Twenty-sixth of July…

On this date in 1990, the movie Prisoners of the Sun, a.k.a. Blood Oath was released in Australia. Directed by Stephen Wallace, it featured Bryan Brown (The Thorn Birds), Russell Crowe, Terry O’ Quinn (Lost), George Takei (Star Trek: the Original Series), and John Polson (The Sum of Us with Crowe).  IMDB describes it as follows: “On an obscure Read More …

Gaslight Historic Date – June 22nd: ‘Oh how the mighty have fallen’

Approximately four days following his defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte’s second reign as Emperor of France came to an end. Several months later, he would begin his exile on remote St. Helene, where he would spend the remainder of his life. What had the former Emperor said upon thinking over the battle which cost him Read More …

On This Date…

In 1937, then heavyweight champion of the world, James (Jim) ‘Cinderella Man’ Braddock went up against the Brown Bomber, Joe Louis, for the title.  The title as you’ll see below says it all in the proverbial nutshell. If you have time to watch the entire fight, please do – it can be found at the Read More …

Over a Month Late, But What The Heck!

When it’s early May and you’re remembering the wonders of Gladiator and in anticipation of the coming of yet another The Mummy, it was easy to forget that on May 7th of 1999, there was yet another mummy movie from Universal Studios. However, unlike its’ 2017 successor, it was not considered some ‘tent pole’ for a Dark Read More …

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

According to some sources, today is the birthday of Kal-El, son of Jor-El and Lara, but actually, this would be his Earth birthday, not his Kryptonian one because I’m not sure we know his Kryptonian date of birth. At any rate, it was on this date that the future Clark Kent, aka Man of Steel, aka Read More …

Gaslight Historic Date – Or Sometimes It’s Just As Easy To Find A Movie Scene

England. Runnymede on the Thames. The year is 1215 and the date is the fifteenth of June. John Plantagenet, the youngest surviving son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and brother to Richard the Lion-Heart sits on the throne of England. John’s been having issues: with the Church, with his nobles, and according to Read More …

And the Razzie Goes To…

Ah, to be ranked with the likes of Halle Berry and Nicholas Cage. You see, they’ve won the Academy Award for their acting, but they have also been bestowed with a notorious Razzie, the award given for the worst. You have to give Halle props though! She had such a great sense of humor, she Read More …

Before The Justice League Dawned There Was…

On the fourteenth of June in 2013, Zack Snyder’s box office hit Man of Steel was released with The Tudors‘ Henry Cavill in the title role. Russell Crowe appeared as Kal-El’s birth father Jor-El, a role for which Clive Owen and Sean Penn had been considered. Crowe incorporates how his own fatherhood informed his reading of the script Read More …

On This Day in 1928…

Today marks the birth in Bluefield, West Virginia of Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Forbes Nash, who became better-known thanks to not only Sylvia Nasar’s biography A Beautiful Mind, but the 2001 blockbuster and Oscar-winning Best Picture from which it was adapted. 

Gaslight Historic Date – 1935

On the thirteenth of June, the heavyweight championship of the world was fought at Madison Square Garden Bowl between champion Max Baer and 10 to 1 underdog Jim Braddock, nicknamed ‘The Cinderella Man’ by journalist Damon Runyon. By its’ conclusion, Braddock had won in what was called ‘the greatest fistic upset since the defeat of John L. Sullivan Read More …