Announcing the Made in 1944 Blogathon!

My dad (smiling away) and my Uncle Hugo (looking less than pleased). Aren’t they the cutest things?

D-Day! FDR elected for 4th term! Vesuvius erupts! On the stage, The Glass Menagerie and No Exit premiere! Iceland declares independence! And World War II continues to rage across the globe.

It’s been 75 years since 1944, something my dad doesn’t like to be reminded of. Come July 1st, he’ll finally have to admit that he’s in his mid-70s, not his late early 70s, as he refers to being 74. In honor of his turning three-quarters of a century, I’m dedicating a blogathon in his honor.

It was the year Bacall taught us how to whistle, Judy went to the fair, Bing went his own way, and Stanwyck and MacMurray went straight down the line.

For this blogathon, you can write about any movie released in 1944 (yes, I know it’s called “Made in 1944,” but that’s just a title, folks) or any pop culture personality born in 1944. Other pop culture-related topics will be considered at my discretion. Discussions of personalities should be about them, not about a particular project. For example, you can write about The Kominsky Method in the context of Michael Douglas’s career, but not about the show itself.

Notable births include Shelley Fabares, Joe Frazier, Rutger Hauer, Jimmy Page, Angela Davis, Alice Walker, Jerry Springer, Stockard Channing, Dennis Farina, Jonathan Demme, Roger Daltrey, Bobby Womack, Diana Ross, Craig T. Nelson, Jill Clayburgh, John Rhys-Davies, George Lucas, Joe Cocker, Danny Trejo, Patty LaBelle, Frank Oz, Gladys Knight, Marvin Hamlisch, Gary Busey, Jeff Beck, Geraldine Chaplin, Sam Elliott, Jacqueline Bisset, Michael Douglas, Dennis Franz (my dad’s schoolmate), Danny DeVito, Lorne Michaels, Harold Ramis, and Brenda Lee.

The Rules:

  • There’s a lot to write about, so only three posts about any single topic will be allowed.
  • I’m not limiting the number of posts you can do, but, if you’re considering multiple posts, be considerate and let other people choose topics before you squat on a bunch other people might want to do.
  • All entries must be fresh. No old posts.
  • If you don’t have a blog and still want to participate, let me know, and I’ll post your entry on my blog.
  • Post a banner and a link to the blogathon with your entry.

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Pop Culture Reverie: Christmas Holiday

Reelweegiemidget ReviewsArsenic and Old Lace

The Stop ButtonIt Happened Tomorrow

In the Good Old Days of Classic HollywoodTo Have and Have Not

Cinematic Scribblings: Jean-Pierre Léaud

Silver Screen ClassicsDouble Indemnity

The Midnite Drive-InThe Mummy’s GhostThe Invisible Man’s Revenge



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Pump Up the Volume; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Originally released 22 Aug 1990
Written and directed by Allan Moyle

Starring Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Andy Romano, and Ellen Greene

My rating: ★★★ 1/2 stars

Strong central performance by Christian Slater carries weight of film’s extensive rhetoric.

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The It’s a Young World Teen Movie Blogathon Is Finally Here!

Finals are coming. Sad face emoji. Take a chill pill. It’s time for a study break. The cool, groovy, bitchin’, rad, totally sick It’s a Young World teen movie blogathon is here.

Thank you to all the participants in this blogathon!

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And Then There Were None (2005 Video Game); Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Originally released 27 Oct 2005
Designed by Lee Sheldon

Developed by AWE Productions
Published by The Adventure Company

My rating: ★★★ stars

Christie’s mystery elevates point-and-click adventure game.

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The Mystery Mania Blogathon Is Finally Here!

You feel uneasy. What is going on? Where is that sound coming from? How did you get here? When did that dead body show up? Why is this happening? And, most importantly, who done it?

If this is you, you may have MYSTERY MANIA! We do here at Pop Culture Reverie. And this weekend we’re celebrating all things mystery. Read the entries. Solve the mystery.


Thank you to all the participants in this blogathon!

THE SUBMISSIONS (will be updated as they come in):

It Came from the Man Cave considers I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016):

Reel Weegie Midget examines The Return of the World’s Greatest Detective (1976):

The Midnite Drive-In talks about Sherlock (2010- )

Various Ramblings of a Nostalgic Italian pays tribute to Old Dark House Mysteries: Murder By Death (1976) and The Private Eyes (1980):

Silver Screenings studies The Lady Vanishes (1938):

Thoughts All Sorts contemplates The Last of Sheila (1973):

The Stop Button reviews The Maltese Falcon aka Dangerous Woman (1931):

MovieRob looks at Who Done It(1942):

MovieRob sails in with Death on the Nile (1978):

MovieRob writes about The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959):

Pop Culture Reverie examines Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (2005 video game):

Musings of a Classic Film Addict considers The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939):

Critica Retro discusses My Name Is Julia Ross (1945):

18 Cinema Lane watches Murder, She Wrote (1984-1996):

Overture Books and Films covers You’ll Find Out (1940):

Cinema Essentials critiques Evil Under the Sun (1982):

Screen Dreams explores Laura (1944):

Cinematic Scribblings looks at A Canterbury Tale (1944):




Announcing the It’s a Young World: Teen Movie Blogathon!

It may be something to do with spring or prom season or impending summer vacation, but the teenagers are getting restless at Pop Culture Reverie and In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood. We have to give them their own blogathon before they run wild in the streets. It will be anarchy, I tell you. Anarchy! To prevent the teenpocalypse, we’re having a teen movie blogathon 16-19 May 2019.

And now for you gals and guys, a few words to the wise:

  1. Chosen movies must be about characters ages 12-19. And so, my fans and friends, think It to Animal House as the bookends.
  2. Since there are so many films to choose from and teens are easily bored, we’re staying groovy and only allowing one duplicate per movie.
  3. The teens will be studying for finals and planning for prom, so a maximum three entries per blog lest their brains explode.
  4. If you don’t have a blog and still want to participate, don’t be a wallflower. Put on your dancing shoes, and let me or Crystal know. We can post the entry on one of our blogs.
  5. It’s a young world, so all entries must be fresh. No old posts allowed.

For all you rebels without a cause, these are the laws. We have to stick to ‘em, or it will be anarchy. See above.

So bring your surfboards, hot rods, poodle skirts, and red windbreakers. We’re going to rock & roll all night and party every day—for four days.


Pop Culture Reverie: Summer of 84 & Firstborn

In the Good Old Days of Classic Movies: Splendor in the GrassTo Sir, With Love

Thoughts All Sorts: 10 Things I Hate about You (1999)

Pale WriterHeathers (1989); A Date with Judy (1948)

Poppity Talks Classic FilmStealing Beauty (1996)

DubismBad Boys (1983)

Overture Books and FilmCan’t Hardly Wait (1998)

Cinematic ScribblingsPeppermint Soda (1977)

18 Cinema LaneLean on Pete (2017)

Realweegiemidget Reviews: Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

The Midnite Drive-InBack to the Future trilogy

It Came from the Man CaveSay Anything… (1989)

The Stop ButtonEighth Grade (2018)






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Shag; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Originally released 21 Jul 1989
Written by Robin Swicord and Lanier Laney & Terry Sweeney from a story by Laney & Sweeney

Directed by Zelda Barron

Starring Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, Annabeth Gish, Page Hannah, Scott Coffey, and Robert Rusler

My rating: ★★★ stars

Delightful teen movie where the girls go wild, like proper young ladies.

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