Friday, April 4, 2014

Rest in Peace Marc Platt

~ December 2nd 1913 - March 29th 2014 ~ 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

VERY DELAYED Book Reviews!! Whoooooops!

I've been meaning to review a couple of books for some time now and I've just been putting it on the back burner for so long but now I'm ready to tell you all about it. I'm just going to give a shortened version of what the books were about and what I thought about it. I really hate reading reviews on books or movies that are so long that before you know you lose interest in it, so that's why I've decided a shortened version is best. 

A looooooooong while ago I was given the chance to read and review a book titled Sinatra and Me: The Very Good Years written by Tony Consiglio and Franz Douskey. Tony Consiglio was one of Sinatra's boyhood friends and later on became his chauffeur, his butler, and basically he did everything for Sinatra. It was definitely interesting to hear about Frank from someone who knew seemed to know him the best but I found that repetitive storytelling was a little tiring. I understand that you want the reader to get an insider's look into Frank's life but sometimes telling the story once is good enough. I just loved hearing about how Sinatra continued to support his first wife even after they divorced. Even before Ava passed away, he was always there for her. He would always send flowers to her and call her up. It was very sweet!  There were a lot of interesting anecdotes I didn't know and I found it fascinating to read about.  I like that you are able to see both sides of Frank's personality. You don't hear just the good things he did but also the crummy things as well. He was by no means a perfect man but most definitely an interesting one. Even after reading it I still love and admire Frank Sinatra. I know he wasn't a god of some sort but he was a human being just like all of us are. We all make mistakes. 

Rating: 6/10

The other book that I was given was titled Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox written by Lois Banner. The book is about Marilyn's life. Hundreds of books have been written about Marilyn's life and this was just awful. I just felt that the writer put every single rumor that she heard about Monroe and put it into the book. Within the first few chapters, Banner wrote about a supposed love affair that Monroe had with both Marlene Dietrich and Joan Crawford. I felt like she was looking for the most scandalous rumors about her and throwing them in. I just couldn't finish it because of how badly it all was. It felt unresearched and based on opinions of others. I wanted more evidence that these things happened instead of hearing silly gossip. It was definitely disappointing to read. 

Rating: 2/10

I will be posting a litttttle bit more on here. I will be going to the TCM Film Festival in April so for that week I won't be posting. Ta-ta for now! 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Rest in Peace Joan Fontaine

I can't put into words how deeply upset I am over hearing of Joan Fontaine's passing. She is one of my favorite actresses and I'm so heartbroken over hearing of her passing. I hope she is at peace and she will always be remembered and never forgotten! Rest in Peace Joan Fontaine!

October 22nd 1917 - December 15th 2013

Rest in Peace Myrna and Peter

I was intending to post this yesterday but I didn't have the opportunity so I'm posting it a day later. 20 years ago on December 14th 1993 we lost Myrna Loy. She was 88 years old and even though it's been 20 years since she's passed away, she is still incredibly missed. She will live on in her films. Forever Remembered.... Never forgotten! Rest in Peace Myrna Loy

August 2nd 1905 - December 14th 1993

Also word just came out today, that yesterday another legend passed away. We lost the extremely talented, charming, and thoroughly entertaining Mr. Peter O' Toole. He was 81 years old. Again, He will be
remembered forever and never forgotten! Rest in Peace Peter O' Toole

August 2nd 1932 - December 14th 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013

December Recommendations

It's that time again where families gather around the Christmas tree to unwrap presents and spend quality time together. It's honestly my favorite time of the year and I just love everything about Christmas. So I thought it would be fun to show you guys my holiday recommendations. Enjoy!

Movie Recommendations: It's A Wonderful Life(1946)

James Stewart plays George Bailey who feels unaccomplished with his home life and work life, that he contemplates killing himself until an angel shows him the positive things in his life. 

It is such an excellent movie and if you ever feel down about yourself, just watch this movie. It will seriously change your life. 

* Make sure you keep tissues handy especially towards the end of the movie!

 Meet Me in St. Louis(1944) 

The Smith family is living in happy bliss until business calls to move them out of St. Louis. 

Meet Me in St. Louis is a movie that I will never miss watching around Christmastime. It is such a endearing and sweet film and Judy Garland is seriously at her best! 

Judy singing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is by far my favorite Christmas song of all time! 

Honorable Mentions:

Miracle on 34th Street(1947)
The Bishop's Wife(1947)
Christmas in Connecticut(1945)
Remember the Night(1940)
The Shop Around the Corner(1940)
In the Good Old Summertime(1949)
A Christmas Carol(1951)

Song Recommendations: 

You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch 

Wonderful Christmas Time 

Baby It's Cold Outside

Christmas Special Recommendations:

A Charlie Brown Christmas(1965) aka the MOST PERFECT THING EVER!

How The Grinch Stole Christmas(1966)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer(1964)

Frosty the Snowman(1969)

Honorable Mentions:
Mickey's Christmas Carol(1983)
Jack Frost(1979)
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town(1970)
The Year without Santa Claus(1974)
'Twas the Night Before Christmas(1974)
Frosty Returns(1992)

I will be back to post more this month but if I don't post before Christmas happens, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!! :) 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

5 years! 5 year Blogiversary! Hoooray!

Yes it's true! 5 years! I've been blogging for 5 years! Wow I just can't believe it! I never thought that I would still be blogging but here I am... still going at it! The five years that I've been blogging have brought so many great things to my life. First and foremost I met my best friends through blogging. I honestly now can't imagine what my life would be like without these people in my life. I'm so so so so grateful that I started blogging because otherwise I wouldn't have met them!

I have had many times that I just wanted to quit blogging because I thought it wasn't worth it but my friends told me to never give up on it. If I had listened to myself I probably would have missed out on a whole lot more in my life. I'm so happy and pleased to have met other people who are just as crazy as me and who happen to also love old movies as I do. I'm not so lucky offline with meeting people who watch old movies so I feel very fortunate to have met a community of people who do. You guys mean the world to me and I just want to thank you so much for introducing me to different films, actors, directors, actresses, and etc. I've opened up my world and I'm so grateful for that.

I'm so grateful that I continue to blog because I can get my voice out there to be heard. There may not be a slew of  comments on my blog but I know that people are reading my blog and that's all I can ask for. I'm so thankful that I have people who read my blog and actually want to hear what I have to say! I never thought anyone would care to hear anything that I would have to say but I'm pleasantly happy about it.

So before I depart, I just want to throw some shout outs to people who have had made a difference in my life since I started blogging 5 years ago.... Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart I truly mean it. Even though I don't blog as much as I did when I first started I'm still grateful for the journey and the friendships that I've gotten from it. AGAIN... THANK YOU!



And ALL of my amazing readers! YOU ARE THE BEST!

Thank you

P.S. Here's my VERY first blog post if you want to take a gander at it! ;)