Film History/Theory


Maggie Smith (22 August SUTS)

This post is written in conjunction with the Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence and Scribe Hard on Film. Full listings for SUTS programming on Turner Classic Movies can be found HERE. Maggie Smith has not always played crabby old Dowager Countesses, though she seems to be taking parts of […]


Hattie McDaniel (20 August SUTS)

This post is written in conjunction with the Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence and Scribe Hard on Film. Full listings for SUTS programming on Turner Classic Movies can be found HERE. “We all respect sincerity in our friends and acquaintances, but Hollywood is willing to pay for it.” “You […]


Mickey Rooney, the audience’s best friend

This post is written in conjunction with the Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence and Scribe Hard on Film. Full listings for SUTS programming on Turner Classic Movies can be found HERE. As far as I am concerned, he who is tired of Rooney is tired of life. I don’t […]


Henry Fonda (11 August SUTS)

This post is written in conjunction with the Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence and Scribe Hard on Film. Full listings for SUTS programming on Turner Classic Movies can be found HERE. Did you know…? Henry Fonda knew Marlon Brando’s family from Omaha – he had studied acting with Brando’s […]


Lana Turner (10 August SUTS)

This post is written in conjunction with the Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence and Scribe Hard on Film. Full listings for SUTS programming on Turner Classic Movies can be found HERE. Did you know…? Lana Turner was known as “The Sweater Girl” She was married 8 times, twice to […]


Book Review: “Beyond Casablanca” by Jennifer Garlen

This post was written in conjunction with the 2013 Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge hosted by Out of the Past. This is my third summer book review. This time last year I was catching some rays at Raging Rivers Water Park and listening to Jennifer Garlen and her daughter Cate talk about their […]


Alec Guinness (3 August SUTS)

This post is written in conjunction with the Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence and Scribe Hard on Film. Full listings for SUTS programming on Turner Classic Movies can be found HERE. English actor Alec Guinness has been one of my all-time favorite performers since I was a kid. I […]


Doris Day (2 August SUTS)

This post is written in conjunction with the Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence and Scribe Hard on Film. Full listings for SUTS programming on Turner Classic Movies can be found HERE. I’ll be perfectly honest – Doris Day is not my favorite. I always end up rolling my eyes […]


The Summer Under the Stars Blogathon 2013 is Finally Here!

Every year in August Turner Classic Movies hosts “Summer Under the Stars” (SUTS), a month-long movie marathon celebrating the biggest names in acting history. Each day features the films of one notable actor or actress. A complete listing of the SUTS schedule can be downloaded from the TCM website HERE. Join […]


“Movies and the Battle of the Sexes” by ZetMec

This post was written in conjunction with the 2013 Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge hosted by Out of the Past. This is my second summer book review. A few months ago, “Movies and the Battle of the Sexes” showed up in my mailbox – a fellow-classic movie lover requested […]


Ticky Tacky Gender Stereotypes in Films

In her 1979 feminist tract “Towards a Feminist Poetics,” Elaine Showalter chategorized women’s authorship into three phases: feminine, feminist, and female. Feminine writing supports the patriarchal view of society, while feminist writing contradicts it. Female writing is the result of “women reject[ing] both imitation and protest” to present a voice […]


Dueling Divas and Why Hepburn Isn’t One

This post was written in conjunction with the Dueling Divas Blogathon hosted by Lara at BacklotsWomen in film are often represented as romantic rivals for a male character. Girlfriends and ex-girlfriends, wives and mothers, sisters and fiancées are perpetually warring with each other on the big screen. As the Bechdel test highlights, […]


DESK SET (1957): A Happy Hepburn Christmas

Walter Lang’s DESK SET (1957) is one of Katharine Hepburn’s few “Christmas movies.” You could possibly count LITTLE WOMEN (Cukor, 1933) or Anthony Harvey’s THE LION IN WINTER (1968), but DESK SET stands out as a film that really captures the Christmas spirit, at least for the first half of the […]