Ziegfeld-less Follies

Mr. Ziegfeld, I presume... For someone who was the pinnacle of Broadway success, Florenz Ziegfeld didn't actually appear onscreen all that much as an actual character. Maybe once or twice, but that was about it. Oftentimes he was just an offscreen presence and his show was aspriational for many hopefuls. Other than that, he was … Continue reading Ziegfeld-less Follies

My Six From the 60s

It's National Classic Movie Day! Groovy, man... The 60s were a roller coaster of a decade, weren't they? Fashion went mod. America landed men on the moon. There was the Cuban Missile Crisis. John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr. were assassinated. The Beatles played on Ed Sullivan and the British … Continue reading My Six From the 60s

One Month Until The Third Broadway Bound Blogathon

Thirty-one days and counting, people. Thirty-one days until we head back to the Great White Way for a third year of Broadway goodness. I'm glad and appreciative that people are so enthusiastic for this blogathon returning in spite of all the trouble and weirdness we're dealing with in the world right now. If Broadway is … Continue reading One Month Until The Third Broadway Bound Blogathon

Not the Conventional Type

Mr. Price is back... Vincent Price might have been a horror king, but there was so much more to him. In fact, before horror was Price's primary acting output, he was known for his suave gentlemen characters of both the sympathetic and not-so-sympathetic persuasions. One of the most interesting, and one of Price's personal favorites … Continue reading Not the Conventional Type

Finding Answers With Ben-Hur

Time to hit the books... Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is quite the novel and quite the enticing story for filmmakers. Every time it's been brought to the screen it takes people's breath away with the emotion, the politics, and the relationships, all woven together with the life and ministry of Jesus. Its author, … Continue reading Finding Answers With Ben-Hur

Go Team

*click* *adjusts rabbit ears* In my humble opinion, the most iconic villain of the original MacGyver series was Murdoc, played by Michael Des Barres. He appeared on the series a total of nine times, and for one reason only: MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson) was the only target master hitman Murdoc couldn't murder. Well, that, and he lived … Continue reading Go Team

Announcing The Third Broadway Bound Blogathon!

Things might be weird and tense right now because of the coronavirus, but we're still, God willing, going back to Broadway. We need all the fun we can get, people. We really do. For those of you who are new to Taking Up Room, this is when we pay tribute to the symbiotic relationship between … Continue reading Announcing The Third Broadway Bound Blogathon!

Taking Off the Mask

Time to rock out, all... It's always interesting when Christian artists (or any musicians) dabble in moviemaking, and 2008's The Imposter sports not one artist, but three: dc Talk alum Kevin Max, Kerry Livgren of Kansas, and Jeff Deyo, formerly of Sonicflood. Not to be confused with the Gary Sinise film, The Imposter follows Johnny … Continue reading Taking Off the Mask

Back To MGM

Mr. Keaton is back... Buster Keaton did have a career of sorts in sound films. Well, he tried, anyway. From 1933 onwards Keaton's life was turbulent. He was fired from MGM in 1933, his marriage collapsed, and Keaton struggled with alcohol abuse. IMDb claims there was a period of time when the public hated him … Continue reading Back To MGM

Norma’s Almost-Swan Song

Way up north... Quebecois Norma Shearer was an unlikely film star, at least in the sense that she didn't fit the mold of the perfect movie goddess. She had short legs, one of her eyes had a slight cast, and the critics regularly poked fun at her delivery. On the other hand, in regards to … Continue reading Norma’s Almost-Swan Song

Under the Sea

Glug, glug... I'll be honest: I'm not a huge James Cameron fan. I think he's kind of a jerk, really. However, he's made some great movies, and one of them is 1989's The Abyss, a gripping story about creatures that lie beneath. And nukes. And a paranoid Naval officer. And possible annihilation by going too … Continue reading Under the Sea

The Leap Year Blogathon: Wrapup

It's kind of odd writing about a day that happens every four years. It's like Brigadoon, only time doesn't stop in between Leap Days. Anyways, I hope people enjoyed the blogathon yesterday. I'm having fun reading all your posts, and it's awesome that everyone took this Leap Day thingie and ran with it. Please be patient … Continue reading The Leap Year Blogathon: Wrapup