TV Bonus: Brady Bunch trivia

Alice’s beau Sam had a surname other than “the Butcher.” In one of the last season episodes, Mike leaves on his home drafting table an envelope containing plans for an expansion of Sam’s butcher shop. “Sam Franklin” is written on the outside of the envelope. Of course, later in the episode Sam refers to himself […]

Roger Ebert, 1942-2013

One of the finest, perhaps most popular, and certainly influential film critics has passed away. ¬†Whether in the Chicago Sun-Times, in one of his countless books, on his television show, or on Twitter, Ebert gave us some of the best writing about movies, television, and entertainment. When he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975, it […]

Holiday Movies

It’s the season for parties, decorations, fireside relaxation, and holiday movies. Many holiday movies. Too many holiday movies. Old holiday movies. New holiday movies. Some classics and some dreck. I’ll focus on the classics–at least, the better. We’ve all seen It’s A Wonderful Life (1945). If you haven’t, you must. It’s not just a Christmas […]

Who Really Directed It?

I love lists almost as much as I love movies. I’ve started compiling a list of movies directed by people other than the credited director. Many movies are credited to multiple directors (Singin’ in the Rain and There’s Something About Mary are but two), but those don’t count. I’m talking about situations where, for one […]