Showing posts with label YouTube Videos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label YouTube Videos. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Classic Movie Books I've Been Reading (2)

 In my latest YouTube video I discuss the books and reviewing so far this year. Check it out!

Mentioned in the video: 
Charles Boyer: The French Lover by John Baxter
Dervish Dust: The Life and Words of James Coburn by Robyn L. Coburn 
Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invention of the Twentieth Century by Dana Stevens
Girls on Film: Lessons from a Life of Watching Women in Movies by Alicia Malone
Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World by Wil Haygood 
Topper by Thorne Smith
Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
Lana: The Lady, The Legend, The Truth by Lana Turner
Nazimova: A Biography by Gavin Lambert
Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley by Jeffrey Spivak

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Come September (1961)

In my latest YouTube video I discuss the sex comedy classic Come September (1961) starring Rock Hudson, Gina Lollobrigida, Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin. Available on blu-ray from Kino Lorber!

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Thank you to Kino Lorber for sending me a copy to review!

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Classic Film Book Haul and Luis Buñuel Memoir Review

I've been busy over on my YouTube channel creating some fun classic film themed videos for you all! Two recent ones include a classic film book haul with lots of great novels and two non-fiction selections as well as a review of Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel's memoir My Last Sigh. I hope you'll check them out. Please make sure you subscribe as I'm posting videos every Saturday!

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Kino Lorber Studio Classics: Lilies of the Field (1963) and The Organization (1971)


Check out my latest YouTube video where I review two Kino Lorber Studio Classics Blu-rays starring Sidney Poitier: Lilies of the Field (1963) and The Organization (1971). I came to really appreciate Lilies of the Field with another viewing on this excellent blu-ray edition. Poitier won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in this touching film about exiled German nuns and an ex-GI who helps them build a chapel. The Organization (1971) is the third in the Mister Tibbs films starting with In the Heat of the Night (1967) and They Call Me Mr. Tibbs! (1970). Convoluted plot follows Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) as he uncovers a secret organization of dangerous businessmen who transport and sell hard drugs. Great cast, great setting, but a so-so film.

I'm hoping to get videos up weekly. Would love to hear your thoughts on types of videos you'd like to see!

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Kino Lorber Studio Classics: Arise, My Love (1940) and No Time for Love (1943)


Check out my latest YouTube video where I review two Kino Lorber Studio Classics Blu-rays: Arise, My Love (1940) and No Time for Love (1943). Both are Paramount films directed Mitchell Leisen and starring Claudette Colbert. Arise, My Love (1940) is a light romantic drama set in WWII starring Ray Milland. No Time for Love (1943) is a hilarious screwball comedy starring Fred MacMurray and also featuring Ilka Chase and June Havoc.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Warner Archive Mega Haul


When it was announced that the WBShop was closing down in its current form and that they would be having their last 4 for $44 sale for Warner Archive titles, I pounced. On March 12th I bought a whopping 32 discs. I used both the sale and a special 15th anniversary coupon code for an extra deal. Then on the last day of March, I bought 4 sets that weren't part of the original sale but I could still use the coupon code for. While we don't know what the future holds for Warner Archive, I did want to buy what I could before it was too late. Warner Archive titles are currently available at a variety of online stores including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Deep Discount, TCM Shop and more and they have new releases scheduled throughout this year. Shop while you can!

Now on to the haul.

Did you partake in the Warner Archive 4 for $44 sale? If so, what did you get?

Friday, November 27, 2020

Video: Female Led Pre-Code Movies

I had a wonderful time chatting with Robert and Stephen of the YouTube channel Coffee with Aliens at the Movies about women in Pre-Code film. We discussed The Divorcee (1930), Blonde Crazy (1931), Working Girls (1931), Millie (1931), Safe in Hell (1931), Baby Face (1933), Female (1933) and Design for Living (1933). I hope you'll check out our discussion and subscribe to their channel!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Kate Gabrielle on Francois Truffaut

Over on my YouTube channel I posted an interview video with Kate Gabrielle. I met up with Kate in New York City and we sat down to discuss her favorite film director Francois Truffaut. I love how this conversation turned out and Kate had lots of great insights and fun stories to share. If you're a fan of Truffaut films make sure you watch the video! And if you haven't subscribed to the channel yet, please do so! There's lots of great content coming in the future.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Ask Us Anything About Movies

I so enjoyed doing the Ask Me Anything: Classic Movies Edition that I decided it would be fun to do a couples version with my movie-loving husband Carlos! I solicited questions from Twitter and Instagram and we got some great responses. Some thought-provoking prompts and some fun questions too. A big thank you to everyone who participated.

