Thursday, December 31, 2009

:) Goodbye, 2009.

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a very wonderful holiday and a lovely year... tomorrow is the start of a new year! I can't believe it. I have grown so much this past year, and have watched a ton of fabulous movies on the way. I graduated high school, I started college... so many milestones...

I will be celebrating/ringing in the new year by watching the annual The Twilight Zone Marathon that the Syfy [SciFi] channel shows :). I'll probably be switching from that to the Hitchcock Marathon that Turner Classic Movies is playing all day. I'm so excited! What can I say though? The Twilight Zone is my favorite show<3>

Just wanted to update you all :). And I had a very nice Christmas and birthday C: Hope you all had a great year!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Wish List C:

Because of Kate's recent post, "An Epic Gift Guide for the Classic Film Fan," I was inspired to make up my own wishlist. It's about time I reconnect with Etsy anyway :) So here is my wishlist for Christmas/My Birthday!

ROMAN HOLIDAY Recycled VHS Movie Case JoUrNaL

George Lassos the Moon Print - It's A Wonderful Life

Gone With The Wind Charmed Bracelet

It's a WONDERFUL Life -Christmas-Charm Bracelet,movie

(notice the mistake?)

Audrey Hepburn Mini Pendant

Alfred Hitchcock Silhouette Pillow on Goldenrod Fabric

Wood and Felt Beverage Coasters - Set of 2 -    Movie Theme

Casablanca Earrings with Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart


And, as a birthday present to myself, I made an impulsive buy already today...

White Christmas Earrings It's a Wonderful Life Earrings

Both were $8 each. I'm in heaven. So thanks a lot Kate for the inspiration, and making me think outside the box C:

Friday, November 27, 2009

It's A Miracle!

I know, I know… it is still incredibly early, but I can’t help myself! Because it is Black Friday, I decided to talk about a movie that relates to a store that is incredibly American. Macy’s. So, if you guessed correctly, Miracle on 34th Street.

I actually saw this film well before It’s A Wonderful Life. I fell in love with little Natalie Wood and the lovely Maureen O’Hara at first sight (the first film I saw with either or them). This film captures the true spirit of Christmas, and is as timeless as Christmas itself.

In this classic film, a man who claims to be Santa Claus [Edmund Gwenn] is hired as such at Macy’s department store. He becomes a huge hit with the customers. Doris Walker [Maureen O’Hara], the special events director, learns that the man calls himself Kris Kringle. Ms. Walker, a cynic when it comes to Christmas, has trained herself as well as her daughter Susan [Natalie Wood] to reject all ’notions and belief of fantasy.’ However, everyone starts to see notice something special in Kris. After failing a mental examination, Kris becomes institutionalized as insane. But a young lawyer named Fred Gailey [John Payne], a friend of Ms. Walker, decides to take on his case and defend him, arguing that he truly is who he says he is.

I’m a sap, yes, but I cry at many of the parts. I really can’t spoil it if you haven’t seen it, but I will attach my favorite scene below.

I give the movie four out of four stars. It’s worth every minute of waiting and finally watching. Edmund Gwenn is the only actor to date, to win an Oscar for his portrayal on Santa Claus. And in fact, he was the Santa Claus in the actual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade back in 1946. OH, and you should definitely check out the movie’s trailer! It is one of the most creative ones I’ve seen.

Ramble On

Because of my break for Thanksgiving, I’ve had more time to watch some of my favorite classic movies… and classics in general!

Yesterday, while cooking the yams and baking more pies, I listened to Bing Crosby and Gene Autry [I know, it might be early… but what do you expect?] Afterwards, well, during Thanksgiving dinner, we watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Oh, one of my favorites… I’m a big Charlie Brown fan C:. It isn’t comparable to A Charlie Brown Christmas, but that’s on next month ;)

Now, today… we got our Christmas tree :] But beforehand, I woke up and watched Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. I fell in love with Cary Grant all over again. After getting the tree, I watched Yours, Mine, and Ours starring the adorable Henry Fonda and beautiful Lucille Ball. I almost forgot how much I adored that film. And, after some well needed Black Friday shopping, I relaxed while watching Some Like It Hot. The day was simply perfection and just what I needed to get back to reality. I can’t wait until Christmas! Speaking of it, I walked into a Hallmark store today and melted while looking at this lovely Gone With the Wind ornament!

I’m also very excited for December in general! Besides finishing up my classes for my first semester, Humphrey Bogart is the star of the month! He shares a birthday with me [December 25th], and I fell in love with him after seeing Casablanca and The African Queen. 64 Bogart films will be shown next month, including the ones mentioned plus some rare ones! I’m stoked!

For my most recent poll, “Which Hitchcock Film is Your Favorite?” Rear Window won with 71% of the votes. Notorious and Dial M For Murder each received 14%, but nobody voted for Psycho, Vertigo, Spellbound, or To Catch A Thief. Make sure that you vote in my next poll!

I hope that everyone is enjoying a lovely Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 20, 2009

White Christmas

If you didn't already know, I was born on Christmas Day back in 1990. I love Christmas. It's my favorite time of year. And exactly one week from today [on Black Friday], Christmas begins! Okay, well, it actually starts Thanksgiving night for me... but anyway, in the spirit of my favorite holiday, I'm writing about one of my favorite Christmas singers, who just so happens to be an actor, too!

We've all grown to love Bing Crosby, born Harry Lillis Crosby back in 1903. Although parts of his life are sketchy, such as his the relationship with his children from his first marriage or the affair with Grace Kelly, he made such beautiful music. His voice is phenomenal, which Louis Armstrong described as "like gold being poured out of a cup." It was truly remarkable.

His two biggest selling singles were 'White Christmas' (which became the best selling single for over 50 years until broken by Elton John's 'Candle in the Wind') and 'Silent Night,' both which were awarded platinum discs. He was the first person to sing 'White Christmas', and he first performed it on his NBC radio show, The Kraft Music Hall, back on Christmas in 1941. Many musical artists have also recorded the song, but nothing can compare to Bing Crosby's voice.

When most people think of a Bing Crosby movie, perhaps most commonly Holiday Inn, The Bells of St. Mary's, or even The Country Girl come to mind. Nope, not for me. My favorite Bing Crosby film, however, is a Christmassy one. White Christmas. I love so many scenes in that movie, and it might be that one because it has Danny Kaye in it (if you've ever seen National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, you can imagine the importance). I love Rosemary Clooney's voice, Bing Crosby's of course, the setting, the plot... oh, the film is to die for.

