Friday, July 3, 2009

Fasten your seatbelts ... it's going to be a bumpy blog ...

Welcome to my blog! Good grief ... I never thought I'd jump into the blogesphere, but here I am. And I want to share my love of classic films with anyone who wants to learn more about them. There's something about old Hollywood -- from the silent era through the end of the studio system in the 1960s -- that fascinates me. And it drives me nuts when people cannot recognize the great films that were made before the latest releases that fill their Netflix queues.

Yet the more information that's out there, the more difficult it becomes to navigate through it and truly learn about old Hollywood. In my film classes, what I try to do is very simple: I provide a context, which results in a basic blueprint of classic film. Beyond that, I urge my students to go and discover what's there.

I ramble :) Is that an endearing quality or a maddening one? You decide and let me know!

So, without further delay, here's my ode to classic films everywhere. As an extra bonus, you may hear about my other loves -- books, tennis, the Olympics, food, and some modern film musings, particularly as we head into Oscar season.

I'll probably post once or twice a week while I get the hang of this. So I hope you enjoy what I have to say. And let me know if you have comments or questions. Would love to hear from you!


  1. Bravo! How wonderful to start something with a topic so near and dear to your heart. I love it.


  2. thank you! I hope I can keep it up ...