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Ten silent films I insist you see

Silent films are criminally underrated. I know several people who won’t even give them the time of day. I confess that I was this way many years ago. In high school, I would see TCM’s Silent Sunday Night promos and shiver in horror. In my mind silent movies were creepy and who wanted to watch all of these overacting long-dead people in a film? Not me. I’ve told the story before so I won’t tell it again, but one night I found Harold Lloyd’s Speedy on TCM. The print was clear and didn’t for one-second look like was shot in 1928, it looked like it was shot a couple of years ago and made to look like a silent. I was mesmerized and hooked from that moment on. I did everything I could to watch Harold Lloyd films. (I later found out he was born only miles from me and that put me on a whole new level of fandom) I saved up money for months to buy the Harold Lloyd film collection and begged anyone I knew to watch one of his films with me. I knew I could turn them into die-hard fans o

#DVDChat Tearjerkers

I love to participate in DVD Netflix chats on Twitter. If you're on Twitter, search the hashtag #DVDChat. You'll find some fun questions and answers. I decided to take a few of those questions and expand on them a bit. A while back, they asked about ‘tearjerker films. ‘I both love and hate a good sad movie. Sometimes you need a good cry, and it feels great to watch an excellent film that will deliver that kind of emotional purge. However, I also hate falling into a great movie that is so sad it puts me down for the rest of the day/week. There are a few really great classic films that have knocked me on my rear. What's so upsetting is that I love them, and they're great movies, but I have them placed on a specific part of my shelf that is deemed 'DON'T TOUCH UNLESS YOU'RE DOWN TO EMOTIONALLY CUT YOURSELF TODAY.' Last year when A Star Is Born came out; I quickly went to see it. I mean, I drove an hour to a small town theater that held about 30 se

TCMFF 2019 - Day Two

I woke up a little worse for the wear on the first ‘official’ day of the Turner Classic Film Festival, but nothing could keep me from having a fantastic day. A night of sugary drinks while looking at the brilliant cast of Vanderpump Rules was precisely how I wanted to start my fourth trip to Los Angeles. We were more than ready to kick off the first official day of the Turner Classic Film Festival. Since the first year, I attended the festival, I've sat on the Red Carpet opening night to watch the celebrities. My friend Angela suggested I join her during my first year, and I loved it. Sitting at the end of the red carpet set up on Hollywood Boulevard is so exciting. Looking around and seeing the celebrities, Grauman's Chinese Theater and The Hollywood Roosevelt is surreal. I have been lucky enough to see Alec Baldwin, Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Ted Turner, and countless other celebrities. The most exciting part is waiting for them to make their way through the press and o

TCMFF 2019 - The time Jeff Goldblum blew kisses at us

Near the beginning of the year, Turner Classic Movies announced that they would have Jeff Goldblum on a panel for the showing of Nashville . I guess you could say I lost my mind. I have been a Jeff Goldblum faithful for years since I was a kid. I can honestly say that I loved him before it was cool. I bet I watched Independence Day one-hundred times after it came out on VHS. Waiting for that tape to rewind was absolute torture for a 12-year-old girl. I didn't care about anyone else in that movie except Goldblum; he was it for me. In the end, when he gets off the UFO after saving the world and his ex-wife runs up to him and jumps-SWOON. I thought that was the height of romance. Flash forward twenty-four years to 'Jeff Goldblum Day.' I knew that Saturday, April 13, 2019, would be one of the most incredible days of my life. I was right. I had spoken to my fellow Jeff Goldblum lover and all-around amazing lady, Diana, about waiting in line together. We both knew we

Dear Heart - Warner Archive Sale DVD

During the most recent Warner Archive sale I made a big purchase. Among those DVD’s I bought was Dear Heart. The first time I saw this film on TCM I fell in love. It was the first Geraldine Page movie I had ever seen and I was smitten with her. Released in December 1964, this sweet movie tells the story of Evie Jackson, played by Geraldine Page, who is attending a postmaster’s convention in New York City. Harry Mork, Glenn Ford is also in New York City working as a greeting card salesman who has accepted a new job. He is on the hunt for an apartment for him and his fiancĂ© Phyllis, Angela Lansbury. Harry and Evie are staying in the same hotel and have an encounter at a restaurant sharing a dinner table. After a brief separation, the two come back together and attend some of the Postal Convention. Harry offers to escort Evie to the Statue of Liberty the next day but breaks their date to go apartment shopping. Harry finds Evie later and asks her to accompany her to dinner and to sh

