I’ll Be Home For Life Day

Think you've seen all the Star Wars movies? Which one is your least favorite? Do you even have a least favorite? Whatever your answer is, chances are it doesn't stack up to the Star Wars Holiday Special. Well, except for those Chinese Star Wars bootlegs, but we'll get to that on another day. Oh boy, will we. … Continue reading I’ll Be Home For Life Day

Fin the Sharkchaser

Did we really need another Sharknado movie? Yeah, no, probably not, but we got six of 'em, all of varying degrees of badness. Today, though, we're only interested in 2016's Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens, because the number four is obviously a thing for our So Bad It's Good extravaganza this year. Amazon's description of this film makes … Continue reading Fin the Sharkchaser

The Fourth So Bad It’s Good Blogathon Has Arrived

It's here, guys. The so-bad-it's-goodness is upon us and we're in for a lot of wince-y chuckles this weekend. A lot of you have been telling me how excited you are for this blogathon and I can't blame you. At the risk of sounding like one of those COVID ads, we need this, especially now … Continue reading The Fourth So Bad It’s Good Blogathon Has Arrived

Bad On Purpose?

The badness is back, y'all... Who else thought (or thinks) M. Night Shyamalan was going to be the next Hitchcock? I sure did. Night likes macguffins and making cameos in his own films, plus the camerawork in Signs was very silent film-esque, with characters reacting to unseen horror. Even The Village grows on a lot of … Continue reading Bad On Purpose?

Five Reasons To See “Vertigo”

Hello, Miss Kim... Vertigo is, of course, one of Alfred Hitchcock's iconic films. It's got James Stewart. It's got a blonde. Two, actually, because it also features the wonderful Barbara Bel Geddes as the loyal but passed-over Midge. It's got twists. It's got turns. It's got a gorgeous score by Bernard Herrmann. It's based on a … Continue reading Five Reasons To See “Vertigo”

Lauren’s Big Break

Time to look for some clues, all... The hard-boiled detective trope really came into its own during the 1930s, and one of its patron saints is Raymond Chandler, whose Philip Marlowe graced the screen several times, as well as books and radio. One of these is 1946's The Big Sleep, starring Humphrey Bogart, who turned hard-boiled … Continue reading Lauren’s Big Break

One Week Until the Fourth So Bad It’s Good Blogathon

Seven days to go, everyone, and we will be cringing, flinching, and all that good (bad?) stuff. There's been quite a bit of interest this year as usual, and I really appreciate everyone signing up. We're gluttons for punishment, I guess. 😉 If anyone would like to join us, there's plenty of room and plenty … Continue reading One Week Until the Fourth So Bad It’s Good Blogathon

During World War Two: Serious Days

Well, folks, we're happy to be back with you again, and on behalf of the Johnson Wax people and our cast, may we say that we're not unconscious of the fact that these are serious days. --Jim Jordan of the Fibber McGee and Molly radio show, September 5, 1939. On September first, Britain declared war … Continue reading During World War Two: Serious Days

It’s A Movie…Sort Of

Happy Valentine's Day! I've got a day off of work today. Don't know why, but I'll take it. As we all know, randomness can a beautiful thing. Or not. When the 1988 rom-com, Vibes came up in my Amazon Prime suggested viewing list, I was instantly curious. Who wouldn't be? This movie teams Jeff Goldblum with … Continue reading It’s A Movie…Sort Of

Shamedown #2: Lake Michigan Monster

We're on our second dose of Shame already...how did that happen? If anyone doesn't know what a Shamedown is, please feel free to click here for the details. Onward... Bad indies are not an unknown subject on Taking Up Room, or to anyone for that matter in this age of YouTube. However, sometimes an indie … Continue reading Shamedown #2: Lake Michigan Monster

Shut In (My Thoughts)

It's no secret that with a few exceptions, Hollywood isn't doing so well right now. It's kind of a mess, really. Sure, they're still making movies and things are slowly returning to normal, but it's not exactly rosy. The pandemic, of course, didn't help; Bloomberg reported in March of 2021 that when adjusted for inflation, box … Continue reading Shut In (My Thoughts)

The John Williams Blogathon: Wrapup

Hard to believe, everyone, but we've come to the end of this blogathon. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm kinda sorry to see it go because it's been cool delving into the life and work of our honored guest. I hope Mr. Williams had a happy ninetieth birthday. and that everyone's … Continue reading The John Williams Blogathon: Wrapup

Five Musically Important Scenes In “Raiders Of the Lost Ark”

Here we are... One of John Williams's best-known works is 1981's Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was the first time George Lucas's iconic character was seen by the public, and as anyone who has watched the film can attest, it's something special. Directed by Steven Spielberg, it hits all the right … Continue reading Five Musically Important Scenes In “Raiders Of the Lost Ark”

The John Williams Blogathon Has Arrived

It's here, people. Time to celebrate everything John Williams and the movies that he scored. I'm excited about this...how about you? I hope everyone enjoys themselves. All right, you all know the drill. I'll be updating this post over the next four days, so please feel free to send me your reviews and I'll add … Continue reading The John Williams Blogathon Has Arrived

Page To Screen: Little Women

Few books have been as influential to women's literature and for that matter, American literature as Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. There's a saying among Englishers that the American literature canon is more than twelve dead white guys and Emily Dickinson, but I think it should be "more than twelve dead white guys, Emily Dickinson, and Louisa … Continue reading Page To Screen: Little Women