FREELANCING from the COUCH

Monday ~ January 18th, 2021

 

WHY, HELLO THERE! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN??!!

No, it’s me who’s been away. 2020 has been one for the record-books! We live in interesting times. The pandemic and poor leadership has turned our world topsy turvy. And to make matters worse, some of our favorite legends like Diana Rigg, Sean Connery, Olivia de Havilland have passed on.

I’m still watching movies and I’m still writing. But I had two opportunities to be paid for my wild ‘n crazy thoughts on classic films. So I jumped on them.

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THE REMARKABLE OLIVIA

I had just come back home from a motorcycle ride. I checked my Social Media and saw this text from a friend.
My heart quickened and sunk… my eyes welled up…my throat tightened and swallowed hot tears.
Mere longevity doesn’t give you respect. It’s what she did with it. She lived a life of quiet dignity…raised two children. She was a successful working actress. Her peers awarded her with their highest honors. I feel she always held her destiny in her own hands.

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TCM’s 2019 CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL

Six months ago TCM had a milestone with their TENTH ANNIVERSARY of the TCM Classic Film Festival.

It’s such a great event for seeing classic films as they were intended…on the big screen and, in some cases, in theatres they might have originally been shown in. I’ve been attending the TCMFF since 2011 ~ Click this photo to read about my experience ~ and I’ve made a slew of friends as a result.

I’ve asked a couple of them to tell me about their experiences at TCMFF’19. I basically asked what their three favorite films of the festival and what’s one memory that stood out for them. They were gracious enough to share their memories with me. I, in turn, very much welcome you to check out their stories. Click on these photos. I found them a fun read and I’m hoping you will too.

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DORIS DAY ~ VERSATILITY SQUARED

It has happened.

I know it had to. And it has. I’m not quite understanding how sunshine will happen without day. Doris Day passed away Monday, May 13th at the age of 97.

I needed a few days to process this news and I’m still shaking my head. You might think this crazy but 90’s is not so very old, for classic film fans. Social Media blew up like a volcano with this devastating news. It was sad but wonderful to read the great outpouring of love and admiration for a woman who was top box office for a decade, had a great career as a singer, was a big animal activist and seemed to be regarded by all as a genuinely nice person.

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MY PICKS FOR THE 2019 TCM FILM FESTIVAL

posted ~ Monday, April 1st, 2019

It’s a time-honored tradition for bloggers ~ and anyone, really ~ to let folks know their choice of films they’ll see at the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival. Well who am I to buck tradition.

So, for better or for worse…in sickness and in camaraderie and quixotic drunkenness, this is my “Master Plan” for how I’ll spend the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival.

…Unless I change my mind.

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MY ‘NICK’ and ‘NORA’

Folks, I want to introduce you to Andrea and Richard Rosen who I met at the TCMFF a few, scant years ago. They are a delight, have great camaraderie and friendship for each other ( even though they are married ) and if I may be sooooo bold…I call them MY own Nick and Nora Charles. I’ve asked, and they were kind enough to offer me their thoughts of TCMFF’18. I’ve even kept them up hours into the night with talk of movies. Yeah…guilty as charged. Take it away Nick and Nora…er–Andrea and Richard:

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