Monday, November 26, 2012

The Prisoner

I am so bloody excited. I am just about to start watching The Prisoner. I am an adorer of '60s TV. PARTICULARLY, '60s British TV. This has been on my must-watch list for years and years, but, somehow, I've just never gotten a chance to watch it.

Well, I currently have a lovely DVD set from the library and on it goes.

I can't even begin to explain my sheer joy and anticipation.

Somehow, I have managed to avoid all spoilers for this show for all these years. If any book or blog brought it up -- I immediately stopped reading. I was determined.

Wish me well, dear friends...

-Millie

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Winners of the Frankenstein Giveaway!

I used Random.org to choose the winners of the Frankenstein/Bride of Frankenstein double feature.

They are:

Karly+Chris

Laura Mathias

Bunny Moreno

I need you all to email me before tomorrow at classicforeverblogger(AT)yahoo(DOT)com with your name, address, and theatre preference. I'll pass this info on to Fathom Events and they will mail you your tickets!

Thank you to everyone for participating! And thanks again to Fathom for allowing me to host this giveaway! :-D

-Millie

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

FRANKENSTEIN! ELSA LANCASTER BEING COOL! GIVEAWAY! (let me repeat that for emphasis:) GIVEAWAY!






What's that you say? Free tickets to see a Frankenstein/Bride of Frankenstein double feature...IN THEATRES?! This can't be happening?!

No, you are not going mad. It is happening. It really is happening.

I have three pairs of tickets to giveaway for the double feature screening on October 24th at 7pm.

I quote the official website:

Just in time for Halloween, NCM Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Universal will present a Halloween Double Feature in movie theaters nationwide on Wednesday, October 24th in celebration of Universal’s 100th Anniversary. Don’t miss seeing Boris Karloff on the big screen as the original “Frankenstein” (1931) followed by Karloff and Elsa Lanchester in “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935).
 
The event will begin with TCM Host Robert Osborne as he treats audiences to exclusive interviews conducted at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival.  Joining him will be Karloff’s daughter, Sara Karloff along with Bela Lugosi, Jr. the son of the classic Dracula star and  Academy Award® winning make-up artist, Rick Baker. All three will talk about classic horror movies, how legendary icons like Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi helped define the genre and how today’s horror films measure up to the classics.  

To enter to win, just drop me a comment or send me an email at classicforeverblogger(AT)yahoo(DOT)com before Thursday the 18th!

 It's gonna be AWESOME!

-Millie

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Winner of the Jesse James DVD Giveaway!

I randomly chose the winner and it was CagneyFan! Send me an email at classicforeverblogger(AT)yahoo(DOT)com with your name and address and I'll get that DVD to you right away! :-D

-Millie

Lawrence of Arabia Digitally Restored 50th Anniversary Event: or OH MY GOSH PETER O'TOOLE YOU ARE SO TALL AND YOUR BLUE EYES ARE SO BLUE AND EVERYTHING IS SO BEAUTIFUL!


I went to see Lawrence of Arabia last night [errr, last Thursday night. I may or may not have forgotten to publish this] (full disclosure: I was give free passes by Fathom Events). 

IT WAS SO MUCH THAT I CAN'T EVEN.

I had never seen Lawrence all the way through before (somehow I had managed to see random different chunks of it), so I was quite excited. I brought my mum along…because she had never seen it. I had been told by more than one person that if there was one film that MUST be viewed in theatres – it was Lawrence of Arabia.

And, um, yes.

Reasons Lawrence of Arabia must be viewed in theatres:

1) Close-ups of Peter O’Toole’s face that are 15ft tall.

2) It’s the only way to truly experience the magical properties of Omar Sharif’s tears (more powerful than unicorn blood mixed with fairy dust).

3) THE ALL-POWERFUL DAVID LEAN COMMANDS YOU TO VIEW HIS CREATION IN A THEATRE. 

4) The desert. The desert.


