Carole Lombard in To Be or Not to Be (1942)

It’s been 75 years since the world tragically lost Carole Lombard, one of Hollywood’s most vibrant actresses. Though she died at the young age of 33, she left behind some wonderful films that are still beloved today. Lombard is best remembered for being one of the premier stars of the screwball comedy genre, appearing in such classics as…

Films in 2016: December

Happy New Year! 2016 was quite a year, to say the least, especially in the last month. But on the movie-watching front, December was a good month filled with some great movies to top off the year. Half the films I watched were catch up for the 52 Films by Women project since I fell behind…

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…