Monthly Archives: November 2017

Happy Holidays! Buy Something!

Image result for christmas baubleAh, here we are at the time of year when the good people of the world start throwing around shitloads of money on gifts to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  Or, because we grew up in a culture that values yearly gift giving.  So if you are one of those people, but don’t quite know what to get for that special someone, maybe tried spending your hard-earned cash on something I wrote.

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The Also-Rans Project – The King and I (Best Picture Also-Ran 1956)

Original movie poster for the film The King and I.jpgDirected by Walter Lang

Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based upon the musical of the same name by Rodgers and Hammerstein, which was based upon the novel, ‘Anna and the King of Siam’ by Margaret Landon

Starring Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr and Rita Moreno

I watch three movies at least once per year: The Shining, It’s A Wonderful Life, and Gone With The Wind.  And with Gone With The Wind, I’ve read the book multiple times, too – more times than I’ve read The Shining.  Which is actually a pretty big commitment to make when you remember Gone With The Wind the book is somewhere between 800 and 1000 pages, depending upon your copy. Continue reading

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The Also-Rans Project — The Yearling (Best Picture Also-Ran 1946)

Original movie poster for the film The Yearling.jpgDirected by Clarence Brown

Screenplay by Paul Osborn, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Starring Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr., Clem Bevans, Margaret Wycherly, Forrest Tucker, Chill Wills and Henry Travers

A small farm in 1870’s Florida.  A small family – mom, dad, son – struggling to eke out a small existence.  While they might not have a dirt floor in their cabin, they’re not all that prosperous, having to haul water up from a creek when they want to do the washing.

In the middle of this, a baby deer drops into their lives.  The son, eager for a pet, adopts it right away.  Mom, is a bit circumspect.  And while the deer is accepted into the family, the second it starts to get too old to contain, and begins eating their crops right out of the field, threating the family with starvation, hard choices have to be made. Continue reading

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