Hudak On Hollywood is currently scheduling for the 2022-23 season — e-mail dan@hudakonhollywood.com to secure your booking today!

Hudak On Hollywood is currently scheduling for the 2022-23 season — e-mail dan@hudakonhollywood.com!

Want to know the real story behind Marilyn Monroe’s dress flying in the air? Or why Katharine Hepburn didn’t like Meryl Streep? Contact Dan at dan@hudakonhollywood.com for details on how to bring our lectures to you!

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Zoom Lectures

Hudak On Hollywood is excited to offer a variety of lectures via Zoom live streaming. Click here to learn more!

The Northman

“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” These words were spoken by circa 500 BCE Chinese philosopher Confucius. Even if they did make their way to Nordic countries circa 900 CE, it’s clear from the behavior of…

Cloak and Dagger

One of the silver linings of getting older is obtaining the sense of what was important to you as a child. The test is a simple one. Ask yourself: How fondly do you remember it? Then if the answer is a…

The Batman

As a genre, superhero movies tend to have a lot in common with each other. They’re all stories about heroic (or sometimes anti-heroic) crusaders (sometimes caped and sometimes not) with dual identities (sometimes secret and sometimes not) battling evil in the name of good.

Licorice Pizza

Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson revisits two of his favorite subjects—the 1970s and California’s San Fernando Valley—in “Licorice Pizza,” a movie that, as far as I observed, featured neither licorice nor pizza.


Nintendo has Mario. Sega has Sonic. Microsoft has Master Chief. Sony, for their video game console Play Station, has Nathan Drake, protagonist in their numerous “Uncharted” games. So who better than good ole reliable Nathan to kick off a movie franchise…

Turning Red

Sometimes I like being wrong. When Disney/Pixar’s animated feature “Turning Red” first begins we’re introduced to thirteen-year-old Meilin (voice of Rosalie Chiang) and I thought she was going to be insufferable. She’s exactly the…

'Round Midnight

Bertrand Tavernier, the director and co-writer of 1986’s “’Round Midnight,” imbues the movie with a visual style and pacing reflective of its main character, Dale Turner (Dexter Gordon), as well as its Oscar winning score by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.


The reason great classics endure the tests of time and place is because they have a universal appeal to which all peoples, in all times and places, can relate. At the heart of these classics is…

Spider-Man: No Way Home

One of the appeals of virtuous superheroes is how they can serve as models for our own lives. We may never achieve the supreme level of virtuosity as our favorite costumed vigilantes, but it’s their example that counts. A superhero can be…


My guess is that if I was writing about movies coming to home video in 1996, I would have recommended “Scream” the week it hit the shelves of your local VHS rental store. That would have been my highest rating, since…

Ordinary People

As of this writing, the Best Picture Oscar for the year 2021 has not yet been awarded. In honor of this noteworthy award, my choice this week is “Ordinary People,” a Best Picture winner…

Nightmare Alley

Guillermo del Toro is a great director. This is not only because he’s had an amazing career churning out mostly good movies filled with imagination and style. It’s also because he knows…


Oscar nominated writer-director Kenneth Branagh begins his semi-autobiographical movie “Belfast” in an interesting way. We see shots of the Northern Ireland city as it looks today…

The King's Man

History records that on December 30, 1916, Russian nobles tried to poison “Mad Monk” Grigori Rasputin with cyanide. When this failed, they chased him down, shot him, and for good measure…

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

There are nostalgia trips, then there’s “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” which would undoubtedly win an award for most member berries per minute of screen time, if such a prize existed.

Top 5 Book-to-Movie Adaptations of the Last Decade

The book and film industries have a closer relationship than most people realize — Los Angeles Times reports that books have always been a huge source of raw material for Hollywood. But with the rise of streaming services…

Our Lectures

Hudak On Hollywood’s original lectures cover film history and Broadway, providing great entertainment for 55+ communities, retirement facilities, JCCs, country clubs and more!

Quick story: After hearing the “Famous Moments, Famous Movies Part II” lecture, a woman approached Dan to discuss the shower scene in “Psycho” that he just showed. She remembered seeing the film with friends in New York City in 1960 shortly after it opened, and that it was so scary they didn’t want to shower for three days! Triggering memories such as these are at the heart of everything Hudak On Hollywood does.

In person lectures are available throughout Florida and Colorado, and via Zoom anywhere! Click below to learn more.

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Our Lecturer Agency

Hudak On Hollywood is pleased to offer a team of highly talented lecturers who are thoroughly vetted and recommended by  professionals in 55+ communities throughout the country.

Available subject areas include Music, Radio/TV, Opera, Broadway, Nutrition, Health & Wellness and Film History. Click on the Lecturers link below for additional information.

If you are searching for a lecturer to bring an engaging session to your venue, whether in person or via Zoom, please contact us!

Are you a professional lecturer on a topic of interest to the 55+ community who’s looking for more engagements?  If so, we’d love to hear from you!  Just reach out to dan@hudakonhollywood.com.