Monday, October 31, 2011

Audrey of the Month

Happy Halloween! You didn't think I'd forget my Audrey of the Month, did you? Here's one from the marvelous "Wait Until Dark." Captures the mood of the day, eh?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Wonders in the Dark: 'Gigi'

Over at the blog Wonders in the Dark, which is conducting its ongoing countdown of film musicals, my third and final contribution is "Gigi," which comes in at #22.

You can read the article here. I will repost it on my blog this weekend.

But I have to share a funny story. If you haven't read my last post, please do so before finishing this one.

As expected, this past weekend was yet another busy one. So, last night, at 11 p.m., I'm lying in bed thinking about today and how I need to finish my "Gigi" review, because it was due on Oct. 16. Then it slowly began to dawn on me that yesterday was Oct. 16, not today. I jumped out of bed, turned on the computer, and there was a very nice email from Sam at Wonders in the Dark reminding me to get my review to him before midnight. I replied with an apology and began to furiously finish the piece. I emailed it to him at 11:50 p.m. my time, which, now that I think about it , was past midnight his time.

In any case. I made it. Hopefully Sam's blood pressure didn't rise while he was waiting on me.

Feel free to comment at Wonders in the Dark or wait until I post the article here this weekend.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I'm Still Here ...

Hello to everyone! I am still here, despite my lack of movie presence as of late. Life has been full ... but not of movies. Sometimes things gotta give :(

First off, my apologies to Vincent at Carole & Co. A long time ago I agreed to be part of his wonderful blogathon this past weekend, but I sadly ran out of time. Please read the wonderful entries at his blog!

Second, my apologies to anyone else (especially ClassicBecky), who I've prolonged for way too long our Take Two. Hang in there ... I promise it will be done by this time next year!

Third, my belated thank yous to the members of the Classic Movie Blog Association for nominating me for two CiMBAs: Best Movie Review Musical or Comedy for "Top Hat" and Best Blogathon for my Best Actress 1963 event. It's a real honor to be recognized.

Fourth, my apologies to all of the blogs I read and leave comments on. I simply have not had time to read anything, but rest assured I'll be back. Someday. (I'm sniffling at the moment because I miss all of you.)

Fifth, I won't apologize for spending this past Sunday at the Chicago Marathon. The day was gorgeous. No, I didn't run, but friends and family did. I discovered a new love for ringing a cowbell. Who knew that could be so much fun? Our good friends from Germany have been in town and we've thoroughly enjoyed our visit with them. One ran his third Chicago Marathon. Now it's our turn to visit them -- so be forewarned, because I won't apologize for not updating my blog during that time :)

Sixth, I do have a suggestion for everyone out there. This past spring, for a fundraiser at our church, I donated dinner and a movie (pre-1960s) at our home. Frankly, when I suggested it, I wasn't expecting much of a response. But to my surprise, there was a bidding war for the package! I ended up agreeing to do three of them and raised $1,000 (I'm still shocked when I think about it). Someone liked the idea so much they asked if we would do the same for another fundraiser, and we said yes. So, four dinners total -- one in June, one in July, and two in the last few weeks. I had each group select a movie, and in some cases I made recommendations. We ended up watching "Roman Holiday," "The Maltese Falcon," "Notorious" and "Shadow of a Doubt." Since I like to cook, that part was fine with me. I highly recommend that my fellow bloggers share their talent in this way for a good cause. The rewards are worth it, and people are so appreciative of having their own personal Robert Osborne for an evening!

Despite all of this activity, I will be back soon. I look forward to catching up with all of your blogs!