Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

100 Essential E-Books #13 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

Written in 1726 and amended in 1735, Gulliver's Travels, or as it is officially known, Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts, by Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships is perhaps the most famous satire in the world. It introduced the world not just to the renowned Lilliputians, but also to their tiny neighbors from Blefescu, the gigantic Brobdingnagans, the sky island Laputans, the intelligent horses known as the Houyhnhms, and the barbaric Yahoos.

Read it, if only to separate yourself from the Yahoos.

Here it is in multiple formats from ManyBooks.net.







The 100 Essential E-Books so far:

1. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
12. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
13. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday Night at the Movies - Eternally Yours

When a stage magician's new wife finds she can't stand the touring, the female fans, and the death-defying stunts, she simply disappears. This 1939 comedy stars Loretta Young and David Niven, features supporting players Broderick Crawford, Eve Arden, and Billie Burke, and contains footage of the 1939 World's Fair. What's not to love?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thrilling Friday Serials - The Adventures of Captain Marvel - Chapter 3: TIme Bomb

Carlyle's rescue goes awry, and Captain Marvel lies unconscious beneath the blade of a deadly guillotine as Chapter Three of The Adventures of Captain Marvel begins -- "Time Bomb."

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Trailer Wednesdays - "Reptilicus"

From 1961 the Danish giant monster movie, Reptilicus, reworked for American audiences by the great Ib Melchior.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

100 Essential E-Books #12 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Published in 1813, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen follows the trials of the Bennet family, and, specifically of the Bennet women, as Mrs. Bennet seeks out potential husbands for her daughters, in order to ensure their future financial security.

A beloved book, Pride and Prejudice often appears at the top of the favorite novel lists, and has been adapted to other media numerous times.

Here it is in multiple formats from ManyBooks. net










The 100 Essential E-Books so far:

1. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
12. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sunday Night at the Movies: He Walked by Night

A classic example of film noir, He Walked by Night depicts the manhunt for killer, Roy Morgan, a loner that uses the Los Angeles sewer system as a means to avoid detection. Shot in 1948 this film was directed by the great Anthony Mann, and filmed by the master of film noir, cinematographer John Alton. Actor Jack Webb was inspired to create Dragnet after meeting (and making friends with) the film's technical advisor, Detective Sergeant Marty Wynn on the set. Stars Richard Basehart.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Thrilling Friday Serials - The Adventures of Captain Marvel - Chapter 2: The Guillotine

Captain Marvel attempts to save the Malcolm Expedition from certain death on a bridge mined with high explosives in Chapter 2 of The Adventures of Captain Marvel - "The Guillotine."

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Trailer Wednesdays - "The Lady from Shanghai"

From 1947 "The Lady from Shanghai" starring Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth. Directed by Welles.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

100 Essential E-Books - #11 War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Published in 1869 "War and Peace by Count Leo Tolstoy tells the story of Napoleon's invasion of Russia and follows the lives of five Russian Aristocrat families. It is considered one of the finest novels ever written.

It is here in multiple formats from ManyBooks.net














The 100 Essential E-Books so far:

1. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sunday Night at the Movies: Cyrano de Bergerac

This 1950 film of the Edmond Rostand play was directed by Stanley Kramer and stars Jose Ferrer in his Oscar-winning performance as the famous swordsman.

The film did poorly at the box office and was made on a tight budget, but it's Ferrer's performance that makes this movie worth watching. With Mala Powers and William Prince.


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Thrilling Friday Serials - The Adventures of Captain Marvel - Chapter 1: The Curse of the Scorpion

Billy Batson is destined to meet the ancient wizard Shazam and become Captain Marvel just in time to face the evil of The Scorpio, but first he must survive the attacks on the Malcolm Expedition in Chapter 1 of The Adventures of Captain Marvel - "The Curse of the Scorpion."

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

100 Essential E-Books - #10 The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling plus Bonus Book

These stories of life in the jungle include the adventures of the man-cub, Mowgli, who was raised by wolves, and the heroic mongoose, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. Written by British Nobel laureate, Rudyard Kipling.

Present here in multiple formats by ManyBooks.net.

BONUS BOOK: Here is The Second Jungle Book, which continues the adventures of Mowgli, also by Kipling.











The 100 Essential E-Books so far:

1. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sunday Night at the Movies: Penny Serenade

This week's offering is 1941's "Penny Serenade" a melodrama starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne as a married couple on the rocks. As Julie prepares to leave her husband Roger, she listens to the couple's record collection. The songs recall the key incidents, happy and sad, in their life together. Cary Grant received a "Best Actor" Oscar nomination for his performance. Be sure to have the tissues handy.

Directed by George Stevens.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010

Thrilling Friday Serials - The Phantom Empire - Chapter 12: The End of Murania

In the final chapter of The Phantom Empire singing cowboy Gene Autry must rescue Queen Tika of the underground kingdom of Murania from Lord Argo and his revolutionaries in "The End of Murania."

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Trailer Wednesdays - 'The Adjustment Bureau" and "Freakonomics"

Based on the short story by Philip K. Dick -- "The Adjustment Bureau:"




And from the best-selling book, here is "Freakonomics:"