Like millions of other young girls around the world I grew up with The Monkees. Their impact on me and my life was incredibly profound. They brought me and my girlfriends together when we were young and inspired us to want to form our own band but that's another story for another day. Today I … Continue reading Davy Jones 1945 – 2012
for Best ActorIt's awards season again and for the 4th year in a row I'll be "live tweeting" the Oscars over on Twitter. As usual, I haven't been able to see all the Best Picture nominees but in all honesty most of them hold little interest for me. I did see a lot of 2011 … Continue reading The 84th Academy Awards
I was recently asked to compile a list of my 'Favorite Older Films Seen in 2011' for the Rupert Pupkin Speaks blog run by Brian Saur. I was happy to oblige because I saw a lot of great films last year and although I wrote about most of them, there are a few that I … Continue reading Favorite Older Films Seen in 2011
My fellow film writer and net buddy Elisabeth Rappe (who writes for Film.com) recently invited me to join the Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ). I was touched by Elisabeth's generosity and honored to be accepted into an organization that purposes to "support work by and about women - both in front of and behind … Continue reading The Alliance of Women Film Journalists
This week I'm debuting a new on-going monthly feature at the Movie Morlocks called SPY GAMES. As my regular readers know, I'm extremely fond of spy films - particularly '60s era spy films! - and I've written about them often. This year is the 50th anniversary of the quintessential '60s spy, James Bond, so I … Continue reading Spy Games
Seasons Greetings from myself & Ann-Margret!
I've been preoccupied with holiday plans and while doing some Christmas shopping for myself I recently noticed that some of the films I've written about on Cinebeats over the last 6 years have been released on DVD by the fine folks at the Warner Archives. When I originally wrote about the films they were only available on VHS and the prints were often muddy or just plain awful so these new DVDs are particularly welcome. For easy reference I thought I'd compile a list of Warner Archive titles that have been featured at Cinebeats.
The news about Ken Russell’s death hit me hard. Just last week the great man actually took the time to befriend me on Twitter (I’d been following him there for a year or more). I exchanged a brief note with him and got the opportunity to tell him I was honored that he had taken the time to follow me. And I hope that he knew he was one of my favorite directors.
In response to the worldwide Occupy movement I wanted to share some Occupy Cinema (Twitter hashtag #occupycinema) links with my readers that may offer a way for cinema lovers to take part in and support the movement. The ideas shared by the following sites might also inspire you to explore ways that you can use cinema as a positive activism tool in your own life.
As a teenager growing up in the '80s it was impossible to overlook Derek Jarman's work. He was all over MTV. He was part of a group of British filmmakers that included Julien Temple and Alex Cox who made music videos or music inspired films that seemed particularly in-sync with their times. Jarman's work was interesting, experimental and demanding of its audience but I appreciated the challenges he presented.
Some of you know that I also blog over at Mid-Century Living. During October I like to share things like vintage Halloween costume ideas & pumpkin carving tips there and I recently posted some old recipes for candy apples from a 1966 Better Homes & Gardens cookbook. If you're looking for some Halloween cooking ideas … Continue reading Sweet Treats & Costumed Freaks
Just a quick news announcement for my fellow horror film fanatics... TCM will be showcasing classic horror films every Monday night throughout the month of October along with an all-new multi-part special featuring author Stephen King. And you can expect to see non-stop horror films airing on on TCM between October 28-31st! On tonight's schedule: … Continue reading Classic Horror on TCM