Robert Nichols, 1924-2013

Robert Nichols at right, with Rex Reason in This Island Earth (1955).   Noted actor and all-around neat guy Robert Nichols has passed away. He was 88. Nichols is a favorite character actor of mine, someone who, without fail, charmed me every time I saw him on screen — and he had a habit of…

Raiders of Ghost City #4: Ghost City Terror

A sincere apology to my faithful Raiders of Ghost City followers for putting this series on the back burner for three whole weeks. I had several concurrent deadlines at Spectrum Culture and another place which I hope I can finally reveal soon, plus an unexpected article for Press Play, thus the blog had to wait….

Elsewhere This Week (Or Two)

Today at Press Play, The Three Burials of No Country For Old Men, a compilation of three essays challenging the critical acclaim of the Coen Brothers’ 2007 film. I am absolutely delighted to have been asked to contribute to Press Play, especially for an essay on the Coens, filmmakers I find aggravating and compelling in…

Happy Birthday, El!

El Brendel Born March 25, 1890 Pictured here with Janet Gaynor in Sunnyside Up (1929)

Elsewhere on the Web: Sadomasochism, Swingers and Scarface

A quick note for Raiders of Ghost City fans: I’m writing for a couple of other outlets now and have, between today and March 20th, ten deadlines to meet. Raiders is going to have to wait for a couple of weeks while I get everything else squared away. Thanks for your patience. Speaking of other…

Happy Birthday, Henry Daniell!

Henry Daniell March 5, 1894 – October 31, 1963 (Photo: Daniell and Greta Garbo in Camille (1936))