Wonder Woman; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Originally released 2 Jun 2017
Written by Allan Heinberg from a story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs
Directed by Patty Jenkins

Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Saïd Taghmaoui, and Eugene Brave Rock.

My rating: ★★★★ stars

The best superhero film ever made.

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Riverdale, S01E01: The River’s Edge; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Originally aired 26 Jan 2017
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed by Lee Toland Krieger

Starring KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Mädchen Amick, Luke Perry, Casey Cott, and Sarah Habel

My rating:  ★★ stars

A series with potential, yet a misguided start.

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Once Bitten; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Originally released 15 Nov 1985
Written by David Hines, Jeffrey Hause, and Jonathan Roberts from a story by Dmitri Villard

Directed by Howard Storm

Starring Jim Carrey, Lauren Hutton, and Karen Kopins

My rating: 1/2 star

Disastrous teen vampire comedy not even fun for train wreck enthusiasts.

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Announcing the Made in 1938 Blogathon!

Crystal at In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and I are honoring two important people in our lives, my mother, Margaret, and Crystal’s grandmother, Audrey, by dedicating a blogathon to the year they were born—1938!

1938 may not be as famous as the year that followed for producing great films, but it still gave us plenty. Personally, my favorite is Bringing Up Baby. Crystal thinks that might be her pick, too, but there were too many great films from 1938 to make a definite choice. And there certainly were a number of great ones to choose from.

Join us in celebrating this excellent year for movies with the “Made in 1938”* Blogathon. You may choose to write about an individual movie or about a film personality who was born in 1938. (If you choose the latter, please write a biography, a career retrospective, or an analysis of the person, not an assessment of one of their films. For example, Natalie Wood was born in 1938, so feel free to choose her life or career as a topic. Rebel without a Cause was not released in 1938, so “Natalie Wood in Rebel without a Cause” would not be an appropriate topic for this blogathon.) You can also choose to write about some film-related event or development from 1938.

*Yes, yes, I know a lot of the movies released in 1938 were made in 1937, but that’s just a title, folks. We are discussing movies released in 1938.

The blogathon will run 16-19 January 2019.


The Rules in Brief:

1) Entries must cover a film released in 1938, a film personality born in 1938, or, with permission, some topic related to events in film during 1938.

2) No more than two entries per topic.

3) Blogs may post up to three entries.

4) No old posts. All entries must be newly posted.

5) To express your interest in participating in the blogathon, leave a comment on my blog, along with the name and URL of your blog, and the subject you wish to cover, or you can always register by email at: robinpruter@gmail.com. For those of you who wish to register by email, please be sure to include the name and URL of your blog, and the topic you wish to cover.

6) Posts must feature one of the banners below and a link back to the blogathon post on either Pop Culture Reverie or our co-host, In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood.



Pop Culture ReverieMad about Music and TBD

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: The Sisters and TBD

Love Letters to Old HollywoodCarefree and The Saint in New York

The Stop ButtonThe Buccaneer

Movie Movie Blog BlogRoom Service

Portraits By JenniThe Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse

Movie RobA Slight Case of Murder, Three Comrades, and Room Service

The Midnight Drive-InFlash Gordon’s Trip To Mars

The Wonderful World of CinemaMerrily We Live

Caftan Woman: If I Were King

Wide Screen World: Rawhide

Various Ramblings of a Nostalgic Italian: Christopher Lloyd, Rich Little, and Wolfman Jack

Carole & Co.Fools for Scandal and Carole Lombard in 1938

The Story Enthusiast: Tribute to Natalie Wood

Real Weegie Midget ReviewsPygmalion

Critica RetroAngels with Dirty Faces



The Lookout (2007); Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Originally released 30 Mar 2007
Written and directed by Scott Frank

Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels, Matthew Goode, and Isla Fisher

My rating: ★★★ 1/2 stars

An exciting heist movie with character and thematic substance.

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The Sessions; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Originally released 16 Nov 2012
Written and directed by Ben Lewin

Starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, and William H. Macy

My rating: ★★ 1/2 stars

Interesting story of disability and sex mired by a manipulative script.

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Thoughts on Cripping Up; Essay by Robin Franson Pruter

First, a note on terminology. “Cripping up” is a widely used term to describe the casting of able-bodied performers in the roles of disabled characters. Another term less widely used is “cripface.” Dominick Evans at The Crip Crusader explains in detail why this term is inaccurate and offensive. I will use “cripping up” because it is a term that is generally understood in the disabled community.

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