Miracle Movies 2019 Recap: The Year in Film

Hello!!!  And welcome to our annual recap of the past year in film.  You know how in most year-end retrospectives, they start off by saying what a good year it's been?  Well, we're not going to try and pull the wool over your eyes.  2019 wasn't exactly a banner year.  In fact, there was a … Continue reading Miracle Movies 2019 Recap: The Year in Film

Buster Keaton and Essence of Genius (Part 3)

This is the third and final segment in our look at the career of Buster Keaton. You can see the two earlier chapters HERE and HERE. Many people have called Buster Keaton a “genius.” Yet toward the end of his career, the man himself called that very idea a bunch of malarkey. (In actuality, he … Continue reading Buster Keaton and Essence of Genius (Part 3)

Buster Keaton and Essence of Genius (Part 2)

YESTERDAY, we described the early part of Buster Keaton’s career and tried to provide some background as to why he was uniquely suited to create some of the greatest comedies of the silent era.  Today, we'd like to continue showcasing some of the classic films "The Great Stone Face" was responsible for. As we've seen, … Continue reading Buster Keaton and Essence of Genius (Part 2)

Buster Keaton and the Essence of Genius (Part 1)

Early cinema techniques were so primitive, it’s sometimes hard for modern audiences to appreciate the achievements of some of the early film pioneers. So, in this edition of Miracle Movies, we’d like to rectify that situation…at least in the case of one particular individual. It also doesn’t hurt that this person was responsible for creating … Continue reading Buster Keaton and the Essence of Genius (Part 1)

The Thinking Man’s Spectacle (Part 4)

Welcome to the fourth and final post in this particular series. You can see the previous posts here. Toward the end of his life, David Lean had an opportunity to sit down and chat with another of the world's greatest filmmakers: Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.  During their meeting, Bergman described how he made his films.   … Continue reading The Thinking Man’s Spectacle (Part 4)

The Thinking Man’s Spectacle (Part 3)

At this point, we'd like to continue on with our look at the career of director David Lean.  You see, after "The Bridge on the River Kwai" had been released and hailed as a ground-breaking success, Lean and producer Sam Spiegel decided that their next project was going to be based on the book "The … Continue reading The Thinking Man’s Spectacle (Part 3)

The Thinking Man’s Spectacle (Part 2)

Yesterday, we were talking about the first part of David Lean's career. One of the things we enjoy about reading blogs is that so many of them deal with things we can all relate to:  our careers, process improvements, workarounds, tips on constructively dealing with the bureaucracy,  as well as other types of daily challenges … Continue reading The Thinking Man’s Spectacle (Part 2)

The Thinking Man’s Spectacle (Part 1)

In previous posts, we alluded to three of the most successful British directors in film history.  We’ve already talked about two of them: Alfred Hitchcock and Michael Powell.  And we thought it was way past time to give the third cinema giant his due. His name, of course, is David Lean.  And simply put, he’s … Continue reading The Thinking Man’s Spectacle (Part 1)

I’m Spartacus!

The Hollywood Blacklist of the 1950s was a sad event which has been well documented in countless books, articles and movies (ever see The Way We Were or The Front?)   It's also a complicated subject which blurs art, politics, the business of film, and a historical perspective. As such, we don't feel we can … Continue reading I’m Spartacus!

It’s a Universal Picture!

Now, it's time to do a post about a topic we've wanted to write about for a long, long time.  It's going to be a foray into some of our most cherished cinematic memories.  A world populated with cobwebs, creaking coffins, misty moors, electrical laboratories, and spooky castles.  A place where even a man who … Continue reading It’s a Universal Picture!