March Prompt – Pirates and Swashbucklers

Top of the month to all the Cinema Shamers out there in the interwebs. A new month brings us a new prompt. We decided to focus on a specific genre which will be swashbucklers and pirates. Why this prompt for the month of March? Because a pirate’s favorite month is Maaarrrggch.


I added some space from the last sentence to let you  catch your breath after all the laughter. The swashbuckler/pirate genre is a blind spot in my film viewing history. I’ve seen the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” film, “Hook”, “Waterworld”, that Kevin Costner Robin Hood movie and maybe a few others but the previously mentioned are the only ones that come to mind. There is a large number of these films out there I have never even seen and I’m sure I’m overlooking films that fall into this genre. I have one specific film I want to tackle and then a specific actor. For March, I plan to watch “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” and something starring Errol Flynn. I remember receiving a DVD copy of “Master and Commander” as a member of Columbia House back in the day and I never watched it, even after paying $19.95. Sadly, I still have that issue of purchasing movies and never watching them. As for Errol Flynn, this guy is an icon for swashbucklers, it’s a name synonymous with swashbuckler . I plan to rectify these shames during the month of Maaarrrggch.

Feel free to join us and update us on your cinematic watches this month. You can tweet us @Cinemashame or email us at If you do a post on your own blog for this month’s prompt let us so we can announce it from the rooftops. 

It will be up to @007hertzrumble if stating Maaarrrggch in your shame statement is a requirement. 

We look forward to hearing about everybody’s picks and responses.

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February Roundup

Thanks to all our contributors for the month of February. Links to the contributors specific write up on their Oscar Best Picture Cinema Shame are below. I have also included three more contributors who shared some Cinema Shame statements that fell outside the February Prompt.

Best Picture Shame Statements

@007hertzrumble -An American in Paris –

@bnoirdetour – All the King’s Men –

@campbelldropout – Wings –

Other February Shame Statements

@TakingUpRoom – That Night In Rio –

@QuelleLove – The Wild Bunch –

@realweegiemidge – Mamma Mia 2 – 

If I have missed anyone send a message to @Cinemashame or email

Wings – The First Best Picture Winner

For the February Prompt, I went for a deep cut, so deep it ended up being the first film to be honored with the Best Picture Oscar and the only silent film to be receive the honor, the 1927 film, “Wings” (“The Artist” doesn’t count as a silent film, according to the internet). Well technically “Wings” was awarded the Best Production award. Per Danny Peary’s wonderful book “Alternate Oscars”, the reason “Wings” receive this distinction of a Best Picture winner is because the Best Production award was the last award given at the event. “Wings” has always been a bit of trivia, I’ve never read a review or researched it prior to this post. Most of research came from the wikipedia page, which provides an in-depth discussion of the film’s production. The insight of the film’s production help improved the viewing experience. Even though the film is over 90 years old, it would gives off the vibe as an Oscar Bait film. An epic, long film about fighter pilots during World War I and for a nice additional effect a weird, convoluted love triangle, well there are two love triangles, so maybe a love rhombus would be the better descriptor. Silent films do not have many entries in my lifetime film journal, “Wings” was maybe the 3rd or 4th silent film I’ve watched. I don’t dislike them as with most thing it’s time, access was limited in my younger days and I struggle to find the right mood to sit down and watch a silent film. It took me three sittings to get this watch in, at times it felt more like homework than entertainment. Clocking in at 2 hours and 24 minutes was overkill, which is my fault, I assumed this would clock in around the 90 minute mark. Anyway, back to the film’s plot, “Wings” is a story about two young men, David and Jack, who go off to war to become pilots. They both are interested in the city girl, Sylva. This creates part of the love rhombus, Sylva love is for David and she is unable to come clean to Jack about the truth. Then there is the underutilized actress Clara Bow, who plays the girl next door, Mary, she is in love with Jack but isn’t able to get obtain his attention.


I wonder if the audience thought this story was as cliché in 1927 as it is today. The whole plot kept reminding me of “Pearl Harbor” (I did not have the desire to research the plot of Pearl Harbor, sorry readers, you can call this laziness, I call it not carrying). As Jack and David go off to train to become pilots, there is competition between the two but their friendship is bonded during a boxing match. The one relationship that works in the movie, is their friendship.

