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…

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…

Conversation with Film and Theater Actor Brian Mallon

From the first times I watched Gettysburg and Gods and Generals, until now, the one performance that always stood out to me was Brian Mallon as General Winfield Scott Hancock, commander of the United States Army’s first division during the American Civil War, and a General present at major battles such as Fredericksburg, Antietam, and…

Movie Review: Valkyrie (2008)

Just when I thought that Hollywood could no longer deliver an entertaining and historically accurate movie all in the same billing, Brian Singer’s Valkyrie proved me wrong. This story is quite intriguing, as it is unheard of by most people and is left out of history publications, first and foremost excluding textbooks. Valkyrie tells a…

Remembering Peter Graves

I was very saddened Sunday night when I learned that legendary actor Peter Graves had passed away that afternoon at his home in California at age 83. Graves got his start in Hollywood when he appeared in the 1952 low-budget science fiction film Red Planet Mars, in which he played a scientist who contacts Mars…