Sherlock Holmes on Screen

The DVD cover for The Sherlock Holmes Feature Film Collection, starring Jeremy Brett.

My first introduction to Sherlock Holmes came from my oldest brother, who became somewhat of a fanatic for a time, reading (and rereading) the fifty-six short stories and four novels. Me, I was more likely to watch any of the numerous movie adaptations that have been made over the years, and make no mistake, there have been many.

A Healthy Fear of the Water

The DVD cover for the film All Is Lost.

Once, in my early teens, I nearly drowned. It’s no wonder that inherently dangerous water-set situations still give me the creeps. The film industry, always conscious that audiences are attracted to what they fear, has used water effectively as an antagonist in scores of movies over the years. Here are a few of the notable ones.

Outlaw Country: A Movement that Combined the Old with the New

The cover art for the album Wanted! The Outlaws.

Outlaw country arose in the seventies as a reaction to what had been occurring in Nashville during the previous decade. The "Nashville sound" had smoothed all the edges off honky-tonk – removing much of what had made it traditional country – in order to appeal to a wider, pop audience. Waylon and Willie and the boys (and a few girls, too) reclaimed honky-tonk, but also reenvisioned it in the process.