Monthly Archives: December 2009

The Top Ten Movies (I Screened) in 2009, Part II

Continuing from yesterday, here’s my list of the classic Hollywood movies I screened during the past year. I realize that this list seems a bit esoteric, but in truth, every film I write about is hugely entertaining and suitable for most everyone. It is sad that so few contemporary movie lovers are familiar with older […]

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The Ten Top Movies (I Screened) in 2009

Here’s my list of the Ten Best Movies I Screened in 2009, most I caught on TCM. I did not see more than a handful of contemporary releases that come close to the smart pacing, narrative sophistication and honest passion of these older films. Though I will give a strong nod to 500 Days of […]

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Senator Max Baucus… Hiccup… Knows What’s Best for You

Ah, the United States Senate. The great deliberative body at work. And here’s Senator Max Baucus (Democrat, Montana) waxing eloquent about health care reform. Just one little problem. The distinguished Senator is hammered out of his mind. Hey, maybe Max and his girlfriend Melodee Hanes just finished celebrating her pay raise. Watch Baucus slur his […]

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Suicide in Slow Motion

Flying is unbearable. Not because we’re jammed like sardines into a steel tube and frequently treated like cheap luggage by the obviously unhappy flight attendants. No, air travel is a horror because radical Islam has terrorized the entire planet. If we did not have checkpoints in every airport, in every terminal, death would endlessly rain […]

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Best of the Jewish Blogosphere

Brigitte Bardot focuses on the Jewish blogosphere. Feast your eyes on J Pix, select photos from the Jewish Blogosphere, nicely chosen by Here in HP. Up and live Haveil Havalim #249, presented this week by I’ll Call Baila.

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Friday Footwear: A Tale of Two Sizes

I’m sitting on the couch watching Souls for Sale (1923) a wonderful silent film about Hollywood during that very era—homework for next week’s The Ten Best Films (I Screened) in 2009—when Karen comes home bearing, you guessed it, new footwear. Karen slips on the new shoes and says: “Their called Tuxedo shoes.” “Right, I can […]

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Letters to G-d Delivered

People write letters to G-d. Ever wonder where they are sent? Most end up in Israel, in Jerusalem the capital of the Jewish State. But once in Jerusalem, what does the Israeli Postal Authority do with the letters? Let’s find out. So, next time you write a letter to G-d, don’t worry, your prayers are […]

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A Very Mao White House Christmas

Seraphic Secret is shocked, just shocked that the White House Christmas tree is decorated with an image—it looks like the famous Warhol print—of Communist tyrant Mao Tze Tung. Okay, we confess that we are not experts in Christian theology, we are, after all, Orthodox Jews. But we suspect that the portrait of a Communist mass […]

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Obamacare: The Coming Plague

Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal published a devastating critique of Obamacare. A few choice quotes: The rushed, secretive way that a bill this destructive and unpopular is being forced on the country shows that “reform” has devolved into the raw exercise of political power for the single purpose of permanently expanding the American entitlement state. […]

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Brittany Murphy: To Remember

Brittany Murphy, left, and Kirsten Dunst in The Devil’s Arithmetic, 1999.Photo by Holly Stein In 1999, a few weeks before The Devil’s Arithmetic went into production, I met with stars Kirsten Dunst, Brittany Murphy, and Mimi Rogers in Dustin Hoffman’s Brentwood office. Dustin and Mimi had rescued my script from development hell—a seven year limbo—and […]

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Best of the Jewish Blogosphere

Tuesday Weld dreams of cashmere sweaters and, um, theJewish blogosphere. Up and live, Haveil Havalim #248, presented this week by Frume Sarah’s World.

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Tuesday Weld and, Um, Chanukah

Clad in red cashmere, Karen contemplates a pinkpainting by Shirley Kaneda. Okay, so my gift to Karen is awkwardly wrapped. That’s because I did it myself. I am hopeless and helpless when it comes to creating the neat little folds that announce white-gloved care. I just sort of mush the wrapping paper together, slap on […]

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The Not So Healthy Health Bill

Believe me, Seraphic Secret does not want to write about Obamacare every day. We’d rather write about what happened last night when I gave Karen her Chanukah gift. It was a gift I thought about long and hard. But ultimately my decision was made on the basis of a Tuesday Weld movie. Yup, that’s how […]

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Obamacare Will Make You Sick

It happens at about 4 AM. My eyes spring open and I stare into the darkness. I shift, toss and turn. Climb out of bed, head downstairs and sit in the living room. I look out the window at my quiet street, at the moonlight bouncing off the asphalt. I feel ill. I’m sick to […]

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Screenwriter Meets Hollywood

Screenwriter Frederica Sagor Maas, 1925. Screenwriter Frederica Sagor Maas (1900 – ) started out as the New York story editor for Universal in 1920. She was a bright, confident young woman, anxious to learn this new business of moving pictures. Her true ambition was to be a screenwriter. After four grueling years of reading manuscripts […]

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The Monsters of Copenhagen

I don’t remember when I first heard the term “climate-change denier” but I do remember that I experienced the chill of fear. As we know, the left is adept at coining catchy phrases, bumper stickers that are easy to remember, and though dumb in the extreme, give off an air of political wisdom. For example: […]

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Best of the Jewish Blogosphere

The Jewish blogosphere sends daggers to Coleen Gray’s knees. Up and live, Haveil Havalim #247, The Chanukah Edition, presented this week by The Israel Situation. Lots of good reading from the lively and compelling Jewish blogosphere.

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Friday Footwear: The Chanukah Edition

For my fashion conscious readers, you can get your Menorah Blahnik Chanukah cards, here.H/T Rabbi Anonymous From Chabad’s website the story of Chanukah and a fine FAQ. No less than a dozen of my readers have sent me the following link in the past few hours. It’s a wonderful story about a rabbi, a dog, […]

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Chanukah 2009

The two b’rachas, blessings, Jews recite when lighting the Chanukah candles: 1) Blessed are You, Hashem, our G-d, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light. 2) Blessed are You, Hashem our G-d, King of the universe, Who has wrought miracles for our forefathers, […]

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Authentically Gish, Garbo, Tiger, Obama and Uh-Huh, Palin

Lilian Gish, Broken Blossoms, 1919, a genuine Hollywood star. Americans admire excellence and authenticity. The rise of the Hollywood movie star was built on powerful performances that projected the idea of authentic emotions. Film audiences experienced a magical connection—often, deeply intimate—with scores of charismatic actors. Lillian Gish’s heartbreaking performance as the abused daughter in Broken […]

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