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Hollywood’s High Noon”


Hollywood’s High Noon: Moviemaking & Society before Television. By Thomas Cripps. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997. 270 pp. Illustrations, notes, bibliographical essay, index. Moviemaking before the latter 1950s and the rise of television has been the subject of numerous … Continue reading

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My Favorite Movie Spies


Several friends and I were talking the other day about fictional movie spies. The conversation degenerated into lists of our favorites. Most people had James Bond and Jason Bourne somewhere on their list, so do I, and I thought it … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Inventing Billy the Kid”


Inventing Billy the Kid: Visions of the Outlaw in America, 1881-1981. By Stephen Tatum. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1997 second edition. Billy the Kid has been an interest of mine for many years and I have read several books … Continue reading

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Roger’s List of the Five Worst Pictures to Win the Oscar for Best Picture


I just re-watched Forrest Gump and that raised in my mind, what are my top (bottom) five films to win the Oscar for Best Picture that didn’t deserve it. I know this is a subjective list, and I’m happy to entertain … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Hitchcock: The Making of a Reputation”


Hitchcock: The Making of a Reputation. By Robert E. Kapsis. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992. The recent movies that have been made about Alfred Hitchcock—Hitchcock (2012) and The Girl (2012), both of which deal with obsessions and misbehavior in … Continue reading

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The Great George Brett/Hal McRae Batting Title Race of 1976


In 1976 the expansion Kansas City Royals were in the midst of taking their first American League West division title, with a record of 90 wins and 72 losses, but just as important was the race for the American League … Continue reading

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