For a film about fighter pilots, it takes 40 minutes to see some plane action. You want to talk about the Tom Cruise doing his own stunts, Charles Rogers and Richard Arlen, started it all they flew the planes in the films for their close up shots. This is the magic of the film, the flight scenes are pretty amazing, considering this film was made over 90 years ago. I was expecting the work to be kind of shoddy, some planes on a wire or something but these were real planes. Now there are some odd stylistic effects, which I assume were done for the blu-ray involving orange showing up as planes explode or shoot their weapons. If there was one negative aspect of the aerial battles it was the lack of distinguishing between the planes. While it takes a while for the first aerial scene to show up they stay around for the remaining amount of the movie, which can get dull. The film hints at the tragedy of war at a personal level which I found surprising how deep it could get with this being a silent film. Watching Jack and David try to escape the misery of the war through alcohol is pretty effective, it involves the use of bubbles appearing as Jack drinks and become intoxicated, it really hits home that these soldiers are just young men, barely adults. I think the darker aspects of the film have been forgotten in current discussions because they are overshadowed and dragged down by the love rhombus. The whole love aspect is useless for a majority of the film. According to the production history the love story was expanded to allow Clara Bow to perform in the movie. While she has a wonderful presence on the screen, her role is one sided, even though she volunteers as a driver in France during the war, that depth is basically thrown away with her pining over Jack. While the story is lacking the merits of this film rely in the technical use of the camera, this includes a few shots outside the aerial footage. The wonderful crane shot in the Paris bar is amazing, you should be able to find a youtube video or even a gift to see this shot. One of personal favorites was the camera swinging with two characters on a swing and having a character approach the couple. The most exhilarating shots are the cameras mounted on the front of the plane watching the actors fly. A lot of these scenes are exciting to watch due it just being the actor and the open sky or ground behind them, the constant change of depth is breathtaking in black and white. Credit should be given to the actors, they show amazing emotion during these battles, which pulls the viewer into their anger and their fear.

Overall, I’m glad I took the time to watch “Wings”. It has a nice little spot in history as the first Best Picture winner. I would recommend the blu-ray, which looked great and was fairly cheap, costing only $7.89 on Amazon.


Episode 9: Hitchcock Vol. 1 / Keith Bodayla


Keith Bodayla joins the Shame Cast to divulge the fact that he hasn’t watched The Birds or Vertigo, so James makes him watch Lifeboat and Rope instead for the first of hopefully a number of conversations about the work of Alfred Hitchcock.

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Talking Heads:

James David Patrick (@007hertzrumble) – First watched Psycho at a very impressionable age.

Keith Bodayla (@theactualkeith) – Occasional writer, podcaster on shows including But You’re Wrong and The Documentary Show. Find all things related to him at

Music Contained in this Podcast:

“Funeral March of a Marionette” – Charles Gounod

“Sink the Bismarck” – The Blues Brothers

“Trois Mouvements Perpetuals” – Francis Poulenc

“Constant Elevation” – Gravediggaz

Supplementary Links:

Hitchcock – Francois Truffaut

Rope on Blu-ray

Lifeboat on Blu-ray


Recorded in January 2018. Copyrights are owned by the artists and their labels. Negative dollars are made from this podcast.

February Prompt: Best Picture Winners

oscars-olly-mossWith the Oscars around the corner (March 4th) and the recent announcement of the Oscar nominees, we decided to make the prompt for February be about Best Picture winners.

89 films received this recognition. Are they the best and the greatest films of their time? Highly subjective, but I do believe they reflect the times of Hollywood and cinema, maybe not the best of times but they show some small evolution in film making. I was surprised to remember how many of my personal favorite films were actually Best Picture winners such as Marty, The Apartment, The Lost Weekend and The French Connection.

I believe the Oscars had a big impact on guiding me to certain films and helped me access the large and vast world of cinema. Let’s face it, there are a ton of movies and this was one way for me to find “the best of the best.” I look forward to the Oscars, mainly for the debate between cinephiles and the bridge it creates to discuss movies with non-cinephiles. I probably can’t have a deep conversation about mother! with co-workers but thanks to the nominations I can talk about Get Out or The Shape of Water.

When compiling the list of Best Picture winners I was expecting my number of unwatched films to significantly outweigh the number of watched, instead it was 45 unwatched and 44 seen, simply 50/50. I can thank TCM for their 31 Days of Oscar programming during high school for helping me knock out a lot of these films.  I hope to have multiple picks for the month but for right now I’m going to choose one and it will be 1927/28’s Best Picture winner and the first film to receive the award, Wings. I have two reasons for picking this film, it was the first film to obtain the honor and I recently read that Rian Johnson had a tribute/homage to it in a scene from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Pick an unwatched Best Picture from the table below and let us know by email ( or tweet us (@CinemaShame) with your choice. Happy Cinema Watching!

