Monday, July 7, 2014

Here are a few of my favorite things... PART TWO My Ten Favorite Actors

  Seriously I hate not having my own computer because if I had one I would be blogging sooooooo much more. I hate that haven't blogged in over a month but I guess it is what it is. Haha

  So as I've gotten older my taste in everything has changed from movies, to actors, to even directors. I know I've done a Top Ten Favorite Actors list twice( you check it out here and here) before but like I said before I've matured in what I like so without further ado here is my list. Enjoy!




Jeffrey Lynn

I literally just wrote about how much I've changed in taste but Jeffrey Lynn hasn't dropped from my favorites. I've enjoyed every movie of his regardless of how inane the plot of the movie is. It's been over 5 years since I "discovered" him and I don't regret it one bit.

                                                      Favorite Movies:
                                                     My Four Daughters
                                                     My Love Came Back
                                                     Underground
                                                     The Roaring Twenties






Robert Cummings

Favorite Movies:
The Devil and Miss Jones
Saboteur
Moon Over Miami
It Started with Eve


Cary Grant

Favorite Movies: 
Notorious
Charade
Gunga Din
Holiday
Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House



Melvyn Douglas

Favorite Movies:
Ninotchka 
Too Many Husbands
There's Always a Woman
Theodora Goes Wild


William Prince

Favorite Movies:
Cinderella Jones
Destination Tokyo
Objective Burma!
Pillow to Post



Dana Andrews

Favorite Movies:
Laura
State Fair
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Ox-Bow Incident 




Joseph Cotten

Favorite Movies: 
Shadow of a Doubt
The Abominable Dr. Phibes
Gaslight
Citizen Kane



Jack Lemmon

Favorite Movies:
It Should Happen to You
Some like it Hot
Three for the Show
Under the Yum Yum Tree




Fred Astaire

Favorite Movies:
Top Hat
Easter Parade
Swing Time
Shall We Dance
Damsel in Distress

*It was really hard to choose between Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly but I decided to go with Fred on this one. I still have a soft spot for Gene though. :) 






Ray Milland

 Favorite Movies:
Easy Living 
Beau Geste
The Major and the Minor 
Dial M for Murder


That was way harder to do than I thought. Haha! Here are some honorable mentions:
Gene Kelly, Tyrone Power, George Brent, James Dean, Don Ameche, Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Franchot Tone, Robert Young, and Montgomery Clift

*I'm going to try reallllly hard to post my favorite actresses soon! 














Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Here are a few of my favorite things... PART ONE

Whatever sort of mood I'm in I can say without a doubt that these songs always remain a favorite for me. I try not to stick to really one genre or era but I really do have a soft spot for 60's and 80's music. So here are just a few of my favorite songs. :) Hope you all enjoy!







"With a Girl like You"- The Troggs





"Tenderness" - General Public





"Time after Time" - Cyndi Lauper





"Help Me Rhonda" - The Beach Boys




"Come on Eileen" - Dexy's Midnight Runners




"Everywhere" - Fleetwood Mac



"Teresa" - Eddie Cochran



"My Guy" - Mary Wells



"Be My Baby" - The Ronettes




"Isn't This a Lovely Day" - Fred Astaire



"The Wanderer" - Dion



"And I Love Her" - The Beatles



"Don't Worry Baby" - The Beach Boys



"You Can Call Me Al" - Paul Simon




"Fakin' It" - Simon & Garfunkel



"Hold Me" - Fleetwood Mac

Friday, May 9, 2014

Mitzi Gaynor is Lovely.







Be sure to catch on TCM a Mitzi Gaynor movie marathon. Some of the films include "The Joker is Wild" and "Les Girls' For a complete list of her films showing on TCM go to www.tcm.com for more details

Friday, April 25, 2014

Oh Me! Oh My! Jeffrey Lynn movies airing on TCM!! Count me in!

 TCM will be airing a few of Jeffrey Lynn's films within the next couple of months. These films aren't usually on TCM that much but they are interesting and fun to watch.



MAY 16th: My Love Came Back(1940) stars Olivia De Havilland, Jeffrey Lynn, Charles Winniger, Eddie Albert, and Jane Wyman. Quirky romantic comedy about a young violinist who falls in love with a young business manager.







June 6th : Law of the Tropics (1941) stars Constance Bennett and Jeffrey Lynn. I'm not giving away information about this movie because it's just soooooo ridiculous! Just watch it for Jeffrey's bizarre mustache. ;)



June 11th: A Child is Born(1940) stars Geraldine Fitzgerald and Jeffrey Lynn. A convict is about to give birth to her child in a maternity ward where she feels she doesn't belong.


July 4th: The Fighting 69th(1940) stars James Cagney, Pat O' Brien, Dennis Morgan, and Jeffrey Lynn. One of my favorite films about the war! You definitely need to check it out!





Friday, April 18, 2014

TCM Classic Film Festival 2014 aka the best experience I've ever had!

Hello Hello Hello!!!

I have so many things I wanna tell you about my experience at the festival but I'll just tell you guys the basics. First off I got to meet my best friends aka the Non-Fleshies - Kate(
I met her twice previously), Casey, Millie, and Sarah. They are the coolest, funniest, sweetest people I ever meet. I'm incredibly shy but they made me so comfortable and at ease.


The pass that I had limited movies that I was able to go to, so I ended up missing out on seeing some movies but everything worked out just the way it was supposed to be.

