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

Those Who Wish Me Dead (A Mostly Spoiler-Free Review)

Wow. Those Who Wish Me Dead is a ride. Once it gets going, anyway. The main character is smoke-jumper Hannah (Jolie), the baddest of the bad. She parachutes off the backs of pickup trucks even though she's knows she isn't supposed to. She's too cool to join the guys in a game of cornhole, but then she … Continue reading Those Who Wish Me Dead (A Mostly Spoiler-Free Review)

Not My Son

Angelina Jolie has a new movie coming out tomorrow, Those Who Wish Me Dead. Ordinarily I'd do an Origins post but I'm just not feeling it this time. I do, however, have a germ of an idea forming, which I'll share in a bit. In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to look back at … Continue reading Not My Son

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

Stage To Screen: Girl Crazy

Amazing as their music is, a lot of George and Ira Gershwin's musicals aren't presented today in their original forms, and while Girl Crazy is no different, it has stayed more intact than the vast majority of its mates, at least in terms of its music. Girl Crazy marked the debut of such classics as "I Got … Continue reading Stage To Screen: Girl Crazy

Roger Christian’s Lost Film

"Lost media" is an intriguing phrase. Even Star Wars has its share of lost media, of course. It also has media that should be lost but isn't. The cringe-y, kitschy Holiday Special, for instance, would not be missed if it suddenly disappeared from YouTube, but that's another story for another time. The 1980 short, Black Angel was … Continue reading Roger Christian’s Lost Film

I Shall Return

One of the Second World War's most iconic images is that of General Douglas MacArthur wading through the surf at Leyte in his long-promised return to the Philippines. While that incident has famously been called "staged," it was and it wasn't. MacArthur's landing craft was unable to take him right up to the beach because … Continue reading I Shall Return

Five Reasons To See “Young Frankenstein”

Apartment living can be surprising, annoying, and a hundred other similies. It can also be inadvertantly beneficial. I never saw the beat of our current apartment for getting other people's stuff, and it's happened the entire nine years we've been in the place. We gotten court orders from two different counties. Eight cases of Hopsy … Continue reading Five Reasons To See “Young Frankenstein”

It’s A Charmed Life

Who else misses Brittany Murphy? I do. She was a fun lady who left us way too soon. I always enjoyed seeing what kinds of parts she chose to play, and I think one of the nicest is 2003's Uptown Girls. Molly Gunn (Brittany Murphy) lives like a princess. Her Manhattan apartment looks like Rapunzel's … Continue reading It’s A Charmed Life

Somewhere Over the Film Noir

Betty Grable and Carole Landis don't really come to mind when one thinks of film noir. They're fun and nice and pretty and hardly the type for dark and stormy nights, but dark and stormy is exactly what they get in 1941's I Wake Up Screaming, a murder mystery based on the Steve Fisher novel, Hot Spot. Well, … Continue reading Somewhere Over the Film Noir

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…

This Is My Neighborhood

Does your neighborhood have a Boo Radley house? You know, that abode that no one ever seems to go into or come out of? My childhood neighborhood does. I have been walking past this place for over thirty years and it never changes. It's always been a seventies-era mint green, the yard is always overgrown, … Continue reading This Is My Neighborhood