“I don’t know whether or not I particularly like that kid. But she sure is cute.” -Dick Powell Dick Powell and I are not the same. I liked June Allyson right away. I watched Good News (1947) and found her to be overflowing with charm. She was cute and tiny and bubbly. She had a…… Continue reading Junebug’s 100th birthday
I’m so excited to be celebrating Miss Junie’s 100th birthday with you all! Please leave a link to your post in the comment section here and I will update this post as more entries come in. I’ll try to leave comments on them all too~ I can’t wait to read everyone’s entries! *** Your host…… Continue reading The June Allyson Centenary blogathon is here!
The fact that not one, but two classic Hollywood films exist about grown women impersonating 12 year olds is weird? Amazing? Decide for yourself. The Major and the Minor (1942) starred Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland. Susan Applegate pretends to be a 12 year old so she can buy a discount train ticket. In the…… Continue reading June Allyson is Too Young to Kiss
A marvelous movie watching month! Jennifer Jones was TCM’s Star of the Month, and I’m really glad I checked out a handful of her films. I consider myself a fan now. She was such a sensitive actress, lending much of her own vulnerability to the characters she vividly brought to life. So here are my…… Continue reading Month in Movies: September
Some films truly are meant to be experienced on the big screen. Like that, you suddenly realize that a television or computer screen has robbed you of something glorious. I was a bit like Lord Yupa when I arrived at the theater to watch Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. My journey…… Continue reading My Nausicaa
Spike Lee’s biopic of the legendary black leader is a magnum opus. Malcolm X is one of the most arresting figures in American history. He is not just black history. He preached black unity and black self love, but his condemnations of white people and white supremacy were swift and harsh. How can one possibly…… Continue reading 2017 Blind Spots: Malcolm X (1992)
Few film experiences are as rewarding as discovering a Ghibli film for the first time. Isao Takahata’s Only Yesterday was released the same year that I was born. But it holds much more significance than that for me. I’m nearing the age of the protagonist, Taeko. She’s 27, the film’s 27th anniversary is next July,…… Continue reading Film diary: Only Yesterday (1991)