Friday, November 2, 2018

CMBA Profile: Viv and Larry





CMBA profiles one or two members every month. This edition features Kendra Bean who blogs at Viv and Larry. 

Kendra Bean’s Viv and Larry is a treasure trove of information on Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier. Launched in 2007, Viv and Larry is the go to website for everything you need to know or want to know and discuss about these two immortals. But wait, there’s more! Kendra is an author, historian and museum curator. She is the author of Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait and co-author with Anthony Uzarowski of Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies. There’s more to say about this California girl now living in England, but I will let her tell you.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Outlaws - The 2018 Fall CMBA Blogathon is ON!


The Classic Movie Blog Association presents its 2018 Fall BlogathonOutlaws, running from November 15th to November 19th. Outlaws of all types: gangsters, cowboys, bikers, rural outlaws and more are featured. WELCOME!


Participating member blogs, posted daily Nov. 15 - 19. Be sure to check back: 

Thurs. Nov. 15th
A Person in the Dark: The Producers (1967)
Make Mine Film Noir: The Prowler (1951)
Anybody Got a Match: The Petrified Forest (1936)
Strictly Vintage Hollywood: The Eagle 1925 

Sat. Nov. 17th
Classic Film Obsession: Warpath (1951) 
Film Fanatic: China 9, Liberty 37 (1978)
Speakeasy: Four Guns to the Border (1954)
Cary Grant Won't Eat You: My Little Chickadee (1940)

Sun. Nov. 18th
Twenty Four Frames: Point Blank (1967)
Four Star Films: Pretty Poison (1968) 
The Lady Eve's Reel Life: Underworld (1927)
Hometowns to Hollywood: Talk of the Town (1942)

Mon. Nov. 19th
Once Upon A Screen: The Career of Yosemite Sam
Stardust and Shadows: Wild Boys of the Road (1933)
Outspokened and Freckled: Three Godfathers (1948)
Le Critica Retro: I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932)  
Stars and Letters: The Gunfighter (1950)
Film Noir Archive: High Sierra (1941)










Monday, October 22, 2018

Coming Soon! CMBA's 2018 Fall Blogathon

The Classic Movie Blog Association is proud to present its 2018 Fall Blogathon. The Subject is  Outlaws. Outlaws of all types are acceptable: gangsters, rural outlaws, thieves, cowboys, anyone who lives outside the law. Keep in mind that the same film cannot be submitted by more than one blogger. So, plan to have a backup. Its first come, first served. Get your thinking caps on! The blogathon will run from November 15 - 19.


An official invite via email will be sent out later this month asking for submissions.


Below are some banners you can now post on your blogs for the event.

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!

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.