Honestly, the #1 lesson to be learned from Lawrence of Arabia is never go into the desert. Ever. ever. ever. ever. (Okay, the #1 lesson is actually Bros Before Killing Turks...but more on that later.)

But, even though that is the important lesson to be learned, the desert still calls to you. It's so stinkin' beautiful you literally want to go get lost in the desert. WHY ARE YOU MESSING WITH OUR MINDS, ALL-POWERFUL DAVID LEAN?!

Honestly, it's one of those film films -- I mean, it has brilliant writing and acting and such, but the film itself is just an experience. And, obviously, I'm not the first person to say this about Lawrence of Arabia. I actually really don't have anything new to say about Lawrence. Except that it was awesome.

And honestly, it reminded me of how much I love Omar Sharif. When that man cries-- IT HURTS ME.

I mean, Peter O'Toole is one of the greatest actors ever (and one of my all-time favorites) and his performance is beyond words and his scenes of pain or confusion are beautifully done. The entire audience feels the pain and empathizes. But even his tears are nothing close to Omar Sharif's.

Oh my gosh. I just wanted to break down and cry every time.

BROS BEFORE KILLING TURKS, LAWRENCE. WHY DID YOU FORGET THIS!?


Anyway, I quite enjoyed the film and the experience of seeing it with my mother. She was convinced that all the Turks were Germans ("they look like Germans") and about three minutes into the movie she made the grand discovery that "Wow, Peter O'Toole is a great actor" -- but that just makes it all more fun! ;-D

In conclusion of this horribly disjointed post, I must describe my entrance into the theatre to see the movie.

I walked in. The theatre was completely dark. The screen was completely black. There was a single old man sitting in the center of the room. This was playing:


It was kinda awesome.

And, really, go see this film...in theatres. Or sit really close to your TV with the speakers on full blast.

-Millie

Saturday, September 29, 2012

TODAY ONLY GIVEAWAY: Tickets to Lawrence of Arabia in Theatres!

I have an awesome giveaway to offer you all!

NCM Fathom Events and Sony Pictures Entertainment is presenting: Lawrence of Arabia 50th Anniversary Event: Digitally Restored at 7:00pm, October 4th and theatres across the U.S.!

It's gonna be kinda awesome and even has a taped intro by Omar Sharif! WHAT?! Yes.



The details + the participating theatres can be checked here.

I have been offered three tickets to give away, so all you have to do is leave a comment or send me an email at classicforeverblogger(AT)yahoo(DOT)com before tomorrow (9/30).

I'll choose the winners at random and notify you tomorrow, because I do have to let NCM Fathom know your email address and theatre choice by Monday.

I'm super excited to see Lawrence on the big screen and so, yay!

-Millie

P.S. I have the winner of the Ty DVD contest. Just need to make the announcement post.

Monday, August 27, 2012

We are a felt loving family! aka finger puppets and other felt-like goodness!

 ^These people have nothing to do with felt or actually this post.

This post is purely for shameless self-promotion. I hope that's okay. I merely wanted to inform all who were anxiously awaiting its return that my finger puppet shop is back in business, under a new name!

You can now fulfill all your classic finger puppet dreams over at the phantom asthmatic. Currently listed are James Dean, Michael Caine, and How to Steal a Million Audrey. There will be more. Believe me.

I also wanted to take this time to mention my sister Sarah's Etsy, feltpdxlove. It was her shop that reminded me of my long-lost love of felt and its brilliance. Honestly, she takes felt and turns it into art. Her felt family portraits are so adorable that is almost hurts.

^This is my sis and her husband in felt form.

Anyway, all this clearly just means that my other sister needs to jump on the felt train. Train's leaving the station, Shannon! Next stop felted cheese knife covers!

-Millie

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Tyrone Power Day: Why You Should Be Watching Him + DVD GIVEAWAY!


