Origins: Mary Poppins Returns

Full disclosure: I was all set to announce that this would be the last installment in the Origins series, because there are only so many ways to say today's Hollywood mostly stinks. However, that was before I peeked at what's lined up for next year. Put it this way: 2019 may reveal whole new levels … Continue reading Origins: Mary Poppins Returns

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Being Fay Bainter

Gotta watch those character actors... Only ten actors to date have been nominated for Best and Supporting Actor or Actress in the same year. Fay Bainter is the first one. Fay Bainter was biz-ee. She was an able supporting player, and her work spans radio, film, television, and stage. Mostly stage, though. Born in Los … Continue reading Being Fay Bainter

Shamedown #11: The Young Victoria

Here we are, everyone--the last Shamedown of 2018--can you believe it? If you're coming in late to the party or just want a refresher as to how this thing got started, please visit Cinema Shame. The full Shamedown roster can be found here. Very few monarchs have been as influential as Queen Victoria. Seriously, the woman … Continue reading Shamedown #11: The Young Victoria

The Unexpected Blogathon: Wrap Up

We have had a great weekend with these terrific entries! I would expect no less (Yeah, corny, but it had to be said, right?). It's always fun to see what kinds of things jump out at people when watching something new. Here's a fashionably late entry, and if anyone else has Unexpected contributions to add, … Continue reading The Unexpected Blogathon: Wrap Up

The Unexpected Blogathon Has Arrived

Ah, the long-expected Unexpected Blogathon! I will be updating this post throughout the next three days as new entries come in. We've got a great weekend ahead, with what I'm sure are plenty of surprises. Let's do this! Silver Screenings hits the ground running with this fab review of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The Story Enthusiast keeps … Continue reading The Unexpected Blogathon Has Arrived

For Your Consideration

Hello there... In 2006, my husband and I went to the movies. We'd been hearing for a long time about a film where Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman go head to head as rival magicians, with Michael Caine as stage manager, and we were both intrigued and interested. Only problem was, neither one of us … Continue reading For Your Consideration

Page To Screen: A Christmas Carol

When the Yuletide season rolls around, indulging in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is almost as much of a tradition as putting up the tree or hanging stockings. First published on December 19, 1843 as a stand-alone novel, it followed Dickens' relative flop, Martin Chuzzlewit. Chapman and Hall, Dickens' publisher, thought he was losing his touch, so Dickens paid … Continue reading Page To Screen: A Christmas Carol

Le Scandale

Hello, Mr. Burton... Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor's love story is the stuff of legend. It's such a sacred tale that it merits hushed, reverent tones in Hollywood, but for the most part it doesn't seem to be a touchable subject by filmmakers. Lifetime tried, though, in their 2012 TV biopic, Liz & Dick,"tried" very much … Continue reading Le Scandale

The Versatile Blogger Award

Surprise, surprise! A couple of days ago, the sweet ladies at Pure Entertainment Preservation Society nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you so much, Tiffany and Rebekah. This award comes with certain duties (find out where it started here), and the first one is to relay the Versatile Blogger Code of Conduct: Thank … Continue reading The Versatile Blogger Award