30 DAY MOVIE CHALLENGE

If you’re looking for me on Twitter, you’d see this. My handle there is @CineMava. What the heck is this Baby Boomer doing on Twitter? Trying to keep up with today’s Social Media.
( Now I just need Instagram and Tumblr under my belt to be almost totally savvy. Dare I explore SnapChat??? )

So while I was on Twitter, I saw that everyone was playing this movie challenge. This 30 Day Movie Challenge. More appropriately: #30DAYMOVIECHALLENGE if you’re on Twitter. Well I like a good challenge, so I took it. I didn’t participate daily. ( Who wants to hear from a Baby Boomer daily? ) So I figured I’d do it all in one fell swoop.

And here’s the swoop. I’m not sure WHY the 30 Day Movie Challenge was held in May, a month with 31 days. Guess the 31st day is a day of rest. Take the challenge my fellow classic film lovers. The month doesn’t matter.

 

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Day 1 – HOT AND BOTHERED: The Films of 1932

CHECK OUT DAY 1 of our “HOT & BOTHERED BLOGATHON: THE FILMS OF 1932.”

Once upon a screen...

WE’RE HERE to bring you the rich, the notorious and the dregs of society.  We offer you high brows and low lives.  We illustrate the worst of the human condition and the high enjoyment of sin.  We bring you attitudes and words that define the pre-code era and Images and characters that ushered in filmdom’s golden age.  We have it all in debauched glory offered by bloggers far and wide for your entertainment.  Prepare to be HOT & BOTHERED.

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The HOT & BOTHERED: The Films of 1932 Blogathon is as fun an event as I’ve ever hosted made extra special by the fact that my co-host is the passionate, Theresa Brown of CineMaven’s Essays From the Couch.  Always ready for a classic film discussion, Theresa brings unbridled energy to classic movies at every turn.  Sadly, as is all too often the case of late, I’m really just along for the ride.  The gorgeous…

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CLASSIC FILM REMINDERS ( 2015 )

I don’t know how crazy I am. Guess you’ll be the judge of that.

When I walk around in my travels, I tend to notice things that remind me of classic films. My first immediate Rorschach reaction is a classic film. Here are a couple of examples of that association. Do they make you think of any particular movie? If you’re curious as to what I thought just click on any of the photos. And tell me if YOU see anything in your travels that remind you of classic films. I’d like to know.

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Think I’ll make this my last official post of 2015 … the end of my first year of blogging. If you’ve purposely stopped by my blog or stumbled across it in your treks across the internet, I hope you found my essays from the couch easy to navigate, informative and most of all FUN!!!! It’s been time-consuming ( trust me…it’s easier and quicker for you to read this, than for me to craft it. ) It’s been a challenge to meet my own self-imposed deadlines and to learn to write more succinctly. Blogs may not be the right place but my hope is to have a conversation about classic films. After you nurse that New Year’s Day hangover, stop by The Couch and see what I have in store for 2016. Thanx for reading.

INGRID BERGMAN STAMPS INGRID BERGMAN STAMPS...  THE BIRDS

OOMPH BOOK  THE KING & I QUESTION

NORTH BY NORTHWEST  TARAS BULBA PARK SLOPE BAR ( Martha Raye )

MARILYN MONROE ( I ) MARILYN MONROE ( II )   LOUISE BROOKS

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Okay, I’m really super crazy…right?

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

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SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: 2015

These are the stars TCM wants us to spend the summer with. And a fine batch indeed. If you miss any of their films, there’s always the WATCH TCM app for you to play catch-up.

Some of the films I’m looking forward to seeing are: “In This Our Life” “Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte” “Stage Door” “The Hucksters” “Shadow of a Doubt” “Blood on the Moon” “Bye Bye Birdie” “Union Depot” “A Face in the Crowd” “Little Caesar” “Tall in the Saddle” Garbo’s Day, Ingrid Bergman’s Day and many more. I’ll see lots of films I know, and I hope I give myself a break and discover new ones of my favorite stars. ENJOY!

