During World War Two: Beginnings

Et voilá, that new series I hinted at last month: We're going to be talking about Hollywood's response to the war and how the war affected movies and radio shows produced during that time. As those of you who have been around Taking Up Room for any length of time have no doubt seen, the nineteen-forties … Continue reading During World War Two: Beginnings

Why I’ve Seen “Since You Went Away” Umpteen Times

Since You Went Away is very well-trod territory for me. I've parsed it, studied it, scoured the Web for information about it. I've even counted the number of times the movie mentions war bonds and stamps (five times and twice, respectively, in case anyone is wondering). For those who might not be familiar with the plot, it follows … Continue reading Why I’ve Seen “Since You Went Away” Umpteen Times

Shamedown #1: The Beautician And the Beast

Shamedown Numero Uno, people. If anyone missed my Shame List post and wants to know what the heck a Shamedown is, please click here. Fran Drescher's brand always seems to be that of the big-haired, nasal-voiced misfit creating her own niche (Who remembers The Nanny? Or that pantyhose commercial?), and what I always liked about … Continue reading Shamedown #1: The Beautician And the Beast

One Week Until the Odd Or Even Blogathon!

We're getting close to the Odd or Even Blogathon, all, and Gill and I are looking forward to reading your posts. Thanks so much to everyone who's signed up--we really appreciate everyone's interest and enthusiasm! Even though this blogathon idea is a little different than most, you all have gotten into it and we like … Continue reading One Week Until the Odd Or Even Blogathon!

Shamedown 2022: Return of the Shame

Remember Shamedowns? I haven't done any of these posts in a couple of years, but they're coming back for 2022 and just as penitent as ever. For those of you who are new to Taking Up Room and don't know what a Shamedown is, it's simply this: Every year the fine folks at Cinema Shame … Continue reading Shamedown 2022: Return of the Shame

Stage To Screen: Fences

Our first Stage To Screen of 2022! Originally I was going to write about The Sign of the Cross because it has an interesting backstory, but at the last minute I decided to switch to Fences because I bought the Blu-ray with some of my Christmas money and I found it very compelling. Fences was written by August … Continue reading Stage To Screen: Fences

One Month Until the John Williams Blogathon!

Happy New Year! Hope everyone's enjoyed their holidays. It's my second day back at work, and I'm pretty happy about it because it's fun seeing everyone coming off that Yuletide glow. Anyway, in another month the John Williams Blogathon will be upon us, and thanks very much to everyone who's signed up! We're going to … Continue reading One Month Until the John Williams Blogathon!

The Matrix: Resurrections (Mostly Spoiler-Free)

How long have we heard rumblings about The Matrix: Resurrections? I kinda quit keeping track, because like everything in the past almost-two years, it's gotten pushed back and rescheduled and pushed back and rescheduled. And now look. The moment has finally arrived. What can I say about this movie that won't completely ruin it for … Continue reading The Matrix: Resurrections (Mostly Spoiler-Free)

Being the Ricardos (Frank Analysis With A Few Spoilers)

OK, when I first heard about Aaron Sorkin's new film, Being the Ricardos, I hesitated, particularly when I found out Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem were playing Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz--they're not the first people who come to mind when I picture a Lucy-Desi biopic. I don't picture anyone in a Lucy-Desi biopic because I don't … Continue reading Being the Ricardos (Frank Analysis With A Few Spoilers)

Reading Rarities: The Fun Of It

2022 will be the eighty-fifth anniversary of Amelia Earhart's mysterious disappearance at the tail end of her around-the-world hop. Nowadays, this part of her life garners most, if not all the attention because we want to know what happened, and it's totally understandable. Eighty-five years is a long time to be in suspense (I have … Continue reading Reading Rarities: The Fun Of It

One Month Until the Odd Or Even Blogathon!

Ah, the end-of-the-year rush. It feels as if Gill and I just announced the Odd Or Even Blogathon, and here we are with a month to go until its commencement. Have you signed up yet? I know some people may have found our initial rules confusing, but hopefully that's all fixed and more people can … Continue reading One Month Until the Odd Or Even Blogathon!

Christmas Movies Are All the Same (And I’m Still Here For It)

Christmas is in less than a week...can you believe it? I can't. And it's hard to believe 2021 is almost over. I'm not going to make any predictions about 2022. I tried that with 2021 and it was still a roller coaster, although not as much as 2020. It's probably safer to just see what … Continue reading Christmas Movies Are All the Same (And I’m Still Here For It)

Pierce Brosnan, Diamond Thief

Bond. James Bond. Oh, wait... Pierce Brosnan is quite the elegant actor, whether he's Bond or not. I remember watching him when he was on Remington Steele and when he was a perfect Phileas Fogg in the Around the World In 80 Days miniseries. And of course, no one who's seen it can forget his Stuart Dunmeyer … Continue reading Pierce Brosnan, Diamond Thief

My Favorite Moments From “It’s A Wonderful Life”

Few movies, holiday or otherwise, are as iconic as 1946's It's A Wonderful Life, and I'm not going in for hyperbole here. We see this thing everywhere. It's parodied, excerpted, tributed, shown in the background in various languages (looking at you, Home Alone 2) and we know it like green bean casserole or Mom's sugar cookies. … Continue reading My Favorite Moments From “It’s A Wonderful Life”

A Date And A Movie Which Live In Infamy

The attack on Pearl Harbor happened eighty years ago today. Eighty years ago, America discarded its temporary neutrality and entered the war in a dramatic fashion, although we weren't exactly prepared. And yet few movies have been made about the actual event, beyond Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) and Michael Bay's awkwardly inaccurate 2001 boom-fest. Most of … Continue reading A Date And A Movie Which Live In Infamy

Hanging Out With Felix Bressart

Felix Bressart was a familiar face on the big screen in the nineteen-forties. Affable, supportive, and a little goofy, Bressart was typically cast as the friend, the co-worker, the genius, sometimes the buffoon, or maybe a combination of all of those, but whatever shoes he landed in, he was always a welcome sight. Bressart was … Continue reading Hanging Out With Felix Bressart

King Richard (Not Too Many Spoilers)

The thing with biopics is that a lot of them tend to pack in too much of the subject's life and not go all that deeply. In the case of King Richard, the focus is mostly on Richard Williams, father and coach of Venus and Serena Williams. The movie's span is short, starting around the early … Continue reading King Richard (Not Too Many Spoilers)