Writing History with Lightning: Racism in Early Hollywood

Due to the fact that I often blog about movies and history, I have decided to share this following article with you, which was written as a research paper for a history course I took this semester, called Boom and Bust: The United States, 1870-1940. We were allowed to research and write about any topic…

Movie Review: The Undying (2009)

If B-level versions of Gone with the Wind and Somewhere in Time got together and had a baby, chances are it would come out something like The Undying. Dull, boring, and brutishly slow, this “horror” movie fails to scare or entertain, and barely tells a story. I should have known from the synopsis, which involves…

Civil War & the Big Screen: An Open Letter to Hollywood

Dear Big-Time Hollywood Financiers, From this year, straight on through to 2015, the United States of America is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the country’s most important event, the Civil War. During those four years, from 1861-1865, nearly 600,000 men gave their lives for various causes, whether it was fighting to keep America united up…

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly When it Comes to Buying Blu Rays

About eight years ago, I remember as a kid, gathering all my VHS tapes together and selling them on Ebay, in order to get money to buy those same films on DVD. My parents could never understand my affection for actually owning my favorite movies—my father has never been a movie fan at all, while…

Movie Review: Ride with the Devil (1999)

The Civil War is a subject that is unfortunately rarely tackled by filmmakers, but what is even more scarce than that is how well, and accurately, it is portrayed on the big screen. I cannot attest to the accuracy of Ang Lee’s film, because my knowledge of the Western Theater of the war is not…