Book Review – A Twist of Lemmon by Chris Lemmon

Can you believe that it is only in recent years that I have gained a deep appreciation for Jack Lemmon’s skill as an actor? And yet despite my new found sense of awe, I really don’t know much about the man himself.

You would think this would lead me to discover more about him through a typical biography or documentary, but no. Instead,  I picked up a book written by his son Chris Lemmon.

A Twist of Lemmon is exactly the type of book I love to read about a celebrity I respect. Just about anyone willing to diligently research can write a good biography. But it is rare to get the personal perspective from the subject’s friends or family, which is exactly what I’m interested in. And it is a quick little read at under two hundred pages. Continue reading “Book Review – A Twist of Lemmon by Chris Lemmon”

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Read in One Sitting

Today’s Topic : Books I Read In One Sitting (or would have if I had the time)

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

This week’s list could also be named, “Books I Couldn’t Put Down” since most of these I was not able to read in one sitting. Although there are a few that I managed to read in one sitting, mainly because they are under 300 pages. The rest just managed to captivate my attention. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Read in One Sitting”

Book Review – Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood by Cari Beauchamp

I blame Melanie Benjamin. It was my discovery of her fictionalized portrayal of the friendship between Mary Pickford and Frances Marion in The Girls in the Picture, that sparked my interest in Marion. In a serendipitous moment, I also just happened to watch the Marion directed, Pickford starring silent film The Love Light around the same time. Recently, I happened across Cari Beauchamp’s biography of Marion and that spark has now grown into a flame. Continue reading “Book Review – Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood by Cari Beauchamp”

Top Ten Tuesday – Reasons I Love Reading

Today’s Topic: Reasons Why I Love Reading

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

I’m always baffled by people who don’t enjoy reading. Honestly, I wonder what is wrong with them, but then I have to remind myself not to judge. Everyone has different interests and passions. However, I still feel sad for those people because I feel they are missing out on one of the great experiences of life. Here are a few reasons I love to read: Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Reasons I Love Reading”

June 2021 Quickie Reviews

JUNE 2021 BREAKDOWN
  • 51 films/series total
  • 29 new classic films
  • 13 re-watches
  • 7 foreign films
  • 2 TV series
  • 2.5 silent films
  • 1 documentary

Biggest Disappointment: Rose Marie

Gracie Allen, Robert Young & Eleanor Powell in Honolulu

Favorite Discovery: Honolulu, Just William

Most Watched Actors/Actresses: Fred Astaire, Ann Southern, Eleanor Powell Continue reading “June 2021 Quickie Reviews”

Book Review – George Cukor: A Double Life by Patrick McGilligan

The Philadelphia Story, Camille, My Fair Lady, The Women, It Should Happen to You, it surprised me to learn how many of the films I love shared the same director. When I realized how many of George Cukor’s films were favorites of mine, I actively started seeking out his pictures and have now seen the majority of them. But still, I didn’t know much about this film legend who is often known as the “women’s director.” I recently happened across a copy of Patrick McGilligan’s biography George Cukor: A Double Life and took it as a sign that it was time for me to learn more.

All drama, Cukor thought, ought to be tinged with comedy. That was how he viewed life. pg. 145

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