Bonjour, Par-ee

I'm doing a standalone book review for once--whaddaya know? I'd like to do more of these, so keep watching this space. Anyway, today's offering is Siri Mitchell's 2005 novel, Kissing Adrien. Go ahead and make Rocky Balboa jokes. You know you want to. Anyway, this Adrien is a guy, and he's been friends with Seattle accountant … Continue reading Bonjour, Par-ee

Femme Dracula

I am woman, hear me roar... The Dracula universe is most definitely equal opportunity, and the sequel to the 1931 classic is 1936's Dracula's Daughter. Even though it might be nowhere near its predecessor in terms of quality or notoriety, it has some fun moments. It opens where the 1931 film left off. Two policemen … Continue reading Femme Dracula

Of Marriages and Mortgages

Hello, Mr. Brett... When Carissa announced this blogathon I felt a wee bit giddy because Sherlock Holmes always comes to mind when I think of Jeremy Brett. He IS Sherlock Holmes in my opinion, no offense to any of the other guys who have played the character. However, I wanted to look at Brett's other … Continue reading Of Marriages and Mortgages

Announcing the Odd or Even Blogathon!

Another announcement...what??? Gill of Realweegiemidget Reviews and I have been wanting to co-host another blogathon since our Home Sweet Home event last year (which was a total blast), and after hashing out some ideas we have something we hope you'll like. Put it this way: It's kinda like a blogathon and a game show had … Continue reading Announcing the Odd or Even Blogathon!

Before Stars Hollow, Part Two

On to our second gallery of Gilmore Girls luminaries, and as you'll no doubt notice, the names here are decidedly bigger than yesterday's, not that yesterday's were too shabby or anything. Again, I had to make a lot of deep cuts, but it's all good. Off we go... Liza Weil (Paris) Two years before she donned Chilton's … Continue reading Before Stars Hollow, Part Two

Before Stars Hollow, Part One

November seems to be Gilmore Girls Month on Taking Up Room. I don't know why. Maybe it's because November is when their limited series hit Netflix. Anyway, I was watching The Sentinel a few months ago and saw a familiar face pop up. Who was it? I'll tell you all later. Long story short, it occurred to … Continue reading Before Stars Hollow, Part One

Announcing the Fourth So Bad It’s Good Blogathon!

Uh huh. It's on the horizon. In a few months we cringe, flinch, wince, and in all other ways express chagrin at the phenomenon known as the Bad Movie. Every kind of bad movie is fair game here. Obscure TV movies, blockbusters, straight-to-video monstrosities, Disney sequels, mockbusters, whatever--anything that doesn't float your boat is fodder … Continue reading Announcing the Fourth So Bad It’s Good Blogathon!

Reading Rarities: Mount Vernon: The Story of A Shrine

Ever been to Mount Vernon? I have, twice, and it's a fascinating place. Like more than a few other historically significant sites, though, George Washington's home came very close to fading into oblivion, only to be saved by conscientious souls. In this case the benefactors were, and are, the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, who have … Continue reading Reading Rarities: Mount Vernon: The Story of A Shrine

The Distraction Blogathon: Wrapup

Welcome back, all! I hope everyone's enjoyed reading everything. I know I have, and I'm not nearly done yet. Already, though, I'm seeing a pattern: Everyone is distracted by something different, and distractions aren't always planned or come off well. Still, it's fun taking the ride, isn't it? If anyone is just joining is, this … Continue reading The Distraction Blogathon: Wrapup

Six Things You Might Not Know About “Psycho”

What in the world can that be? We all know 1960's Psycho is Alfred Hitchcock's most infamous movie. Even those who haven't seen the film feel like they have because that shower scene has been parodied and referenced ad nauseum over the past sixty years. Here's a famous example (one of several just in Simpsons … Continue reading Six Things You Might Not Know About “Psycho”

The Distraction Blogathon Has Arrived

OK, so remind me again why we're here? Just kidding. Welcome to the Distraction Blogathon, where, for the next three days, we're going to talk about all the different ways movies mess with us. Throughout this weekend I'll be updating this post with links to your wonderful reviews, so keep checking back. We'll also have … Continue reading The Distraction Blogathon Has Arrived

Announcing the John Williams Blogathon!

It goes without saying that John Williams is one of the most prestigious and influential composers in Hollywood history, and it also goes without saying that his scores are all memorable and unique in some way, maybe even singable. The Star Wars movies. Harry Potter. Indiana Jones. Superman. Valley of the Dolls. Catch Me If You Can. Hook. … Continue reading Announcing the John Williams Blogathon!

One Week Until the Distraction Blogathon

Seven days left until we get distracted, y'all. Are you ready? Are you excited? I am. Thanks again to everyone who's signed up, and I can't wait to read all your great posts! If anyone would like to join us, we'd love to have you. Find the details here. Also, if anyone has tried to join … Continue reading One Week Until the Distraction Blogathon

Stage To Screen: Henry V

This month's Stage To Screen is a strike-while-the-iron-is-hot kind of scenario, because first of all, I felt like writing about Henry V, and secondly, the Lawrence Olivier version is on HBO Max right now, so the timing is fortuitous. Henry V is one of Shakespeare's later plays, and is thought to have been written and perfomed in 1599. … Continue reading Stage To Screen: Henry V