August 2016 in Film (+ a small blog announcement)

Well, we’ve made it through another month! I’m always a little sad at the end of August, since the end of the month also means the end of TCM’s Summer Under the Stars. I really enjoyed the programming this year and, thanks to an unfortunate but well-timed ankle injury that kept me couch-bound, was able to enjoy much more of it than usual! Here’s a … Continue reading August 2016 in Film (+ a small blog announcement)

“Buzzwords” Revisited

In March of 2012, I compiled two lists for TMP: 10 “Buzzwords” and 10 “Dealbreakers” when choosing films to watch. Last week I revisited my dealbreakers, taking about how I busted a few of ’em. Today I’ll be looking at the old buzzwords and adding some to the list! The “buzzwords” list in 2012 included: Cary Grant 1940s musical Pre-code Sisters Period piece Suspense “Based … Continue reading “Buzzwords” Revisited

“Dealbreakers” Revisited

In March of 2012, I compiled two lists for TMP: 10 “Buzzwords” and 10 “Dealbreakers” that play into my decisions when choosing films to watch. This week I’ll be revisiting my dealbreakers, taking about how I busted a few of ’em. Stay tuned a week from today for a similar evaluation of my 2012 buzzwords! The “dealbreakers” list in 2012 included: Westerns Vampires NASCAR/Racing Sports … Continue reading “Dealbreakers” Revisited

Films in 2016: Modern movies in January

In viewing films from beyond the classic era, January was a month mostly dedicated to catching up on popular 2015 releases and award nominees. I also watched a couple of odd titles from Netflix. Here are tiny reviews of all of January’s modern movies. The Big Short (2015) – I had heard little about this film until award season came around and it started racking … Continue reading Films in 2016: Modern movies in January

Ranking the Romances: A list of Nicholas Sparks movies, from best to worst

To most film buffs, Nicholas Sparks movies are a joke. They’re corny, sentimental, and formulaic. The performances usually aren’t great, and neither are the scripts. But these movies are made for a particular viewer, and I am that viewer. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a cheesy and/or weepy romances, whether they’re based on Nicholas Sparks novels or classic literature, and I’m capable … Continue reading Ranking the Romances: A list of Nicholas Sparks movies, from best to worst

Make it a Marathon: 24 Hours of Joan Blondell

In the past, when I’ve put together “Make it a Marathon” lists, I’ve been somewhat surprised by the number of films that can be watched in 24 hours. The greatest number of films I’ve ever watched in a day is probably around five, but if you want to get technical, even with two-hour films you could watch twelve in a day. For an actress like … Continue reading Make it a Marathon: 24 Hours of Joan Blondell

TMP Recommends: Five Films on TCM, May 13 – 19

Welcome to TMP Recommends, the weekly series in which I share five films you should keep an eye out for on TCM over the next seven days! All times are listed in EST and come from the US version of the TCM schedule. Happy viewing! Step Lively (1944) Airing on TCM: May 13, 3:00 pm This exciting little musical stars none other than Ol’ Blue … Continue reading TMP Recommends: Five Films on TCM, May 13 – 19

Films in 2015: Modern Movies in February (Pt. 1)

Boys and Girls (2000) – Quirky early millennium fun, complete with a choreographed dance scene and a cheesy romance. This flick tells the story of two people who meet on a plane as tweens (around twelve years old) and find their lives intersecting now and then over the next several years, until they finally become best friends in college. Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Claire Forlani … Continue reading Films in 2015: Modern Movies in February (Pt. 1)