January was a pretty good movie watching month, although it seemed like I didn’t watch as many as I usually do. I’ve been distracted from my movie watching obsession because of a new one: the kpop boy group EXO. But I did make it to the movie theater five times last month which was wonderful. I…… Continue reading Month in Movies: January
Based on Erich Maria Remarque’s novel of the same name, Lewis Milestone’s All Quiet on the Western Front proves to be as landmark as the book itself. A group of bright and idealistic college students eagerly enlist in the army to fight in World War I, only to find their romantic illusions shattered on the…… Continue reading 2017 Blind Spots: All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
I just adore Margaret O’Brien, and I’m beyond thrilled to be celebrating her 80th birthday. Film critic James Agee once said she was “almost as hypnotizing as Garbo”, but I’d go further and say she really was just as hypnotic. Her performances were characterized by an intensity that’s so surprising for a small child. She was…… Continue reading Happy 80th birthday to Margaret O’Brien!
Hello, lovely people! Here we are at the end of another year. I’m trying to maintain my festive spirit despite the decidedly bleak mood that’s settled. For today’s installment of my monthly wrap up post, I’m focusing on the Christmas movies I watched. Pretty neat that this is my last post for 2016, as the…… Continue reading Month in Movies: December
Debbie not only filled our lives with sunshine, she was sunshine. Her dazzling smile, warm eyes, and brilliant energy. A heart as big and beautiful as hers was capable of breaking. Thank you for bringing so much joy into my life for so many years. Aggie Cromwell was the granddaughter every weird Halloween obsessed kid wanted.…… Continue reading Debbie
I’ve been thinking about goals and resolutions for the new year (only practical ones, none of that vague stuff), and about what I can do on this blog. So I’ll be participating in the Blind Spot Series for 2017! The purpose is to finally check off movies from my ever growing watch list. Here’s what…… Continue reading 2017 Blind Spot Series
“He’s good. It’s written all over him.” -The Big Hangover (1950) 2016 marked Van Johnson’s centennial on August 25th. Was it coincidence or fate that I fell in love with him this year? Seems like it was something I just had to do, and 100 years of his birth was the occasion for it. I watched…… Continue reading My year with Van Johnson