Year Best Picture Winner
1927 Wings
1928 The Broadway Melody
1929 All Quiet on the Western Front
1930 Cimarron
1931 Grand Hotel
1932 Cavalcade
1934 It Happened One Night
1935 Mutiny on the Bounty
1936 The Great Ziegfeld
1937 The Life of Emile Zola
1938 You Can’t Take It With You
1939 Gone with the Wind
1940 Rebecca
1941 How Green Was My Valley
1942 Mrs. Miniver
1943 Casablanca
1944 Going My Way
1945 The Lost Weekend
1946 The Best Years of Our Lives
1947 Gentleman’s Agreement
1948 Hamlet
1949 All the King’s Men
1950 All About Eve
1951 An American in Paris
1952 The Greatest Show on Earth
1953 From Here to Eternity
1954 On the Waterfront
1955 Marty
1956 Around the World in 80 Days
1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai
1958 Gigi
1959 Ben-Hur
1960 The Apartment
1961 West Side Story
1962 Lawrence of Arabia
1963 Tom Jones
1964 My Fair Lady
1965 The Sound of Music
1966 A Man for All Season
1967 In the Heat of the Night
1968 Oliver!
1969 Midnight Cowboy
1970 Patton
1971 The French Connection
1972 The Godfather
1973 The Sting
1974 The Godfather Part II
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
1976 Rocky
1977 Annie Hall
1978 The Deer Hunter
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer
1980 Ordinary People
1981 Chariots of Fire
1982 Gandhi
1983 Terms of Endearment
1984 Amadeus
1985 Out of Africa
1986 Platoon
1987 The Last Emperor
1988 Rain Man
1989 Driving Miss Daisy
1990 Dances with Wolves
1991 The Silence of the Lambs
1992 Unforgiven
1993 Schindler’s List
1994 Forrest Gump
1995 Braveheart
1996 The English Patient
1997 Titantic
1998 Shakespeare in Love
1999 American Beauty
2000 Gladiator
2001 A Beautiful Mind
2002 Chicago
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004 Million Dollar Baby
2005 Crash
2006 The Departed
2007 No Country for Old Men
2008 Slumdog Millionaire
2009 The Hurt Locker
2010 The King’s Speech
2011 The Artist
2012 Argo
2013 12 Years a Slave
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
2015 Spotlight
2016 Moonlight

–Nick Britt


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WANTED: 2018 Statements

Only nine more days left in the month of January. A few brave contributors have committed to knocking off some major films in their Cinema Shame Lists. Below are the links to the list of these writers. If you would like to add your Statements for the year to the site, reach out to us on Twitter @Cinemashame or check out the instructions located here.

@movielovebogart  – (Statement is also listed at @movielovebogart’s own website

@007hertzrumble –

@campbelldropout –

@deaconsden –

@BNoirDetour –

@realweegiemidge  –

@TakingUpRoom – 

@jrwells82 –

@quellelove – 

February Prompt

Award Season is in full swing and on March 4th will be the Oscars. So for the month of February, we will be using Best Picture winners as our source of shame. Posts will be provided later in the week providing information.

Best Picture Winners and Nominees from Wikipedia – 




Ain’t that a shame: 2018

I post my writing at Are You Thrilled, but you might have seen me around on Twitter talking about movies at So Long Holly via @movielovebogart . This list has been pulled and pushed, items deleted, replaced, and added back in. Tonight, in the spirit of being decisive, I will leave the list as is, and keep the others for alternates to watch when (if) the first dozen are finished. I watch countless films in a year’s time, but I am such a scofflaw when it comes to yearly resolutions. So let’s have at it–there is no time to lose!

  1. The Deer Hunter

In 2017 I had a list but did not officially post it. The two I remember from that list are Raging Bull , which I wrote about in a stand-alone post, and The Deer Hunter. Here is a clip featuring the late John Cazale


It is intense, and violent, well beyond what I usually watch. I know, I know, I can be fluffy inside when it comes to violence. But I am told that at my age it is truly shame-ful to not have seen Deer Hunter, so I will gear up with popcorn and Southern Comfort, and hubby will tell me when to cover my eyes.

2. Johnny Dangerously

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