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A Classic Film for Media Critics: Ace in the Hole

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Dec 6, 2015

This fall, the media is a top-trending topic (surprising in a season when we’ve lost Jon Stewart’s acerbic touch): Ted Cruz won applause for attacking the media, Spotlight accolades for celebrating them. For the second year in a row, news-centered movies have garnered Oscar buzz; this y read more

A Classic Film for Media Critics: Ace in the Hole

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Dec 6, 2015

This fall, the media is a top-trending topic (surprising in a season when we’ve lost Jon Stewart’s acerbic touch): Ted Cruz won applause for attacking the media, Spotlight accolades for celebrating them. For the second year in a row, news-centered movies have garnered Oscar buzz; this y read more

5 Holiday Meal Planning Fears on Film (aka, It Could Be Much Worse)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 26, 2015

5. The Meal Scars Your Company: Better Off Dead (1985) Take comfort in the quality of your cooking after watching (a) Lane’s (John Cusack’s) mother boil bacon just days before her holiday feast and (b) Lane accidentally passing a guest primer instead of liquor. 4. Your Guests Never Show read more

Long Films: Why Hollywood Is Failing Viewers

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 22, 2015

I love going to the theater, getting my popcorn, staring at that big screen. I look forward to the lights going down, the previews. But lately, I find myself opting to stay home. Not because the “golden age” of TV makes me prefer HBOathons. Not because of the ticket prices. I simply don& read more

Elle King Wrote Mae West’s Theme Song

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 14, 2015

When my husband told me he’d heard Mae West’s theme song on the radio, I asked for an explanation; instead, he played me Elle King’s “Ex’s and Oh’s”: “Ex’s and the oh, oh, oh’s they haunt me Like ghosts they want me to make ’em all T read more

Elle King Wrote Mae West’s Theme Song

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 14, 2015

When my husband told me he’d heard Mae West’s theme song on the radio, I asked for an explanation; instead, he played me Elle King’s “Ex’s and Oh’s”: “Ex’s and the oh, oh, oh’s they haunt me Like ghosts they want me to make ’em all T read more

The Amazing Mind of Bombshell Hedy Lamarr

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 9, 2015

Many of you vaguely know her name from the Blazing Saddles spoof of it. (Remember Hedley, played by Harvey Korman?) Others may remember that she made a scandalous entry into film, or that she  simply had one of the loveliest faces ever to appear on screen. But today Google Doodle is celebrating the read more

The Amazing Mind of Bombshell Hedy Lamarr

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 9, 2015

Many of you vaguely know her name from the Blazing Saddles spoof of it. (Remember Hedley, played by Harvey Korman?) Others may remember that she made a scandalous entry into film, or that she simply had one of the loveliest faces ever to appear on screen. But today Google Doodle is celebrating the g read more

An Unabashedly Romantic Pirate Tale: Frenchman’s Creek (1944)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 7, 2015

Daphne Du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek was my favorite romance as a kid, and when I found a copy of it in a bookstore in my twenties, became enthralled with it all over again. Du Maurier excelled at atmospheric suspense, and what girl wouldn’t love a period drama featuring a heroin read more

An Unabashedly Romantic Pirate Tale: Frenchman’s Creek (1944)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 7, 2015

Daphne Du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek was my favorite romance as a kid, and when I found a copy of it in a bookstore in my twenties, became enthralled with it all over again. Du Maurier excelled at atmospheric suspense, and what girl wouldn’t love a period drama featuring a heroin read more

Sister Celluloid’s & Movies Silently’s Blogathon

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 1, 2015

Hi everyone! I didn’t realize that Janet  of Sister Celluloid & Fritzi of Movies Silently already had a newbie blogathon in the works. So anyone interested in posting recs for classic movie newbies, please join two of my favorite bloggers here, and I’ll come up with a different idea read more

Announcing the Classic Movies for Newbies Blogathon

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 1, 2015

A blogathon to convert friends to classic film: January 8th-9th, 2016 Many of you grew up loving classic movies. I didn’t. I knew few black-and-white films, and liked only a couple of them. As a kid, I was even an advocate for colorization. (I know.) It took an electrifying scene capitalizing read more

Sister Celluloid’s & Movies Silently’s Blogathon

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 1, 2015

Hi everyone! I didn’t realize that Janet  of Sister Celluloid & Fritzi of Movies Silently already had a newbie blogathon in the works. So anyone interested in posting recs for classic movie newbies, please join two of my favorite bloggers here, and I’ll come up with a different idea read more

5 Classic Film Costume Ideas–& What They’ll Be Mistaken for

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 27, 2015

Inspired a fashion blogger’s posts on Halloween options, I started thinking about potential costumes from classic film. I have recs for those of you stuck for ideas. Sure, your peers who don’t know the classics will mistake the character you’re playing, but if the costume is sharp, read more

5 Classic Film Costume Ideas–& What They’ll Be Mistaken for

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 27, 2015

Inspired a fashion blogger’s posts on Halloween options, I started thinking about potential costumes from classic film. I have recs for those of you stuck for ideas. Sure, your peers who don’t know the classics will mistake the character you’re playing, but if the costume is sharp, read more

The Spirit of St. Louis (1957): Enthralling & Infuriating

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 23, 2015

The first half of The Spirit of St. Louis, Billy Wilder’s ode to Charles Lindbergh, is engrossing. It’s even that rarest of traits in a biopic: fairly accurate. The scenes of his airmail days capture the impossible bravery of America’s early pilots and the primitive conditions under which they read more

The Spirit of St. Louis (1957): Enthralling & Infuriating

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 23, 2015

The first half of The Spirit of St. Louis, Billy Wilder’s ode to Charles Lindbergh, is engrossing. It’s even that rarest of traits in a biopic: fairly accurate. The scenes of his airmail days capture the impossible bravery of America’s early pilots and the primitive conditions under which they read more

My Rita Hayworth Birthday Wish: Everybody Dance

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 17, 2015

“Whatever you write about me, don’t make it sad.” – Rita Hayworth In honor of the Love Goddess’s birthday, I won’t write about her tempestuous love life, her sad past/final years, or her scorching appearance onscreen. I’ll keep it simple: Rita Hayworth is one of the most read more

My Rita Hayworth Birthday Wish: Everybody Dance

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 17, 2015

“Whatever you write about me, don’t make it sad.” – Rita Hayworth In honor of the Love Goddess’s birthday, I won’t write about her tempestuous love life, her sad past/final years, or her scorching appearance onscreen. I’ll keep it simple: Rita Hayworth is one of the most read more

Mae West’s Dating Advice: the 3 Fs

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 11, 2015

When advising friends about men, Mae West’s characters, of course, never hold back. As Tira in I’m No Angel, West keeps her suggestions pithy: “Never let one man worry your mind. Find him, fool him, and forget him.” For more monthly Mae West favorites, click here. read more
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