Wednesday, June 5, 2019

ANNOUNCING the Fourth Annual Olivia de Havilland Blogathon!

I am excited to announce that, for the fourth year in a row, Crystal of In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and I are hosting a blogathon in honor of our beloved Olivia de Havilland, who will be turning 104 on July 1st!

The blogathon will run from July 1st to July 3.

Here are the rules:

1. Choose any film or topic pertaining to Dame Olivia. Up to TWO Duplicates are allowed, so if you see that only one blogger is writing about, say, The Adventures of Robin Hood, you are free to write about it also.

2. Once you have made your selection(s), leave a comment below or over on Crystal's blog. Please be sure to include the name and link to your blog (so I don't have to look it up).

3. Please be sure to acknowledge both hosts in your post with a link back to their blog.

4. Lastly, grab a banner and spread the word!


Phyllis Loves Classic Movies: The Well Groomed Bride (1946)
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: The Dark Mirror (1946) & TBA
The Flapper Dame: My Cousin Rachel (1952)
Hamlette's Soliloquy: Dodge City (1939)
Movies Meet Their Match: The Proud Rebel (1958)
Pale Writer: The Snake Pit (1948)
Realweegiemidget Reviews: Olivia on The Love Boat
The Stop Button: The Heiress (1949)
Silver Screen Classics: My Cousin Rachel (1952)
Musings of a Classic Film Addict: Olivia's recipe for Salade Nicoise
The Midnight Drive-In: The Snake Pit (1948)
Pop Culture Reverie: Murder is Easy (1982)
PEPS: Sante Fe Trail (1940)
Critica Retro: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
Poppity Talks Classic Film: Gold is Where You Find It (1938)
Screen Dreams: It's Love I'm After (1937)
18 Cinema Lane: Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
A Shroud of Thoughts: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Old Hollywood Films: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Taking Up Room: The Heiress (1949)
Along the Brandywine: Captain Blood (1936)

Already claimed twice
My Cousin Rachel (1952), The Snake Pit (1948), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), and The Heiress

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Movies I Watched in May

This month I finally watched the first two Falcon movies. TCM always seems to show a bunch of them on the same day and I feel like I can't just watch one. Same with the Saint movies.
  1. The Gay Falcon (1941) - George Sanders & Wendy Barrie
  2. A Date with the Falcon (1942) - George Sanders & Wendy Barrie
  3. The Sky's the Limit (1943) - Fred Astaire & Joan Leslie, Robert Ryan
  4. Desire Me (1947) - Greer Garson, Richard Hart, Robert Mitchum 
  5. The Big Steal (1949) - Robert Mitchum & Jane Greer, William Bendix
  6. *It’s a Great Feeling (1949) - Dennis Morgan, Doris Day, Jack Carson
  7. Cause for Alarm! (1951) - Loretta Young, Barry Sullivan
  8. *Roman Holiday (1953) - Audrey Hepburn & Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert
  9. The Left Handed Gun (1958) - Paul Newman
  10. Never Too Late (1965) - Maureen O’Sullivan, Jim Hutton, Connie Stevens
  11. *My Bodyguard (1980) - Adam Baldwin (yes, I watched it again. On dvd. Last month it was a blurry copy on youtube.
  12. Smoke Jumpers (1996) - Adam Baldwin & Lindsey Frost
  13. Control Factor (2003) - Adam Baldwin, Tony Todd
  14. Serenity (2005) - Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Adam Baldwin, Morena Baccarin (also watched Firefly),
  15. Sands of Oblivion (2007) - Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, George Kennedy
  16. *Skyfall (2012) - Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Naomi Harris, Albert Finney 
Least Favorite Film: Hands down Sands of Oblivion. It had the potential to be an exciting movie with a unique premise (finding the Cecile B. Demille sets used for The Ten Commandments), but despite the cast it was just terrible. Also the CGI was really bad. Control Factor had an weird inconclusive ending. Astaire's character was obnoxious in The Sky's the Limit and it made me mad that they expect the viewer to believe that 18 year old Joan Leslie would consider marrying the 44 year old Astaire or even worse the 54 year old Robert Benchley. Sure, Joan looked like she could be in her late 20s but that's still bad. I had to watch it for Robert Ryan though ;)

Favorite Film: I really enjoyed The Big Steal. However, the real favorite this month was the first four seasons of The Last Ship (2014-2018) starring Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin (of course), Rhona Mitra, Charles Parnell, Travis Van Winkle, and Jocko Sims. It's so good!! I will admit I looked away for some of the bloody scenes but otherwise I highly recommend!

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Look out for a Blogathon announcement post this week! I accidently published it the other day - I clicked on the wrong date - in case you're one of the ones that saw it and were wondering where it disappeared to. If you commented I've put you down already :)