A Fifth Anniversary

Five years ago this week I started Once Upon a Screen and vowed to say absolutely nothing. On this special occasion I’m happy to report that I’ve managed to stay true to my promise.

To those who visit this blog I am sincerely grateful for your continued support. To those who have taken the time to leave comments, the tidbits of classic goodness I learn from, I say…



This past year has been a particularly stressful one for me and Once Upon a Screen has suffered as a result. I hope that changes soon, but ‘am glad this place remains an escape whereto I can turn for comfort.



To help commemorate this milestone…

I honor tradition and the gifts appropriate for a 5th anniversary – Wood


And…offer a gallery of nostalgic fives…

I’ll never be hungry again.

Go ahead, make my day.

They call me Mister Tibbs!

You can’t handle the truth!

Round up the usual suspects!

I’ll have what she’s having.

Houston, we have a problem.

There’s no crying in baseball!

A martini. Shaken, not stirred.

I coulda been a contender.

Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.

You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!

There’s no place like home.

Here’s looking at you, kid.


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. Although of late I’ve questioned the absence of a greater purpose on occasion. Still, 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 there are also side benefits to having a blog – like meeting other like-minded fans and being a part of a community – that make the experience that much more special. A few of those are…

  • Classic Movies and Morealong with friends Annmarie Gatti of Classic Movie Hub and filmmaker Rob Medaska I am now the co-host of a classically themed Youtube show. I feel as though we’re still getting the ball rolling, but the first few months of this endeavor have been a lot of fun. Check it out here and be on the lookout for an invite as we have favorite bloggers as goals for guest spots.
  • This mention is for It Rains…You Get Wet, my friend Michael’s blog wherein he does “best” lists of favorite posts from other bloggers. Michael has been incredibly generous to include my posts on these lists as he did earlier this year and I want to let him know it is always an honor and much appreciated.
  • As of earlier this year I am a staff writer for getTV. Thanks to them for that opportunity!


I like to spotlight the blog posts I’ve most enjoyed writing during the year. I leave it up to you to determine whether these are any good, but each and every one was a hoot to work on and/or research:


I usually end my anniversary celebrations with goals for the following year, but I can’t quite wrap my head around what those will be. There are many exciting plans and possibilities on the horizon and I hope every single one of them comes to fruition. For now I leave you with best wishes and heartfelt appreciation.


31 thoughts

  1. Happy anniversary, Aurora! Love your blog and all the posts you mentioned, though partial, of course, to your 5 Movies on an Island list 🙂

  2. What a wonderful milestone, Aurora. Truly, yours is one of those blogs I always look forward to when new content is published. Your film perspectives and writing make them so. As well, thanks for the linkage and kind words. Always a pleasure to include you on those things I enjoy reading. Congrats on your blog’s five wonderful years and here’s to many more.

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