Saturday, April 30, 2016

CMBA Blogger Profile: Another Old Movie Blog



The CMBA profiles two classic movie blogs per month – on the 1st and the 15th. Today we're celebrating Jacqueline from Another Old Movie Blog.

Reading through Another Old Movie Blog is like sneaking into a film historian's library.

Here you'll find reviews and film history on subjects and actors not often discussed. Once you click on this site, you might as well get comfortable – you'll likely be perusing it for the rest of the afternoon.

In addition to her blog, Jacqueline is also the author of the recently released biography Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star. This is the first published comprehensive biography of Ms Blyth. Jacqueline says the idea of a book began with the "Year of Ann Blyth" series on her blog.

"It prefaced a year-long fascinating journey for me," says Jacqueline, "and led to the publication of my book on Ann Blyth. That post started it all–where readers left comments suggesting that I write a book."

You can read the series introduction HERE.



CMBA: What sparked your interest in classic film?
Another Old Movie Blog: I’ve always watched classic films, from my earliest memory.  There were four TV channels when I was a child, and old movies were a common filler on all networks. My parents and older siblings watched classic films, so I grew up in an environment where they were a normal part of my life. At some point I began to perceive that the things happening in the movie happened a very long time ago, and that intrigued me. I became aware this was a window to the past, and with every movie, I was a time traveler. 


CMBA: What makes a film a "classic" in your opinion?
Another Old Movie Blog: Movies made before 1965, preferably before 1960. The “classic” in classic films, to me, has nothing to do with timeless quality. It is merely a time-stamp. There are classic films and post-classic films, just as there is the Renaissance and the Regency Period, the Antebellum years, and the Great Depression. Eras. That’s all, no judgment call as to whether one was better than the other. It’s just a category to define studio-era films.


CMBA: What classic film(s) do you recommend to people who say they hate old movies?
Another Old Movie Blog: People who say they hate old movies should be kicked in the teeth.


Bawh-ha-ha-ha. There, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest. I suppose I would show them The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), because it appeals to both men and women, and reaches anyone from whatever perspective they carry. From the first moments when we see those prosthetic hooks on Harold Russell, the movie is gutsy and full of heart in an honest and forthright way. We are taken in by Dana Andrews’ post-traumatic stress, by his failure to fit in with the America he returns to after the war; with Frederic March’s restlessness and heavy drinking; with the women of the story who are real and torn, and brave. It breaks your heart. It’s romantic, and frank, and sentimental, but always unblinkingly serious and never asking for pity. I think anyone can relate to it and become interested.  You get sucked into the story from the first moments, and the hold it has over you lingers long after fade out.


Actually, I remember years ago, probably 30 years ago now, a woman I worked with told me about the plot of a movie she had seen very late the night before. She didn’t know the name, but she was up because she couldn’t sleep, and then the movie had her so riveted she just couldn’t get to bed until she’d seen the end of it. I listened, enjoying her description, watching the expressions change on her face as she told me the story. Then I replied,


“The Best Years of Our Lives. 1946.”


The thing that was so terrific was that she seemed overjoyed that I knew about the movie. She wanted to share it with someone in a way that was more than just talking about it. She wanted me to feel it the same way she did. She wasn’t a classic film fan, but we connected over a movie that was made before either of us was born, was in black and white, and had everything to do with our parents’ generation and not with ours. But that didn’t matter. It belonged to us now.


CMBA: Why should people care about classic film?
Another Old Movie Blog: Classic films are the primer on our history and our pop culture.  I discuss this, and how I feel classic films should be taught in school, in my post from January, the first in my monthly year-long series this year on the current state of the classic film fan.  I go into it more in depth there, but the upshot is we need to know who we are, and classic films show us a big part of who we are.


CMBA: What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
Another Old Movie Blog: Connecting with other film fans, or even newcomers to classic film. It’s a joy to read comments and to communicate through the blog and through email. I learn a lot.

CMBA: What challenges do you face with your blog, and how do you overcome them?
Another Old Movie Blog: The biggest challenge is a lack of time. I blog once per week, and sometimes it’s difficult to get that in, especially when I write the longer, more in-depth posts. But there is no lack of subject matter. I have enough to write about for the next million years. I just need the time.


