On Thursday, I was delighted to learn on that someone out there likes me. Or, at least, my blog.
The magnificent Matthew Coniam over at...well, Carfax Abbey, Movietone News, The Dennis Wheatley Project, and The Marx Brothers Council of Britain...has declared this blog a great read. (And you all thought it was just okay-- what privileged people you are. ;)
So here we are-- time for me to pass this grand thing on.
I love every blog I follow (obviously, otherwise I wouldn't follow 'em...). Really, though, you're all great reads-- give yourselves pats on the back. Or just one, depending on the time and intensity of the pat. Anyway, I'm fairly certain some of you have gotten this award before and therefore wouldn't want to bore you with another. :)
On that note, I hereby proclaim the following to be great reads...
Or Maybe Eisenstein Should Just Relax, Meredith's fabulous and always entertaining blog.
1) Because she likes Arrested Development.
2) Ditto for The Big Valley.
3) Because her blog always makes me laugh, in the best way.
4) Because I can.
Living on Velvet, Elsie's blog about...oh, just about everything film related until 1950 or so. It's odd-- I don't always agree with Elsie's take on things, but always find her writing and opinions fascinating. Plus, she digs Janet Gaynor. :)
Flickers, an ever-interesting movie blog by Doug. Reading this blog, I'm constantly learning about movies I'd otherwise not have discovered, mostly those from around 1970 to 1995. I tend to be a little backwards when it comes to modern cinema, but Doug's blog reminds me that there is good stuff out there, if one is willing to look.
A Noodle in a Haystack, Amanda Cooper's blog focusing on movies, music, and dancing. When I go to read Amanda Cooper's blog, I know I'll always be amused and interested in her take on everyone from Vera Ellen to Dean Martin. Definitely recommended.
Also, a very happy birthday to Lucille Ball, Ella Raines (August 6), and Billie Burke (August 7) :)
Really, though, I do mean it when I say you all deserve it. I've learned a ton already about film (and other miscellaneous topics) just by reading the blogs out there.
I've re-discovered my love of film noir by reading Ginger Ingenue's blog, kept track of which Ginger movies are still out there through Beth and Lauren (not to mention had grand Ginger discussions with numerous people out there), and developed a wee obsession with Ingrid Bergman and James Dean by way of Millie's marvelous blog (which I'd totally give one of these to, but judging by the awesomeness of it-- she probably has one already, haha).
In addition to that, I've learned what a gal in the navy would do to curl her hair, that Jennifer Jones is much less cool than what she'd have you believe, and that James Cagney's use of a grapefruit in Public Enemy remains unsurpassed.
I've found out about Lona Andre's and Anna May Wong's careers, read about pre-code horror flicks, modern rom-coms, Harold Lloyd, and smoking in the movies, and have seen ingenious Chicago architecture and terrific artwork of Clara Bow. Really, who could ask for anything more? And, haha, did I forget anybody?
I'd give to every one of ya if I could. Group hug? ;)