This post is part of the Here’s Jack!: The Jack Nicholson 80th Birthday Blogathon, hosted by Gill of Realweegiemidget Reviews. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!
“This is the longest music video ever,” commented my niece as we watched Easy Rider for this blogathon.
Well, yes. It’s impossible to escape the dated feeling of the film Easy Rider, with classic rock music commenting on the sound track as the two protagonists Billy (Peter Fonda) and Wyatt (Denise Hopper) ride their motorcycles through breathtaking American vistas. Hippies, people who hate hippies, drugs, communes, talk about being free of the “establishment,” of getting back to the land, of free love, etc., etc., etc.
The music remains to this day glorious. But I think it would be a mistake to dismiss Easy Rider as a relic belonging to a short moment in time.
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This post is part of The April Showers Blogathon, hosted by Steve at MovieMovieBlogBlog. Read the rest of the posts in this even HERE!
I hadn’t seen the 1956 film The Rainmaker, starring Burt Lancaster and Katharine Hepburn, in quite a long time. In fact, I can tell you EXACTLY when I saw it last: the morning of 9/11. I worked from home at the time. That meant instead of sitting in traffic on a commute, I could watch movies on TCM before heading to my home office to start work.
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This post is part of the Jack Lemmon Blogathon, hosted by Le of Critica Retro and Rich of Wide Screen World. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!
Today, Some Like It Hot is considered one of the great classic comedies of all time. Based on an obscure French film about musicians out of work, Billy Wilder and his partner I.A.L. Diamond extracted one section of the story where they are forced to dress as women in order to get work.
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This post is part of the Early Women Filmmakers Blogathon, hosted by Fritzi at Movies Silently. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!
I was so excited when Fritzi announced this blogathon. You see, I have a degree in film studies, which I earned back in the early 1980s. I studied at Queens College, which had a marvelous interdisciplinary program, with film classes available across many departments, not just the film department.
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Time for a new blogathon! I invite you to contemplate the films that make you cry. That turn you to mush. That basically make you a total mess. Films of any genre (except documentaries), from any country, made at any … Continue reading Announcing the “No, YOU’RE Crying!” Blogathon: Our Favorite Tearjerker Films
This post is part of the 90 Years of Sidney Poitier Blogathon, hosted by Virginie at The Wonderful World of Cinema. Read the rest of the post in this event HERE!
The 1967 film To Sir, with Love was a popular British film of the 1960s, and it’s not hard to see why. It hit the screen at a moment of social upheaval, featured rebellious Baby Boomer teens, and had a strong British rock soundtrack (and top-40 theme song).
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This post is part of the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon, hosted by Aurora of Once Upon a Screen, Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled, and Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!
This is the third year in a row I’ve written a post about an Oscar snub for this blogathon (previously: Preston Sturges’ snub in the director category and Alan Rickman’s total lack of Oscar nominations). In both those previous cases, I was able to suss out somewhat reasonable explanations for why those snubs occurred.
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This post is part of the 2017 O Canada! Blogathon, hosted by Kristina at Speakeasy and Ruth at Silver Screenings. Read the rest of the posts for this event HERE!
My love of Westerns expands to spoofs of the genre. Love Blazing Saddles, Support Your Local Sheriff, The Paleface, Maverick, Cat Ballou. Yes, I’ll even admit to a fondness for Shanghai Noon, and will further admit that I did not totally hate A Million Ways to Die in the West.
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Many years ago when I first heard of the death of Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets, I was sad.
Not crushed, but of course sad that he had died so unexpectedly and at a relatively young age.
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Yay, awards time! As always, these are about my personal preferences and just for fun.
The Television Episode that Kicked the Ass of Anything in Movies Award:
The Battle of the Bastards, Game of Thrones
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This post is part of the Humphrey Bogart 117th Birthday Blogathon, hosted by Sleepwalking in Hollywood and Musings of a Classic Film Addict. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!
Anti-heroes are a regular feature in film and television nowadays—but back in the 1940s, they were usually consigned to crime sub genres like film noir and gangster films. Outside of those genres, it was pretty rare to encounter a Hollywood star playing a blatantly unlikeable lead character.
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This post is part of the At the Circus Blogathon, hosted by Summer at Serendipitous Anachronisms and Le of Critica Retro. Please check out the hashtag #AttheCircus on Twitter to find more posts in this event!
The 1962 low-budget horror flick Carnival of Souls was consigned to obscurity, only appearing now and then on local TV stations after midnight, until 1989 when it was rescued by a film restorer and rereleased into theaters. Cited as an influence on filmmakers such as Wes Craven, George A. Romero, and David Lynch, it has achieved true cult status.
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This post is part of the Agnes Moorehead Blogathon, hosted by Crystal at In the Good Old Days of Hollywood. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!
My first experience of Agnes Morehead’s talent was her role as Endora on the TV series Bewitched. In the show, she was always impeccably coiffed, made-up, and dressed. So it was a bit of a shock the first time I saw her as Velma in the 1964 movie Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte.
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This post is part of the Cary Grant Blogathon, hosted by Phyllis at Phyllis Loves Classic Movies. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!
There’s an argument to be made that dark comedy is one of, if not the, hardest genre to pull off successfully. While many are lauded (i.e. Dr. Strangelove, Kind Hearts and Coronets, much of the Coen Bros. oeuvre, etc.) most have their detractors, as well.
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Busy, busy day today, lots of blogathon goodness to share! The Stop Button lets us enter the nightmare world of Midnight Cowboy, where two men bond over an unlikely goal. Movies Silently gives us a glimpse into Mary Pickford and ZaSu … Continue reading You Gotta Have Friends Blogathon – Day 3 Recap