Spotlight on Laurence Olivier in Rebecca

Now I can’t call myself a big Laurence Olivier fan. I’ve only seen two of his films and one I love and the other I loathe.  But the one I love is so absolutely wonderful that I just had to write about it for the Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier Blogathon hosted by Wolffian Classics […]

Attending the Lone Pine Film Festival

If there’s one thing I’ve learned after attending three consecutive TCM Film Fests is the fact that I do enjoy a good film festival! To spend the weekend with like-minded folks and indulge in film appreciation is my idea of fun. Since the TCM one only happens once a year I did a little research […]

All Things Must Pass…Even Tower Records

I’ve loved music ever since I can remember. When I was four I loved Barry Manilow and would insist on listening to him in the car until the cassette mysteriously broke. I was obsessed with Judy Garland and would sing her songs every time I was in the bathroom (good acoustics). As a teenager I […]

Spotlight on Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight

When I heard about the 2nd Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon hosted by The Wonderful World of Cinema it took me awhile to decide what I wanted to write about. I think the famed actress was fantastic in Anastasia, hilarious in Cactus Flower, mysterious in Notorious and inspirational in The Bells of St. Mary’s. But then […]

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 […]