Five Unusual Christmas Movies

OK, last year in my "Christmas Movies Are All the Same (And I'm Still Here For It)" post, I said that every Christmas movie ends idyllically. All i's are neatly dotted and all t's neatly crossed, with everyone holding a cup of cider or hot chocolate and smiling prettily while Grandma hands out cookies. Heh, … Continue reading Five Unusual Christmas Movies

Keep It Simple, Shakespeare

Hello, Mr. Plummer... I LOVE a good Shakespeare reading, It just makes me smile all over. The setting doesn't have to be fancy, either, because the language is so vivid and powerful that it creates its own scene. Even a black background (such as in this clip of Damian Lewis reciting the "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" … Continue reading Keep It Simple, Shakespeare

Page To Screen: The Sarah, Plain and Tall Trilogy

Remember the Hallmark Hall of Fame movies? I used to watch those with my parents all the time, and I don't know about anyone else, but my favorites next to Harvest of Fire was the Sarah, Plain and Tall trilogy. Based on Patricia MacLachlan's novels of the same name, they are prime examples of how to … Continue reading Page To Screen: The Sarah, Plain and Tall Trilogy

Announcing the Great Muppet Guest Star Caper!

The Muppet Show was de rigueur for a lot of people in the seventies and eighties, and over forty years later it still holds up wonderfully well. For those who haven't seen it, it was a variety show with songs, dances, recurring sketches, and wall-to-wall schtick, including box seat commentary from perennial hecklers Stanley and Waldorf. … Continue reading Announcing the Great Muppet Guest Star Caper!

Shamedown #11: Happy-Go-Lucky

We've almost made it to December, all! As always, if anyone is arriving late and wants to know what a Shamedown is, the details can be found here. Past Shamedowns can be found here. Now, on with the show... Ah, the mistaken identity trope. And the amnesia trope. And the lookalike trope. And the espionage … Continue reading Shamedown #11: Happy-Go-Lucky

My Top Twelve “Gilmore Girls” Episodes

*click* Those of you who have been reading Taking Up Room for any amount of time all know I do at least one Gilmore Girls post every November, and this has been going on for about as long as the blog has been around. Why November? I don't know. I'm thinking it's because that's the month … Continue reading My Top Twelve “Gilmore Girls” Episodes

The Fake Teenager Festivus: Wrapup

We have come to the end of the blogathon, everyone, and it's been a fun one! I hope you all have enjoyed yourselves. I'm still working through all your great posts, and so far one of the things that sticks out is the variety. We've got good movies, not-so-good movies, comedies, TV shows, silents, sci-fi. … Continue reading The Fake Teenager Festivus: Wrapup

Day Three of the Fake Teenager Festivus

It's the third and last day of our Fake Teenager Festivus, y'all, and I hope everyone's enjoying what we've seen so far. As usual, keep sending me your great entries and I'll add them to this post whenever possible. And of course, for those who are just now joining us, Days One and Two can … Continue reading Day Three of the Fake Teenager Festivus

The (Fake) Teen Agers

I don't know about anyone else, but I used to look through my parents' high school yearbooks and think how old everyone looked. Not like teenagers exactly but full-fledged adults. Must have been the clothes. At least they were actual teenagers in high school, unlike the cast of the 1946 film, High School Hero. This movie...well, it's … Continue reading The (Fake) Teen Agers

Day Two of the Fake Teenager Festivus

We're back for Day Two, all! Hope everyone's been enjoying our event so far. Plus it's now the weekend, plus some of us are just starting Thanksgiving vacation (woo hoo!), so the odds are good we all feel pretty relaxed, right? If anyone's just joining us, Day One's entries can be found here. And now, … Continue reading Day Two of the Fake Teenager Festivus

Andy Hardy Grows Up (Again)

Here we go... There were sixteen Andy Hardy movies made between 1936 and 1958. They were relatively cheap and quick to shoot, audiences loved them, and they were a lot of fun. They were also a way to showcase up-and-coming young actresses such as Judy Garland, Donna Reed and Esther Williams. One of 1941's Hardy … Continue reading Andy Hardy Grows Up (Again)

Announcing the Fifth So Bad It’s Good Blogathon!

Yep, it's that time again, guys. *insert evil laughter here* It's hard to believe the So Bad It's Good Blogathon is coming back for its fifth consecutive year. They say time flies when you're having fun, but it also flies when you're groaning and flinching, preferably from the ludicrous monstrosity inhabiting your screen. For those … Continue reading Announcing the Fifth So Bad It’s Good Blogathon!

During World War Two: Any Bonds Today?

We all know that during the war bond sales were huge. Reminders to buy war bonds were literally everywhere from magazines to ads to the ending credits of movies to billboards. My hometown paper used the words, "Buy War Bonds" so often that it was practically a design element. Anything that could carry text was … Continue reading During World War Two: Any Bonds Today?

That Show About Nothing

The legendary Seinfeld made its debut over thirty years ago. Mind-boggling, isn't it? I don't think I have to tell anyone that the show is part of our vernacular to this day, right up there with The Princess Bride and The Wizard of Oz. Even if you don't watch the show, if you've ever used, for instance, the phrase, … Continue reading That Show About Nothing

One Week Until the Fake Teenager Festivus

Seven days left, all, until our Festivus commences. Are you ready? I know I sure am--it's gonna be fun. Thanks to everyone who's joined our growing list of contributors! As usual, if anyone would like to join us, feel free to leave a comment here or on the announcement post, which can be found here. … Continue reading One Week Until the Fake Teenager Festivus