Dueling Reviews: House on Haunted Hill

We’re introducing a new feature, dueling reviews. Historian Dominic Buono and myself will write reviews for the same Halloween-friendly films until October 31st, published every Wednesday. First up is House on Haunted Hill. Dominic’s Thoughts House on Haunted Hill, released in 1959, is considered by many to be a classic of the horror genre, and…

Hollywood: A Second Take by Dominic Buono

To state that streaming platforms have fundamentally changed the way that we partake in serialized entertainment would be an understatement. It can be argued that the popularization of serialized television began with The X-Files in the 1990s, and continued through the 2000s up until the present. Which brings us to Netflix’s Hollywood.  Hollywood is a…

Did Lupe Velez Shoot Gary Cooper?

The famous story revolves goes something like this. Lupe Velez found out her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Gary Cooper, was leaving for Europe to tour the U.S. for five weeks. Gary actively avoided seeing Lupe before his trip due to fears she would cause a scene. Lupe found out the date and time of Gary’s departure…

Is Gone with the Wind Racist?

Before I go into my opinions on this, we need to contextualize both the era Gone with the Wind was made about and the era it was made in. Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind covers a broad span of time, and one could write an entire book on what happened in each year to…