Nominations for The Versatile Blogger Award…

Virginie Provonost from The Wonderful World of Cinema nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award, which – holy cow! – I sure wasn’t expecting. I had the good fortune to contribute to her 4th Wonderful Grace Kelly Blogathon back in November, where I wrote about the history of the Hermès Kelly Bag, so I have to thank Virginie again for being a great host and nice person.

The rules of the award are pretty fun, and a charming way to give shout-outs to some blogs that I’ve enjoyed keeping up:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Provide a link to their blog.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 bloggers of your choosing.

Since I’ve joined this community a few months back, I’ve discovered so many blogs with interests similar to mine. So many of these writers have already been nominated, so I’ll try to keep this brief. In no particular order, here are some folks with great tastes!

And if anyone’s much interested in my trivia, here are seven random facts:

  1. I’ve never been to Paris, but I harbor dreams of living at Shakespeare & Company.
  2. Like George Constanza, I can tell you the best public restroom in any major neighborhood in Manhattan and Los Angeles.
  3. My favorite weekends are spent at estate sales and flea markets.
  4. All throughout college, I went to Disneyland every Sunday.
  5. One night in Elgin, Illinois, I witnessed a UFO hovering in the sky 👽
  6. I have a passion for aviation and I’d like to learn to fly some day.
  7. If I could time-travel back to one historical event, it’d be either the 1889 Exposition Universelle or the 1966 New York World’s Fair.

I hope everyone’s having a good New Year so far. Any resolutions? I’ve been hibernating from the winter this past December and now that I’ve a little down-time in real life, the regularity of my posts will resume. Lots of old movies to talk about. G’day all!

Classic Film Reading Wrap-Up

This week I wrapped up my reviews on five Old Hollywood books. Because I’m a creature of comfort (and I wanted to read up on subjects I knew I already loved) my books ranged from Chaplin to Hepburn, Welles to Fitzgerald. Familiar ground, but solid too.

While we’re on the subject of Orson Welles, as I read through the conversations between the director and Henry Jaglom, I remembered watching a late-70s talk show pilot he filmed during that era and the interview he did with Jim Henson and Frank Oz. I asked director Frank Oz via Twitter about working with Welles on that pilot and The Muppet Movie. To my great pleasure, Mr. Oz shared a nice remembrance of the maestro.

Classic Film Summer Reading

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over at Out of the Past announced a challenge so wonderful, so delightful, and so summery that I couldn’t help but sign up in an instant – though it took me a week or so to figure out my selections.

It’s the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge. With everything going on in life lately, I haven’t been able to read for fun as much, but that is all about to change, as I’ve finally figured out six books relating to classic film that would be tremendous fun to tackle.

The challenge runs until September 15, 2018 so I better start reading! You can follow the action on Twitter using the hashtag #ClassicFilmReading.

An Introduction 🍋

After mulling it over and threatening for years to start a film blog, I have finally begun the task of doing so! It’s been difficult containing my love affair with old classics to my private film journal, and since I’ve been getting more involved with the classic film community, I thought it only fair to make that quantum leap into bloggerdom.

My diet of movie-watching these days consists solely of the Turner Classic Movies channel and whatever classic films play on television. Here in Los Angeles, we have a bevy of local channels dedicated to vintage entertainment, from MeTV Hollywood and COZI to KCET, Antenna TV, and RetroTV.

This nostalgic compulsion, I suppose, has drastically risen from a fatigue of current events. The more we’re assaulted by the political ramifications and media blitz of the now, the more I find myself retreating back into history. In The Terminal, one of my favorite pictures, Tom Hanks aptly remarks, “It’s history, it’s truth.” Give me a good David McCullough biography, a Gershwin composition, an Astaire-and-Rogers dance number.

Old movies are picture-locked into time – they give us a chance to forget the world for a while and indulge in stories said and done. I turn to old films in solidarity. The assurances of Frank Capra and George Cukor calms me; the attitudes of Clark Gable and Katharine Hepburn dazzles me; the music of Elmer Bernstein and Henry Mancini warms my soul.

So now, I go unto the film blogging world! I don’t know if I’ll blog about any specific topics, except whatever movie musings happen to be on my mind, be they two-reeler Chaplin shorts or the filmography of Leslie Caron, but I know I’m gonna have a lot of fun talking about them and interacting with everyone who shares my love of them!

Onwards!

Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.
— Charlie Chaplin

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