 

1. SUTS '15 - ( GENE TIERNEY ) 2. SUTS '15 - ( deHAVILLAND ) 3. SUTS '15 - ( ADOLPHE MENJOU ) 4. SUTS '15 - ( TERESA WRIGHT )
5. SUTS '15 - ( FRED ASTAIRE ) 6. SUTS '15 - ( MICHAEL CAINE )  KATE HEPBURN ( II ) 8. SUTS '15 - ( RAYMOND MASSEY ) 9. SUTS '15 - ( ROBERT WALKER ) 10. SUTS '15 - ( JOAN CRAWFORD )  11. SUTS '15 - ( REX INGRAM ) 12. SUTS '15 - ( ROBERT MITCHUM ) 13. SUTS '15 - ( ANN-MARGRET ) 14. SUTS '15 - ( GROUCHO MARX ) 15. SUTS '15 - ( DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, JR. ) 16. SUTS '15 - ( PATRICIA NEAL ) 17. SUTS '15 - ( LEE J. COBB ) 18. SUTS '15 - ( VIVIEN LEIGH ) 19. SUTS'15 - ( JOHN WAYNE ) 20. SUTS'15 - ( MAE CLARKE ) 21. SUTS'15 - ( ALAN ARKIN )  marlene dietrich22. SUTS '15 - ( DEBBIE REYNOLDS ) 23. SUTS'15 - ( WARREN OATES )23. SUTS'15 - ( VIRGINIA BRUCE ) 24. SUTS'15 - ( GRETA GARBO ) 25. SUTS'15 - ( MONTY WOOLLEY )  SUTS'15 - ( INGRID BERGMAN ) SUTS'15 - GEORGE C. SCOTT SUTS'15 - ( GARY COOPER ) SUTS'15 - ( SHELLEY WINTERS )

THE GREAT VILLAIN BLOGATHON

 

VILLAIN BLOGATHON ( Oz Witch )Last week, was a week that will live in villany! Speakeasy, Shadows & Satin and Silver Screenings hosted THE GREAT VILLAIN BLOGATHON for 2015. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ve checked out the entries. I, for one, am printing many of them up so I can have them in a handy dandy binder ready for a nice leisurely read.

Click on each photo and get a listed re-cap of each day of the blogathon. And if you don’t see your favorite villain listed, maybe YOU can write about him or her NEXT year…

 

VILLAIN BLOGATHON ( Darth Vader ) VILLAIN BLOGATHON ( %22M%22 ) VILLAIN BLOGATHON ( Hagen ) VILLAIN BLOGATHON ( Blue-Eyed Fonda )

 

In some cases, I wasn’t sure if my comments were published on a blogger’s blog. In other instances, my thoughts were too lengthy for each blogger’s comments section, so I thought I’d express my thoughts here. If you want, you can click over to these excellent essays, and then read my responses here:

From Day 1:  Shadows and Satin –  VEDA PIERCE ( Ann Blyth ) – “Mildred Pierce”

VEDA PIERCE ( VILLAIN - II )

One of my favorite characters of the 1940’s has to be VEDA in Mildred Pierce.” ( I don’t know what that says about me, but moving right along… ). Even her smacks of Venom! I don’t think younger sister Kay, could’ve saved Veda’s coal black soul. ( I loved Kay ). Veda’s diatribe is very telling:

“With this money, I can get away from you. From you and your chickens and your pies and your kitchens and everything that smells of grease… You think just because you made a little money, you can get a new hairdo and some expensive clothes and turn yourself into a lady. But you can’t…With this money I can get away from every rotten, stinking thing that makes me think of this place or you!”

First, where does she get off…( calm down, T. ). Secondly, I think this isn’t really directed at Mildred as much as Veda feels this about her self. Don’t you think it reeks of self-hatred? Yes maybe Mildred did “spare the rod” ( as opposed to breaking it over Veda’s head ) but where is the basis of this attack coming from? Veda wasn’t from the manor born. She wasn’t born elite with maids and servants at her feet ( hats off to The Supremes folks ). It wasn’t like they had Mrs. Danvers on retainer.

VEDA PIERCE ( VILLAIN - I )

As much as it might’ve been some of Mildred’s doing, making Veda the way she is, I can’t help think Veda was trying to fill the hole in her heart. Self-hatred. D’ya think I’m totally off the beam?

VEDA PIERCE ( VILLAIN - III )I can not imagine WHAT 1945 audi-ences felt when they saw Veda in this clinch. This is shocking on so many levels: your mother’s lover / husband. That strikes at the core of…of…of something. It’s shocking to even my 21st-century Baby Boomer sensibilities. Veda’s going to prison. She will finally pay for her actions. And in prison, I imagine Veda wrapping CAGED”  matron Hope Emerson around her little finger. She’ll get by.