White Christmas (1954) - "After leaving the Army after W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-and-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, is the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General."

The movie has a number of great and memorable parts. Among some of my favorites include all the parts when they are on the train... the four of them singing at the end in their lovely red outfits [that all coordinate], the 'Sisters' song sung by the Haynes sisters, and of course, Danny and Bing's take on the song, wearing several of their accessories and laughing as they make us all laugh.

Oh, it is such a heavenly film. I really love it, and I can't wait to see it again this year :]

Friday, November 13, 2009

Oh, Jimmy

Yesterday, I got into a slight argument with my older brother and his wife... along with my own mother. After telling me that my sister-in-law and mother do not like Charlie Brown, they continue to tell me that they also dislike watching It's A Wonderful Life. "Why?" I asked. Well, they just don't like Jimmy Stewart. Oh, I cringed. My brother continues by making his own impression of Jimmy Stewart. Yes, he has that unforgettable voice... but that's why I adore him, among other things, of course. He's the "all American" guy. Warm, gentle, down to earth. I could go on and on. I think I love him so much because I am within three degrees of knowing him--my grandfather was with him during World War II. :] So he has a special place in my heart.
So, I decided to do my list of my favorite Jimmy Stewart films. They are in no specific order, like usual.

It's A Wonderful Life (1946) - If you didn't know already, it is my favorite film in the entire world. I know all the lines and I cry at all the same parts... even the parts that aren't so sad. "I'll give you the moon," "every time a bell rings...." among others :) A movie that stands the test of time and will always be a favorite.

Rear Window (1954) - My first Hitchcock film that I absolutely fell in love with. Although you see Stewart age significantly, he still has the same charm and bravery (even if he's confined into a wheelchair). He rocks the blue pajamas (and the brown ones, too). I love watching his eyes... as he grows with fear.

After the Thin Man (1936) - Not a very large role, but I remember seeing a clip of this film and having to see it. Why? Jimmy Stewart goes berserk. It's one of the few films where he not the hero, but rather then villain. And although he's good at playing the hero, he made a good creeper.

The Philadelphia Story (1940) - His only Oscar win... which was a surprise to him and almost everyone else. He himself thought his good friend Henry Fonda should have won it. Either way, he was charming in the film, even as a drunk. He doesn't end up with the girl, but it's a cute film.

Bell Book and Candle (1958) - His second film with Kim Novak. It's an unusual age difference (but lots of films were like that 'back then'), but he's absolutely adorable for being so naive.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) - Although it was Hitchcock's own remake, and many say it's not very good... I love this film (except for the ending... don't get me started). Doris Day is delightful with Que Sera Sera, but it's the ending where Ben (Stewart) and his son Hank are being escorted out of the building... where Stewart makes his move. Ah! It gives me goose bumps just thinking about it. I could watch it all the time.

The Greatest Show On Earth (1952) - Low rating, it seems... but I just loved Jimmy playing the role of a clown. I am completely afraid of clowns, but him as one just makes me want to ask him for a balloon animal in the shape of a dog. Aw.

Friday, November 6, 2009

A Rant

I love receiving the Turner Classic Movies monthly email about their upcoming schedule for the month. Of course, you are able to view the schedule a few months in advance on their website, but I still like the surprise sometimes.

However, I am once again a little upset with the amount of Gregory Peck films they are showing. They usually show between one and four a month, and usually late into night... too late for me to watch due to living on the East Coast. I don't recall them playing any this month... but in December, only three will be shown. Two will be shown in January. February should be fun... five will be played. It does upset me a whole lot because he's my absolute favorite, and I couldn't get enough of his films.

And... why can't NBC just give up the rights for It's A Wonderful Life already? It's my favorite film in the entire world, and as much as I like waiting to see it in December (they show it twice a year... right?), I could see it every day.

Alright... so enough of my ranting. I have been so busy with school that I barely ever get the chance to watch classic films anymore. Next week, they are showing Rear Window... my favorite Hitchcock film. I will definitely be watching it! I can't wait until Christmas break to watch a plethora of great classic films!

Grace Kelly: A Small Biography and Tribute

This month, Turner Classic Movies is celebrating the 80th Birthday of Grace Kelly! Because I love the actress so much, I’ve decided to write a small tribute/biography :]

On November 12th, 1929, Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her father was a self-made millionaire and ran for the mayor of Philadelphia in 1935 and lost. Grace was enrolled in the prestigious Ravenhill Academy. She modeled along with her mother and sisters and at twelve was in the lead of the school play, Don’t’ Feed the Animals. In 1947, she graduated from a small private school (Stevens School). She was rejected from Bennington College because of poor math scores, but decided to pursue acting instead. She had a small part in the film Fourteen Hours, but a year later, she became a star acting alongside Gary Cooper in High Noon. She was at her peak
in the 1950s, with Hitchcock classics such as Dial M For Murder, To Catch A Thief, and Rear Window. In 1955, she won an Oscar for 1954’s The Country Girl. It was her only Oscar win. Her last finished film was 1956’s High Society. After that, she married Prince Rainier of Monaco, making her Princess Grace of Monaco.

She had three children… Princess Caroline of Monaco, Prince Albert of Monaco, and Princess Stephanie of Monaco. She returned to acting in one film, entitled Rearranged. The movie was never finished due to an accident. This accident ended the life of Grace Kelly. She [apparently] suffered a stroke while driving and was killed in an accident.

Grace Kelly was a true, classic beauty. She had so much class, and was stunningly beautiful. She was elegant, poised, calm, and simple. She is truly missed.

"Hollywood amuses me. Holier-than-thou for the public and unholier-than-the-devil in reality."

Friday, October 30, 2009

Alfred Hitchcock: A Tribute

I have a bunch of favorite directors. Most notably, Frank Capra, William Wyler, and Alfred Hitchcock. In the spirit of Halloween, here’s a tribute to the amazing Master of Suspense, Sir Alfred Hitchcock.

