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

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!

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

The Right To Escape

Here we go... 1963's The Great Escape is quite the iconic film, parodied and tributed so many times in so many ways (remember this one?). Steve McQueen dominates the proceedings, ably supported by fellow icons Charles Bronson, James Coburn, James Garner, and Richard Attenborough, along with the wonderful David McCallum, best known today as Duckie. Our … Continue reading The Right To Escape

The Remake of the Remake

It takes two, baby... There's much more to The Parent Trap than meets the eye. While it might seem like the beloved 1961 Disney film is the original, and in a way it is, it's actually a remake of a 1950 German film, Das Doppelte Lottchen, which was based on a novel of the same … Continue reading The Remake of the Remake

One Month Until the Fake Teenager Festivus

Thirty days and counting, all and then we do this Festivus thing of ours. Thirty days until we pay tribute to teenagers and the adults who play them on the screen. Thanks tons to everyone who have signed up so far! You all are awesome and I really appreciate having you on board! And if … Continue reading One Month Until the Fake Teenager Festivus


Happy National Silent Film Day! There's nothing new under the sun, of course, and this year I thought I'd revisit the 1923 film, White Tiger, a Tod Browning tale of murder, mistaken identity, mayhem, and a chess-playing automaton. I couldn't make this up if I tried. The movie opens in a London suburb, where a young … Continue reading Checkmate

Announcing the Fake Teenager Festivus!

We all know teenagers are rarely cast as characters their age, and, as some have noted, teen-oriented shows have become even more prevalent lately. There are a lot of reasons for Hollywood's chronological smudge tactics. Teenagers, at least those under eighteen, can't put in as many hours a day, they may be growing or have … Continue reading Announcing the Fake Teenager Festivus!

It’s All About the Drapes

We all know that so many Hollywood stars got their start on the stage, Broadway or otherwise, and one of the most famous is Vincente Minnelli. Among the things Minnelli did so well in his films was communicate emotion without beating an audience over the head, and one of his lesser-known films is 1955's The … Continue reading It’s All About the Drapes