The Landlord (1970) on TCM

This weekend I was stuck in bed with a migraine and stumbled upon the 1970 Hal Ashby film, The Landlord . The film was on TCM at some point and when I watched something on Demand I let it keep playing and ended up watching this. I’m so glad I stumbled onto this gem. The politically charged film, based on a novel by Kristen Hunter is extremely choppy, and in my opinion, I rarely found any comedy in this sad and eye-opening film. I did find heart in the evolution of Elgar, Beau Bridges, and strength in Francine, Diana Sands. Elgar is a rich, clueless, white guy who buys a building in the prominently black neighborhood of Park Slope in New York City. His new house is full of tenants that he needs to kick out so he can turn his home into a bachelor pad. Soon after getting to the building he's chased down the street by some tenants of the house. Upon returning to the home, Elgar encounters a shotgun-toting woman, Marge (Pearl Bailey) who he ends up befriending and having dinne

The Wonder of Elvis

On August 16, 1977, Elvis Aaron Presley left this world. I had yet to be born, but thirty years after his death, I would discover him and let his smooth as silk voice wash over me.  The King was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi and later moved to Nashville, TN, where he graduated from High School. Elvis graduated from high school in 1953 and signed with Sun Records in 1954. By 1956 he was a superstar. He passed away 42 years ago today. He starred in 33 films, sold over one billion records and was nominated for fourteen Grammy nominations, (winning three). On top of it, all the man was just great looking. If you look past the crazy jumpsuit character of his later years and see early Elvis, you’ll see one of the most handsome and talented men ever to grace the stage.  For years I looked at Elvis as the caricature of someone who older women loved. I thought he was overrated and a bit too much. I had only really known him as a sweaty, over the top singer from the se

#FlatRaquelTCMFF

If you’re a TCMFF or Classic Film fan and you were on Twitter you may have seen this Hashtag floating around the during the film festival this past April.  Months before the Festival Raquel over at Out of the Past announced that she wouldn't be able to attend because she had the opportunity to cover some SXSW. We were all sad and tried to make light of the fact that we would miss seeing her always present face around the Roosevelt and Hollywood Boulevard this year.  I made the joke about making a #FlatRaquelTCMFF to bring to the Festival this year and kind of laughed it off but took the temperature of the room. You know those big heads you see at basketball games? The photo that has been enlarged and cut out to hold up during sporting events? I thought it would be fun to make one of Raquel and carry it around the Festival to take photos with and give her a TCMFF experience so she felt like she was kind of there and missed. It started as a joke, like "Wouldn't it be

TCMFF 2019-TCM Backlot visit to the Margaret Herrick Library

The 2019 Turner Classic Film Festival was held in Hollywood, April 11-14. This year, like each year prior, we landed and hit the ground running. As a member of TCM Backlot, I entered a contest to win a chance to take a private tour of the Margaret Herrick Library. The Library, located in Beverly Hills is an extensive collection of memorabilia including artwork, special collections, photographs, research materials, and so much more. After meeting up with some friends in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel lobby, I met with Angela (Hollywood Revue ) for our annual lunch at 25 Degrees. I invited Angela to be my guest on the tour of the Library, so after lunch, we headed for Beverly Hills. The Margaret Herrick Library is the main repository of materials of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Library contains a digital repository full of historical documents including those related to the Oscars award show. Created in 1928, soon after the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts

Classic Movie Tag

Tag!  I’m back, and I’m a few weeks behind-don’t tell anyone that this is the story of my life. I have been so excited to participate in Raquel’s #ClassicMovieTag since she announced it on her blog, Out Of The Past last month. I had planned to do a video, but I  have not been able to get myself together and get it done.  Now, on to the show!  Here are the ‘rules.’ Raquel had ten movie prompts and encouraged people to participate any way they would like whether it be by blog, YouTube, Twitter Thread, Facebook, Podcast, etc., just use the tag #ClassicMovieTag and give the girl credit! I mean she should enjoy the answers, right? Now for real on with the show!  1)    What’s one classic movie that you recommend to people over and over and over again? I am going to break the rules right out of the gate and give two movies. I really wish I would have done this on video so you could have seen me swoon and passionately plea with you too, (my hands are clasped t