2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 42,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. Click here to see the complete report. This was an exciting year for me, blog-wise! I was Freshly Pressed for the first time with my post Zimbio Quizzes are Ruining My Life. Then later in the year I was Freshly Pressed … Continue reading 2014 in review

The British Invaders Blogathon: The 1960s Royal Costume Dramas

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This post is part of the British Invaders Blogathon hosted by Terry Towles Canote at A Shroud of Thoughts. Click HERE for a list of all the entries!

When I was a kid, my mother rarely took me to see children’s movies. Partly because at the time (the late 1960s) there weren’t that many children’s movies made, partly because, well, she just didn’t like sitting through children’s movies.

So I was taken to see grown-up movies from a very young age. My mother has always been interested in history, and loved the royal costume dramas coming out of Great Britain at the time. She imparted this love to me. Continue reading “The British Invaders Blogathon: The 1960s Royal Costume Dramas”

7 Things I Learned From 2 Years of Blogging

Letter blogOfficially, I created this blog on July 1, 2012. I didn’t post anything until July 8. So I consider this entire week my blogversary.

It’s hard to believe it’s already two years since I started this blog. Some great things happened this past year. I have two stories that will be published in an anthology by Reuts Publications. For the first time, one of my posts was Freshly Pressed (featured by WordPress). Writing this blog has been mostly great, but sometimes it’s also a frustrating ride.

Here are a few things I learned about blogging the past two years: Continue reading “7 Things I Learned From 2 Years of Blogging”

The 1967 in Film Blogathon – Valley of the Dolls

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This post is part of the 1967 IN FILM Blogathon hosted by Silver Screenings and The Rosebud Cinema. Click HERE for a list of all the entries!

I have a confession to make.

When I chose Valley of the Dolls as my film for this blogathon, I referred to it as a “guilty pleasure.”

I am here to tell you that I feel absolutely no guilt for loving this film.

Why, one may ask, would a film enthusiast pick a movie like Valley of the Dolls when the subject of the blogathon is one of the great turning point years in cinematic history? Why not pick Bonnie & Clyde, or The Graduate, or Weekend? Continue reading “The 1967 in Film Blogathon – Valley of the Dolls”

The Versatile Blogger Award!

versatileFellow blogger Rachel Lynn Brody has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award!

Here are the rules for winning the award:

Thank the person who gave you this award. THANK YOU RACHEL!

Include a link to their blog: I Wrote This

Nominate 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award and include a link to their site.

Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

I am thrilled to nominate the following terrific bloggers for the award: Continue reading “The Versatile Blogger Award!”

The Great Villain Blogathon: Waldo Lydecker, Laura, 1944

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This post is part of the Great Villain Blogathon hosted by Ruth of Silver Screenings, Karen of Shadows & Satin, and Kristina of Speakeasy  — see all the movie baddies at any of these three blogs.

YES, there will be SPOILERS.

“I don’t use a pen. I write with a goose quill dipped in venom.” – Waldo Lydecker

When it comes to film noir, the 1944 film Laura is a bit of an odd duck. Most detective noirs widen their scope to the lower echelons of society, including the underworld of organized crime. Rich characters may be revealed as slumming among the lower dregs of society, as drug addicts or other kinds of addicts (i.e. The Big Sleep). The crime may have international and/or political implications (i.e. The Maltese Falcon and Chinatown).

Laura never leaves the upper crust world of its handful of characters. It’s structured more like an English cozy mystery. Instead of a matronly busybody, a professional detective investigates the crime.

The film opens after Laura Hunt’s (Gene Tierney) murder has occurred and is narrated by Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb). He is a newspaper columnist and radio commentator who was her friend and mentor. Police detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) questions him. He also interviews her fiancé, Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price) and aunt, Anne Treadwell (Judith Anderson). Continue reading “The Great Villain Blogathon: Waldo Lydecker, Laura, 1944”

2013 Annual Blog Report

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. Click here to see the complete report. Love looking at these annual reports! Although I had way fewer views this year than last year (about a third of the views) that’s because last year one of my posts Why I Love/Why … Continue reading 2013 Annual Blog Report

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 78,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. Click here to see the complete report. Those stats seem really impressive, but I have to confess something: the lion’s share of those views were for one post: Why I Love/Why I Hate Disney Buying Lucasfilm.  It went viral on Stumbleupon … Continue reading 2012 in review

The Liebster Blog Award Has Found Me At Last

Imagine my surprise when I received a message today telling me fellow blogger Strannyi has nominated me for a Liebster Award. I vaguely remembered hearing of the award before, but had to do a quick Google search to refresh my memory. Basically, it’s a pay-it-forward thing for bloggers. The rules are to nominate some bloggers who have fewer than somewhere between 200 and 3,000 followers (I don’t get that criteria, either) and leave a message on each blog that they’ve been nominated. Then answer 11 questions the nominator asks and create 11 questions for the new nominees to answer. So … Continue reading The Liebster Blog Award Has Found Me At Last