A toast to Bruce Willis, our new Star of the Week! To start things off, we've got reviews posted for three classics: Die Hard, The Sixth Sense, and Look Who's Talking. Plus, you can watch a video clip from Die Hard on his page, too. Enjoy! Now you know there's no tv on the Rag, but you've got to check out his 5 seasons of Moonlighting from the '80s!
Since I reviewed the novel Sense and Sensibility after Kate Winslet’s week, you probably saw it coming that I’d review the Harry Potter novels after Alan Rickman’s week. These are sentimental books for me, and for most other readers my age, since I grew up reading them. As an adult, picking them up for the first time would be a different experience, one I can’t really imagine. So as you read my reviews, keep in mind they were written with my very thick sentimental glasses on. Enjoy!
Alan Rickman's week has come to a close, and all 33 of his reviews are now posted to his page. Here's your clue for the next Star of the Week:
He's primarily known for his action movies, like the classic he made with Alan Rickman.
I bet you know who it is, huh? Check back on Friday to see if you're right!
A toast to Alan Rickman, our new Star of the Week! To start things off, we've got reviews of three famous villainous roles, Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, as well as a video clip from Sense and Sensibility posted to his page. Come back every day for new reviews, and enjoy!
Kate Winslet's week has come to a close, and all 24 of her reviews have been posted to her page. Here's your clue for next week's star:
Although best known for playing villains, you can find next him in a Jane Austen classic alongside Kate Winslet.
Pretty easy, huh? You probably know who it is, so check back on Thursday to see if you're right!
Kate Winslet is our new Star of the Week! To kick things off, we've got a video clip posted to her page from The Holiday, as well as reviews for three of my favorites: Carnage, Labor Day, and The Holiday. Come back every day for new reviews, and enjoy!
Since I just finished reviewing one version of Mildred Pierce and will be reviewing the other in the next couple of days, I thought this would be a good time to review the original novel.
I rented a three-volume collection of James M. Cain stories from my college library. I had a long weekend, and just in case I finished one book, I wanted another ready for me so I wouldn’t have to take the bus back to school mid-Saturday. (My apartment didn’t have WiFi, as crazy as it sounds.) Before class on Monday, I’d read all three books and headed back to the library for a fresh batch of novels for the week. James M. Cain is hard to put down!
For steamy romance lovers who like a hint of murder in their stories, check out Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice.
Too tired for all that excitement? Mildred Pierce is the one for you. If you identify with the Mama Rose character in the musical Gypsy, an overworked, sacrificing mother who gets nothing in return, you’ll love this one.
Joan Crawford's week has come to an end, and all 35 reviews are now posted to her page. Are you ready for your next clue?
Time to get back in that time machine, folks. Next week’s star took on Joan Crawford’s Oscar-winning role in a remake that won her a Golden Globe and an Emmy.
Do you know who she is? Check back on Monday to find out if you're right!
Joan Crawford is our new Star of the Week! To start things off, we've got a video clip and review posted to her page from Mildred Pierce, as well as a review for an earlier classic The Gorgeous Hussy. Enjoy, and come back every day for new reviews!
Ann Blyth's week has come to a close, and all 18 reviews are now posted to her page. Get ready for next week's star with this clue:
Next week's star will be easy to guess. This silver screen legend won an Oscar for playing Ann Blyth's mother in a movie.
Do you know who she is? Check back on Tuesday to see if you're right.
A toast to Ann Blyth, this week's Star of the Week! And a happy early birthday to her as well, since she'll be turning 91 in August.
To start with, we've got a video clip from Kismet posted to her page, as well as reviews for her Oscar-nominated Mildred Pierce and a hidden gem A Woman's Vengeance. Enjoy, and come back every day for new reviews!
Tyrone Power's week has come to a close, and all 28 reviews are now posted to his page. Would you like a clue for next week's star? Good, because I have three clues for you!
Next week's star was the love interest in a Tyrone Power movie, was nominated for an Oscar when she was in her teens, and is one of the last surviving silver screen stars!