Well, well, well. I personally do not have TCM, but my sources tell me that today is indeed Tyrone Power day on TCM. I only know this because Kate has been annoyingly counting off the days until this glorious day.*

*I may or may not be lying.

The schedule has an interesting mix. It relies perhaps a bit too heavily on '50s films -- AND THERE'S NO JAMIE-BOY IN SIGHT -- but every Ty is still awesomely perfect.

There are many reasons why you should be watching today. Tyrone Power is truly an underrated actor -- during his life and even more so today. He also even rather underestimated himself.

He longed (and fought) for roles with gravitas, and he excelled in those that he was given (my personal favorite of those would have to be Nightmare Alley aka Mind-Searing Brilliance). But, I don't know if he realized just how good he was in the less-obviously-weighty-drama roles.

He started out as sort of the romantic lead to popular female co-stars and quickly became a swashbuckling, fencing hero (one of the best fencers in Hollywood, according to Basil Rathbone), only to also play rollicking war heroes and misunderstood outlaws and to be the victim of a crazy amount of movie natural disasters. And that was just in the first few years of his profession.

He filled a screen, but never overtook it. He could play characters that were larger than life (Zorro, Jesse James), but make them actual characters. He could project himself into any role, but still make the performance unique and different.

And on top of this, he played an incredible amount of actual jerks -- but with so much charm that one cannot help but LOVE HIM FOREVER.

So, yes. These are reasons why you should be watching Tyrone Power: he was awesome, brilliant, talented, hilarious, cool, and impossibly beautiful (just try watching a movie with him and Gene Tierney and NOT gasp at the sheer gorgeousness of the two).


Suffice to say, I'm a fan.

And, I'm not even sad about not having TCM today -- because I already have far too many Ty films on DVD. I'm thinking a marathon is in order. {Starting with The Black Swan. And the perfection of Jamie-boy.}

And, honestly, I think EVERYONE should have Ty dvds on hand so they don't have to wait for TCM -- they can watch him any time of the day or night. (Just don't watch them alone in your room at 3am while drinking ice tea and eating pretzels. Apparently, that's "sad" or "pathetic" or something. Not that I would know.)

With that in mind, I am going to give away a copy of Jesse James. It's brand-new, still in its lovely plastic wrap. Jesse James is honestly rather strange. But, also awesome. Ty and Henry Fonda play the James brothers with matching mustaches.


This is a classic Ty role, because you will completely find yourself believing in the goodness and heroism of poor, misunderstood Jesse James. You will also hate Randolph Scott with an undying passion, but that's normal.

GIVEAWAY INSTRUCTIONS:

To enter to win this DVD, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me why Kate should love Tyrone Power (aka why is Tyrone Power awesome). If you have never seen Ty in anything (you poor soul), let me know why you want to now see him. Leaving a comment that says "his face" is perfectly acceptable.

It would be lovely if you were following me, but not necessary. 

The contest will be open until September 25th when the winner will be chosen at random.

U.S. entries only please, I'm just a poor student!

Now that that's all done, you should scurry off and watch Ty on TCM!

-Millie

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Happy 87th Birthday, Honor Blackman!


I don't know what exactly to say about this awesome human being, but honestly, she is perfect.

An actress, an activist, and a serious judo expert -- she also never ages.


The first female action hero on television, she also plays the best evil villains.


She's cooler than everyone else who has ever been cool -- and she can beat up everyone else too.


I honestly have "learn judo" on my list of life goals because of her.

And did I mention that she never ages?


photo was taken last year at an Avengers reunion.

Happy 87th Birthday, lovely lady! I hope you have many more!

-Millie

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Desert Sands (1955) and um a bunch of other movies that kinda star the same person

The Millie needs help. I'm dying over here.

Since we last spoke, I've watched four more Ralph Meeker films. THAT'S A PROBLEM. (Honestly, I've also been extremely and shockingly productive at life since we last spoke, so that's actually good.)

