Browsing: History versus Hollywood

A Brief History On October 27, 2017, Paramount Pictures releases Suburbicon, a noir-ish “dramadey” written by the Coen Brothers and directed by George Clooney.  With the star power of Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, the film is sure to make a major splash on the movie scene.  We watched a pre-screening event on October 23, 2017 and will share our thoughts on the film. Digging Deeper The Coen Brothers have brought us a string of somewhat odd, but highly successful films, such as Fargo, The Big Lebowski (one of our favorites), No Country for Old Men, and True Grit (the…

A Brief History This article provides links to online versions of the various novels and films used in our class on American History after the Civil War.  Please click on the book or film’s title to read that book or watch that film online. Digging Deeper Module #1: Reconstruction and the Expansion of American Civilization, 1865-1890 Movie: Shane (1953) Module #2: America’s Appearance on the World Stage, 1890-1918 Book: Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (1893) Book: Ragged Dick; or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks (1868) Book: The Jungle (1906) Module #3: The Interwar Years, 1918-1941 Movie: The Grapes of Wrath (1940)…

A Brief History On October 27, 2017 the new major motion picture, Goodbye Christopher Robin, will make its premier at theaters across the United States, bringing humanity and realism to the beloved characters associated with Winnie-the-Pooh, the characters created by author A.A. Milne based on his real life son and his son’s beloved plush animals, characters and children’s books that have become the most cherished of all children’s stories.  We had the privilege of previewing this excellent movie before release, and will try to avoid spoilers as we describe the film. Digging Deeper As the title of the British produced…

A Brief History Drama fans, here is your chance to be among the first in Cleveland to see Goodbye Christopher Robin before it opens in theaters on October 27, 2017. Digging Deeper GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh.  Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort…

A Brief History On August 8, 2017, we reflect on our screening of the upcoming (August 11, 2017) horror flick, Annabelle: Creation, a prequel to the Annabelle and Conjuring movie franchise. The quick and dirty on the movie is, the audience cheered and clapped at the end!  We consider this reaction a sure sign of success. Digging Deeper An active audience participating in the film, laughing, gasping, and commenting, reminds us why we see movies in theaters instead of just on television at home.  The attention of the audience was obviously held for the duration of the medium length 109 minute film. The movie builds the background of…

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