The first movie that I saw was one of my absolute favorite movies, "The Thin Man". I went with Millie, Casey, and Sarah to go see it and what an experience! As fun as it is to see "The Thin Man" on my tv, it was such a better experience seeing it on the big screen with my best friends.

After seeing "The Thin Man", all of us went and saw the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". I'd never seen any of the versions so it was a definite treat to be able to see the original. It was so good and eerily fun to watch!

The last film that I saw on Friday was "The World of Henry Orient" with Casey and Kate. Merrie Spaeth and Paula Prentiss were there to talk about the experience working on the film. It really was so fascinating to hear what it was like to work on the film and what it was like to work with Peter Sellers. I had heard previously from various websites about Peter's attitude offset but what those two ladies said was nothing but good things. He definitely seemed like a character. I also never saw the film and I gotta say it was kooky and fun! I'm glad I saw it!


On Saturday we all went and saw the original 1954 classic "Godzilla" and let me tell you what an experience!!! It was so exhilarating and fun to see the original. I embarrassingly have seen 1998 version with Matthew Broderick but the original was sooooooo much better. Honestly if you haven't seen the original Japanese version, you need to get on that! You won't regret it at all!

Originally Kate and I were going to go see "The Stranger's Return" because we are both huge fans of Franchot Tone and Miriam Hopkins but they ended up only letting so many people in, so we went and saw "A Hard Day's Night" and I'm sooooo glad we did. I had seen the film before but it was Kate's first time seeing it. We also wanted to see because it was being introduced by Alec Baldwin. Kate and I are hugggggge fans of his show "30 Rock", so we were both ecstatic when he came out to introduce it. I had literally such a ball watching that movie on the big screen. It was so much fun and plus Kate really enjoyed it as well.

The last film of the day for me was "Freaks" and I saw that with Millie and Kate. We saw it at midnight  and it was sooo perfect!! If you ever get the chance to see that movie on the big screen you've got to see it. What a thrilling film!

Sunday I only saw two films and they were "Sunday in New York" and "Lady from Shanghai" and both films were fun to watch. "Sunday in New York" was my favorite film that I saw at the festival and it also happens to be Kate's absolute favorite film. Robert Osborne introduced the film which made the experience even more memorable.
That movie is so cute and fun and just so darn perfect, that after we watched it I wanted to watch it again. It was soooo marvelous!

"Lady from Shanghai" was probably the quirkiest, oddest film that I saw at the festival but I still had a blast watching it with my best friends. My favorite line from the film is loooooooooooveeerrrr! Hahaha it's so funny when Everett Sloane repeatedly says it throughout the film.


I also want to say it was wonderful meeting so many other bloggers such as Laura, Raquelle, K.C., Marya, and Trevor. Sorry I didn't really say anything but I was a little overwhelmed by the excitment of everything and two I'm incredibly shy but it was still fantastic to meet so many people that are also fans of old films. I also got to get a picture with Ben Mankiewicz and it was so amazing to meet him. He and his wife are so incredibly nice and I'm such a fan of his. I really love watching him introduce films on TCM.


So there you have it! I will be posting a part two to this but it'll be centered on the activities I did outside of the festival. So stay tuned!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

VERY DELAYED Book Reviews!! Whoooooops!


I've been meaning to review a couple of books for some time now and I've just been putting it on the back burner for so long but now I'm ready to tell you all about it. I'm just going to give a shortened version of what the books were about and what I thought about it. I really hate reading reviews on books or movies that are so long that before you know you lose interest in it, so that's why I've decided a shortened version is best. 




A looooooooong while ago I was given the chance to read and review a book titled Sinatra and Me: The Very Good Years written by Tony Consiglio and Franz Douskey. Tony Consiglio was one of Sinatra's boyhood friends and later on became his chauffeur, his butler, and basically he did everything for Sinatra. It was definitely interesting to hear about Frank from someone who knew seemed to know him the best but I found that repetitive storytelling was a little tiring. I understand that you want the reader to get an insider's look into Frank's life but sometimes telling the story once is good enough. I just loved hearing about how Sinatra continued to support his first wife even after they divorced. Even before Ava passed away, he was always there for her. He would always send flowers to her and call her up. It was very sweet!  There were a lot of interesting anecdotes I didn't know and I found it fascinating to read about.  I like that you are able to see both sides of Frank's personality. You don't hear just the good things he did but also the crummy things as well. He was by no means a perfect man but most definitely an interesting one. Even after reading it I still love and admire Frank Sinatra. I know he wasn't a god of some sort but he was a human being just like all of us are. We all make mistakes. 

Rating: 6/10




The other book that I was given was titled Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox written by Lois Banner. The book is about Marilyn's life. Hundreds of books have been written about Marilyn's life and this was just awful. I just felt that the writer put every single rumor that she heard about Monroe and put it into the book. Within the first few chapters, Banner wrote about a supposed love affair that Monroe had with both Marlene Dietrich and Joan Crawford. I felt like she was looking for the most scandalous rumors about her and throwing them in. I just couldn't finish it because of how badly it all was. It felt unresearched and based on opinions of others. I wanted more evidence that these things happened instead of hearing silly gossip. It was definitely disappointing to read. 

Rating: 2/10


I will be posting a litttttle bit more on here. I will be going to the TCM Film Festival in April so for that week I won't be posting. Ta-ta for now!