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O Canada Blogathon 2016: Double Happiness (1994)

This post is part of the O Canada Blogathon 2016, hosted by Kristina at Speakeasy and Ruth at Silver Screenings. See a list of the participants for this event HERE!

Double Happiness, a 1994 Canadian film written and directed by Mina Shum, is a familiar tale of the tug children of immigrants feel between pleasing their old-fashioned parents and the new culture they live in.

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Remembering Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon: Annie Oakley (1935)

This post is part of the Remembering Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon, hosted by Crystal at In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood. Read the rest of the posts HERE!

When choosing films to cover for movie blogathons, now and then I like to jump on lesser-known films—sometimes, even to me. I love Westerns, and am always open to viewing one I haven’t seen before, so for this Barbara Stanwyck tribute, I chose the 1935 film Annie Oakley, based on the life of the famous sharpshooter.

However, unlike the Western I chose to cover for the Miriam Hopkins blogathon last year (Virginia City), I didn’t exactly fall in love.

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The Backstage Blogathon: Unfaithfully Yours (1948)

This post is part of the Backstage Blogathon, hosted by Fritzi at Movies Silently and Janet of Sister Celluloid. Read the rest of the posts for this event HERE!

Unless it’s a biopic, movies based in the arena of orchestral music are kind of rare. When they do exist, they are usually super-serious movies about tormented talents suffering for their art.

Unfaithfully Yours, written and directed by Preston Sturges, uses it as the background for a dark slapstick comedy.

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France on Film Blogathon: Elevator to the Gallows (1958)

This post is part of the France on Film Blogathon hosted by Summer at Serendipitous Anachronisms. For the rest of the posts in this event, click HERE!

It’s been kind of hilarious to me to read some of the semi-to-totally outraged think pieces about the “nostalgia” factor of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Firstly, because the franchise has ALWAYS been about nostalgia, drawing on Flash Gordon movies, not to mention Kurosawa movies, among many other inspirations.

But also because film has always drawn on other films practically from the time film first existed. For instance, many films of the French New Wave, which are so lauded (rightly so) were heavily influenced by Hollywood films.

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Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards of 2015

I’m a little late with my pop culture awards—computer problems over Christmas. But at last, at last, (I know you’ve all been anxiously waiting!) here they are!

As always, these are about my personal preferences and just for fun. Continue reading “Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards of 2015”

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A Movie Gift For My Dad: Ratatouille (2007)

This post is part of the A Movie Gift to You Blogathon, hosted by Steve at MovieMovieBlogBlog. Read the rest of the posts HERE!

I’ve written before about how much my dad loved movies. He died in 1997. When Steve announced this blogathon, where we pick a film to give as a gift to someone, I decided I would pick one made after my dad passed away that I was sure he would have liked.

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The Sinatra Centennial Blogathon: The Miracle of the Bells (1948)

This post is part of The Sinatra Centennial Blogathon, hosted by Judy of Movie Classics and Emily of The Vintage Cameo. Read the rest of the tributes to Ol’ Blue Eyes HERE!

When this blogathon was first announced and only a few of Frank Sinatra’s films were claimed, I almost grabbed The Manchurian Candidate. But sometimes I like to pick films that are likely to be overlooked by others. So I decided to skip over to the IMDB and see if there was something else in his filmography I would rather cover.

When I saw the title The Miracle of the Bells, I rushed over to Movie Classics immediately and requested it.

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An Atypical American Story: The Razor’s Edge (1946)

This post is part of the Try It, You’ll Like It! Blogathon, hosted by Janet at Sister Celluloid and Fritzi at Movies Silently. Read the rest of the posts in the event HERE!

I re-watched the 1946 film version of W. Somerset Maugham’s book The Razor’s Edge with my mom, explaining to her it was for this blogathon.

About a third of the way into the film, she asked, “Why did you pick this one?”

It’s a good question. The idea of the blogathon is to pick “gateway” films that might entice those who don’t like–or think they don’t like–classic films into giving them a try.

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Mockingjay Part 2: A Singular Hero’s Journey Ends

I’ve been sitting here for the past two days trying to write this review. Not because The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (aargh, that title) disappointed me, far from it.

It’s because when it comes to blockbuster movies, it’s almost unheard of, at least in recent years, for one to so entirely subvert our expectations of what a blockbuster movie is supposed to be and do. To so entirely subvert our expectations of what a hero is supposed to be and do.

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The Haunting Relevance of Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

This post is part of the Criterion Blogathon, hosted by Aaron at Criterion Blues, Kristina at Speakeasy, and Ruth at Silver Screenings. Click HERE for the full roster for this MASSIVE event!

People talk all the time about a particular movie that changes their lives. For me, it was a director who changed me and, most of all, how I look at film.

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Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)

This post is part of the Swashathon! A Blogathon of Swashbuckling Adventure, hosted by Fritzi at Movies, Silently. Read the other adventure-filled posts in this event HERE!

It’s not unusual for people to assume the 1970 swashbuckler farce, Start the Revolution Without Me, is a Mel Brooks movie.

Possibly it’s because it stars Gene Wilder and recalls Brooksian comedy in the way it savages an entire movie genre.

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Captain Blood (1935): The Swashbuckling Nerd

This post is part of the Swashathon! A Blogathon of Swashbuckling Adventure, hosted by Fritzi at Movies, Silently. Read the other adventure-filled posts in this event HERE!

When Fritzi announced the Swashaton and I noticed the 1935 film Captain Blood, starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, was still available, I quickly claimed it. Continue reading “Captain Blood (1935): The Swashbuckling Nerd”

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A Hairy, Orange–and Misunderstood–Monster Named Gossamer

This post is part of the One of My All-Time Favorite Cartoons Blogathon, hosted by Steve at Movie Movie Blog Blog. Read the other posts in this event HERE!

Years ago there was a huge Warner Bros. Studio store in midtown Manhattan.

GAWD, I loved that place.

It was like a temple to my childhood.

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