Once Upon a Screen celebrates its 4th anniversary this week and there’s a lot to be thankful for…
To start – It’s still here!
For that alone I thank…
- everyone who visits this blog
- the community that has embraced it
- those I now call friends due to my ramblings here…
To help commemorate this milestone…
I honor tradition and the gifts appropriate for a 4th anniversary – flowers or fruit (or in this case Tootsie Fruitsy)
And… a gallery of fabulous, classic fours…
An anniversary is a great time to reflect on the previous year to see what I most enjoyed and to remind myself why it is that I blog. The why is simple – I still love these darned movies and movie stars and enjoy sharing my thoughts and fabulous images on this blog. I do it or myself. The bottom line is always the enjoyment factor, the escape and learning more about the films, filmmakers and players. Knowing that people appreciate and/or enjoy what I post is icing and reward enough. Believe me. But it’s also quite nice to be mentioned by fellow classics fans and bloggers who surprise me every once in a while with a lovely recognition.
Once Upon a Screen was also honored with a couple of Liebster Award mentions, which are great. Thanks to Theresa at CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch and Steve at Movie Movie Blog Blog for the lovely mentions.
I (obviously) didn’t attend to the duties required of Liebster Awards, which include nominating other bloggers, answering questions and the dreaded sharing facts about myself in a timely manner. Well, I’m not about to do most of those now either. I’ve been lucky to receive these awards in the past and have shared more facts about myself than anyone cares to read. But I did choose three movie-related questions each from Theresa and Steve, questions I’ve never addressed (sort of) that are fun to consider. So here goes…
1. On your perfect viewing day, what five films would air back-to-back on TCM?
(These are my choices today… they may well be different tomorrow)
Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights (1931)
Charles Walters’ Summer Stock (1950)
Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954)
Billy Wilder’s Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Something just hit me as I consider my proposed line-up – my supposed favorite movie decade, the 1940s, is not represented. Hmmmm.
3. Name an underrated film that you’d recommend?
Sidney Lumet’s Fail Safe (1964) – a terrific cast in a memorable thriller that doesn’t get the respect it deserves.
8. Name one thing you believed as a child that turned out not to be true.
HARSH realization that I can’t run into any of these people randomly breaking into song and song on the streets of New York…
1. “All-time favorite movie” is too tough. What is your favorite genre, and what is your all-time favorite movie in that genre?
I shouldn’t have chosen this.
I think…that…if my life depended on it…I would have to go with…Comedy. And the film I never tire of watching that also happens to be a near perfect specimen of the genre is…
Leo McCarey’s The Awful Truth (1937)
2. “Theatrical” is too easy. What’s your all-time favorite TV-movie?
Fielder Cook’s The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971)
3. You have your favorite movie actor or actress to yourself for 24 hours to do with what you will. Name, please.
No name needed. And I’m not sharing my supposed planned itinerary either.
Next I thought I’d bring attention to the posts from this past year that I had the most fun with. There were actually quite a few, including commentaries on new-to-me movies, which is always fun. But I’m narrowing this down to absolute blasts…
- Spending time considering The A-B-Cs of Cary Grant was dreamy
- Reminiscing about the Social Affair that is TCMFF was fantastic
- Considering Mel Brooks’ connections to Classic Movies was a hoot
- Making a case for Elvis’ Clambake is the Citizen Kane of Beach Party Movies was a fun stretch of the imagination
- Commenting on Attack of the 50-Foot Woman was a lot of fun
- I loved discussing Hitchcock Scenes on Trains
- Perhaps not necessarily popular, but the Hispanic Heritage Blogathon was special to me plus I thoroughly enjoyed writing on both of the topics I chose, The Conga Line and Velia Martinez
- With that I must at least mention the fabulous bloggers – and friends – with whom I co-hosted blogathons this past year: Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled, Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club, Fritzi of Movies Silently and Ruth of Silver Screenings – all too good for the likes of me.
The last bullet point brings me to the final part of this post and a mention of what I’d like to change going forward. That is – I need to take a step away from blogathon participation. I will still host and/or co-host the events planned for 2016 and perhaps another one or two if time permits. But I severely overextended myself with blogathon deadlines this year and need to dedicate more time to…
- visiting other blogs
- exploring more new-to-me films
- being more creative with movie-related topics
I leave you with best wishes, gratitude, a lot of excitement and a teaser…