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I’M LEAVIN’ ON A JET PLANE…

 

I’m about to head to California to go to the 2015 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival. I am

SPOTLIGHT PASSES ( II )

packed and rarin’ to go. Yeah…I’m travelin’ light. Just the bare necessities. Oh and the junk food. This is a four day marathon of watching movies.  There will be little sleep, lots of

LAUNDRY ON THE COUCH   TCMFF FILM SCHEDULE

drinking, very little real food, but no matter. That’s how I live anyway. Luckily I’ll come pre-pared:

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My next post ( April 2nd ) will be about Shanghai Express and the following week, I will talk about one of my other favorite films: Gun Crazy.” You can read my thoughts on these two great movies during these blogathons. I want to thank those of you who have taken the time to read my two month old blog, and who’ve written me positive comments.

I will see you in April, with lots of news of how the festival turned out. Take good care!!

PRE-CODE BLOGATHON BANNER     GREAT VILLAIN BLOGATHON ( Banner )

 

 

CineMAVEN’s OSCAR MUSINGS

This past Sunday night ( 2/22/15 ) I watched the Academy Awards ceremonies ( yes I still want to call it that ) as I’ve done every year since I saw Sidney Poitier and Julie Christie win. I just want to say a couple of words about it while it’s still fresh in my mind…

Academy Awards

…and before the event starts to smell like day old fish. I broke a fif … a long-standing tra-dition, and got OFF of the COUCH and INTO a BAR to watch the Academy Awards with some like-minded folks, and had a great time. Here are my Oscar musings:

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TOO LONG –

Those who come up with that tired old horse have to please give it up. The show IS a long long show. Face it, deal with it, or just don’t even watch. Its length is baked into the pro-ceedings.  Let the show just be whatever length it’s going to be and quit beefing about it. If the producers really want to do something about it, tell the hosts NOT to go into the audience with stupid bits, and then have the music rudely cut off recipients in the middle of their heartfelt gushing thanks. Don’t try to make it an interactive event with all these gimmicks. It’s a long show. And?

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THE SET –

Oooh boy. Much too much too much going on there. Someone bedazzled the entire stage. The floor with those Oscar patterns look like Martians landed in Hollywood and etched circles into the crops. Too much glitz and sparkles and industrial props flying around on stage. Keep it simple, stupid. You might hurt someone. Give those trades a rest. The ushers opening the doors for the guests to come out was a nice nostalgic touch. The flying iron works, was not.

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THE HOST –

Neil

Neil Patrick Harris did a very good job. I really think he channeled Bob Hope. He kind of had the Bob Hope sarcas-tic swag going on there.  He made fun of himself and ribbed the stars a bit. Good. He told purposely groaning jokes and stinging barbs. His ‘predic-tions-locked in-a-box-routine’ went on a little too long. But…coming out in his tighty whiteys riffing on Michael Keaton in “Birdman” was funny. And brave. Harris has a nice lean swimmer’s body. Even though I thought some of his tux jackets looked too small and too tight, I guess that’s how they make ‘em these days?

His Oscar opening number was great, with the throwback to old movies in however you explain that technological way they brought the past to life. Jack Black coming on as the naysayer to all that was current Hollywood was funny. I didn’t even mind Anna Kendrick… this time.

Don’t try to appeal to the youth. Appeal to people who like movies whether they are young or old. Neil Patrick Harris ( or the very annoying acronym NPH, ugh!  ) did a very good job. Later for the Monday morning quarterbacks. I’d love to see them host this show.

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MUSIC –

How ironic the music played to bring on the star presenters harkened back to old Holly-wood with short strains of: “The Shadow of Your Smile” or “To Kill A Mockingbird” yet the music nominated for awards were lackluster to me. I really think they should do away with the Best Song category since music these days is undistinguised. Yeah, that includes “SELMA” too, though I was touched to see that the music touched people. I, myself, was NOT touched. Rita Ora did a nice job singing the song “Grateful.” ( Click on middle photo to check out her singing ). And I could certainly could do without that Lego extravaganza.

RITA ORA ( II ) RITA ORA ( I ) RITA ORA  ( III )

I was totally impressed and blown away by Lady Gaga singing the music from “The Sound of Music.”

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JULIE ANDREWS & LADY GAGA

She totally treated the song with respect and was paid the highest compliment by having Julie Andrews truly moved by her performance. You were fantastic, Gaga. And seeing you and Julie Andrews hugging was one of my favorite moments of the Academy Awards.

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FASHION –

I’m no Fashionista. For something real professioal and knowledgeable read GlamAmor’s blog on the Oscar controversy that Edith Head was involved in ( or at least look at the beautiful pictures of the exquisite Audrey Hepburn ). So these are just my opinions.

Kevin

I do long for men to wear good old-fashioned, well-fitted black tuxedoes with white shirts and black bow ties. And black patent leather shoes.  These prom, pale blue suits, or black shirt and tie, ( or whatever the hell that was that Kevin Hart was wearing don’t do a thing except make men look like clowns. ( Yes, I am willing to forgive Liam Neeson because…he’s Liam Neeson ). 

