Monday, January 11, 2010

Blog of the Week: Classic Film and TV Cafe

The Classic Film and TV Cafe is a place for fans to mingle and share their love of great films and television series, ranging from the silent film era to the early 1980s. If you're a fan of classic Hollywood, world cinema, or TV shows like The Fugitive and The Avengers, then come on into the Cafe and have fun!

Monthly features at the Cafe include:

Dial H for Hitchcock (hosted by TheLadyEve) - an online discussion of one of Mr. Hitchcock's classics. Films discussed so far include Rebecca and Saboteur. For January 2010, the spotlight is on Shadow of a Doubt.

Bond is Forever (hosted by Sark) - an online discussion of a different 007 picture each month. This new event makes its debut on January 27, 2010 with Dr. No, the one that started it all.

Cafe Blue Plate Special - The Cafe picks a different theme for film and TV series reviews each month: horror and sci fi for last October, "feel good" movies for November, Christmas for December, and mysteries for January 2010.

Weekly features include:

Underrated Performer of the Week, which pays homage to...well...underrated performers (of course!). Thus far, the Cafe has profiled actors such as S.Z. Sakall, Una O'Connor, Eugene Pallette, Jane Greer, Whit Bissell, Daria Nicolodi, Brett Cullen, Edna May Wonacott, Pam Grier, Pamela Tiffin, Diana Muldaur, Edward Van Sloan, Alice Ghostley, Spring Byington, Franklin Pangborn, and Richard Basehart.

This Week's Poll, which has asked Cafe patrons to vote for their favorite: Hitchcock villain, Ray Harryhausen film, Jerry Goldsmith score, celluloid father, etc. Other polls presented scenarios and asked questions such as which which movie private eye, attorney, or safari guide you'd hire.

Film & TV Trivia by Paul2 appears every Sunday. These are tough questions and there is no prize...only the honor of getting the right answer!

Name the Movie Game starts each Tuesday night and challenges each player to guess a movie by asking five "yes/no" questions daily (it pays to study the answers that others get). The winner hosts the movie game the following week.

The Friday Late Movie, a weekly review devoted to the kinds of films shown on The CBS Late Movie and similar shows. This is where you might find a review for a cult movie like the original D.O.A., a martial arts fave like The Five Deadly Venoms, or a forgotten drive-in pic like My Blood Runs Cold.

And, yes, in addition to the regular stuff, there are reviews of films and TV series, such as the following (click on title to read the review):

Universal's Sherlock Holmes Series with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce--A Top to Bottom Review
On Your Toes (ballet in film)
Letter to Loretta (aka The Loretta Young Show)
Love Is the International Language in Better Off Dead
T.H.E. Cat's Meow

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