Tuesday, October 16, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2018 CMBA AWARDS WINNERS


Introducing the winners of the Classic Movie Blog Association's 2018 CMBA Awards. Links to the winning entries are included. Thank you to all members who participated in the awards competition, every entry was exceptional! And thanks, too, to all members who voted.

Best Film Review/Drama: The Beautiful Refugees of Casablanca by Silver Screenings

Best Film Review/Musical or Comedy: "On the Town," in Celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s Centenary by Lady Eve’s Reel Life

Best Profile of a Performer: A Mesmerizing Talent: The Life and Career of Conrad Veidt by Silent-ology

Best Classic Movie Article: Fascism, Nationalism and the Banned Films of Marlene Dietrich by Lady Eve’s Reel Life

Best Classic Movie Blog Event: The Food in Film Blogathon co-hosted by Silver Screenings and Speakeasy


Best Classic Movie Series: Olivia de Havilland vs. FX: Backlots at the Courthouse by Backlots 
 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

THE 2018 CMBA AWARDS NOMINEES


The final ballot for the 2018 Classic Movie Blog Association (CMBA) Awards has gone out to all members, and the nominees for this year's awards are listed below. Congratulations and best wishes to everyone nominated!

Best Film Review/Drama 
  • The Beautiful Refugees of Casablanca by Silver Screenings
  • Curse of the Cat People by Caftan Woman
  • Pre-Code Crazy: Two Seconds (1932) by Shadows and Satin
  • Notorious (1946) by Down These Mean Streets
  • A Hero of the Mind: Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet by A Viewer’s Guide to Classic Films 

Best Film Review/Musical or Comedy 
  • On The Town: Celebrating Leonard Bernstein by Lady Eve’s Reel Life
  • Sexual Predators in Film, Weinstein, 1937 by Cary Grant Won’t Eat You
  • Pink Champagne and Diamonds: The Merry Widow. 1934 by A Viewer's Guide to Classic Films
  • The Women of Old Hollywood: Doris Day in That Touch of Mink by Old Hollywood Films
  • A Favourite for this Time of Year: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Caftan Woman
  • Pre-Code Crazy: Madame Satan (1930) by Shadows and Satin
  • Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) by Critica Retro

Best Profile of a Performer or Filmmaker 
  • A Mesmerizing Talent: The Life and Career of Conrad Veidt by Silent-ology
  • Introducing the Father of Film Comedy: Max Linder by Silver Screenings
  • The Extraordinary Mildred Natwick by Lady Eve's Reel Life
  • Reel Infatuation Blogathon: Keye Luke as Lee Chan by Caftan Woman
  • Standing Up for What's Right: The Friendship of Grace Kelly and Josephine Baker by Backlots
  • Henry Stephenson: A Lovable Old Gent by Silver Scenes
  • The Lon Chaney Sr. Blogathon: The First Character Actor And His Portrayal Of Disabled And Disfigured Characters by Maddy Loves Her Classic Films 

Best Article 
  • Fascism, Nationalism and the Banned Films of Marlene Dietrich by Lady Eve's Reel LIfe
  • Canadian Stereotypes from Classic Hollywood Film by Silver Screenings
  • Judy Holliday and the Hollywood Blacklist: Testimony to SISS, 1952 by Backlots
  • The Miracle Man (1919) by Critica Retro
  • Singin' in the Rain (1952) by Hometowns to Hollywood
  • A Little Touch of Blighty: The Hollywood Cricket Club by A Viewer's Guide to Classic Films
  • Watching Silent Films With Our Grandparents by Silent-ology

Best Event
  • Busby Berkeley Blogathon hosted by Hometowns to Hollywood
  • Food in Film Blogathon co-hosted by Silver Screenings and Speakeasy
  • Second Annual Alfred Hitchcock Blogathon hosted by Maddy Loves Her Classic Films
  • World War I in Film Month by Silent-ology

Best Blog Design
  • Silver Scenes
  • Hometowns to Hollywood
  • Java's Journey

Best Series
  • Pre-Code Confidential by Cracked Rear Viewer
  • 1917 Century Award Winners by Century Film Project
  • The 1920s - Then and Now by Another Old Movie Blog
  • Olivia de Havilland vs. FX by Backlots
  • Heimatfilme and Other German Films of the 1940s by Silver Scenes 


Monday, October 1, 2018

CMBA Profile: 4 Star Films




CMBA profiles one or two members every month. This edition features Tynan Yanaga who blogs at 4 Star Films.

Tynan Yanaga’s blog 4 Star Films is not just a celebration of classic films, he dives in deep as the blogs sub-title states (Looking Deeper at the Best Classic Films). Like many of us, the more he looks the more films he find. But it’s more than that, and I am going to let Tynan speak for himself. The following is from his introduction page.