The women looked beautiful. Some were not very well coiffed ( run a comb through it ladies ) and some had full figures like normal women ( Yay! Patricia Arquette ). But many of the ladies looked utterly fantastic. Their gowns were gorgeous and I’m no fashionista. Zoe Saldana in that beige number and Jessica Chastain in the midnight blue dress was beautiful.

Zoe      Jessica

Jennifer             Rosamund

 MerylAt first when I saw Jennifer Lopez I said, “Oh, she’s finally all covered up.” Uhmmm, I was wrong. But I have to say her dress was simple and beautiful. Yes it was revealing but no one can play that off like J-Lo.  I didn’t like that big flower Gwyneth Paltrow had on her dress and some of the ladies wearing really big neck pieces looked like they were being choked ( Cate Blanchett, Scarlett Johannson ). But Meryl Streep looked tailored and regal and Rosamund Pike in that deep red gown was simply stunning.

But of course we know, hands down, bar none…the goddess…the most beautiful woman on the red carpet and in the room, was LUPITA NYONG’O:

Lupita

She hit it out of the park in her beaded gown. My…jaw…dropped. She is drop dead gor-geous. I kept saying “that’s impossible, she’s not even real. Is she real?” I couldn’t believe what I saw. A gown made of 6000 pearls and she wore them, they didn’t wear her. She’s a beautiful girl. I know…I know. It’s all subjective. It’s just that I’m right, in this instance. She needs her own personal Givenchy like Audrey Hepburn had. In fact, if they remake Roman Holiday ( and generally, I’m against re-makes ). Lupita Nyong’o needs to be that film’s  star. She’s already a princess.

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IN MEMORIAM…

I REALLY WISH TCM would take over that segment of the show. They could pick a really cool song, and be entrusted with showing respectful images of the stars … and behind-the-scenes people and put it together well. Words and pix sells it. But also they could include everyone that’s appropriate to add. You wouldn’t include a baseball star or race car driver in this. I know why they excluded Joan Rivers; this was the their revenge for all the smack she spoke about the Hollywood community on the red carpet. Plain and simple…revenge, but they covered it up with…she didn’t make movies, blah blah blah.

LIZABETH SCOTT - ( %22DESERT FURY%22-III )Yes it was a mistake not to include our classic film favorites ( Ann Rutherford, Lizabeth Scott etc. etc. a whole bunch of etceteras ). They probably thought people would scratch their heads and go “who’s that”? Let TCM handle the memoriam. In fact, let TCM handle the whole show. 

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PRESENTERS –

TravoltaIf I’m telling you to forget about talking about “how long is this ceremony?!” I guess I should give up the ghost and not expect to see the likes of a Berg-man, Brynner, Kerr, Peck, Grant, Gable and really big stars and class to come out to present. No panache from these young whipper snappers. I won’t call out names, but you know. Who are these kids? Huh? Wha’? And I demand someone call the cops. Right now… call the cops: someone has robbed Eddie Murphy of his sense of humor. He seems like a dour old man up there. I do not expect him to do jokes and tap dance, but at least look like you’re happy to be there dammit. Ugh! What a Debbie Downer. And Ben Affleck too. Come on Ben smile. Travolta, you look embalmed or like Dracula. Wassup dude? At least you have a sense of humor about yourself and that name mispronounciation thing. ( Whew! Practice…practice…practice! ) Guess after the Kim Novak debacle last year, legends are scared to come out. A shame. I miss them. The ceremonies need them and I don’t care if young people say: “Who dat?” Happy to see Shirley MacLaine.

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Here are my Oscar predictions:

OSCAR PREDICTIONS

Best Picture is “Birdman” and the Best Actor is Eddie Redmayne ( who I wanted to win, but didn’t predict ). There were some wild goings on at the Academy Awards. Folks went up there with causes in mind in the midst of their thank yous. Rosanna Arquette touted equal pay for women, getting wild applause and Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez giving their rousing approval. Alzheimer’s was spoken about by Best Actress winner Julianne  

Meryl & J-Lo

Moore, Eddie Redmayne brought up ALS,  rapper Common with singer John Legend spoke of racial equality when winning their award for Best Song, winner for Best Adapted Screenplay (Graham Moore) sent a message to gay teens out there that suicide is not the answer and that things will be better for them and Best Director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu mentioned immigration. Other winners did not let the orchestra play them off. They took their time and a little more to get their points across. All in all, I had a grand time watching this ceremony. I can’t wait until next year.

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