My Favorite Actor

Most movie-goers have their favorite actors and actresses.  As a young boy I looked up to Spencer Tracy.  To me, he was the very symbol of manhood.  Over the years I have seen many great actors.  Within the past several decades I have been very impressed by the work of Tom Hanks.  I consider him […]

Cinematic Impressions

It is interesting to consider the impact of American cinema on our culture – indeed on the world’s culture.  At times, when reading a British novel or watching a British film, I’m surprised to see allusions to certain Hollywood film stars or movies.  The influence of our cinema is undeniable. Many young people in other […]

More on Icons

  On April 10th I wrote about icons. As we all know, the cinematic and television industry is in the business of  producing icons.  Some of them are good.  Some are bad.  Many of them are larger than life superheroes or supervillains who bear very little resemblance to real persons. Much of what we see […]


GALAHAD An icon is a representation of a famous person or thing that people admire and see as a symbol of a particular idea, way of life, etc.  Of course, not everyone is attracted to the same icons. Over the decades I have had many icons.  As a youth, I was entranced by Biblical personalities […]

My First Movie

I remember my first movie.  I can still call to mind images from that movie some eighty-five years after seeing it. I was five years old, and my parents took to me to a theater in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, to see a recently released film, Treasure Island, starring Wallace Berry, Lionel Barrymore, and the […]