The Jazz Singer (1927), by Albert W. Vogt III

Common trivia will tell you that The Jazz Singer (1927) has the distinction of being the first motion picture featuring sound embedded into the film.  It is more typically referred to as the first talking movie.  Such factoids should come with an asterisk.  For much of the film’s runtime, it is of the silent variety.  It has a score, and text… Read more “The Jazz Singer (1927), by Albert W. Vogt III”

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, by Albert W. Vogt III

A movie like Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993) can tell you all you need to know about what Hollywood thinks of Catholicism.  It is not all bad.  It is not all good, either.  In fact, the majority of it is enough to make you clutch your Rosary beads just a little tighter in frustration.  On my dissertation committee… Read more “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), by Albert W. Vogt III

Two years ago my dad was watching Versailles (2015-2018), a dramatic Netflix series about the famous palace of the same name built by King Louis XIV of France.  It was my dad who introduced me to history, and many of the films we have watched together over the years have been of the historical variety.  After viewing them, our… Read more “The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), by Albert W. Vogt III”

West Side Story (2021), by Albert W. Vogt III

Find me a William Shakespeare story that has not been given a modern twist.  Some of these include the more recent takes, like 1999’s 10 Things I Hate About You, which is the Bard’s Taming of the Shrew in a late, turn of the twenty-first century high school setting.  Perhaps the Elizabethan poet and playwright’s most iconic work is Romeo and… Read more “West Side Story (2021), by Albert W. Vogt III”

In the Heights (Part 2), by Albert W. Vogt III

No, they have not already made a sequel to In the Heights.  The other night I got home from watching another run-of-the-mill Hollywood offering in The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and wanted something special.  Because I have a subscription to HBO Max, I thought what could be better than In the Heights?  It is certainly the best movie I have seen so far… Read more “In the Heights (Part 2), by Albert W. Vogt III”