It was a Wonderful Life before public domain changed

The story of the movie It’s a Wonderful Life is a heartwarming one that can’t be repeated, “thanks” to changes enacted in copyright law not long after its surge in popularity. You’ve probably heard the story: The film was a disappointment at the box office in 1946, and its copyright under the old law wasContinue reading “It was a Wonderful Life before public domain changed”

Movies I give a you-know-what about

I am reading/listening to Mark Manson’s Everything is F*cked, the follow-up to his fascinating tome The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, and am intrigued by his description of the thinking brain and the feeling brain — the two brains we each have inside us, at war with and working with each other. ToContinue reading “Movies I give a you-know-what about”

W.B. at the Movies: Yesterday

I love the idea of Yesterday: Something unexplained happens and Jack Malek discovers he’s the only one in the world who remembers The Beatles and all their songs. (Or is he?!) We finally got to see the film thanks to the library book sale that also included a bunch of DVDs that they were tryingContinue reading “W.B. at the Movies: Yesterday”

Reintroducing myself

(I found this Jan. 3, 2020, entry at the beginning of a journal. I’ll have to think what I would add after the ensuing 18 months.) Hi Warren. Remember me? It’s me — Warren. My favorite books — Nineteen Eighty-Four. Pretty much anything by Ray Bradbury but Dandelion Wine most of all. The Scarlet Letter,Continue reading “Reintroducing myself”

We are all interested in the future

“We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.” — The Amazing Criswell, in Plan Nine From Outer Space Ed Wood’s most famous film is one of my guiltiest pleasures, and the opening monologue by The Amazing Criswell is one ofContinue reading “We are all interested in the future”

Glad … for what ifs

I’m so glad … for speculative fiction. Of course, ALL fiction is speculative. There are science fiction and fantasy what-ifs … What if a farm boy in a distant galaxy grew up to be a new hope? (Star Wars) What if a farm girl accidentally traveled to a magical kingdom and saved her friends? (TheContinue reading “Glad … for what ifs”