Brief Biography

His career spanned six decades, and everyone can name at least one of his incredible films. We know him for many of his ‘trade marks,’ whether it be his use of blondes, often making cameos in his films, his use of dark humor, or his neat camera angles. A lot can be said about the extraordinary man.

Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, London, England on August 13th, 1899. His parents were strict Catholics and he attended St. Ignatius College, a school for engineering and navigation. When he was around fifteen or sixteen years old in 1915, he has his first job as an estimator for the Henley Telegraph and Cable Company. In 1920, he became a title designer. He designed movie titles for all the ones made as Lasky’s studio. The first film he directed was Number 13 in 1922, but it was unfinished. The director of Always Tell Your Wife (1923) fell ill and Hitchcock took after. After that, the rest is history. He married his wife, Alma Reville, in 1926 and was with her until his death in 1980 [that’s a long time]! He died on April 29th, 1980 of renal failure. He was eighty.

Although is career as a director was extremely successful and spanned over half a century, he never won an Oscar. He was nominated 5 times for Best Director [Psycho, Rear Window, Spellbound, Lifeboat and Rebecca]. He did receive the 1968 Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award and in 1979, the American Film Institute awarded him the Life Achievement Award.

My Top Hitchcock Flicks

Rear Window (1954) - My favorite. Grace Kelly is stunning, and the entire film keeps you on your toes. A professional photographer (James Stewart) is wheelchair-bound after breaking his leg trying to get an ‘action shot’ at an auto race. To pass the time, he stares out the window of his New York apartment, spying on his neighbors and following their lives. However, he begins to suspect that one of the neighbors murdered his wife. He enlists in the help of his fashionista girlfriend (Grace Kelly) and his visiting nurse.

The Birds (1963) - Not the greatest ‘effects,’ as in the bird scenes… but still excellent in my opinion. A sociliate and prankster (Trippi Hedren) meets a man while shopping at a pet store. The man named Mitch (Rod Taylor) is looking to buy a pair of love birds for his sister’s birthday. She decides to buy her own pair and drive up to the lake where Mitch spends his weekends with his mother and sister. After being nipped by a seagull on the way across the lake, bizarre bird attacks begin to happen.

Psycho (1960) - I shouldn’t give too much away. I love the film though. A young woman (Janet Leigh) steals $40,000 from her employer’s client. While on her way to visit her boyfriend Sam, she grows tired and decides to stop at a motel for the night. However, tragedy strikes when the young hotel owner’s mother has pushed him too far.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) - Because I can’t summarize it as nicely… “A family vacationing in Morocco accidentally stumble on to an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering.”

And of course, I do love Spellbound, North by Northwest, Notorious, and Vertigo a whole lot, also!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) vs. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

In the spirit of Halloween, I decided to blog about one of my favorites. It’s been a debate for many, many years. Of course, there are various versions that have been released, but when asked if you have seen the movie, the most widely recognized of all are the two mentioned above. However, which one is the better one? It’s too difficult. Yes, the same synopsis and all that… but different effects, different actors… all of these things must be considered when deciding which film is better.

According to IMDB, the heavy makeup that Frederic March wore as Hyde almost damaged his face. If you have seen both. You know which Hyde looks scarier… Frederic March’s Hyde. The pulling down of the eyes, the hair, the teeth… March’s Hyde makeup was in various colors. How his appearance registered on the film depended on the use of different colored filters in front of a camera lens [which color was in front of the lens brought out which color of makeup the most]. I think Frederic March was the perfect person to play this role. It certainly showed that the actor could do ‘heavier roles.’

Now for the 1941 version. I’ve always loved Spencer Tracy. He is one of the greatest actors of all time [and he won two Oscars in a ROW. Like Tom Hanks!]. He turned down James Stewart’s role in The Philadelphia Story (1940) to make this piece. Anyway, the effects of Tracy’s Hyde is VERY different. Not as much hair….he doesn’t have the ridiculously droopy eyes. The teeth aren’t messed up really. I do think that acting might be what makes him Hyde. The scene where Ivy [Ingrid Bergman] brings him a drink, and he asks her to sit down… that’s creepy. His face, the way he watches and stares at her. The way he seems to angry and possessive. That’s Hyde. You don’t need the makeup and effects to tell that he is evil. However… even Tracy himself said this was the least of his favorite films and that his acting was awful. It’s not my favorite of his films by far. If more effects were used, then perhaps it could be more comparable to the 1931 version.

Audiences and critics felt that Spencer Tracy was ‘too American’ and ‘too rough’ to play the role of Hyde in the film. And perhaps they were right. But in a way, off topic but, I couldn’t picture anyone else playing James Stewart’s role in The Philadelphia Story (1940), and that’s just what would have happened.

So, I think 1931’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde takes the cake!

Watch this YouTube video. It’s actually a picture slideshow, but it does come very close to the 1931 [1932] part of the movie. Watch as his entire face changes…. the eyes, teeth, cheeks, hair… everything! The movie was well ahead of it’s time. It certainly it remarkable.

*NOTE: Although often said to be 1932, I put 1931... It was released on December 31st, 1931. IMDB placed it at 1931, as well.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Creepy, Worthwhile Flicks

Halloween is the second largest commercial holiday in the United States, followed by Christmas. It surely is no surprise that October is probably the month with the greatest number of horror flicks shown, while December is the month for heartfelt Christmas stories.

Anyway… Halloween is two weeks away! So, it’s time to get into the spirit by watching a good horror flick or two. It of course, depends on the type of film that suits or fancy. Creepy? Eerie? Just plain off? I’ll be honest, I’m not too much of an ‘old’ creepy film watcher… mostly anything from the 1970s through the early 1990s. Besides Hitchcock, I love more modern day movies when it comes to thrillers and/or mystery and suspense films. I haven’t seen any remakes of the classic 1970s and 1980s movies, such as Rob Zombie’s take on Halloween or the new Friday The 13th film. The following four films are the to me, the coolest films and a requirement to watch during the Halloween season. Also, if you want a synopsis of the movie, either check it out and be surprised, or search on IMDB.

Halloween (1978) - It had an extremely low budget, it was Jamie Lee Curtis’ big break, and Michael Myers always came back to life after dying. The mask was a William Shatner mask, for goodness sakes. But as a child, this film scared the living daylights out of me. The music is eerie, the mask was creepy, and I was always on the lookout for the killer in real life. Of course, the franchise still continues, but they certainly aren’t anything comparable to the original.

Friday the 13th (1980) - I first saw this film with my boyfriend three years ago. I was frightened, even being fifteen. The music was also a tad creepy, and the mask was nothing more than the cliché hockey mask that a goalie wears. The budget was only $500,000, but made over $39,000,000. This film didn’t have to convince me twice, but I never even planned on being a camp counselor ever again.

Psycho (1960) - Alfred Hitchcock once wanted to make a film in Disneyland in the early 1960s. Walt Disney refused because Hitchcock made “that disgusting movie ‘Psycho.’” Yes, the film had that much of an impression… the famous shower scene gives us all chills, and the ending was just wonderful and spooky. Plus, who would think that Anthony Perkins could harm anyone? It was Hitchcock’s last black and white film, but surely, it was one of the most bone chilling ones.

The Exorcist (1973) - A young teenager becomes possessed by an evil spirit. Two priests must help. Simple plot, but still a great film. The evil voice is really creepy, and Billy Graham claimed that an actual demon was living in the celluloid reels of this film. It’s only pea soup, but the effects are everlasting. If you adjust for inflation, this film is the highest grossing R-Rated film. Yeah, think about that.

They may be 'newer,' but they are certainly classic.

Friday, October 9, 2009

My Favorite Classic Love Stories

If you have seen any of my other posts, you might know that I am such a sucker for any romantic movie/love story. Whether it’s from the 1920s or 2000s, any romantic plot in a movie [whether small or large] often makes me tear up a little on the inside. So, here is the Classic Movie Bug’s Greatest Love Movies list.

Two for the Road [1967] - Starring Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn, this is probably one of my absolute favorites. It chronicles the ups and downs of a European couple. The movie shows their travels and the love they have for each other, despite problems such as having a child and infidelities. Some of the greatest lines/quotes, in my opinion, come from this film. The music by Henry Mancini makes the movie complete perfection. Just lovely!

“We agreed before we were married that we weren't going to have any children.“
“And before we were married we didn't.”

Roman Holiday [1953] - Another lovely love story involving Audrey Hepburn, this film also stars the ever-so-handsome Gregory Peck. Peck plays an American journalist [Joe Bradley] stationed in Rome. When Princess Anne [Hepburn] escapes and flees from her princess duties, she disguises herself as Anya and meets Bradley. Bradley figures out who she is, and thinks it’s the perfect time to have a one-on-one interview with her [as well as to photograph her having a blast in the wonderful city]. However, she does not know that he knows who she is [sounds confusing, haha]. They fall in love at the end, but they know they can’t be together, without stating why.

“At midnight, I'll turn into a pumpkin and drive away in my glass slipper.”
“And that will be the end of the fairy tale.”

An Affair to Remember [1957] - The remake of 1939’s Love Affair, this film is a classic tearjerker. Terry McKay [Deborah Kerr] and Nicky Ferrante [Cary Grant] fall in love during a cruise from Europe to New York. They both agree that they will meet again in six months at the Empire State Building. However, tragedy strikes and Terry is kept from meeting Nicky, leaving him to believe that she has married or no longer loves him. I think that the pairing was perfect, and I can’t picture anyone else taking on those roles. A MUST SEE!

“I really hope you've found happiness, and if you're ever in need of anything, like someone to love you, don't hesitate to call me.”

Casablanca [1942] - I can’t make a romantic movie list without mentioning this beautiful, well-done, amazing classic. This film stars Humphrey Bogart as “Rick Blaine” and Ingrid Bergman as “Ilsa Lund.” Two star-crossed lovers who are destined to be together. Rick is the owner of Rick’s Café, a central spot in Morocco, Africa. Victor Lazlo, an underground Czech leader, arrives to Morroco with Rick’s one time love, Ilsa. Although bitter to her in the beginning for leaving him, he learns she has a good reason to. Some of the greatest quotes of all time are from this movie. Tearjerker.

“Here’s looking at you, kid.”

So, that’s it for now! I might make a Part II… who knows! But that’s all I have got for right now. I’d love more comments/feedback, and I’d love if more people voted in my polls!

Friday, October 2, 2009

October is Here! C:

I really hope that with this new month, comes a new time to relax and watch a bunch of movies. Once again, I have lacked watching films all together…except for the occasional movie playing as background noise as I do assignment after assignment.

I really want to expand my horizons this month… I want to catch a dozen new stars and fall in love with them. I want to watch a movie that is worthy of going on my Facebook’s Favorite Movies list [I know there are a lot listened there, but really, it’s an honor].

I hope to catch Esther Williams on her five-movie marathon next Thursday. I want to see a bunch of Leslie Caron films on Mondays or William Castle films playing Tuesdays this month. And who could forget… the month of films revolving around the Great Depression [another chance to see Henry Fonda and fall in love all over again (:]

So, although this month is once again filled with schoolwork, I am going to learn to relax and think about myself for at least one weekend. Plus, I will make two more journeys to Penn State University Park to pick up my boyfriend this month, who perhaps will let me watch a good movie or two with him.


One of my favorite movie scenes...

Rear Window: A Movie Review and Synopsis

I am a freaking huge Alfred Hitchcock fan. Seriously. The suspense in each of his films… ah, perfection. The camera angles, the music, especially his storylines. They get me every time. I watch with delight as the story unravels on the screen… I am instantly drawn to it. My eyes aren’t oranges; they can’t be peeled.

But, anyway… the first Alfred Hitchcock film that I ever saw just happens to be my favorite one, as well as the one that is playing tonight on Turner Classic Movies [9 PM; EST]. Rear Window. Agh, just saying the name gets me anxious. I believe the film gained a new life after Disturbia came out in theatres. Disturbia is based off of the Hitchcock classic, but is centered around a teenage boy who is on house arrest.

In this film, a professional photographer named L.B. Jeffries [James Stewart] is wheelchair bound after breaking his leg. To amuse himself and pass the time while in his apartment, he spies on his surrounding neighbors. He is then convinced that one man has committed a murder. With the help of his high-society girlfriend [Grace Kelly] and his visiting nurse, they are able to investigate what really went on in the apartment of the ‘murderer.’

The film keeps you on your toes. Grace Kelly looks absolutely breath-taking… one of her best films. The Technicolor is magnificent. My boyfriend even thought it came out in the 1970s? [Well, that is coming from someone who thought his favorite film, Star Wars, came out in the 1990s and West Side Story came out in the 1980s]. Hah, but it really is great. Four stars. Sir Alfred Hitchcock is the master of Suspense.

Friday, September 25, 2009

"I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen."

It should not be a secret. I love Two for the Road (1967) so much… enough to make me want to watch it over and over again, and recite all the dialogue. However, there is another movie, not so ‘old,’ that I could watch forever. I know a lot of the dialogue, and love to use random lines throughout my day when the moment comes about. This movie, is Say Anything… (1989), starring John Cusack and Ione Skye.

My younger sister claims to be a huge John Cusack fan, only seeing two of his films. I’ve seen a few… Better Off Dead, The Sure Thing, Serendipity, Con-Air…most of his 80s films. So, when she bought the DVD after falling in love with it a year beforehand, I had to watch it myself.

I caught it in one sit in when it played on Indieplex a few months back. It started at around 1:55AM and ended at around 3:35AM. I honestly could NOT walk away or fall asleep. The film kept me hypnotized. If you know me well, I am a sucker for a good romance film… especially if it’s also from the eighties and is considered a teen-flick.

Lloyd Dobler is kick-boxing underachiever [who rarely drinks, by the way] who has fallen madly in love with Diane Court, the smartest girl in school [otherwise known as a brain "trapped in the body of a game show hostess"]. He calls her up, they go out, and fall in love. Although Diane's father and the problem that he faces gets in the way, their love for each other is the stuff that dreams are made of.

The film certainly screams 80s. Whether it’s Lloyd Dobler’s ‘The Clash’ t-shirt or boom box. Or the style of Diane Court’s hair… of course, the songs, too. The greatest scene is without a doubt the famous ‘boom box scene,’ where Lloyd holds up his boom box in front of Diane’s window, blaring the song that they made love to. The movie is full of 80s clichés and that’s probably why I love it so much. A great film in deed and a must see for the biggest 80s, teen, or John Cusack movie fan.

Bringing Them Back C:

After a few weeks of feeling majorly depressed, I have decided that this weekend and week will be a big relief for me. I am going to just relax in my bed, lights off, with a bunch of classic movies. Movies I have seen plenty of times, movies I’ve seen a few times, and movies that I have never seen. Hopefully, I’ll be able to watch Penny Serenade, His Girl Friday, Groundhog Day, My Man Godfrey, Paris When It Sizzles, and whatever else happens to make me smile. I hope to watch The Man From Laramie tomorrow, but it all depends on my parent’s plans for the night. This movie-packed weekend and WEEK should help me feel a little more chipper.

Because of school, I haven’t really had the chance to watch many movies lately. When I’m not doing homework, I’m doing housework. I don’t mind, but I hate not watching many movies. I did catch Carrie the other night, since it’s been almost eight years since I last saw it.

AND… in more excitement, my father bought a DVD/VCR recorder today. That means, when I am at school or sleeping, I can record my favorite films or ones I want to see on a DVD or VHS tape. Yay!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Two for the Road: A Movie Review and Synopsis

Is there a specific movie that you can honestly watch over and over and over again… all day, everyday? Yes, I have favorite films that I enjoy watching often, but Two for the Road is the film I can watch every single time it’s on… I actually watched it three times in less than twenty-four hours… just yesterday. I’ve probably seen it a total of fifteen times, and I am planning to buy it on DVD sometime soon.

I caught the trailer for this movie on Retroplex around April or May. I was instantly drawn to it… Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney, and it was about love, in a sense. Count me in! Anyway, I worked around my schedule and caught it on a Saturday night. I was in heaven. The relationship was so comparable to me and my boyfriend’s. We argue, laugh, have good times… and we love each other, in the end. Yes, we haven’t cheated on each other or anything, but it’s the overall plot of the story I love.

Joanna [Hepburn] is in a touring girl’s choir, while Mark [Finney] is an architect trying to make a name for himself. They meet on the road in Europe. The film shows flashbacks of their marriage… starting out with their first encounter, the memorable times they had spent early in their marriage, the increasing tensions between each other, the infidelities they had, and any other bumps along the road.

Finney and Hepburn have incredible chemistry… it looks as though they truly love each other. The dialogue is absolutely wonderful… extremely witty, and contains some of my favorite quotes of all time.

I’d definitely recommend it. It often plays on Retroplex C:

Funny Farm: A Somewhat Movie Review and Synopsis

I love Christmas movies. A lot. And I know that it’s not even October or anything, but this movie definitely got me in the mood!

Alright, alright… it’s not a Christmas movie, technically, but the ending is very Christmasy (:
I caught it for the first time tonight, actually. I’m a sucker for any Chevy Chase movie, really… especially the Vacation movies [Christmas Vacation just happens to be my favorite, heh].

After they decide that they are getting sick of the city life, Andy [Chevy Chase] and Elizabeth [Madolyn Smith] Farmer buy a country retreat in the state of Vermont. They believe that the peace and quiet will do both of them some good. However, once the moving truck gets lost with all their furniture, things don’t look so good. The mailman hates them, there is a dead body in their garden, and more craziness. After Andy quit his job as a sports journalist, he attempts to write the ‘Great American Novel.’ The novel turns out to be awful, compared to Elizabeth who gets a contract for selling a children’s book on squirrels.

The movie is pretty cute… and there are many, many hilarious parts! I couldn’t stop laughing, which should be expected from a good Chevy Chase movie. If you ever get the chance, I recommend taking the time to see it. I probably wouldn’t buy it to be honest, but it is a film I’d see maybe seven or eight times in my lifetime… or at least once a year.

*Only the ending, really, has anything to do with Christmas, haha<3*

Friday, September 11, 2009

My Top '80s Teen Flicks'

I love classic movies. Really, I do. But I definitely still define many 80s movies as classic… because, we all know that classic movies aren’t just old, but they stand the test of time. Anyway, back to the point…

I am a huge 80s teen flick buff. I love all the stereotypical groups and teen angst in all 80s teen flicks. So, I give you my top five 80s teenage movies.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) - Matthew Broderick was my first celebrity crush as a preteen. Whether it was his cool sunglasses, his awesome leopard print looking vest [in some images it’s hard to tell, of course], his singing in the shower, him making art museums heaven, or having the two best friends in the world… he was the epitome of cool. Everyone wanted to be him.

If you haven’t seen the film, which I am hopefully doubting, watch it. It’ll bring back those memories of you [or someone you knew… *wink*] skipping school and faking sick to take the ultimate day off.

“It’s a little childish and stupid, but then, so is high school.”

The Breakfast Club (1985) - What else is there to say about Molly Ringwald? She is certainly the princess of 80s teen films [or perhaps the queen?]. Either way, she played the sassy Claire Standish that stole John Bender’s heart.

A group of five students -- a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal -- all receive Saturday detention for various reasons. Although they start out as complete strangers, they end up friends in the end.

This movie, along with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, are my favorite 80s teen flicks.

“Being bad feels pretty good, huh?”

The Karate Kid (1984) - Okay, so maybe this film isn’t completely stereotypical of an 80s kid… I mean, not all teenagers take up karate [although everyone wanted to after this film] and certainly not everyone gets trained by Mr. Miyagi. But that is probably what makes this film so great [besides the fact that it has Ralph Maccio in it C:].

Daniel Larusso [played by Maccio] is a bullied student who asks Mr. Miyagi [Pat Morita], a handyman/martial arts master, to help teach him martial arts and show him that there is more than just fighting to the ancient art.

“We make sacred pact. I promise teach karate to you, you promise learn. I say, you do, no questions.”

* This movie is on Sunday, September 20th at 10PM on TCM *

Say Anything... (1989) - Oh, Lloyd Dobler... I fell for you. This is the second John Cusack 80s flick I have seen. I saw Better Off Dead earlier this year and just today watched The Sure Thing Both are great 80s teen flicks... but nothing can compare to this film.

Lloyd Dobler is an underachiever. He lives with his sister and her son and kickboxes. Dian Court is an overachiever who is extremely close to her father. They go out. They fall in love. Something happens... it's a great film and I could seriously watch it over and over and over again. Plus, he is awfully cute in it [and Ione Skye is pretty, too!]. It's an adorable romantic... dramedy?

"What I really want to do with my life--what I want to do for a living--is I want to be with your daughter. I'm good at it."

Fast Times At Ridgemont High
(1982) - I actually just recently saw this film a few days ago. I knew it’d be raunchy, but it did have a lot of teen stereotypes in it. I know that’s awful, but I love typical teenage stereotypes… It was the film that made Sean Penn a star, even if he was a dumb surfer dude.

The movie is true to it’s synopsis as well. A group of teenagers obsessed with either sex, drugs, rock and roll, or a mixture. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite… not even close, but it does make me appreciate my favorites a little more. Hahah, I just think this film should definitely be seen at least once.

“Aloha. My name is Mr. Hand.”

Honorable Mentions... Can't Buy Me Love, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Better Off Dead, Pretty In Pink, Sixteen Candles. I'd be pushing it if I named two John Cusack and three Molly Ringwald flicks.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Favorite Films of All Time

I have created a list of the movies that I feel are my favorite of all time. Sure, my list always changes and grows, but the movies I list below are the ones that will always remain on that list. I am sure this will be edited a bunch of times, but so far...

Roman Holiday: I don’t know what it is about this movie… maybe it’s the fact that it takes place in Rome, Italy. Perhaps it’s because it ends rather realistically. Or maybe it’s just because it stars one of the cutest and most believable couples in movie history? I’ll admit, it’s probably all of those reasons plus a thousand more. Audrey Hepburn’s first big role as a beautiful princess. Gregory Peck as a handsome news writer stationed in Italy. What is there not to love? This movie is my favorite Peck film and Hepburn film. It’s the movie that made me fall in love with each of them. I can’t help but love it. This film opened me up to many other films that starred Gregory Peck, who is now known by many as my favorite actor.

It’s A Wonderful Life: Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. :] Adorable. I have watched this movie every year since I could remember. I have the 50th Anniversary VHS and the 60th Anniversary DVD. One of the best plots I have ever seen… I always thought Frank Capra was one of the best. You can tell that they really love each other in this movie (Stewart and Reed). They have one of those loves that can only be dreamed of… even though it takes George Bailey (Stewart) to realize how good he has it in the end. I love this film. The famous, ‘why don’t you kiss her,’ ‘everytime a bell rings…’ and phone scenes are such classics. Although I have the film on both DVD and VHS, I wait an entire year to catch it on NBC, because it’s just not the same any way else, right? A true treasure and essential in a Christmas, hopeless romantic, or Stewart fan’s collection.

The Philadelphia Story: What do you get when you put Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart in a film together? Pure, wonderful, electric entertainment. This screwball comedy ends in the perfect way, leaving the audience somewhat shocked. Who should she choose? Who does she choose? It won Jimmy Stewart’s first and only Oscar, surprisingly. The two that end up together in the end were just meant to be. I think this is one of the best movies that shows Katharine Hepburn as a wonderful comedienne [not including Sylvia Scarlett or Bringing Up Baby, of course]. So many laughs!

Casablanca: I can’t NOT mention this film, for it was one of the first classic movies I have ever seen. This movie is one of, if not the most mentioned film on AFI’s 100 Years... 100 Quotes list. Most come from Humphrey Bogart himself. Anyway, I’ve always loved World War II (learning about it, I mean) and always listening to my dad reminisce about it, I had to see if for myself. I did after a year or two, while I was on vacation in Florida. Oh, Ingrid Bergman… where to begin? I loved her watery eyes, and she is such a skillful actress [once again like Peck in Roman Holiday, led me to many of her other films]. I might just be a hopeless romantic, but I loved the plot of two star-crossed lovers. And although you want it so that Ilsa and Rick end up together in the end, they both know it’s not possible, and it’s left as so.


Friday, August 28, 2009

The Movies That Changed My Life

After a long conversation with my boyfriend today, discussing our favorite films and such, I was inspired to blog about the films I feel changed me… that shaped my life in one way or another. It’s difficult, because I feel that all the films I have seen changed me in some way, whether temporary or perpetually. But, I felt like sharing the two films that have changed me for good, and the reasons why. So, here goes!

It’s A Wonderful Life - Okay, okay… this film actually changed my film taste. I’ve always loved movies, and I did like classic films, but after seeing this movie when I was old enough to understand, I pretty much just stuck with classic films. That’s not the reason why it completely changed my life, however.

We’ve all been depressed at least once in our lifetime. Life would be boring if people were always happy, right? I was going through a hard time after a break up, and before I started going out with my current boyfriend, I saw this film around Christmastime. I was born on Christmas, and so I have always loved Christmas! But not that year. Anyway… after seeing George Bailey put himself before others constantly throughout his life, and never appearing as if he got anything in return, I realized I didn’t have it so bad. Everything for him always seemed to fail, and after almost killing himself, he realized that things weren’t as bad as they seemed… that you can always make a bad situation better. George Bailey has definitely inspired me to look on the bright side.

To Kill A Mockingbird - It should be no surprise to anyone who knows that my favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird or who knows that my favorite actor is Gregory Peck, that this film is listed. I read the book in late 2006, early 2007 in my 10th grade English class. I grew in love with the book…the way the words flowed, the storyline, and of course the memorable characters. I don’t think that there is any better protagonist than Atticus Finch. He is the greatest hero that has ever graced the planet, and his morals are that of an open-minded person. Anyway, unlike all the other English classes who read the book, we didn’t get to watch the 1962 film. I had to see it for myself, and so I waited patiently for it to come on the television rather than for me buying it (although, I do admit, renting it or even buying the movie would have been worth every penny). It finally came on television, and as soon as it began, I was in a trance. Every piece of that film was just as how I pictured it while I was reading the book. Scout, Jem, Atticus… everyone was who I thought they were. I have never, in my entire life, watched a film-version of the book and loved it so much. Harper Lee herself said that nobody but Gregory Peck could have played Atticus. I once read that on the set of the first scene of the film, Lee was crying. Mr. Peck asked why this was so, and she said that he looked so much like her father.

This film changed my view on people. I never could believe that people could hate people the way that they do. I’ve always considered myself rather liberal and open-minded, so I never understood why you can hate another person because of race, gender, sexual orientation, or other reasons. It still boggles my mind, but I have grown to accept that not everyone is so genuine or kind.


English Assignment

For my English 101 class, as extra credit, we can write a blog weekly about something we are passionate about. So, up until December, most of my blogs will be for that class, if not all. But it does give me good ideas! C:

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Lady Eve: A Movie Review and Synopsis

This film is delightful in every way possible. What do you get when you have Henry Fonda as a wealthy man who loves snakes and Barbara Stanwyck as a conniving cardsharp? You get a helluva lotta laughs!

I recently saw this film after several years of it being on my ‘to see’ list. Once I started… I couldn’t stop! I felt as though I was being sucked into a film like no other!

In this screwball comedy, Henry Fonda plays a man named Charles Pike who has spent a year up the Amazon studying snakes. After tripping on her heel, he meets Jean Harrington, played by Barbara Stanwyck. However, Jean knows that Pike is heir to his father’s ale company and knows he’s wealthy… the tripping was all a set up. Either way, he falls in love and to her surprise--falls in love with him, too.

After a misunderstanding, however, they break up on bad terms. To get back at Charles, Jean comes back into his life disguised as the Lady Eve. Although his bodyguard suspects that it’s the ‘same dame,’ Charles falls in love with Eve, and they get married. On their wedding night, Eve opens up about all the men she’s been with, and they divorce afterwards. Will the Lady Eve, or Jean, ever see Charles again?

I don’t want to give the ending away completely… but I do give this film a strong four stars. I think it’s ahead of it’s time, and surely stands the test of time. Plus, this film was the one that introduced me to Barbara Stanwyck [and then I saw Meet John Doe]. I haven’t gotten a big chance to see her. If you haven’t, I’d start with this film! She's beautiful and hilarious. And don't worry, Henry Fonda is completely handsome as the unsophisticated wealthy 'nerd'.

Antiquing and Jazz

Yesterday, I was finally able to find time to have a 'night on the town.' Well, that is, after a day of antiquing.

I visited my favorite antique mall, Crossroads, yesterday after nearly three years of not finding the time. My boyfriend and I spent two hours there, noticing and enjoying the atmosphere of jazz music and odd smells. I found what I was looking for... a traincase (and it's candy apple red!)! It's not as old as I'd like for it to be, but it's 1960s. Oh, it was so Mad Men-esque. I feel like Joan holding it! Among my other finds was a 1980s coin necklace, a 'lovers' brooch, sailboat earrings, and a jazz record with Dave Brubeck and Stan Getz! I also had the lovely chance of running into my high school German teacher who collects dolls! It was a fabulous afternoon.

Afterwards, I went to a jazz club with my best friend and two other good friends. We played cardgames, drank smoothes and mochas, and enjoyed eachothers' company. And that jazz band was just wonderful!

And of course, it would have been a Saturday night without a classic movie or two (or three...). It was Bette Davis night on TCM! I also finished up Season 2 of Mad Men so I am all caught up for Season 3 this coming Sunday!

I rummaged through my closet today and found two 1960s dresses and a 1960s swing coat. I feel so Joan in those, too. :]

Have a lovely evening, everyone! Expect a movie review soon!


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Top 101 Movies You Must See - According To Me

After redoing my list of favorite films for Facebook, I decided to create a list of one hundred films I feel that you should see sometime during your life. I know that this list is bound to change -- some will be added, some will be removed, and some with stand the test of time. I couldn't choose just one hundred, but one hundred and one. What films do you think should be added or removed?

  1. Rear Window
  2. It’s A Wonderful Life
  3. Roman Holiday
  4. The Lady Eve
  5. Casablanca
  6. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
  7. Meet John Doe
  8. The Awful Truth
  9. To Kill A Mockingbird
  10. Gentleman’s Agreement
  11. The African Queen
  12. It Happened One Night
  13. Spellbound
  14. The Grapes of Wrath
  15. The Philadelphia Story
  16. The Apartment
  17. You Can’t Take It With You
  18. Two For The Road
  19. Bringing Up Baby
  20. The Children’s Hour
  21. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  22. The Birds
  23. Duel in the Sun
  24. Gone With The Wind
  25. High Noon
  26. To Catch A Thief
  27. North By Northwest
  28. Casanova Brown
  29. Only Angels Have Wings
  30. Monkey Business
  31. Some Like It Hot
  32. Woman Of The Year
  33. Back To The Future
  34. How To Steal A Million
  35. The Maltese Falcon
  36. The Yearling
  37. To Have And Have Not
  38. Notorious
  39. Father Of The Bride
  40. A Place In The Sun
  41. The Quiet Man
  42. West Side Story
  43. Funny Face
  44. The Shop Around The Corner
  45. The Thin Man
  46. The Breakfast Club
  47. An Affair To Remember
  48. Your’s Mine And Ours
  49. Picnic
  50. Safety Last!
  51. On The Beach
  52. Mirage
  53. Swing Time
  54. The Man Who Knew Too Much
  55. From Here To Eternity
  56. Mrs. Miniver
  57. A Night To Remember
  58. Breakfast At Tiffany’s
  59. Goodbye Mr. Chips
  60. An American In Paris
  61. Frankenstein
  62. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
  63. Moonstruck
  64. Singin’ In The Rain
  65. Pat And Mike
  66. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
  67. Sunset Boulevard
  68. White Christmas
  69. Vertigo
  70. The Letter
  71. Mutiny On The Bounty
  72. Born Yesterday
  73. Lawrence Of Arabia
  74. Sabrina
  75. Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde
  76. Sylvia Scarlett
  77. Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
  78. All About Eve
  79. The Petrified Forest
  80. The Great Escape
  81. The Keys Of The Kingdom
  82. The Three Faces Of Eve
  83. Now, Voyager
  84. Gaslight
  85. Dr. Zhivago
  86. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  87. A Streetcar Named Desire
  88. East of Eden
  89. Wuthering Heights
  90. High Society
  91. Anchors Aweigh
  92. The Little Colonel
  93. Holiday
  94. Ben-Hur
  95. The Greatest Show on Earth
  96. The Wizard Of Oz
  97. Ninotchka
  98. His Girl Friday
  99. Laura
  100. The Jazz Singer
  101. City Lights
* Please note, the films listed are in no specific order.

Ones I should add... The Freshman, Crisis, Rebecca, The Bachelor And The Bobby-Soxer, and Father Goose.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

TCM Essential's Junior

I have a new summer hobby. Well, sort of... I'd say.
TCM Essential's Junior will be on every Sunday evening, starting at eight, in June, July, and August.
There are some great choices, too... Gaslight, Notorious, The Philadelphia Story, Father of the Bride, To Have and Have Not... oh, the list goes on.
The event kicked off this past Sunday, showing Yankee Doodle Dandy. Great film... definitely recommended!

Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

It Happened One Night: A Movie Review

Oh the joy… I first saw the entire movie just recently, and I must say, it was exhilarating! I haven’t seen a movie like that in such a long time. Romantic and hilarious, this movie stole my heart. It might be because of the fact it’s from the 1930s… or possibly it’s because of Clark Gable. It might be the scene where Gable tells Colbert to ‘stop bawling!’ I don’t know what it is, but this movie is extremely high on my list of favorite movies.

Claudette Colbert plays a heiress who runs away from her father. She tries to make her way to New York, but on the way meets Clark Gable. Gable plays a journalist looking for a hot new story. Recognizing Colbert, he leads her to New York when she agrees to sell her story. Over the entire movie, Colbert soon falls for Gable, and vice versa. At the end when she returns to her usual life, she is about to get married… that is until Gable sweeps her off her feet.

I won’t go into too much detail, but this movie is absolutely wonderful. It was the first motion picture to win the major five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Actor. It’s a heartwarming tale, and definitely worth watching!

Turner Classic Movies: Classic Film Union

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Friday, June 5, 2009


Today, is one of the biggest days of my life; I am graduating from high school (with honors!). You can't even imagine all of the feelings I am feeling. I am excited, nervous, worried, upset, and apathetic all at the same time. It hasn't sunk in quite yet.

I'm one of the lucky ones. Compared to a bunch of people I know, I'm proud and happy. I'm happy that I am graduating from such a nice school. I had a wonderful senior year and high school career. I am proud of myself.


Sunday, April 19, 2009


As an extension to my previous website, I’ve decided to move some things on that page to this one… including my ‘Featured Hunk’ blurt. So once again, my Featured Hunk is Gregory Peck. However, I might do something with women... I just need a name.

Gregory Peck is one of the most handsome, popular, and successful actors to ever walk into Hollywood. Despite his broken childhood and struggle through college, the 6’3”, dark-haired fella proved his talent. 

Peck was unable to go into World War II, and since many actors who were able to had left Hollywood, this gave a huge opportunity to be discovered. After his first few films, he was in high demand. Whether he was playing the lusty womanizing Lewt in Duel in the Sun, the young priest, Father Chisholm in The Keys of the Kingdom, the amnesiac John Ballantine (or… Dr. Edwardes…) in Spellbound, the handsome reporter Joe Bradley in Roman Holiday, or his most famous role, Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird, he showed pure talent that couldn’t be faked and he showed the truest of human decency.

Gregory Peck received five Oscar nods, winning on his fifth nomination for his role in To Kill A Mockingbird. He was the first native Californian to ever win the Oscar. He was very friendly, humble and kind. He helped Audrey Hepburn receive her first Oscar in Roman Holiday, urging director William Wyler to place her name alongside his, rather than it being under the title.

He was a lifelong Democrat, and an advocate for many liberal causes. He may only ever be known for his role as Atticus, but at least it was a role that resembled him and what he stood for.

Check out some more information on Gregory Peck and visit his IMDB.


I woke up today to the sound of a movie I've never seen before...Bonjour Tristesse (1957). I enjoyed it a bunch, and I would definitely recommend it if you have the chance.

There shouldn't be too much to do today. Handwashing the vintage blazer I bought yesterday, fixing the heels of the thrifted 80s shoes I bought, organizing my closet, reading a book... there is a bunch of things that I can do today!

Perhaps fate will lead the way...


Today, I went on a movie spree. I watched Pork Chop Hill, The Graduate, The Defiant Ones, Double Harness, and parts of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It was quite the Saturday, and a weekend isn't a weekend without some thrifting... which I did. 

I picked up a vintage 1970s plaid blazer, 1980s 'mesh' shoes, and a beautiful pearl and chain necklace. Wonderful Saturday!