Mildred Pierce: Book, Film and Mini-Series

Published in 1941, Mildred Pierce was written by James M. Cain and is a dramatic story of a mother willing to do anything to preserve her family’s social status through a divorce and the Depression, largely for the benefit of her conniving and wealth-hungry daughter Veda. Adapted to film in 1945, Mildred Pierce has long been one of my favorite old Hollywood stories, so I was very excited … Continue reading Mildred Pierce: Book, Film and Mini-Series

The Thorn Birds (Miniseries, 1983)

This miniseries is being reviewed for the Barbara Stanwyck Filmography Project. The Thorn Birds is a miniseries that ran on ABC in March of 1983. Adapted from the eponymous 1977 novel by Colleen McCullough, the story spans many decades in the lives of the Clearys, a family living in Australia. The series aired in four episodes and was nominated for ten Emmy awards, taking home … Continue reading The Thorn Birds (Miniseries, 1983)

Period film: Bonnie and Clyde (TV, 2013)

The tale of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow has been told many times, most recently in a two-part 2013 TV movie. Both parts of the film open with a flashy title sequence that makes nice use of historic images. Gunfire foreshadows the couple’s grim end at the opening of Part I. My attention was immediately grabbed. But my attention didn’t always remain held, despite this … Continue reading Period film: Bonnie and Clyde (TV, 2013)

Reviews in a Line or Two: Two of a Kind, Lost in Austen, The Lonely Guy

Two of a Kind (1983) When John Travolta is playing a bank robber who invented edible sunglasses, you know you’ve got a special film on your hands. This is an… interesting watch, with a very odd premise and some very hilarious 1980s effects, landing it in the “so bad it’s good” category. The score: 3/5 Lost in Austen (2008, miniseries) In this very charming British … Continue reading Reviews in a Line or Two: Two of a Kind, Lost in Austen, The Lonely Guy