Do you know who she is? Check back on Sunday to find out if you're right.
A toast to the beauty of Tyrone Power - and his movies, of course. Our newest Star of the Week has reviews posted to his page for The Mark of Zorro and Blood and Sand, as well as a video clip from the former. Come back every day for new reviews and enjoy. I know I will!
Since Alice Faye was so cute, and to since next week’s star is also incredibly cute, I thought it would be a good time to share some cute, light books. Also, it's spring, and I always feel like something light after all the dramas the winter brought. Here are three on my bookshelf:
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (book #1)
Barbie: What a Doll!
Alice Faye's week has come to an end, and all 19 of her reviews have been posted to her page. Do you have an idea who next week's star might be? Here's what Alice Faye said about her costar:
"He was the best looking thing I've ever seen in my life. Kissing him was like dying and going to heaven."
Check back on Saturday to find out who this ridiculously handsome man is!
Hot Toasty Rag turns 2 years old today! Thanks so much for coming back to read about books, movies, movie stars, and our new Rag Awards. I hope you've been entertained, and I hope you've been exposed to art and artists you didn't know before.
How will you celebrate today? We're having a party, for after 226 book reviews, 1,408 movie reviews, and 50 stars honored, that's quite a bit to toast to.
A toast to Alice Faye, our new Star of the Week! To start out with, we've posted a video clip of In Old Chicago to her page, as well as reviews for Alexander's Ragtime Band and Hello, Frisco, Hello, in which she immortalized the song "You'll Never Know." Enjoy!
If beach reads are for the summer and classics are for the winter, when do you read your romantic dramas? Whenever you decide to read them, here are three more you might want to add to your list: Alice Adams, The Notebook, and Something in the Way. I loved one, hated one, and had mixed feelings about the third. Which rating goes with which book? Read the reviews to find out.
Robert Young's time as Star of the Week has ended, and now it's time for a new star and a new clue:
This costar of Robert Young is best remembered for her singing voice.
Check back on Thursday to find out who she is, and be sure to catch up on all 41 of Robert Young's reviews posted to his page.
This week, Hot Toasty Rag will salute the films of Robert Young! I know he's best known for his television career, six years on Father Knows Best and seven years on Marcus Welby, M.D., but did you know he made close to a hundred films in a little over two decades? To start with, we've posted reviews for two of his cutest: Western Union and Slightly Dangerous. A video clip from Crossfire is also posted to his page.
Now don't throw anything at me, because you know the rule on The Rag: no television, but come back every day to keep reading about his movies!
Since we just finished honoring a child star of the silver screen, I thought I’d share some books I’ve read recently that star young protagonists. Check out my reviews of The Wedding Planner’s Daughter, a cute book for tweens, My Name Is Leon, a book for adults written in a child’s perspective, and Daddy-Long-Legs, a famous classic.
All 14 of Margaret O'Brien's reviews have now been posted to her page. Are you ready for a new Star of the Week? Here's a clue:
Next week’s star was immortalized in every American household by his television career, earning three Emmys and four additional nominations. What’s his connection to Margaret O’Brien? In her first film, he played a father figure to her, something he did . . . best.
Do you know who next week's star is? Check back on Monday to find out if you're right!
A toast to Margaret O'Brien, our latest Star of the Week! To her page, we've posted reviews to her page for Journey for Margaret and Meet Me in St. Louis, as well as a video clip from Little Women. Not to spoil any surprises, but we recently honored her with a Hot Toasty Rag Award for her outstanding juvenile performances in 1942 and 1943. The official results won't be posted for some time, but in case Miss O'Brien reads this, I wanted her to know. She's the first recipient of a Hot Toasty Rag Award who's still alive!
Mary Astor's time as Star of the Week has come to a close, and all 41 of her reviews are now posted to her page. Here's your clue for next week's star:
Next week's star is one of the only actresses of the silver screen still alive! When she got her start as a child actress, she played Mary Astor's daughter twice.
Check back on Sunday to find out who it is!
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