Six Films Six Decades Blogathon

For the last several years, I’ve enjoyed participating in the blogathons hosted by Rick at Classic Film & TV Cafe to celebrate National Classic Movie Day. This year, Rick’s theme is six favorite movies in six different decades.

This may be among the most difficult choices I’ve yet made for his blogathons. Only one favorite film per decade? Gahh!! I’m not known for being particular about favorites and always have a hard time narrowing down for lists like this.

Hence why I decided to focus on favorites which may not be as famous as others I might have featured. Continue reading “Six Films Six Decades Blogathon”

Top Ten Tuesday – Books with Nature on the Cover

Today’s Topic: Books with Nature on the Cover

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

I’m a big fan of nature’s beauty, both in real life and in artwork such as book covers. I tried to select newer releases or those yet to be released for this week.

Mountain Laurel & Shiloh
I love the more vintage feel of these covers. Kind of reminds me of when I used to press flowers.

Along a Storied Trail
Doesn’t that trail draw your eye in and make you want to explore more of it?

Autumn Skies
I love the slight mist rising from the water. All I need is a good deck chair, a blanket and a hot cup of coffee.

A Castaway in Cornwall
I’ve always loved the drama of sea shores surrounded by cliffs.

On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor
This kind of feels like a Bronte story, with a remote heroine looking out over wind-swept and desolate cliffs, doesn’t it.

To Dwell Among CedarsBetween the Wild Branches
I LOVE how these two covers form a complete picture together. Plus, I’m already on record about my adoration of trees.

Yours Is the Night
The red poppies do it for me.

Honestly, this reminds me of the views in Durango, Colorado where I spent time with my family over the years. My love for the mountains equals my love of trees.

The Gold in These Hills
If this doesn’t instantly transport you to the gold fields of historical record, than your imagination is broken.

The Joy of Falling
I just think this is one of the more beautiful and creative covers I’ve seen in recent years.

The Lost Castle, Castle on the Rise & The Painted Castle
I really appreciate that these covers show how nature can intermingle well…naturally, with man-made structures.

My Silent Film Favorites – 1920’s Centenary Blogathon

As an avid fan of classic films, one would think I would have discovered silent movies, long before I finally did. However,  as someone who loves the nuances of language and appreciates great dialogue, I was under the mistaken impression that a silent picture couldn’t possibly hold my interest, especially for the length of a feature film.

God bless Buster Keaton, because he was the one who finally broke through the prejudices I had formed.  Fortunately, my affinity for comedy was too great. I took a chance on this legendary comedian and watched his much praised film The General. I was enthralled and began to seek out all of his films I could find. This led me also to discover the other two comedians of the silent film comedy triumvirate, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd and then the genius shorts of Laurel and Hardy.

My first memorable experience with a silent romantic drama was Frank Borzage’s Lucky Star. I was dazzled by the narrative, the performances of Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, the cinematography. The fact that I could sit spell bound for almost two hours was proof that despite their differences from “talkies” silent films were just as powerful a story telling medium and just as addicting in entertainment factor.

Since then, I have continued in my personal discovery of silent films. I’ve sought out those by actors whose sound pictures I love, and also those whose popularity and success was greatest in film’s early decades. I’ve mostly watched silents featuring those with star power behind them; names like Norma Shearer, Pola Negri, Mary Pickford, Rudolph Valentino, Greta Garbo and John Gilbert among others. I’ve discovered pictures I love and those I didn’t (I’m looking at you Salomé and Battleship Potemkin).

I’ve learned a new appreciation for this art form that changed significantly with the advent of sound. And yet even now, I still sometimes find them  intimidating, especially the longer ones. Which is why I’ve only recently watched The Big Parade and Wings and still haven’t seen most of Lillian Gish’s most successful pictures. But whenever I bravely venture back into the world of silent films, I’m rarely disappointed.

To celebrate this overlooked and oft misunderstood period in cinema, I want to share with you some of my favorite and more memorable discoveries; from pictures to actors and even a director. Continue reading “My Silent Film Favorites – 1920’s Centenary Blogathon”

Top Ten Tuesday – Colorful Book Covers

Today’s Topic: Colorful Book Covers

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

I am a huge fan of color in my everyday life. It makes me so happy. My closet looks like a rainbow, my home has pops of it everywhere, and spring is my favorite season partially because it means the return of nature’s color. So obviously, I notice and appreciate the same in book covers. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Colorful Book Covers”

Top Ten Tuesday – Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors

Today’s Topic:  Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors (Take a moment and Google some of the crazy Crayola crayon colors that exist. Can you think of any book titles that sound like they could also be a crayon color? It might be fun to include a description of the kind of color you’re picturing.)

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

This was a really fun and creative topic. I originally thought it would be more difficult to find book titles that sound like colors, but it turned out to be fairly easyl. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors”