Thursday, February 5, 2015

Classic Movie Gift Ideas

Hey everyone!

Since Valentine's Day is coming up, I decided to browse Etsy for inspiration on gifts ideas and wish lists. Searching through a bunch of categories from rings to housewares, I came across some beautiful classic movie inspired gifts! I feel like some of these are lovely gifts--not only for Valentine's Day, but for any occasion really. So take a peek! Maybe every so often, I'll post some great classic movie inspired Etsy gifts that I've found. :)

Roman Holiday Audrey Hepburn - Spiral Notebook

It's a Sin to Kill a Mockingbird. Bookpage Link Bracelet

Directed By Alfred Hitchcock Tote Bag

James Stewart as Scottie Ferguson from Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo Hand-Cut Paper Silhouette Portrait

There you go! I've been on a large Hitchcock kick lately, so that might explain why three out of the five items are related to him! I just can't help myself.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Go Set a Watchman: A To Kill a Mockingbird Sequel

If you are like most people all over social media today, you may have seen that both Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird were trending. And for good reason, too! All over Facebook and twitter, I saw people going crazy over this news.

If you haven't yet heard about it, it was announced that Harper Lee will be publishing a new novel. The 304 page book, Go Set a Watchman, will be Lee's first book in over 50 years. It is also essentially a sequel to her 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird, despite being written beforeIt still takes place in Maycomb, Alabama, but twenty years later. We get to see Scout all grown up!

I remember having to read that book in high school, all the way back in tenth grade. Many of my peers dreaded reading it and doing the assignments, but I quite enjoyed it. So as someone who absolutely loves To Kill a Mockingbird and considers it one of my all time favorite books, I'm super excited about this!

As a film fan, I thought the 1962 movie was a great adaptation and I couldn't picture anyone else as Atticus Finch (or even Boo or Scout, for that matter). I wonder if it'll be made into a movie eventually, as well?

Is anyone else excited to read this? Or even possibly see it made into a film?

Happy 31 Days of Oscar!

Hey everyone! It's been a long, long time... but I finally had the urge to write again!

Over the last few years, I've been busy with other aspects of my life--relationships, work, and other interests of mine. My movie watching has drastically decreased, but I am hoping to get back into the groove of it again... and this time of year always makes that happen!

I've been catching some wonderful movies lately. I watched The Great Lie (1941) for the first time yesterday, and also watched Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) with my boyfriend across the pond last week. I'm starting to get him interested in classic movies and I am pleased to know that he is actually enjoying them. :)

Anyway, I hope to catch a bunch of great movies during this year's 31 Days of Oscar, both usual favorites and new discoveries. I feel like it is one of the best schedules that they have had in years (I really do miss the "University" year though...). Definitely on my list this year:
  • North by Northwest (1959)
  • The Thin Man (1934)
  • The Awful Truth (1937)
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967)*
  • You Can't Take It With You (1938)
  • Splendor in the Grass (1961)*
  • Rebel Without A Cause (1955)*
  • Gone With The Wind (1939)
  • The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  • Casablanca (1942)
  • Gaslight (1944)
  • Duel in the Sun (1947)
  • Twelve O'Clock High (1948)
  • Born Yesterday (1950)
  • The Birds (1963)
  • Roman Holiday (1953)
  • From Here to Eternity (1953)
  • Giant (1956)
  • Pillow Talk (1959)*
  • Psycho (1960)
  • The Apartment (1960)
  • To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
  • Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  • Network (1976)
  • Annie Hall (1977)*
  • Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
  • The China Syndrome (1979)*
  • San Francisco (1936)*
  • The Artist (2011)*
I'll see as many movies as I can, but those are definitely on the top of my list! What about you guys? Any movies you're interested in seeing for the first time or for the tenth time? Let me know!

*Indicates a movie I have not seen before