Excitement

#OCanada Blogathon Day 2 Recap

It’s cold and snowy here in our part of Canada, but we’re staying warm with today’s fabulous contributions to the #OCanada Blogathon. Bloggers: If we didn’t include your post today, we’ll be sure to add it to tomorrow’s Day 3 recap, hosted by Kristina at Speakeasy. Be sure to check out these wonderful tributes to… Continue reading #OCanada Blogathon Day 2 Recap

Excitement

#OCanadaBlogathon Day One Recap

Originally posted on Speakeasy:
Time to kick off the 3rd annual tour of Canadian film and TV! For the next 3 days, just follow these recap posts to find all the great #OCanadaBlogathon contributions. Here are today’s entries: Silver Screenings reviews a book about 18 Young Canadians in Old Hollywood Thoughts All Sorts: The Grand Seduction (2013)  I Found it…

Book Reviews

Young Canadians in Old Hollywood

Dear Reader, we can tell life may not be at its most joyous right now, and that you need some Canadiana to cheer you up. Here’s something for you: Stardust and Shadows: Canadians in Early Hollywood, a book that discusses the contributions of 18 influential Canadians in fledgling Hollywood. Now, you may be asking – and rightly so –… Continue reading Young Canadians in Old Hollywood

Excitement

#OCanada Blogathon Starts Friday!

Winter’s hottest blogathon is almost here! The O Canada Blogathon (February 3-5) celebrates Canada’s remarkable contributions to film. It’s not too late to join in the fun! Click HERE for blogathon details and topic suggestions. Although we’re not posting a schedule, we will post a recap each evening. So join us any day you like!… Continue reading #OCanada Blogathon Starts Friday!

Drama · Musical

The Great Gabbo: Mad Ventriloquist Skills

The next time you’re in the mood for a truly strange film, give this one a try. Now, we don’t mean strange as in occultist or supernatural; we mean strange as in, What kind of movie is this? We’ve recently glommed onto The Great Gabbo (1929), an early “talking picture”. It stars Erich von Stroheim as… Continue reading The Great Gabbo: Mad Ventriloquist Skills

Comedy

Carole Lombard takes on the High-Profile Illness

Spoiler Alert You have to hand it to 1930s screwball comedies. They are, in part, a response to the Production Code (c.a. 1930-67), a set of rules about What Was Allowed in the movies. Screwball comedies wink at audiences while madly skidding around these rules. In a screwball comedy, the question is: See what we did there? But 1930s… Continue reading Carole Lombard takes on the High-Profile Illness

Biopic · Historical

The (not so) Private Life of Henry VIII

We’ve been musing about the busy British monarch Henry VIII (1491-1547), and wondering how his personal life might look if you framed it on a baseball card. You know Henry, he of six successive wives, the fate of each summarized in this rhyme: Divorced, beheaded and died Divorced, beheaded, survived Before we proceed, however, we must ask all… Continue reading The (not so) Private Life of Henry VIII

Comedy · Holiday

The Best Holiday Film You’ve (Maybe) Never Seen

We’re feeling all smug because we just learned two Big Things.* (*You’re probably familiar with these things already, but please humour us.) Big Thing #1  Did you know The New York Times publishes a list of people in need over the holidays, and has done so for 105 years? Big Thing #2  We learned about #1 from… Continue reading The Best Holiday Film You’ve (Maybe) Never Seen

Excitement

Celebrating the Art of Blogging

We’ve been having a blast these past few weeks, guest blogging on other sites. If you’re not acquainted with the folks below, why not pop by and say hello? They’re good writers, and each of their sites is a treat to read. We’ve included helpful links to save you searching online. (And yes, these helpful… Continue reading Celebrating the Art of Blogging

Musical

The All-Black Musical and Vincente Minnelli

Cabin in the Sky (1943) has always been a controversial musical. Because it features an entirely African-American cast, it was banned in several U.S. cities when it was first released. It remains controversial today because of its use of black stereotypes. Having said that, our goal is to look at individual aspects of this film, as part… Continue reading The All-Black Musical and Vincente Minnelli