“True, I want to preserve a love of film as an art form, understand their historical context, and acknowledge their value as pure entertainment. But most importantly, there’s the human component to movies that is so important. I’m constantly drawn back to them, like so many others, because they bring us together and act as an imperfect reflection of our imperfect lives.”

Saturday, September 8, 2018

THE 2018 CMBA AWARDS


It's CMBA Awards time again and an email went out to all members last night soliciting awards submissions. Entries are due by the 15th of September. Preliminary voting should be done by the end of the month and the final ballot will follow. If any member hasn't received last night's email, please advise by commenting here. Thanks!

~ Sept. 16: The deadline for entries has closed. Thanks to members for participating!  ~

Thursday, September 6, 2018

CMBA Profile: Cinema Crossroads




CMBA profiles one or two members every month. This edition features Julia Ricci who blogs at Cinema Crossroads.

Julia Ricci’s  Cinema Crossroads is both smart and entertaining. Take a look at her review of the cleanest condemned film in history, The Moon is Blue.  One of my own favorite post's is Julia's take on  J.D. Sheldrake, the villainous womanizer in Billy Wilder's The Apartment.  In 2017, Julia, like many other CMBA members, attended the TCM Film Festival (she returned again in 2018). Julia is also a Film Programming Coordinator for Heartland Film in Indianapolis, Indiana, but I will let her tell you more about that in the interview below.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

CMBA Profile: A Viewer's Guide to Classic Films


CMBA profiles one or two members every month. This edition features Linda J. Sandahl who blogs at A Viewer’s Guide to Classic Films.

A Viewer’s Guide to Classic Films is filled with backstories, analysis, film, and book reviews. In many cases, Linda takes a look at what these classic films say to us both then and now. Check out Linda's post The Fight for Truth: Paul Muni in The Story of Louis Pasteur. Linda has worked as an associate editor on Steven H. Scheuer’s Movies on TV, a precursor to Leonard Maltin’s similar Movies and Video Guide series. Linda is also the author of A Viewer’s Guide to Rock and Roll Films 1955-1985, now available as an ebook.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

CMBA Profile: Apocalypse Later


CMBA profiles one or two of our classic movie bloggers every month. This week, we're featuring Hal Astell, from Apocalypse Later!

Apocalypse Later is a site with a lot going on. In addition to posting reviews, some quite in-depth, Hal covers a variety of events and festivals, often making appearances or running "mini-festivals" within established Cons, and even runs an Apocalypse Later Film Festival of his own. Under the imprint of "Apocalypse Later Press," he's published books on a variety of film related subjects: everything from Chaplin's years at Keystone to the work of buxom bombshell Tura Satana. Hal is nothing if not surprising, and also dedicated - the sheer volume of his work is overwhelming.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

CMBA Profile: Crítica Retrô

CMBA profiles one or two of our classic movie bloggers every month. This week, we're featuring Letícia Magalhães Pereira, or "Lê," of Crítica Retrô!
 


Crítica Retrô bills itself as "Classic Film with a Tropical Twist." Coming to us out of Brazil, it appears bilingually in Portuguese and English, and may give readers a cultural perspective we don't often see on the history of film. Despite her tender years (she tells us below she started the blog while still a teenager!), Lê offers us fascinating insights into movies older than her own parents.
She'd like you to take a look at a piece she did on Brazilian-born director Alberto Cavalcanti. She says, "I did a big research to write it, and could also have fun and improve my skills at working with info graphics with all the pieces I've done for the post." We agree that it's great fun and new information for most of us who thought we knew it all about classic film. You can read the post here.
Here are her answers to our questions:
What sparked your interest in classic film?

Sunday, April 1, 2018

CMBA Profile: Whimsically Classic

CMBA profiles one or two of our classic movie bloggers every month. This week, we’re featuring Kayla Rhodes, of Whimsically Classic.


Kayla, who writes the "Whimsically Classic" blog, describes herself as an "old soul," which may explain how she has so much to say about classic film. Her posts tend to be very detailed and informative, and her responses to our questions are no exception to her verbosity and wit. She would like readers to take a look at this post, her entry in last year's "National Classic Film Day" blogathon. She reviews her five favorite classic movie performers and shares why they mean so much to her. She also admits to using the opportunity to re-post favorite images of Errol Flynn and Gene Kelly, because, as she says, "If you can't post (and re-post) beefcake photos on your blog, where can you post them?" 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

CMBA eBooks Available on Amazon!

Last year, CMBA hosted two great blogathons: Underseen and Underrated and Banned and Blacklisted. We had a number of really fine entries for both events and these essays have been collected and edited by Annette Bochenek into two new ebooks available for purchase on Amazon and for free on Smashwords.

