Genre Grandeur: Galaxy Quest (1999)

Lately, I’ve been mostly enjoying the new TV series The Orville, a spoof of Star Trek by Seth McFarlane. But it’s frustrating in a way, because something always seems a little bit off. I think my niece hit on the problem: “I wish they would dump the spoof part and just make a straight space opera, because it only works on that level.” Spoofing beloved … Continue reading Genre Grandeur: Galaxy Quest (1999)

Merry New Year! Trading Places (1983)

This post is part of the Happy New Year Blogathon, hosted by Steve at MovieMovieBlogBlog. Ring in the new year with the rest of the posts HERE! A riff on Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper, Trading Places is one of the great buddy comedies of the 1980s. Louis Winthorpe III (Aykroyd), a young, rich snot-head who trades commodities, has an uber-preppy fiancé (Kristin … Continue reading Merry New Year! Trading Places (1983)

Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards of 2017

It’s that time of year again! Woo-hoo, awards! As always, these are about my personal preferences and just for fun. The Sorry, Television, This Year the Movies Kicked YOUR Butt Award Wonder Woman, the No Man’s Land Sequence Yep, the movies finally did it. After years of TV out-doing, out-creating, out-character-driving action sequences, this year’s Wonder Woman did more than vanquish the movie villain. I’ll … Continue reading Debbie’s Totally Random and Completely Insignificant Pop Culture Awards of 2017

The “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon – Final Wrap-Up!

First, I want to extend my warmest thanks to all who participated in the “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon. SO many great posts, and quite a few about films I’ve never seen–some I’ve never heard of! WOW! My viewing list has expanded a lot the last few days. Go HERE for a complete list of posts with links. Please check out these posts that did … Continue reading The “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon – Final Wrap-Up!

“It Takes a Thief” Blogathon – Day 3 Recap

Day 3 of our blogathon brings even more theft and mayhem! Critica Retro writes about William Powell’s perfect counterpart to his Nick Charles persona in The Thin Man–The Robber in the pre-code film Jewel Robbery. 4 Star Films enjoys the unexpected levity in The Big Steal, the film that paired Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer again after their success with Out of the Past. Pure Entertainment Preservation … Continue reading “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon – Day 3 Recap

“It Takes a Thief Bogathon”: Fun with Dick and Jane (1977)

This post is part of the “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon, hosted by ME. Read the rest of the criminally good posts in this event HERE! Crooks in classic films generally split into a couple of categories: either professional criminals, or people driven by desperate circumstances to commit crimes. There’s another subset where characters steal to get revenge. Fun with Dick and Jane is a … Continue reading “It Takes a Thief Bogathon”: Fun with Dick and Jane (1977)

The “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon – Day 2 Recap

Day 2 of the “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon has yielded even more heinous activity by various thieves and other miscreants: Film Noir Archive finds director Michael Mann established his archetypal lead character in his debut film Thief. A Shroud of Thoughts gives a detailed overview of one of the most popular British TV series of the 1960s, The Saint. Destroy All Fanboys enjoys the light tone … Continue reading The “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon – Day 2 Recap

The “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon – Day 1 Recap

Day 1 of the It Takes a Thief Blogathon and we already have a wealth of great posts! MovieMovieBlogBlog declares that Woody Allen steals the show in his first feature film Take the Money and Run. Silver Screenings takes a vacation with Cary Grant in her review of Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief. The Story Enthusiast credits Ernst Lubitsch with introducing the suave international thief in … Continue reading The “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon – Day 1 Recap

The “It Take a Thief” Blogathon is Here!

The “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon has arrived! Bloggers: When your post goes live, leave the URL for your post in the comments section here or under the original announcement post. You may also send it to me via Twitter. My handle is @DebbieVee. I will do daily recaps, but will also collect all the URLs in this post as they come in. You may link your post to this one … Continue reading The “It Take a Thief” Blogathon is Here!

Then & Now Blogathon: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

This post is part of the Then & Now Blogathon, hosted by Realweegiemidget Reviews and Thoughts All Sorts. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE! Also read my “Then” post for this blogathon HERE! It seems like every day there’s another announcement out of Hollywood that a classic film is being remade. 99.9% of the time, I’m totally uninterested in the resulting … Continue reading Then & Now Blogathon: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Then & Now Blogathon: The Magnificent Seven (1960)

This post is part of the Then & Now Blogathon, hosted by Realweegiemidget Reviews and Thoughts All Sorts. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE! Also read my “Now” post for this blogathon HERE! I’m a sucker for Westerns. It has been one of my favorite genres since I was a small child. When my niece and nephew were little, I tried … Continue reading Then & Now Blogathon: The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Reminder: the “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon Starts Soon!

There’s still plenty of time to sign up for the “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon! It begins Friday, November 17 and runs through Sunday, November 19. If you want to join in, leave a comment here or under the original post, or contact me on Twitter (my handle is @DebbieVee). Looking forward to reading your posts on thievery in film! Continue reading Reminder: the “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon Starts Soon!

Food in Film Blogathon: Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

This post is part of the Food in Film Blogathon, hosted by Speakeasy and Silver Screenings. Please read the rest of the delicious posts HERE! I grew up near Main Street in Flushing, Queens, which today is considered New York City’s second Chinatown. You can find authentic Chinese (as well as Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, etc.) cuisine in the many restaurants up and down Main Street … Continue reading Food in Film Blogathon: Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

The Joan Fontaine Centenary Blogathon: Born to Be Bad

This post is part of the Joan Fontaine Centenary Blogathon, hosted by In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and The Wonderful World of Cinema. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE! Back in the early 1980s, I worked as a cashier at a movie theater on New York City’s Upper West Side. It showed mainly foreign and independent films, and … Continue reading The Joan Fontaine Centenary Blogathon: Born to Be Bad

Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn Blogathon: Father of the Bride (1950)

This post is part of the Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn Blogathon, hosted by In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE! Film lovers talk a lot about what makes a classic film. One element often mentioned is the film still feels relevant even decades after it was made. I contend Father of the Bride, … Continue reading Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn Blogathon: Father of the Bride (1950)