Film, History Class, Uncategorized, World War I, Writing

The Big Parade: A Silent Story

Staying up later than I should have watching a movie last night, waiting to find out which members of the uninspiring love triangle would survive the War, I began thinking about films that would have been more worth  my time. Here, in one of last year's posts, is one of the many options!  I'll admit,… Continue reading The Big Parade: A Silent Story

Film, History Class, Storytelling, Uncategorized, World War I

Peter Jackson’s THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD

I was fascinated by the concept of Peter Jackson's newest film, but disappointed that I wouldn't be able to see it- unless, of course, I could manage a flight to the U.K. (Not likely. "Hey kids, you like the taste of Ramen noodles, right? Well, guess what we're eating this month!) While I've enjoyed some… Continue reading Peter Jackson’s THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD

Film, History Class, Music, Uncategorized, World War 2

Musical Interlude: “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree”

My children coaxed me into trying to harvest enough decent apples from our tree to make them a pie. As usual, once I'd pared away all of the wormy bits, the "good" pile was much smaller than the waste. I managed a tasty crisp, though, AND the process reminded me of one of my favorite… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree”

Film, Uncategorized, World War 2

Cary Grant and WW2 on the Silver Screen

Going to the movie theater is a rare event in my household. My husband and I have to get awfully excited about a film to go to the trouble of finding babysitting and paying for an evening out.  Most of the time we decide it's not worth it. Consequently, the last 'recent' movie I saw… Continue reading Cary Grant and WW2 on the Silver Screen

Film, History Class, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Harold Lloyd versus Snarf: Old Plots in New(er) Settings

"So, you know that episode of Thundercats I was finishing?" my husband asked one morning. "Urnghuh? Um...sure," I answered, my foggy tones conveying that no, I hadn't had my morning coffee yet. I wrestled my hair into order with a scrunci and tried to look awake. "It had the same plot as that Harold Lloyd… Continue reading Harold Lloyd versus Snarf: Old Plots in New(er) Settings

Film, History Class, Uncategorized

The Big Parade: A Silent Story

  I must admit, I was skeptical of my husband’s interest in silent films. I had never seen one, but I thought I knew what to expect. Silent films equaled the jangle of organ-grinder style music, makeup resembling cake icing, and overacting reminiscent of the comedic scenes with Lena Lamont in Singing in the Rain. With such low expectations, the… Continue reading The Big Parade: A Silent Story