I clearly have a scarily addictive and obsessive nature, which means there are two things to be glad of in this situation. One, I have never taken drugs. And two, I am stalking a dead person instead of one who can call the police on me.


Anyway, the four films in question are The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (1957), Jeopardy (1953), Something Wild (1961), and the aforementioned Desert Sands.

There were all interesting in there way, I suppose. TFPN was perfectly lovely because it was Jane Russell + Ralph Meeker + Keenan Wynn (Seriously, I was so excited when I saw he was in it. He is one of my favorites). It was cool because Jane often gets stuck with such BORING actors, it was nice to see her playing with a couple of actors who don't cause one to fall asleep half-way through their first line.


Then came Jeopardy. This was staunchly recommended to me by the lovely author of Sidewalk Crossings -- and because she is the true expert on everything Ralph Meeker {her first words after I mentioned on the blog that I saw Kiss Me Deadly: "Ooohhhhhh!!!! Wasn't it awesome? Isn't he amazing? And he's mine, all mine! mwah-hah-hah!"}, I, of course, promptly found it on YouTube.

Brilliant. I adore The Stanwyck more than almost anyone else (including some of my relatives), and in this she was of course awesome. Although, REALLY, Barry Sullivan? Kate understands. Barry Sullivan is so boring -- it's DREADFUL. This movie was actually the most animated I've ever seen him and he was trapped under a log the whole time. 

Honestly, I know that Mr. Meeker was evil and all -- but I was still kinda hoping that Barry and THAT SERIOUSLY ANNOYING CHILD OF HIS would both, um, "accidentally" not get saved.


"FREEDOM!"

Next was Something Wild, but I took no screenshots. It was not a screenshot taking kind of movie. I mean, it was brilliantly done -- but also extremely disturbing. I shall probably not be viewing it again.



Finally, I just finished Desert Sands. And that is mainly what I intended to write about, BECAUSE THIS MOVIE IS HILARIOUSLY AWFUL. And when I say hilariously awful, I mean it. I was chortling maniacally out loud by the ten-minute mark. 


^This isn't the ten-minute mark, nor is it something to chortle at. I actually don't know why I'm posting this.

And the chortling and cackling only got louder and louder as the film progressed.

Seriously. The movie was terrible.

John Carradine played an evil Arab who sounded...well, EXACTLY, like John Carradine.

And then there was a battle and the battle was over in three minutes. But, not before Ralph got shell-shocked unconscious.

And well there was the "exotic" sister of the evil chief and she was hell-bent on killing EVERYONE...personally. And then she got a glimpse of Ralph Meeker...

 ^Legitimately the first glimpse. She sort of "fell" off her horse or something.

...one thing led to another, and by the end of the movie she had betrayed her entire people, allowed many of her loyal followers to be killed, and was personally responsible for the death of her uncle and the older brother who had raised her.

^This is her being led away with like the five remaining members of her tribe. Note that her brother and uncle had both been killed within the hour and that all around her are the gruesomely dead bodies of her tribe members. She is smiling at Ralph Meeker.

In the end, I'm not sure if we were supposed to think that Americans/white people in general are superior to everyone else or that Ralph Meeker has a super-power -- and it's his face.


I'm kinda thinking it's the latter.

^This is Mr. Meeker smiling back at the girl as she was being led away, no doubt chortling to himself.

I actually think my favorite part of the movie was the immensely shocked expression on the face of the evil chief when his brilliant idea to leave all of his horses and all the French Foreign Legion prisoners unattended in shed backfired when they, um, rode the horses out of the shed. (I didn't screencap it because you really need to see it for yourself.)

Anyway, thus ends the third day of Meeker obsession.

Don't worry though, I shant be focusing solely on him. You don't need to run from my blog in droves. Coming up is a Hitchcock project that I'm really excited about (I missed his birthday because I was camping. It was a tragedy), a DVD giveaway (what?! yes.), and the rest of my 19 favorite '60s TV characters (that is one series that I am actually going to finish).


-Millie

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