Remembering Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Normally I save remembrances of lost Hollywood stars for social media like Twitter and Instagram, but the one-two punch to the gut of losing both Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds within just a day of each other deserves its own blog post, especially because these two legendary actresses meant the world to me. First and…

2016 Blind Spots: In the Mood for Love

Set in Hong Kong in 1962, Chow Mo-Wan (Tony Leung), a newspaper editor, and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung), a secretary, move into an apartment building on the same day. Incidentally, their respective spouses aren’t there to help with the moving, as both are often away for work. The two lonely neighbors find themselves spending more time together in their…

Humphrey Bogart Finds Himself In a Lonely Place

When one thinks of the classic Hollywood era, Humphrey Bogart is likely one of the first actors to come to mind. His image has endured through the years, thanks to such classics as Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, and The African Queen, just to name a few. He was even named the #1 male legend on…

Looking for Love in The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963)

While Vincente Minnelli is best known for the musicals he helmed (many of which are still the most beloved films of the genre), he directed films across a variety of genres. Aside from musicals, he made a number of acclaimed melodramas and comedies, such as The Bad and the Beautiful and Father of the Bride, respectively. Instead…

Sunshine Blogger Award

Simoa at Champagne for Lunch nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award awhile ago, but I hadn’t gotten around to answering all her questions until now (my apologies)! I’ll forego nominating blogs and coming up with my own questions this time around, so this post will just be my answers to Simoa’s questions.

Films in 2016: November

November essentially consisted of noir films for Noirvember and movies featuring Natalie Wood, as she was the Star of the Month for TCM. Watched a couple other different movies here and there, but my main focus for the month (as it normally is for November) was on noir, though I ended up not watching as…

2016 Blind Spots: Scarface

In 1980, Cuban refugee Tony Montana (Al Pacino) makes his way to Miami, Florida with his best friend Manny Ribera (Steven Bauer). Together they take on the drug cartel, with Tony rising to the top of the empire, controlling nearly all the cocaine that comes through Miami. But as Tony’s power grows, so do his…

At the Circus Blogathon: Nightmare Alley (1947)

Film noir is usually associated with urban settings, with cities like San Francisco and New York often serving as the backdrop to a film’s cynical characters. But much of Nightmare Alley takes place in the rural area surrounding a seedy traveling carnival, showing that even characters away from the bright lights of the city can…

Grace Kelly in Dial M for Murder (1954)

Today marks the 87th anniversary of Grace Kelly’s birth, one of the most enduring faces of classic film. While she only made 11 films in her short-lived movie career, her image is still recognizable today, as she led a truly enchanting life that saw her go from Hollywood stardom to royalty. As she has remained distinguishable…

Films in 2016: October

October saw a well-balanced month of movies. Aside from the 1920s (I really need to make a habit of watching more films from this decade), I saw a few films from each decade from the 1930s to now. I watched a fair share of horror movies too, and while I enjoyed most of them, none…