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

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

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)

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)

And Now We Are Six

And here we are again. Hard to believe, isn't it? 2021 has gone by in a blur. To be honest, I wasn't sure what to do with this post because six is one of those underrated numbers when it comes to anniversaries, maybe because we humans like marking milestones in intervals of five and ten. … Continue reading And Now We Are Six

Page To Screen: The NeverEnding Story

I don't know about anyone else, but one of my favorite movies as a tween was 1984's The NeverEnding Story. Jolly pink Luckdragons. Racing snails. Cute young warriors. A geeky kid who loses himself in a book. And we can't forget that cool earworm of a theme song by Limahl and Beth Anderson, the latter of … Continue reading Page To Screen: The NeverEnding Story

Femme Dracula

I am woman, hear me roar... The Dracula universe is most definitely equal opportunity, and the sequel to the 1931 classic is 1936's Dracula's Daughter. Even though it might be nowhere near its predecessor in terms of quality or notoriety, it has some fun moments. It opens where the 1931 film left off. Two policemen … Continue reading Femme Dracula

Before Stars Hollow, Part Two

On to our second gallery of Gilmore Girls luminaries, and as you'll no doubt notice, the names here are decidedly bigger than yesterday's, not that yesterday's were too shabby or anything. Again, I had to make a lot of deep cuts, but it's all good. Off we go... Liza Weil (Paris) Two years before she donned Chilton's … Continue reading Before Stars Hollow, Part Two

Before Stars Hollow, Part One

November seems to be Gilmore Girls Month on Taking Up Room. I don't know why. Maybe it's because November is when their limited series hit Netflix. Anyway, I was watching The Sentinel a few months ago and saw a familiar face pop up. Who was it? I'll tell you all later. Long story short, it occurred to … Continue reading Before Stars Hollow, Part One

Six Things You Might Not Know About “Psycho”

What in the world can that be? We all know 1960's Psycho is Alfred Hitchcock's most infamous movie. Even those who haven't seen the film feel like they have because that shower scene has been parodied and referenced ad nauseum over the past sixty years. Here's a famous example (one of several just in Simpsons … Continue reading Six Things You Might Not Know About “Psycho”