You may have seen them being promoted on Facebook at the CMBA Private Screening Room, but if not, here is some more detail about them.... please check them out!


Underseen and Underrated: Celebrating Lesser-Known Classic Films


This collection of ten essays turns the spotlight on rare films including Afraid to Talk ( 1932 ), Carrie ( 1952 ), Simon and Laura ( 1955 ), A Majority of One ( 1961 ), and Between the Lions ( 1977 ). John Greco, Patricia Schneider, Jocelyn Dunphy, and Ivan G. Shreve Jr. are among some of the contributors.

All proceeds from Amazon sales go towards the National Film Preservation Foundation.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Underseen-Underrated-Celebrating-Lesser-Known-Classic-ebook/dp/B0764K1GJN

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/751566


Banned and Blacklisted: Too Hot to Handle 


This collection of thirteen essays explores the films and actors who were affected by censorship, whether it be the result of the Hays Code, racism, or the McCarthy-era blacklist scare. Contributors to this ebook include Lara Fowler, Annette Bochenek, Danilo Castro, and Kellee Pratt among others.

All proceeds from Amazon go towards the National Film Preservation Foundation.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079NQ74VF/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/788764


Thursday, March 15, 2018

CMBA Profile: Chaplin Film by Film



CMBA profiles one or two of our classic movie bloggers every month. This week, we’re featuring  Brian J. Robb, of Chaplin: Film by Film
Chaplin: Film by Film is a project after our own heart. On the centenary of the release of each of Charlie Chaplin's movies, blogger Brian J. Robb posted an homage to that film. This gave him a very busy 2014, but as Chaplin's output slowed down, Robb opted to surge ahead of him (he's all the way up to September, 1918, now!). In general, each post includes a synopsis, basic production information, stills, historical background, film analysis, and some excerpts from contemporary reviews. Whether you're a complete novice or a Chaplin expert, you're bound to learn something and have fun doing so. 

Brian would like you to take a look at this post, in which he discusses Chaplin's historic contract with Mutual Film Company for $670,000, which made him the highest paid film maker at the time. It's an original write up of a much-reported event, one that contributed to the rise of the Hollywood "star system" that followed. According to Brian, "It’s a nice, self-contained story covering a pivotal period in Chaplin’s professional and personal life, and a good jumping on point for readers keen to discover more about Chaplin, including his two years of filmmaking prior to that point and everything that followed from it."

Thursday, March 1, 2018

CMBA Profile: Classic Film Observations and Obsessions



CMBA profiles one or two of our classic movie bloggers every month. This week, we’re featuring Jocelyn Dunphy, of Classic Film Observations and Obsessions:


Classic Film Observations and Obsessions is the expression of one woman’s fixation on classic film. Jocelyn likes to focus on one actor, director, or theme in films and run through as many movies and as much reading as she can, until she moves on to another focus. In 2016, for example, she put a lot of time into Van Heflin, a one time winner of Best Supporting Actor who shows up in a surprising range of movies. More recently, she’s been looking at Werner Herzog, who she got to see live at a screening. When Jocelyn sinks her teeth into something, she doesn’t let go easily!

Jocelyn would like you to take a look at this post, from the centennial of the birth of actor Robert Mitchum. It’s another example of her going in depth into the workings of an actor who fascinate her. It’s a review of the 1973 Mitchum movie “The Friends of Eddie Coyle,” a lesser-known movie she was lucky enough to see screened in a theater in Boston. She tells us of the post, “I think it captures my own voice well, in how I logged my own reactions to the movie.  I think those who read it will get a good sense of who I am as a blogger and film enthusiast.” We would have to agree!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

CMBA Profile: Louise Brooks Society



The CMBA profiles one of our classic movie blogs each month. This month we're featuring Thomas Gladysz, of the Louise Brooks Society:
The Louise Brooks Society is one of the most prolific and professional of the blogs in CMBA. Almost every day, there are updates on the site, and the writing and information is top-notch. It's a blog with a very specific focus - a silent film goddess with a short career but an iconic image. Author Thomas Gladysz has been running the society for over twenty years now, and he never seems to run out of things to say or images to share Louise and her world. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

CMBA Profile: Classic Movie Man




The CMBA profiles one of our classic movie blogs each month. This month we're featuring Stephen Reginald, of Classic Movie Man
A look at Classic Movie Man is like being invited to a great film festival. Stephen Reginald, the writer of Classic Movie Man, posts news about local screenings in Chicago, meetups, and presentations he's giving, and his love of classic film comes across in everything he writes. One section, "The Film Club," is dedicated specially to these kinds of local events. Stephen has also lectured on classic movies at the Facets Film School, and this article in Chicago Magazine makes it sound like these discussions were too fun to miss out on.