The latest CMBA eBook, Femme/Homme Fatales of Film Noir, compiled by Annette Bochenek, is now available at Smashwords for free! It is also available at Amazon for .99 cents with proceeds going to Film Preservation.
Friday, August 30, 2019
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
It's still summer, but the fall season is coming soon and with it comes the CMBA Fall Blogathon. This year is special as we celebrate the organization’s 10th anniversary! The CMBA is the brainchild of founding father Rick Armstrong (thank you, Rick!). In celebration, our subject this time around is anniversaries. Anniversaries of all kinds: Wedding, job, film directors, film anniversaries, for example, the twenty-fifth anniversary of Pulp Fiction (in five-year increments only 15, 20, 25, 30, etc.). Another example would be the anniversary of acting teams: Gable and Lombard, Laurel and Hardy, etc. (any anniversary year is acceptable). Be creative. If you’re not sure, ask!
Just a few rules. Only one film, acting team, director, etc. If a film is taken or an acting team you will be notified to make another selection.
Join us for The Anniversary Blogathon. The dates are Oct. 15th through Oct 18th.
Provide me with your selection and the date that you would like. Date selected may be subject to change if we need to balance out the activity.
The Contributors So Far...
October 15th (Tuesday)
Caftan Woman: Stray Dog 70th Anniversary
A Person in the Dark: "The Stars" 57 Years of Fascination
Critica Retro: The Spanish Flu Pandemic and how it affected the Film Industry - 100 Years
Make Mine Film Noir: Double Indemnity: Film Noir After Seventy-Five Years
Silver Screen Modes: 95th Anniversary of MGM
Stars and Letters: Dark Victory (80th Anniversary)
October 16th (Wednesday)
The Movie Night Group: The Canterville Ghost (75 Yrs)
Twenty Four Frames: Easy Rider and The New Hollywood (1969)
Screen Dreams: 100th Anniversary of United Artists
Classic Film and TV Cafe: The Wild Bunch (50th Anniversay)
Silver Screenings: All THe King's Men (70th Anniversary)
4 Star Films: The Third Man (1949)
October 17th (Thursday)
Old Hollywood Films: Ben-Hur (1959)
Shadows and Satin: Top Five Film Noirs of 70 Years Ago
Once Upon A Screen: The Gay Divorcee 85th Anniversary
Backlots: Anniversary of Rita Hayworth's Birth
Cinematic Scribblings: Little Women (1994) 25th Anniversary
October 18th (Friday)
In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: 140 Years of Ethel Barrymore: An Enduring Legacy
Maddy Loves Her Classic Films: 4 Films Celebrating 40 Years
Strictly Vintage Hollywood: The Eyes of Youth (1919) 100th Anniversary
Hometowns to Hollywood: Glorifying the American Girl (1929)
Friday, August 2, 2019
CMBA profiles one member every month. This month's interview is with Alex WIndley whose home base is the Anybody Got a Match? blog. Alex covers a wide variety of genres but admittedly favors musicals and... well I let the lady speak for herself.
What sparked your interest in classic film?
Well, in high school, my English professor offered a Film Appreciation class where she showed us all the classic films. From Casablanca, to Singin In the Rain, I slowly developed an interest for the golden age of Hollywood.
What film genre(s) do you favor?
Oof. That’s a tough one, personally, I absolutely adore musicals and the occasional film noir when I’m feeling angsty!
I very much like your categories, particularly Musings and My Obsession With. They both look like a combination of your love of film, history and personal musings. How did you come up with this concept?
Musings was an idea I had when I wanted to write about Paul Newman’s character in Cool Hand Luke but didn’t necessarily want to review the movie. It’s great to share your classic movie thoughts that you have lingering in your heart. My Obsession is exactly what the title says, I’ll thank Audrey Hepburn for that one! Ha-ha.
What is you “go to” film when you need something to lift up your spirits?
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers hands down. It was the first classic movie I bought on DVD and I just adore it whenever it comes on TCM.
Name three films that most classic film fans love, but you hate, and if you can tell us why?
Hmm, ok let’s see. Well, to be fair, I really don’t like Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Due to the strict code film makers had to abide by, a lot of the original content from the book didn’t make it into the movie. I also feel the same way about Rebel Without a Cause and James Dean for that matter.
What makes a film "classic" in your opinion? Do you have a favorite period?
It must have been made before 1965, after 1965 I don’t really consider it to be a part of the Golden Age. As for my favorite period I really enjoy the late 40s early 50s when it comes to film. It’s a very interesting era in terms of film!
Many “classic” film lovers do not like modern day movies. What are your thoughts and where do you stand?
I think it’s hit or miss really. I enjoy documentaries a ton, and there’s a lot of modern films that I would consider my favorites. I think you must compartmentalize ‘modern films’ and ‘classic films.’ I separate them, so it doesn’t cross over too much.
Do you have interest in any other arts that you can share?
Yes! I do love watching soccer and photography. I’m also an avid foodie, although I’m lactose intolerant ha-ha.