CMBA: What advice would you give to a new blogger?
Another Old Movie Blog: Take care not to repeat “facts” that are not true, and not to treat tired old rumor as gospel. Check your facts, verify them. Classic film bloggers are replacing film historians as the chroniclers, even the arbiters, of film history. Take your responsibility as such seriously. Your words are going to bounce around the Internet forever. Make sure you’re right.



Thanks for joining us, Jacqueline. You can visit her blog by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

5 Movies on an Island Blogathon

Monday, May 16th marks the second annual National Classic Movie Day. As part of this year's festivities, the Classic Film & TV Cafe will host the 5 Movies on an Island Blogathon. 


As it name implies, the intent is for participants to write about the five classic movies they'd want to have with them if stranded on a deserted island. (Yes, you can assume you have electricity, a projector, big screen, and popcorn!) These might be your all-time five favorite movies. Or, you might mix in some "comfort films" to give your tropical habitat that desired "homey feel." Just be sure to describe your criteria when you list your five films. 


If you wish to participate, please send your blog's name and web address in an e-mail to: rick@classicfilmtvcafe.com. Do not send your list of five films; Rick will publish a link to the list on your blog. Please ensure that your list of five films is published no later than May 15th. Thatwill give Rick a day to add all the links.

Hope you can participate! You can view the continually updated schedule at 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

CMBA Blogger Profile: All Good Things



The CMBA profiles two classic movie blogs per month – on the 1st and the 15th. Today we're celebrating Monty from All Good Things.

Monty from All Good Things has been building relationships in the classic film community for quite some time.


In fact, he began a Be My Guest series on his blog in May, 2010 that ran until October, 2013. In this series, he interviewed fellow classic film bloggers about their favorite actors and films, as well as their classic movie experiences.


"I started the series as a way of getting to know my fellow bloggers and classic movie lovers," he says. (Read one of these interviews HERE.)

Monty also features his famous Famous Actress Tournaments on his site. Click HERE to join the fun and cast your vote.


But he's also a dedicated and passionate film fan, especially when it comes to his favorite actress, Carole Lombard. You can find out why she's his favorite HERE.




             CMBA: What sparked your interest in classic film?
All Good Things: I first got hooked on classic films back in the early 80's when this channel called Nick at Nite would air classic movies late on night, and it took me to a whole new world. I was like 12 years old then, and have been a classic movie fan ever since.




CMBA: What makes a film a "classic" in your opinion?
All Good Things: I believe a film is a classic if it presents a strong plot and writing along with excellent characters that you become invested in, and you really watch every scene with anticipation.


CMBA: What classic film(s) do you recommend to people who say they hate old movies?
All Good Things: I would recommend pretty much anything with Carole Lombard and Cary Grant, my two favorite stars of all time. But not wanting to be biased, I would recommend watching such classics as The Lady Vanishes, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Sunset Boulevard, The Big Sleep, The Best Years of Our Lives and lots more.



CMBA: Why should people care about classic film?

All Good Things: Because classic films represent history and have really important significance in when and how they were made and the subject matter on hand.
 
CMBA: What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
All Good Things: Oh, that you can share your love of classic film with people from all over the world.   



CMBA: What challenges do you face with your blog, and how do you overcome them?

All Good Things: Probably my biggest challenge of late is finding the time to write on my blog.

CMBA: What advice would you give to a new blogger?

All Good Things: Be patient and just let your thoughts flow from your mind and heart and everything will just come together.



Thanks for joining us, Monty. You can visit his blog by clicking HERE.


Friday, April 1, 2016

It's Time for the CMBA Spring Blogathon - Words, Words, Words!

The Classic Movie Blog Association is proud to present Words, Words, Words!, running from April 11th to 15th. Please tune into the blogs below on the dates listed to read some writers writing about writers and writing in classic film!


April 11th

April 12th

April 13th

April 14th

April 15th

Several of these pieces are also available in a special eBook! You can get it for free over at Smashwords or buy it at Amazon for $0.99, with all profits going toward the National Film Preservation Fund.