My Favorite Movies By Decade

Rick's annual National Classic Movie Day 'dos have been part of things on Taking Up Room from the get-go, and every year we film bloggers always wait with bated breath to see what angle we'll be working. Whatever it is, we all know it's going to agitate the brain cells nicely because it often involves … Continue reading My Favorite Movies By Decade

Take Me To Your Leader

Drum roll, please... Remember when chinoiserie was huge in the late nineties and early 2000s? It's always been a thing in Western culture, but it seemed like it was in every magazine and fashion trend in some way at the turn of the twentieth-first century. Of course, those of us who were around then remember … Continue reading Take Me To Your Leader

One Month Until the Fourth Broadway Bound Blogathon

Broadway calls, people. Thirty-one days and counting. We're off book, our shows are blocked, and things are coming together. In one month the curtain will rise and the show will begin. And this year we've got an awards show to get to, so we'll also need to get dressed to the nines. Tie those bow … Continue reading One Month Until the Fourth Broadway Bound Blogathon

Verne’s Extraordinary Voyage

Back with another page-turner... What Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is to crime fiction and forensics, Jules Verne is to sci-fi, and next to Around the World In Eighty Days, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is probably his most well-known work. First published in France in 1870, then translated into English in 1873, it's filmmaker bait because a … Continue reading Verne’s Extraordinary Voyage

A Woman’s Touch

Ms. Day is back... Doris Day was, of course, typically cast as a plucky, elegant songstress or would-be songstress, but few roles she played were as unique as 1953's Calamity Jane, a musical very loosely based on the life of the famous Wild West figure. Well, unique to Doris Day, anyway. The movie opens with Calamity … Continue reading A Woman’s Touch

Rudy, Rudy, Rudy…

"Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed...Nothing will be impossible for you." (Matthew 17:20, NIV) Mention 1993's Rudy and a lot of sports fans will get misty-eyed. My dad is one of 'em. Based on a true story, the movie follows Rudy Ruettiger, a guy who flew in the … Continue reading Rudy, Rudy, Rudy…

Announcing the Fourth Broadway Bound Blogathon

Who's up for a trip to Broadway? It's hard to believe that this is our fourth jaunt to the Great White Way, but here we are. In the past this blogathon has always focused on four main categories: Movies made from Broadway shows, Movies about Broadway, Actors, writers, composers, etc. who have worked in both … Continue reading Announcing the Fourth Broadway Bound Blogathon

Five Reasons To See “The General”

Mr. Keaton is back... The General is one of Buster Keaton's most iconic films. Released in 1927, it was mostly filmed in Oregon with great attention to detail, using real Civil War-era locomotives. Keaton directed, produced, and starred in the movie, which didn't have the impact he was hoping for on its first release. The story begins … Continue reading Five Reasons To See “The General”

It’s All About People

It's a great day for the Irish... We all know 2020 was a strange year, not only because it felt like the hits just kept on coming, but how we relate to each other was turned on its head. Certain salespeople would have us believe that being apart is no problem. Just get on Zoom … Continue reading It’s All About People

Be Kind, Rewind

Click... Ah, Red Dwarf. Part Star Trek send-up, part Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy and part sitcom, it's original enough that it's taken on a life of its own since its 1988 debut. It's such a big deal that the Red Dwarf Fan Club holds a convention every year, with cosplay and panel discussions with cast members. There … Continue reading Be Kind, Rewind

I Just Want To Be Evil

Joan Collins, darlings, and not a swimming pool in sight. As we've talked about before, Hollywood lined up to guest star on the Batman TV show, and one of the favored few was Joan Collins, who played a wily woman known as the Siren. She was fresh off an appearance on Star Trek and not well-known to … Continue reading I Just Want To Be Evil

So Bad It’s Good 2021: Wrapup

We have come to the end of the blogathon, friends, and I hope you've all enjoyed this as much as I have. Obviously this would be the space for late posts, but there aren't any--every single participant got their entries in on time. Woo hoo! If anyone's missed anything, here are Days One, Two, and … Continue reading So Bad It’s Good 2021: Wrapup

Can’t Unsee This

Day Three. Oh boy. We've gone from Bad to Really Bad to Makes Birdemic Look Like Citizen Kane. I'm talking about the pungently trashy Killer Piñata. Gee, wonder what the plot of this little 2015 film is gonna be? The first few minutes are harbingers of the hilarity to come. A shopkeeper (Joette Waters) with a hook for a … Continue reading Can’t Unsee This