Watching Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round

It’s no secret I love a good film screening. Put me in a theatre with some classic on the screen and I’m pretty much in heaven. So when KCET invited me to the Aero for a screening of Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round starring James Coburn it was a no brainer. The film was screened […]

Spotlight on Joan Crawford in Forsaking All Others

Some classic film stars I’m instantly smitten with. Judy Garland, William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck and more “had me from hello.” Joan Crawford? Not so much. For some reason it took me longer to warm up to her. Maybe it was the “Mommie Dearest” tales I’d heard before even seeing one of her movies. I don’t […]

Watching Planet of the Apes on the Big Screen

I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the biggest fan of sci-fi films. I have a hard time suspending my disbelief long enough to enjoy the movie and instead spend the whole time wondering how what I’m seeing could possible happen. But, when it comes to classic hits I’m willing to forgo my intuition […]

Reading Wear and Tear by Tracy Tynan

I love reading just as much as I love classic Hollywood and when the two combine I’m extra happy.  Recently, I received a review copy of the book Wear and Tear: The Threads of My Life by Tracy Tynan. The daughter of famed theatre critic Kenneth Tynan and novelist Elaine Dundy,Tynan has written a memoir […]

Visiting Leo Carrillo Ranch and Northern San Diego County

On Independence Day weekend I had two wonderful day trips. One day my family and I headed to the mountains and visited Idyllwild and the other day we stayed coastal in San Diego County. After a stop in San Clemente we spent the rest of the day exploring the north county towns of Oceanside, Carlsbad […]

Spotlight on Harold Lloyd’s Movie Crazy

I’ve got Harold Lloyd on the brain. Not only did we recently screen Safety Last! at Last Remaining Seats but yesterday I had to return the poor fellow to his granddaughter. I suppose that needs a bit explaining. Suzanne Lloyd was kind enough to share some artifacts for us to use for our screening including […]

Dennis Morgan and Two Strike Park

Do you ever have a film star that you so enjoy that you will watch anything he or she is in? I’ve got a lot of them. Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Judy Garland, William Powell, Humphrey Bogart…I could go on and on. As I delve into the world of classic film I find more and […]

Spotlight on Olivia de Havilland in Devotion

Friday marked Olivia de Havilland’s 100th birthday. How wonderful it is to have this queen of the silver screen still with us today. To celebrate, I’ve joined the Olivia de Havilland Centenary Blogathon hosted by Phyllis Loves Classic Movies and In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood. One of my absolute favorite books is […]

Having Fun at Last Remaining Seats

Oh how I love Last Remaining Seats. Combining my love of classic film and the city of Los Angeles it’s a festival just made for me. When I was around 15 years old I came across an article about it in Sunset Magazine and wished I could attend but circumstances (namely not being old enough […]

Exploring Crossroads of the World

Long before I was well versed in Los Angeles architecture I found myself watching the film, LA Confidential. A homage to both film noir and LA it features several historic locations around town. I watched in wonder and was especially smitten with the office of the tabloid publisher, Sid Hudgens (played by Danny Devito). With […]