A Hall of Fame case for Jamie Moyer

My wife taught at a Boston-area private school for a number of years. One morning in 2007, she was enjoying a complimentary breakfast in the teacher’s lounge with three or four other teachers, when someone commented on the latest major league baseball steroid scandal featured in that day’s Boston Globe. Eventually, another teacher asked the … Continue reading A Hall of Fame case for Jamie Moyer

Charlie Chan and Film Noir, Part 3

In the first two "reels" of this series (here and here), I catalogued a series of entertaining links between the Charlie Chan film series (primarily the 27 Fox Chan films featuring Warner Oland and Sidney Toler, 1931-1942) and film noir, drawing in part upon my own experiences at successive Noir City's. I will close with … Continue reading Charlie Chan and Film Noir, Part 3

Charlie Chan and Film Noir, Part 2

My deep affection for the Charlie Chan films began one summer Saturday afternoon in 1976, when my nine-year-old self found a Chan/Sherlock-Holmes double feature on Philadelphia’s now-defunct Channel 48. By March 1977, Channel 48 was rotating through the 22 films from Charlie Chan in London (1934) to Castle in the Desert (1942) every Saturday night … Continue reading Charlie Chan and Film Noir, Part 2

Charlie Chan and Film Noir, Part 1

About 11 minutes into Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935), Nayda—a young Egyptian maid—first walks onto the screen. She delivers some cigarettes and leaves without saying a word. “Nayda” is credited to “Rita Cansino.” Rita Cansino (born Marguerita Carmen Cansino) would later adopt her mother’s maiden name—Hayworth. As Rita Hayworth, she would star in the film … Continue reading Charlie Chan and Film Noir, Part 1

Rating Doctor Who, post “reboot,” episode 3

In a previous post, I posed the following question (edited for brevity): Which of the 131 Doctor Who episodes (115 Series episodes, 12 Christmas episodes, three 10th Doctor specials, 50th anniversary special), nine Series’ and four Doctors have been the most (and least) admired since Rose first aired on March 26, 2005? I then posed a … Continue reading Rating Doctor Who, post “reboot,” episode 3

Rating Doctor Who, post “reboot,” episode 2

In a previous post, I posed the following question (edited for brevity): Which of the 131 Doctor Who episodes, nine Series’ and four Doctors have been the most (and least) admired since Rose first aired on March 26, 2005? We learned that AI scores, IMDB ratings, and number of IMDB user-raters for each episode reveal: … Continue reading Rating Doctor Who, post “reboot,” episode 2