Toonerville Picnic, an animated short by Burt Gillett, 1936

Toonerville Picnic, an animated short by Burt Gillett, 1936

Toonerville Picnic, 1936

An animated short by Burt Gillett

“The doctor prescribes rest and relaxation at the beach for the hot-tempered Mr. Bang, who ends up suffering a crowded trolley, a hiccuping dog, an uncooperative beach chair and a goofy octopus…” (IMDB)

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Sherlock Holmes The Woman in Green, starring Basil Rathbone, 1946

Sherlock Holmes The Woman in Green, 1945

A film by Roy William Neill

“Sherlock Holmes investigates when young women around London turn up murdered, each with a finger severed off. Scotland Yard suspects a madman, but Holmes believes the killings to be part of a diabolical plot.” (IMDB)
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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Face Activities extends a Happy Mother’s Day Greeting to all our members and their mothers, around the world! Millions of us will gather with our families to celebrate the most important person in the world–Mom!

There are as many ways to celebrate the day as there are mothers, of course. Traditionally a nice breakfast, or brunch, is followed by a card, along with a cake, flowers and gifts, and fun activities and outings throughout the day. And for many, religious observances are part of the celebration. There have been many celebrations of mothers and motherhood throughout human history, dating back to the ancient world, but the modern holiday of Mother’s day is a relatively new tradition.

The holiday now has a strong commercial side, but the original founder, Anna Jarvis, strongly rejected the growing commercialization around Mother’s Day that she observed in her lifetime. A peace activist during the American Civil War, she had campaigned for a holiday to honor and celebrate mothers since 1905, following the death of her own mother.

Jarvis celebrated the first Mother’s Day in 1908, as a memorial to her own mother, in West Virginia. Thanks to her efforts, by 1910 West Virginia had adopted the day as a state holiday, and by 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation, setting the date for the national holiday we know today. The holiday eventually went international and is now celebrated all over the world.

As the holiday gained popularity, Jarvis maintained that hand written notes to mothers, rather than store bought greeting cards, expressed the proper holiday sentiment, and she organized protests and boycotts against greeting card companies, called for law suits, and even went as far as protesting a candy convention and a meeting of a War Mother’s group, where she was arrested for disturbing the peace. She was most definitely passionate about the holiday she founded, perhaps to the point of extremism.

Learn more about Mother’s Day (Wikipedia)

How Awful About Allan, starring Anthony Perkins, 1970

How awful about Allan, starring Anthony Perkins, 1970

How Awful About Allan, 1970

A film by Curtis Harrington

A man (Anthony Perkins) is blamed for a terrible, fatal fire, and spends time in an institution. Upon his release, he attempts to get his life back together, but struggles with his sanity. Is someone trying to drive him mad? (Browse our Movie Archive)

President Trump announces withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

President Trump announces the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, without a “plan B” to fall back on, despite protests from France, Germany and other allies.

The President’s decision has been widely criticized in the press, and international circles, for its potentially destabilizing effect on the region, and is feared to threaten the power-base of Iran’s political moderates.

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Sobaka, a film by Nicholas Mah, 2008

Sobaka, 2008

Sobaka, 2008

A film by Nicholas Mah

“SOBAKA is the thrilling story of a lonely Russian immigrant trying to find the “American dream” in present day Los Angeles. To provide care for his dying sister he works as an assistant to a mysterious and dangerous man, but his desire to achieve something more takes him down a dark and risky path. When a seductive call girl enters his life his world is thrown upside down and the choices he makes may have deadly consequences.” (IMDB)

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