Here are the questions that were asked (edited for clarity):

  • What were the first movies you watched so many times that you could recite all the lines? What films would you consider “your movies” as a couple - mutual favorites, films that evoke memories in your relationship, remind you of each other ... ?
  • What's one film you wish your spouse didn't like?
  • What's one film you wish you could watch again for the very first time?
  • What are your fave romantic comedies?
  • What's the first movie you watched as a stay at home date together?
  • Can you each choose one film from each decade 1940-1990 that holds a special place in your heart?
  • What's your favorite Pre-Code?
  • What's your favorite noir?
  • Who is your favorite on-screen couple?
  • As a couple, is there a movie pair that you aspire to emulate?
  • What movie makes you cry the most (or makes you the saddest, if you aren't a crier)?
  • Most disappointing film you waited years to see?
  • Name a character who reminds you of your spouse - either in traits, looks, quirks?!
  • Thoughts regarding Classic Films on Blu-ry and how titles in that format compare in quality to their DVD releases.  Is there any significant reason to choose one over the other when purchasing a film produced decades ago??
  • How would you cast a new remake of Maltese Falcon? Also would you set it today or back in the 30s or 40s?
  • Last movie you two watched together? Worst classic film aimed at a female audience?
  • Among the films that you introduced to each other, what is a movie that Carlos was reluctant to watch but ended up loving, and a movie you were reluctant to watch but ended up loving?
  • Which films you introduced to each other and thinking the other would?
  • What film do you (or Carlos) pull out that makes the other groan because you (or Carlos) just can’t stand to watch it one more time.
  • What film(s) do you guys like to watch when you’re feeling down and need a pick-me-up?
  • What is a classic film that you both would love to see remade now?
  • Do you insert tag lines or favorite quotes into your daily conversations?

Enjoy the video! And if you'd like to watch more of my videos, please make sure to visit my YouTube channel and subscribe.

Monday, October 1, 2018

A Star is Born Book Review and Giveaway

A Star is Born
Judy Garland and the Film That Got Away
by Lorna Luft and Jeffrey Vance
Running Press
Hardcover ISBN: 9780762464814
248 pages
September 2018
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I'm doing things a little different this time with a video book review! Thank you to TCM and Running Press for sending me copies of their newest book about A Star is Born movies, most notably the 1954 version starring Judy Garland and James Mason. With the 2018 version coming out later this week, it's a great time to look at how these films fit into the context of Hollywood history and how the 1954 version failed to be Judy Garland's great comeback. Watch the video to find out what I had to say about this new book!

Because I received two review copies of the book I decided to host a giveaway for the additional copy.


To enter:

1) Subscribe to my YouTube Channel
2) In the comment section down below, tell me what is your favorite A Star is Born film (What Price Hollywood? counts) and why.
3) Include your e-mail address in the comment so I can contact you if you win. 
Addresses will be removed after the contest is over.

* Open internationally. 
* Must be age 18 or over.
* Must complete all three prompts to be eligible. 
* Contest ends October 4th at 11:59 PM EST.
* One winner will be selected, contacted via e-mail, and announced here.

Congrats to the winner Despina!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Ask Me Anything: Classic Movies Edition

Recently on social media I sent out a prompt for people to submit me questions about classic movies. I got some really great responses!

  • What’s an old film you’ve changed your mind on over the years? For better or worse.
  • What is a popular, well-liked classic film that you personally can't get into?
  • What classic movie that you love is one you feel is criminally overlooked by the general public?
  • What do you think was the best year for movies?
  • What are five classic films that you’d recommend people share with their friends when introducing them to the world of old movies?
  • If you could un-see any classic film and watch it again for the very first time, which one would it be?
  • Which classic film actor or actress do you think would have made an awesome YouTuber?
  • If you could go on a cross-country road trip with 3 classic film stars, who would they be, which type of vehicle would you take and who would do the bulk of the driving?
  • Pick a decade of movies to send to the outer limits of the universe as a time capsule of that Earth's BEST represents. Examples of why you chose that decade. .
  • How did you take the path into reviewing/writing about classic movies?
  • Which actor/actress would you most like to have dinner and drinks with while watching a classic movie MST3K style?
  • Which classic - a film that is commonly thought of among the pantheon of great old films - would you most like to see remade, and why?
  • Have you watched a classic movie that you felt should have been more popular but was maybe too ahead of its time, risqué, etc?
  • Who or what led you to become a fan of classic film?
  • What is the first classic movie you fell in love with?
  • What is the first classic movie you remember watching?
  • What is the best way to get young people interested in classic movies?
  • In your opinion, the best classic movie?

I recorded my answers and posted them up on my YouTube channel today. I hope you enjoy the questions and my answers! Thank you to everyone who participated.

And if you like my YouTube videos, make sure to subscribe to my channel.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

My TCM Swag

Today on my YouTube channel I'm sharing my favorite TCM swag. These are TCM branded items that I've collected over the years.

A few years ago I shared two posts about my favorite items in my classic film collection. Not only movies themselves but lots of other stuff too. Some of the TCM items I mention in the video are also in these posts.

Coolest Classic Film Stuff I Own Part One
Coolest Classic Film Stuff I Own Part Two

The item featured in the image above is TCM's Noir Alley Gardenia & Lily Candle. In the video I do a fun unboxing.

I hope you enjoy!

What's your favorite TCM branded item in your collection?

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