Posted by Vanessa Buttino on Mar 30, 2015
The Mighty Warner Archive Movie Marathon, Part I!
Warner Archive recently celebrated its sixth anniversary and what better way to salute classic film fans' favourite online shop than to sit back, relax, pop some corn and watch some awesome (somewhat forgotten) movies! Leave it to the folks read more
Posted by Vanessa Buttino on Mar 18, 2015
A classic film book haul!
This was bound to happen sooner or later. I recently un-hauled some classic film books from my collection and it was only a matter of time before I logged on to the Chapters/Indigo website and proceeded to fill those empty spaces on my bookshelf with other tomes I'v read more
Posted by Vanessa Buttino on Mar 16, 2015
Book Look! Room 1219: The Life of Fatty Arbuckle, the Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe, & the Scandal That Changed Hollywood
This book left me with such a bitter taste in my mouth. Not because it wasn't a great book (because it totally was) but because it made me despise Roscoe "Fatty" Arb read more
Posted by Vanessa Buttino on Mar 12, 2015
My classic film non-favourites
I'd hate to come off sounding like a Negative Nelly, but there are some things about classic film that I cannot stand ('hate' is too strong of a word to use here). I'll start with the obvious ones ...
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Posted by Vanessa Buttino on Mar 10, 2015
Feeling physically inadequate & blaming classic film for it!
Ginger Rogers in SHALL WE DANCE (1937)
If you're a woman - or a man for that matter - and you've read the title of this post and have rolled your eyes and are about to click away, WAIT! Hear me out because chances are you've fel read more
Posted by Vanessa Buttino on Mar 3, 2015
So you wanna be a classic film blogger ...
Recently, a couple of people have emailed me and asked how I got started as a classic film blogger. They expressed interest in becoming bloggers themselves someday but weren't sure where or how to get started. I'm no expert, believe me, but I do kno read more
Posted by Vanessa Buttino on Feb 18, 2015
Pre-Internet Classic Film Research. How'd You Do It?
Ansley Grove Library in Woodbridge, Ontario (SOURCE)
In the days before the Internet, life was pretty bleak. Those of us who craved social interaction either had to pick up the phone - a land line, mind you - and dial a friend or we neede read more
Posted by Vanessa Buttino on Feb 2, 2015
Tutorial: How to watch an old movie!
Yes, that's right. You read the title of this blog post correctly. If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me how I watch old movies, I'd be living in England right now nibbling on my endless supply of Terry's Chocolate Orange whilst twining my bar read more
Posted by Vanessa Buttino on Jan 30, 2015
Damaged Goods: I Want A Boyfriend Like Monty Clift
Montgomery Clift & Elizabeth Taylor
"Monty represented a new kind of man in the bleak 1950s, a guy who was poetic and vulnerable and disturbed and not afraid to show it."
-Rosemary Santini, a personal friend of Montgomery Clift's pri read more
Posted by Vanessa Buttino on Jan 28, 2015
My Garbo Appreciation Post, Pt. II
When Garbo's on the screen, I can't look away. She had one of those faces that the audience could literally drown in. Those eyes were like deep pools of brooding ocean, always gazing at you from the screen, daring you to look away. Okay okay I'll stop n read more
Posted by Vanessa Buttino on Jan 26, 2015
Unhauling: Books I've Grown Out Of
I'll be turning 33 years old this May and, over time, I've grown out of a lot of things. Barbie dolls for one, popsicles, lollipops, MAD magazine, and maxi pads (ech! I can't believe I ever wore those things). Classic-movie-wise, I've grown out of musical read more
Posted by Vanessa Buttino on Jan 23, 2015
Blogging: Getting Back On Track
I don't know what happened to me recently, but it seemed like everything under the sun was upsetting me and getting on my last nerve. I stopped watching old movies, I cancelled my TCM Now Playing Guide subscription (only an idiot would do something lik read more
Posted by Vanessa Buttino on Jan 5, 2015
Ch - Ch - Changes in 2015!
I want to make this more of a book-centric space. If you follow me on Goodreads, you'll know that I typically polish off one book per week (classics usually take me a bit longer to get through), so really, when I'm not working, writing, or blo read more
Posted by Vanessa Buttino on Jan 2, 2015
Buying Old Movies: It's definitely gotten easier!
iTunes Classics Movie Store
Back in the 1990s and early 2000s things looked pretty bleak.
The world was introduced to boy bands who couldn't sing (or dance), useless socialites like Paris Hilton and her brood, and classic film fans were at read more
Posted by Vanessa Buttino on Dec 31, 2014
The time I spent New Year's Eve with Nick & Nora Charles
The Thin Man (1934)
I'm the type of person who considers New Year's just another day on the calendar.
I don't get super-excited about it, I don't host any loud bashes, and I usually end up falling asleep by 9:30 pm anyway. I know, read more
Posted by Vanessa Buttino on Dec 19, 2014
Unfinished Business: Movies I Just Can't Sit Through
Gunga Din (1939) SOURCE
For someone who counts GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) as their all-time favourite movie, it's a little hard to believe that there are some movies I just can't make it through. GONE WITH THE WIND is the ultimate big scre read more
Posted by Vanessa Buttino on Dec 17, 2014
My favourite classic film discoveries of 2014!
Wow - this year has been an absolute minefield of great classic film discoveries!
Is it just me or does it seem as if there has been a never-ending list of superb biographies and coffee table books that were released read more
Posted by Vanessa Buttino on Dec 15, 2014
TCM Remembers 2014
Man, these memorial tributes kill me every year (well done TCM, really).
I want you to take a few minutes and watch the video I've embedded up above. I'll wait for you. Right, now that you've seen it and have probably shed a tear, I want you to know that this is how a m read more
Posted by Vanessa Buttino on Dec 12, 2014
Wintertime Film Funks
Here's something I never thought would happen in a million years: it's the holiday season and I'm in a classic film funk.
I know, right?! How is this possible?! God is probably up there on a cloud shaking his head in bewilderment at me right now. My poor read more
Posted by Vanessa Buttino on Dec 10, 2014
Get to know more about me: the soundtrack to my life tag!
Shirley Manson, Garbage frontwoman and my #1 Crush
Music is a huge part of my life; I listen to it all the time and it's quite literally the thing that keeps me going when I'm happy, when I'm sad, when I'm ill, and when I'm excited read more