Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Call Northside 777

Sorry for my lack of updating. :c I've been busier with life!

Anyway, I've been on an alternate sleep schedule for nearly a year now, which gives me the chance to catch movies that tend to show late on Turner Classic Movies. Thank goodness, too.

Yesterday, I finished watching a show on Netflix. I was then drawn to my bed to watch a movie. What did I happen to catch? Call Northside 777. As big as a Jimmy Stewart fan I am, I have never seen it. I tend to only catch whatever I can find on TCM or Netflix...or my dad's personal collection. So it was a real score to be able to catch it.

It was classic Jimmy Stewart. Full of drama, a man fighting for justice... For some reason, it reminded me a lot of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. It was great though. And I've been on a hiatus from watching a lot of classic movies recently, but this really got me into wanting to see more. So hopefully, I'll start having more to post about.

If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

TCM's 31 Days of Oscar

Hey everyone! It's been a long, long time since I have actually posted a "real" entry. So here goes!

February of each year is one of my favorite months. It has Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras, Groundhog Day... and of course, it's Oscar season. Which means, TCM has their 31 Days of Oscar! I absolutely love this time of year.

I remember a few years ago, perhaps 2008... I watched over 300 movies total in a 31 day span. I can't even tell you how exactly. It became a sick obsession and I lost a lot of sleep. I was a junior in high school! Oh, the memories... High school was when I really discovered my passion for classic movies and well, movies in general.

I hope that those of you who watch TCM are enjoying the line up! I always do. I love catching movies I have never seen before like Cool Hand Luke and Pinky, but also love catching classic favorites like Casablanca, East of Eden, and The Awful Truth. Though I will tell you that I am slightly disappointed. They are sadly not playing Roman Holiday or The Philadelphia Story this year, two of my absolute favorites!

I've had an alternate sleep schedule for a long time, so I luckily get to see those early morning movies quite often. I love it! They help me dream of peaceful things in some way. Anyway, I hope you guys are discovering something new or watching an old favorite this month! And if you're not, that's fine, too. Hope you get the chance to watch something nice soon. (:

Monday, November 5, 2012

It's been a long, LONG, time!

After first starting this blog as a project, I really grew to love it... but have sadly abandoned it. I think I want to start doing movie reviews again, but I am not sure if I want to start adding other aspects to it. I'm not sure if people even look at this regularly! Anyway, I'll try to see a movie and post soon.

Hope everyone is well!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Just another quick update! Summer has approached me so quickly. I felt like just yesterday I was yearning to get out of school. Now, I am busy catching up with friends and doing my own thing. Lots of reading, movie watching, game playing, and cleaning!

I am planning a movie date [well, just me...] for sometime soon, maybe an Audrey Hepburn evening would suffice. :] I really want to watch Roman Holiday or Two For the Road [my two Hepburn favorites] again. Who knows!? I might decide to go all out and spend an entire day watching the beautiful lady on the screen.

In another news, I do have a formspring! I know, everyone seems to... but I LOVE LOVE LOVE answering questions! So feel free to visit my formspring and ask me anything! Movies, music, books, other interests, etc. You can visit it by clicking here or by asking directly in the right hand column.

Leave your recommendations for me! I'd love to hear some :]

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sorry everyone for the lack of an update! I have been busy with my second semester of college that I finally finished. Now, I have finally found some time to update. School was dandy, and I’m glad it’s over. I finally have time to relax a bit and not stress as often… and of course, watch many classic movies :].

I have been enjoying TCM A LOT these past couple of months. I loved Donna Reed as the Star of the Month this past month. It’s always a delight to see her and her beauty on the screen. I also enjoyed TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar, like usual. ^ .^ Always great chances to catch some of my favorites, and find some new ones!

I have a few plans for this summer, such as my vacation and working… ballroom dancing and going to flea markets, sleepovers and everything xD. Then back to school in the fall. I am super excited… taking a History of the Cinema course! That should be fun (:

I will give a good update soon :) Otherwise, leave me some recommendations :D

Thursday, December 31, 2009

:) Goodbye, 2009.

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a very wonderful holiday and a lovely year... tomorrow is the start of a new year! I can't believe it. I have grown so much this past year, and have watched a ton of fabulous movies on the way. I graduated high school, I started college... so many milestones...

I will be celebrating/ringing in the new year by watching the annual The Twilight Zone Marathon that the Syfy [SciFi] channel shows :). I'll probably be switching from that to the Hitchcock Marathon that Turner Classic Movies is playing all day. I'm so excited! What can I say though? The Twilight Zone is my favorite show<3>

Just wanted to update you all :). And I had a very nice Christmas and birthday C: Hope you all had a great year!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Wish List C:

Because of Kate's recent post, "An Epic Gift Guide for the Classic Film Fan," I was inspired to make up my own wishlist. It's about time I reconnect with Etsy anyway :) So here is my wishlist for Christmas/My Birthday!

ROMAN HOLIDAY Recycled VHS Movie Case JoUrNaL

George Lassos the Moon Print - It's A Wonderful Life

Gone With The Wind Charmed Bracelet

It's a WONDERFUL Life -Christmas-Charm Bracelet,movie

(notice the mistake?)

Audrey Hepburn Mini Pendant

Alfred Hitchcock Silhouette Pillow on Goldenrod Fabric

Wood and Felt Beverage Coasters - Set of 2 -    Movie Theme

Casablanca Earrings with Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart


And, as a birthday present to myself, I made an impulsive buy already today...

