Spotlight on The Big Heat

When I heard about the Film Noir Blogathon hosted by The Midnite Drive-In I knew I wanted to participate. But I also knew that I wasn’t the film noir expert in my family. That would be my sister, Shannon, who’s a huge fan of the genre. So I asked if she would write a piece […]

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 […]

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 […]

Buddymoon Now Playing at Laemmle Santa Monica

Just because I’m a classic film nut doesn’t mean that I completely eschew contemporary film. I love Wes Anderson. I can’t get enough of the Cornetto Trilogy. And I’m excited to see Finding Dory. Luckily, I get a lot of offers to review films although, frankly, most don’t appeal to me. But every once in […]

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 […]

Watching The Fallen Idol at the Laemmle Royal

When I was looking over the schedule for last month’s TCM Film Festival one movie that caught my eye was The Fallen Idol. A British noir from the director of The Third Man, Carol Reed, it it seemed right up my alley. But as things go, I didn’t make it to the screening only to […]

The 2016 TCM Film Festival

After three consecutive visits to the TCM Film Festival as media coverage I can say with certainty it’s my favorite event of the year. To spend the weekend in company with thousands of other classic film nuts in the heart of Hollywood is my idea of bliss. This year I was able to spend 2 […]

Spotlight on William Holden in Union Station

I’ve had my fair share of celebrity crushes but none have lasted as long as William Holden. I first took notice of him in Sabrina and was instantly smitten. Then I saw him in thick framed glasses in Born Yesterday and was a total goner. It didn’t hurt that he was also a talented actor. […]