Excitement

Announcing the Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2018

We’re excited to be back with the Reel Infatuation Blogathon! This blogathon is the brainchild of the fabulous Maedez of Font and Frock and A Small Press Life. Reel Infatuation runs June 8-10, and we want you to join us. We want to hear about your film/TV/book character crush. (You can find this year’s Official… Continue reading Announcing the Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2018

Excitement

The Lon Chaney Sr Blogathon: Day Two

It’s Day 2 of the Lon Chaney Blogathon, a weekend of tributes to a legendary Hollywood actor. Maddy Loves Her Classic Films invited us to join her this weekend, and we’re thrilled to learn more about this remarkable man. You can read Day 1 Entries HERE. Today’s entries continue to highlight Chaney’s ability to become… Continue reading The Lon Chaney Sr Blogathon: Day Two

Excitement

The Lon Chaney Sr Blogathon: Day One

Originally posted on Maddy Loves Her Classic Films:
The Lon Chaney Sr Blogathon has finally arrived! Over the next two days, 11 wonderful bloggers will be submitting their articles celebrating the life and career of Lon Chaney Sr. Lon is one of my favourite actors. I have long wanted to do something to celebrate his…

Documentary

Who on Earth was Lon Chaney?

We just watched the documentary, Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000), and now we’re convinced Lon Chaney was one of the greatest performers in early Hollywood. Now, you may not be familiar with Chaney, and that’s OK. We’ll try to present our case as best we can. First, let’s sort out some biographical data. Chaney was born in 1883 in… Continue reading Who on Earth was Lon Chaney?

Excitement

Lon Chaney Blogathon Starts Saturday!

If you’d like to learn more about the remarkable actor, Lon Chaney, Sr., and why he’s known as “The Man of A Thousand Faces”, then you must visit us this weekend. The Lon Chaney Blogathon runs this Saturday and Sunday (May 5-6). We’re celebrating a man who is still regarded as a legend by actors and… Continue reading Lon Chaney Blogathon Starts Saturday!

Drama · Western

The Last Film of Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable

American playwright Arthur Miller once wrote a screenplay for his wife, Marilyn Monroe, called The Misfits (1961). It’s a somber, take-no-prisoners story, set in the bleak landscape surrounding Reno, Nevada. “Nevada is the Leave-It State,” explains Thelma Ritter in the film, meaning it’s the place to leave your spouse, your money and your nuclear fall-out. (Nevada… Continue reading The Last Film of Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable

Comedy

Bugs Bunny and the Uranium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator

Well, here’s a surprise. Turns out we earthlings owe our planetary survival to Bugs Bunny. You likely didn’t expect that, and we didn’t either. You can see the whole ordeal unfold in the Looney Tunes short, Haredevil Hare (1948). It begins, as ordeals generally do, on a bright, sunny day. Scientists drag a reluctant Bugs… Continue reading Bugs Bunny and the Uranium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator

Drama

Charlie Chaplin Says Goodbye

At the time, Limelight (1952) was intended to be Charlie Chaplin‘s last film. Although he did make two more films* after relocating to Europe, Limelight was his final Hollywood production. It is a last testament of sorts; a farewell to his Little Tramp character. Limelight was made during a difficult period in Chaplin’s life. The FBI… Continue reading Charlie Chaplin Says Goodbye

Comedy

Doris Day: The Most Glamorous Curmudgeon in NYC

Once upon a time, there was an inconvenient telephone arrangement called the “party line”. Never heard of it? Here’s a description from Mental Floss: A party line was a local telephone loop circuit that was shared by more than one subscriber. There was no privacy on a party line…anyone on your party line could pick up… Continue reading Doris Day: The Most Glamorous Curmudgeon in NYC

Drama · Science Fiction

George Orwell’s 1984 as Melodrama

Even if you haven’t read George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984, you’re familiar with its dark political satire. A cruel dictator is named “Big Brother”, the Ministry of Love conducts hate rallies, and the Ministry of Truth redrafts history. It’s a cautionary tale for any age. Sadly, because human history has recurring themes, despotic governments are… Continue reading George Orwell’s 1984 as Melodrama