Other Christmas Movies – off-beat, under-seen, non-traditional, obscure, forgotten and alternative Christmas movies

Come September of every year and kid-friendly Christmas movies began to dominate the airwaves. Movies with muppets and toys and Frosty and Santa and Rudolph. Movies like Babes in Toyland (1961), A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Carol, Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (1978), A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, Elf, Ernest Saves Christmas (1988), A Flintstone Christmas (1977), Frosty the Snowman (1969), Frosty’s … Continue reading Other Christmas Movies – off-beat, under-seen, non-traditional, obscure, forgotten and alternative Christmas movies

Silent night – Christmas movies of the silent era

            Happy St. Nicholas Day! For your enjoyment, a little somethin’ to break the monotony of all that hardcore Christmas that has gotten to be a little bit out of control… Santa Claus (1898) was directed by George Albert Smith (Weary Willie, Making Sausages), a former portrait photographer and member of the UK‘s Brighton Set. … Continue reading Silent night – Christmas movies of the silent era

Flossin’ Season – Leprechaun Movies, Music, &c

Everyone knows a couple of things about leprechauns (aka lurachmain, lurican, leprechawn, lepracaun, leprechaun, lubberkin and lurgadhan). They’re small, tricky gingers that, if caught, will show you the money. One theory about the word’s origin is that it comes from luacharma’n (or luchorpán), the Irish word for “pygmy.” Another theory is that the word is … Continue reading Flossin’ Season – Leprechaun Movies, Music, &c

California Fools Gold — Exploring Newport Beach

INTRODUCTION I finally got around to exploring Newport Beach. I say “finally” because that particular coastal city in South Orange County has held the top spot in the California Fool’s Gold poll for more than a year. You’d be wrong if you assumed that my procrastination has anything to do with unfortunate (but typical) Angeleño bias against Orange … Continue reading California Fools Gold — Exploring Newport Beach

No Enclave — Exploring Indonesian Los Angeles

Diversity has long been part of the fabric of Los Angeles and Southern California. Humans first arrived here at least 13,000 years ago and more than twenty Native American nations made their home here before the Spanish Conquest. The Spanish pueblo of Los Angeles was itself founded by people of Native, African, European, and mixed ancestries and … Continue reading No Enclave — Exploring Indonesian Los Angeles

Pan-Asian Metropolis — An Introduction to the Asian Pacific Islander Communities of the Southland

Diversity has long been part of the fabric of Los Angeles and Southern California. Humans first arrived here at least 13,000 years ago and more than twenty Native American nations made their home here before the Spanish Conquest. The Spanish pueblo of Los Angeles was itself founded by people of Native, African, European, and mixed ancestries and … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — An Introduction to the Asian Pacific Islander Communities of the Southland

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Anaheim

FOREWORD For over a year now, Anaheim has topped the polls of communities to be the subject of an episode of California Fool’s Gold. Until now I postponed my exploration for several reasons. For one, Anaheim is huge and contains so many points of interest that I suspected (quite rightly) that exploring it to my own satisfaction … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Anaheim

California Fool’s Gold Guide to Ice Skating in Los Angeles

Outside of the high mountains and high desert, we don’t typically get a lot of ice and snow in the Chaparral-dominated landscape of Southern California. For some this is all the necessary proof that there are no seasons in California — and most certainly no winter. In reality, all climates have their own sorts of seasons … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold Guide to Ice Skating in Los Angeles

Happy 30th, Criterion — May your next 30 be even better

Criterion is, without a doubt, the most loved video-distribution company in the video distribution game. No one (outside Korea) packages their films so beautifully and today they released a lovely, book (just in time for Christmas) of their “covers, supplemental art, and never-before-seen sketches and concept art” featured on their releases over the years called Criterion … Continue reading Happy 30th, Criterion — May your next 30 be even better