Apparently in the early years of the Oscars, the only films worthy of winning the "Best Picture" award were historical dramas. Two of the first three "Best Picture" winners were set in World War I. With Cimarron, the fourth winner of that coveted trophy, we head even further back in time, to 1889 and the settling … Continue reading Cimarron (1931)
Have you heard about DC's in-brand, DC Superhero Girls? Chances are you've come across them in one form or another. They have comics, an extensive toy collection, games, even a YouTube series. It's a line DC launched in 2015 as a means of reaching out to younger girls, ages 5-12 - a focus group long … Continue reading DC Superhero Girls – Exactly What DC Needs
I don't normally post about new comics I've purchased, primarily because I buy them somewhat infrequently (one of the perks of having a boyfriend who owns ALL THE COMICS). We went on a little adventure this weekend though, and I wound up with a few great buys, so I figured I'd take a page out … Continue reading Comics Collection Update!
Have you ever wondered what it was actually like to be thrown into the midst of war? I don't mean the romanticized, heroic escapade that war is normally shown as in films. I'm talking about real war, the death-filled drudgery that ordinary soldiers faced on a daily basis. If so, All Quiet on the Western Front … Continue reading All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
If Wings was a sweeping war epic focused on romance and camaraderie, The Broadway Melody is its polar opposite, focusing instead on musical entertainment without much depth. The film features only a few main characters: New York producer Eddie Kane brings the Mahoney sisters, Hank and Queenie, into the city to star in his latest revue. … Continue reading The Broadway Melody (1929)
Wings holds the distinction of being the first film to ever win the "Best Picture" award at the first annual Academy Awards ceremony, held in 1929. It also happens to be the only silent film to ever have won this award (edit: That is, until The Artist won in 2011. Thanks to "The Animation Commendation" … Continue reading Wings (1927 film)
Welcome to the inaugural post on Hippo Planet, my brand-new blog! If you're familiar with my former blogging outpost, Holy Comics, Batman!, you know that I have a massive slight girl-crush on Black Canary. She's one of my favorite female superheroes, and may even outrank Wonder Woman on my list. I've praised her kick-ass attitude … Continue reading Inaugural Post! (a.k.a. Black Canary Fangirling)