highhurdler
highhurdler Mark was one of those crazy kids with an 8mm movie camera who enlisted his family and friends to appear as actors in his low budget productions of plot-challenged films with dazzling special effects. He dreamed of becoming a top notch cinematographer one day but, in lieu of enrolling in USC's film school, he took the more practical route of getting a bachelors degree in engineering. After graduation, he worked in the corporate world before starting his own business. His passions include playing tennis and writing; the latter of these led him to TCM and his work as a film historian (the author/owner of the Internet's Classic Film Guide).
Posts by highhurdler

Have you ever gone to the theater expecting to see a movie (or play) about one thing but, once there, were then completely surprised – pleasantly or unpleasantly – with what transpired on the screen (or stage). For me, it used to happen more frequently before the explosion of the Internet (where spoilers abound), but […]

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What makes you cry? O.K., I know if you pull out a nose hair with tweezers you will probably shed a tear. But what kind of movie brings tears to your eyes? Unless you tend to view movies from a strictly controlled and objective viewpoint, chances are you experience a variety of emotions when watching […]

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It was over 5 years ago that I wrote on these pages about my other passion and its relation to this one, and referred to an ‘essay’ that I’d written on the topic for my site. (The article is really just a compilation of movies that contain at least one scene – or even a […]

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Really? Is that the subject of this Sunday’s blog post? Couldn’t it be about something a little more scintillating like: “Analyzing Sherwin Williams’ (paint) palette with respect to Technicolor’s” or “The History of Movie Sound Technology (and why the iPod generation will never be able to appreciate Sensurround)”? Or, if the subject is what follows […]

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After reading fellow Morlock Greg’s article last month I’m William Holden. Who are you? I was about to “Leave a Reply” – especially since I had the chance to be the first to post one – when I stopped myself and started giving it some real thought. In truth, I struggled with my answer, realized […]

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It’s been more than four and a half years since my first Morlocks blog on this topic, which is so long ago that Google no longer caches the page. While I’ve added a little bit to the original essay on my site (after watching Martin Luther (1953), A Man Called Peter (1955) – available via DIRECTV’s […]

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One of the best ways to begin the day is to list the things – people, beauty, events, personal qualities (e.g. health) etc. – that you’re grateful for. Start with an attitude of gratitude! This technique can help you to de-stress, to stop worrying about yesterday and the future, and focus on today’s ‘gifts’: what […]

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Life With Father (1947) is a delightful, charming, cleverly written and, apparently, underrated gem. In a year in which anti-Semitism was apparently the focal point in Hollywood or at least of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a film about the life of a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant family in 1883 New York City […]

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I watched this Academy Award winning Best Picture again for the first time in decades the other day and, while it’s an entertaining film that features the second & last classic pairing of acting heavyweights Paul Newman and Robert Redford, it was somewhat difficult to watch knowing the ending. There are a lot of movies […]

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Girls gotta flash, and Boys gotta cry What in tarnation?  O.K., so I bastardized Oscar Hammerstein II’s lyric from Show Boat’s “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” to make a point:  when it comes to getting an Academy Award nomination – and even winning the Oscar – actresses  who take off their clothes can enhance their chances and actors […]

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