The story of Anastasia, the supposed last living member of the Russian royal family, is famous the world over. The hope that one last symbol of pre-Communist Russia exists/existed, is one that has lived on in the collective imagination for a long time. Twentieth Century Fox made the film twice, once in 1956 and again… Continue reading The Last Romanov: Anastasia (1956)
I am thrilled to say that The Suave Swordsman: Basil Rathbone Blogathon has finally arrived! I am so excited to share this event with all of you and the wonderful bloggers (of which there are happily many) who have generously donated their swashbuckling time to writing entries! First up is Maddy, who shares her thoughts… Continue reading The Suave Swordsman has arrived!
The catchphrase for Easter Parade was "The Happiest Musical Ever Made Is Irving Berlin's Easter Parade". And that's pretty accurate. The highest the stakes get is whether or not Hannah Brown (played wonderfully by Judy Garland) and Don Hewes (played equally wonderfully by Fred Astaire) will become a big hit, and you know right from… Continue reading With All The Frills Upon It: Easter Parade (1948)
When my mother was a child, her mother took she and my mother’s younger brother to the movies whenever she was able. The mother of four, my grandmother had little time for leisure activities, but books and movies were very important to her, and she passed her love for both onto her two youngest children.… Continue reading A Silver Discovery: How I became a classic film fan
Today is the 75th birthday of Mia Farrow, our lady of the hour for this blogathon! What better way to celebrate such a wonderful artist's birthday than to write about her films and exploits! So without further ado, let's dive right in! First up is Maddy, with her thoughts on one of Mia's finest performances… Continue reading The Magnificent Mia Farrow Blogathon has arrived!
The Princess Bride is a film like few others. It combines fantasy, humour, romance and drama seamlessly. William Goldman’s script sings from start to finish, and Rob Reiner’s direction realises this wonderful yarn with golden clarity. It tells the story of two lovers, Westley and Buttercup (played by Cary Elwes and Robin Wright), who face… Continue reading The Princess Bride: As We Wish It
And so the end has come for the Gothic Horror Blogathon as all of the spooks and spirits return to their places of rest for another year. The Blogathon was a wonderful success, which would not have been possible without the lovely bloggers who contributed such wonderful posts! I will be reading those that I… Continue reading R.I.P: The end of the Gothic Horror Blogathon
There are spoilers ahead, so put away the wax cylinders if you don't want to hear all of the secrets. Ghosts can be of the mind and they can be of the world. Crimson Peak shows this in incredible detail through its setting and character. This is a ghost story that is all about how ghosts are not… Continue reading My Heart is A Haunted House: Crimson Peak (2015)
It is almost Halloween, the day of the year when the veil between our world and the next is supposed to be at its thinnest. A time of year when those departed, those of the spirit world walk amongst us freely. And so the Gothic Blogathon, celebrating that world of man's darkest desires and truths,… Continue reading Something Gothic This Way Comes: The Gothic Blogathon Begins
I became aware of Phantom of the Opera (1943) through the purchase of my two Universal Monster boxsets, both of which featured the second English language adaptation of Gaston Leroux's famous novel. I was quite delighted to discover that one of my favourite classic film actors, the great Claude Rains, who was no stranger to Universal, starred… Continue reading Christine, Christine: Phantom of the Opera (1943)