Category Archives: Movies

Movie Madness and/or Mania: Back Door To Heaven (William K. Howard, 1939)

The 1950s might have been the golden age of Juvenile Delinquent movies, but the concept stretches back to the 1930s: Dead End and its subsequent spin-offs, and William Wellman’s Wild Boys of the Road dealt with teenagers on their own … Continue reading

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Checking In With The Imaginary Summer Book Club: Sheila Levine Is Dead And Living In New York By Gail Parent

(Click here for information on the 2018 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature. As all of the four selected titles have filmed adaptations, we will be looking at the movie versions as we go along. … Continue reading

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Movie Madness and/or Mania: The Cry Baby Killer (Jus Addis, 1958)

I say this even as a devotee of 1950s JD movies: there is only one reason to see this one, and that is for a glimpse of a scrawny 20 year old Jack Nicholson, a decade before Easy Rider, before … Continue reading

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Checking In With The Imaginary Summer Book Club: Haywire By Brooke Hayward

(Click here for information on the 2017 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature. As all of the four selected titles have filmed adaptations, we will be looking at the movie versions as we go along. … Continue reading

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Wrapping Up The Imaginary Summer Book Club: Carrie By Stephen King

(Click here for information on the 2016 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature. As all of the four selected titles have filmed adaptations, we will be looking at the movie versions as we go along. … Continue reading

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Movie Madness and/or Mania: Hell’s Highway, The True Story of Highway Safety Films (Bret Wood, 2003)

Bret Wood’s documentary on the gory Driver’s Ed movies that are fondly (or traumatically) remembered by Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers opens by acknowledging that a big part of the appeal is the urban legend factor: even students who never took … Continue reading

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Checking In With The Imaginary Summer Book Club: Rebecca By Daphne du Maurier

(Click here for information on the 2015 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature. As all of the four selected titles have filmed adaptations, we will be looking at the movie versions as we go along. … Continue reading

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