My Favorite Christmas Songs

Earlier, I posted my favorite fall/winter seasonal songs as I made the argument for separating seasonal and Christmas songs. For numerous reasons, Baby It's Cold Outside, which is not even a Christmas song, will not be on this list. We can discuss it all you like, but I just don't think it's appropriate anymore. As …

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My Favorite Seasonal Songs

Something struck me as odd a couple of years ago. I do love Christmas music and I prefer the traditional or definitive versions ... and in many cases that means the original. I also started to wonder when some of these songs were written because of the myriad musical styles represented. I was listening to …

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Childhood Thanksgiving Memories

Updated November 22, 2021 Last year when I refreshed this we were just 12 days away from what was one of the strangest Thanksgiving days in American history. All over the country, people were encouraged to avoid the traditional large family gatherings, especially if travel was involved due to the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Even …

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Universal Monsters Character Arcs

Not that long ago I wrote a piece about the Universal Monsterverse, the first true cinematic universe in film history. As I was investigating Universal's stable of monsters, human and otherwise, I started to take note of those creatures or creations that had fairly complete character arcs. So, I thought I would take a whack …

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Universal’s Werewolves

UPDATED! When I started this I really thought that Frankenstein’s monster had the most complete story arc in the Universal Monsterverse. I was wrong. It’s Larry Talbot/The Wolf Man. After Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Mummy, Universal went back to literature for an adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man starring Claude Rains in 1933. In …

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Universal’s Mummies

After taking that deep dive into the first-ever cinematic universe, the Universal Monsterverse, I decided to take a long look at the monsters who were given complete story arcs. I started with Dracula, because that film was released first. The second installment of this examination also sprang from the pages of Gothic horror literature with …

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Universal’s Frankenstein

Elsa Lanchester as the Bride and Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster in 1935's Bride of Frankenstein. After taking that deep dive into the first-ever cinematic universe, the Universal Monsterverse, I decided to take a long look at the characters who were given complete story arcs. I started with Dracula, because that film was released first. …

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