White Christmas Earrings It's a Wonderful Life Earrings

Both were $8 each. I'm in heaven. So thanks a lot Kate for the inspiration, and making me think outside the box C:

Friday, November 27, 2009

It's A Miracle!

I know, I know… it is still incredibly early, but I can’t help myself! Because it is Black Friday, I decided to talk about a movie that relates to a store that is incredibly American. Macy’s. So, if you guessed correctly, Miracle on 34th Street.

I actually saw this film well before It’s A Wonderful Life. I fell in love with little Natalie Wood and the lovely Maureen O’Hara at first sight (the first film I saw with either or them). This film captures the true spirit of Christmas, and is as timeless as Christmas itself.

In this classic film, a man who claims to be Santa Claus [Edmund Gwenn] is hired as such at Macy’s department store. He becomes a huge hit with the customers. Doris Walker [Maureen O’Hara], the special events director, learns that the man calls himself Kris Kringle. Ms. Walker, a cynic when it comes to Christmas, has trained herself as well as her daughter Susan [Natalie Wood] to reject all ’notions and belief of fantasy.’ However, everyone starts to see notice something special in Kris. After failing a mental examination, Kris becomes institutionalized as insane. But a young lawyer named Fred Gailey [John Payne], a friend of Ms. Walker, decides to take on his case and defend him, arguing that he truly is who he says he is.

I’m a sap, yes, but I cry at many of the parts. I really can’t spoil it if you haven’t seen it, but I will attach my favorite scene below.

I give the movie four out of four stars. It’s worth every minute of waiting and finally watching. Edmund Gwenn is the only actor to date, to win an Oscar for his portrayal on Santa Claus. And in fact, he was the Santa Claus in the actual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade back in 1946. OH, and you should definitely check out the movie’s trailer! It is one of the most creative ones I’ve seen.

Ramble On

Because of my break for Thanksgiving, I’ve had more time to watch some of my favorite classic movies… and classics in general!

Yesterday, while cooking the yams and baking more pies, I listened to Bing Crosby and Gene Autry [I know, it might be early… but what do you expect?] Afterwards, well, during Thanksgiving dinner, we watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Oh, one of my favorites… I’m a big Charlie Brown fan C:. It isn’t comparable to A Charlie Brown Christmas, but that’s on next month ;)

Now, today… we got our Christmas tree :] But beforehand, I woke up and watched Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. I fell in love with Cary Grant all over again. After getting the tree, I watched Yours, Mine, and Ours starring the adorable Henry Fonda and beautiful Lucille Ball. I almost forgot how much I adored that film. And, after some well needed Black Friday shopping, I relaxed while watching Some Like It Hot. The day was simply perfection and just what I needed to get back to reality. I can’t wait until Christmas! Speaking of it, I walked into a Hallmark store today and melted while looking at this lovely Gone With the Wind ornament!

I’m also very excited for December in general! Besides finishing up my classes for my first semester, Humphrey Bogart is the star of the month! He shares a birthday with me [December 25th], and I fell in love with him after seeing Casablanca and The African Queen. 64 Bogart films will be shown next month, including the ones mentioned plus some rare ones! I’m stoked!

For my most recent poll, “Which Hitchcock Film is Your Favorite?” Rear Window won with 71% of the votes. Notorious and Dial M For Murder each received 14%, but nobody voted for Psycho, Vertigo, Spellbound, or To Catch A Thief. Make sure that you vote in my next poll!

I hope that everyone is enjoying a lovely Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 20, 2009

White Christmas

If you didn't already know, I was born on Christmas Day back in 1990. I love Christmas. It's my favorite time of year. And exactly one week from today [on Black Friday], Christmas begins! Okay, well, it actually starts Thanksgiving night for me... but anyway, in the spirit of my favorite holiday, I'm writing about one of my favorite Christmas singers, who just so happens to be an actor, too!

We've all grown to love Bing Crosby, born Harry Lillis Crosby back in 1903. Although parts of his life are sketchy, such as his the relationship with his children from his first marriage or the affair with Grace Kelly, he made such beautiful music. His voice is phenomenal, which Louis Armstrong described as "like gold being poured out of a cup." It was truly remarkable.

His two biggest selling singles were 'White Christmas' (which became the best selling single for over 50 years until broken by Elton John's 'Candle in the Wind') and 'Silent Night,' both which were awarded platinum discs. He was the first person to sing 'White Christmas', and he first performed it on his NBC radio show, The Kraft Music Hall, back on Christmas in 1941. Many musical artists have also recorded the song, but nothing can compare to Bing Crosby's voice.

When most people think of a Bing Crosby movie, perhaps most commonly Holiday Inn, The Bells of St. Mary's, or even The Country Girl come to mind. Nope, not for me. My favorite Bing Crosby film, however, is a Christmassy one. White Christmas. I love so many scenes in that movie, and it might be that one because it has Danny Kaye in it (if you've ever seen National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, you can imagine the importance). I love Rosemary Clooney's voice, Bing Crosby's of course, the setting, the plot... oh, the film is to die for.

White Christmas (1954) - "After leaving the Army after W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-and-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, is the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General."

The movie has a number of great and memorable parts. Among some of my favorites include all the parts when they are on the train... the four of them singing at the end in their lovely red outfits [that all coordinate], the 'Sisters' song sung by the Haynes sisters, and of course, Danny and Bing's take on the song, wearing several of their accessories and laughing as they make us all laugh.

Oh, it is such a heavenly film. I really love it, and I can't wait to see it again this year :]