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

IMG_7318 IMG_4813 GREENHOUSE MENU ( Classic Film Reminder )

 

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!!

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