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“You are the same today you’ll be in five years except for two things: the people you meet and the books you read.” ~ Charlie “Tremendous” Jones
I just recently discovered that quote, and I have to say that I can really identify with it. I love to read and there are so many books that have made a big impact in my life. Also, in the past two years since I’ve started blogging, I’ve met some really cool new people online, and that too has enriched my life.
One of the coolest bloggers, heck one of the coolest people period, that I have met in the past two years has been Karen, author of the blog Shadows and Satin and editor of an awesome newsletter called The Dark Pages. She writes mostly about film noir and pre-code films, and not only is she very passionate and knowledgeable about the topics she writes about, she also has a great sense of humor that makes her blog really stand out. Please be sure to visit her site before you read any further!
Always one of my most generous supporters, Karen recently presented me with a Liebster Award (thank you Karen!), which came with some fun requirements. As a recipient of the award, I am supposed to list 11 random facts about me and answer the 11 questions given to me; nominate 11 other blogs; and present the recipients with 11 new questions. Continue reading »
I listen to my favorite music on it of course, but by far the thing I use it for the most is to listen to podcasts, including some great movie podcasts.
So, what is a podcast?
If you are not familiar with what a podcast is, it is a type of audio or video file, usually part of a series on a specific topic or subject area, that can be streamed online or downloaded and listened to on a mobile device or portable media player such as an iPod.
You can probably find a podcast on just about any subject imaginable, and I personally listen to podcasts on subjects ranging from health & nutrition, to sports, to business, to movies/entertainment.
I’m sure there are many different podcasts out there for movie lovers of all kinds, but today I am going to share some movie podcasts that have something to offer the classic movie fan.
Here are 7 of my favorite movie podcasts that I think you will enjoy:
Turner Classic Movies host Scott McGee interviews various guests about some of their favorite movies from the upcoming TCM schedule. We also get to hear interesting stories of how his guests came to be fans of classic movies.
Looking back over 2011, I would say that overall it was a very good year for me. It was the first year in a while where I had no major life changes or difficult challenges to overcome, and I am very grateful for that. It was also my first full year of blogging and although I’m proud of all I accomplished here on my blog, I didn’t quite achieve all that I had set out to do in terms of frequency or quality of posts and number of movies watched.
As I’m trying to do in other areas of my life, I think it’s good to take a step back and get some perspective by looking at everything you have accomplished and thinking of ways to improve upon them in the future. So if you don’t mind walking down memory lane with me, I will attempt to recap of a few of the topics I covered over the course of last year before I discuss a few of my plans for the new year. Continue reading »
I recently tweeted a link to an article about an event called “Cinematic Passages: Ocean Liners on Screen” that was taking place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York. Sponsored by the ocean liner company Cunard, the event’s goal was to bring the golden age of ocean travel to life by showcasing the glamor of ocean travel in movies from the last 50 years. When one of my followers subsequently asked me for some recommendations of ocean liner movies that I love, it gave me the idea for this post highlighting a few of my favorites.
The reason that event caught my eye is that I absolutely love watching movies set on ocean liners (called “floating palaces” by some), and an event like that would be right up my alley. Unfortunately, I live far away from New York and could not attend. I can’t really pinpoint the reason for my fascination with ocean liners, but there is just something about them that intrigues me. Perhaps it has something to do with my nostalgia for the tv show “Love Boat” which I loved watching when I was younger, even though I know cruise ships are different than ocean liners. Or maybe it’s just that I wish I had lived back in that era and experienced the glamor and excitement of ocean liner travel for myself. Continue reading »
I wanted to take the time to thank Audrey from the blog Fedoras and High Heels for recently honoring my blog with the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award. Audrey is one of my loyal readers and most frequent commenters, and as a relatively new blogger who is not always confident in my writing abilities, I can’t tell you how much that kind of support means to me. I’d like to reciprocate and encourage you to visit her wonderful blog as well!
According to the rules of this award, I am also supposed to pass it on to 12 other blogs that I enjoy reading. If you don’t mind, I’m actually going to cheat a little bit and copy what I’ve seen done on a few other blogs. I invite you to check out my blogroll in the right sidebar where I have listed several of the awesome classic movie blogs that I frequent regularly. Please visit them when you get a chance as I’m sure your support would mean as much to them as it means to me. Thanks!
The rules also state that I am to list 7 random facts about myself, but I’ll let you decide if you can handle the excitement or not and refer you to a list I made when Tom from Motion Picture Gems so kindly honored me with the Stylish Blogger award back in March.
Thanks once again for the award, Audrey and a big thanks to everyone who has ever taken the time to read one of my posts! It is much appreciated!
Are there any classic movies that you know are well-loved by others or that have received many awards and honors, that you just can’t get yourself to watch? I’ll be the first to admit that I can be very discriminating when it comes to the types of movies I watch so my answer to that is definitely ‘yes’.
Although there are some exceptions, I usually don’t stray too far away from the typical drama, comedy, or film noir, or movies that tend to take place in “normal” every day settings. For instance, I’m not a big fan of science fiction or fantasy films, and *gasp* have never seen a Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter movie.
Here are just a few of the award winning and much loved classic movies that I have never been able to bring myself to watch, mostly due to the fact that the setting or the time period in which the movie takes place doesn’t appeal to me:
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
IMDb synopsis: “When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard’s absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.”
Awards and honors: The movie won three Academy Awards including Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, and Best Art Direction and was also nominated for Best Picture. Continue reading »