Shirley Temple was the number one ranked box office attraction for four straight years in the mid-to-late thirties.The little girl with big talent died this past February at age 85. She was successful in two careers (film, of course, and diplomacy), but seemingly little was made of her passing.
Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick “Fritz” Loewe were a highly successful mid-twentieth century songwriting team that wrote lovely, romantic musicals for Broadway and Hollywood. Among their best-known shows are Paint Your Wagon, Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Gigi, and Camelot.
In recent years, spy shows have been a staple of series television. That followed a long period of their near absence. The last era to feature a major concentration of spy series was the sixties, though many of those shows have never completely gone away!
One of the most popular action series of recent years was 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland. What set the Fox show apart from other programs was that the action took place in real time, that is, the events shown onscreen represented the same amount of time that it took to watch them. Real time is an interesting narrative strategy. It hasn't been used a lot in TV or film, but several great TV episodes and movies have employed the device expertly.
Richard Linklater helped carve out a place for himself as a writer-director of indie films in the nineties. He has flirted with Hollywood on occasion since then, but his best work continues to be the modestly-budgeted movies he makes that push the conventional boundaries of filmmaking.
In the past fifteen years, South Korea's domestic film industry has had a renaissance, emerging as a producer of quality cinema whose best films once again outperform megabudget foreign releases from Hollywood and elsewhere. In the process, South Korean movies have gained an international audience, as well.
The annual Oscar ceremony is upon us. Film fanatics often disagree with the winners, but that doesn't stop them from talking about them.I've invested a lot of time into seeing the Best Picture winners and all I have to show for it is some random trivia!
It’s pretty much inevitable now that if a book is either really good or really popular (or both) it will become a movie. Love them or hate them, book-to-movie adaptations are unavoidable, and Buzzfeed has a list of 16 Books to Read Before They Hit Theaters this Year.
The late Tom Clancy wrote seventeen novels, most centering on the character Jack Ryan. A new film, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, is opening this month. It's the fifth Jack Ryan movie, but the first not based on a Clancy book. Here's a look at all of the Ryan films.
Jane Austen wrote just six novels during her relatively short lifetime. Dating back to 1938, when the BBC aired a 55-minute version of Pride and Prejudice, there have been over fifty Austen-related productions for the big and small screens. The Des Moines Public Library owns over two dozen of these productions.