Al Pacino is our new Star of the Week! Did any of you guess right? To kick things off, we've got two reviews posted to his page, as well as a video clip from Scarface. Ladies, start your reading with Frankie and Johnny. Gents, start with Scarface. You know the drill, come back every day for two new reviews, and enjoy!
The wonderful thing about reading, or watching movies, is that there’s always more to read and watch. Even when you’ve been looking forward to something and it isn’t as good as you thought it would be, there’s always something else to take up your attention. And you can always go back and revisit a favorite or two! Today, I’ve posted reviews of three books that weren’t as good as I’d expected: The Corsican Brothers, Between Here and Forever, and Return to Peyton Place.
Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, how about some dark, super depressing books? I’m just teasing, but sometimes it’s fun to read the heavy books in the winter and save the beach reads for the sunshine. Check out my reviews for The Kitchen House, The True Story of Hansel and Gretel, The Color Purple, and The Easter Parade. Read if you dare—these are heavy!
Chris O'Donnell's week has come to an end, and all 14 of his reviews are now posted to his page. Did you know lots of his costars went on to win Academy Awards? Next week's star won an Oscar for the movie he made with Chris O'Donnell.
That was your clue, folks, and it's much easier than the past couple of clues. Check back on Thursday to see if your guess is right.
This week, Hot Toasty Rag is honoring Chris O'Donnell! Check his page every day for new reviews of his films, starting with these '90s classics Scent of a Woman and Circle of Friends. We've also got a video clip from my favorite, The Bachelor. And never fear, '90s kids, if you miss him because he doesn't really make movies anymore, you can find him happily installed on the television series NCIS: Los Angeles where he's been a regular for the past ten years!
Technically, it's not really a new valley, but I do have new reviews for the wonderful new adult series Sweet Valley University. This series has kept me company for years, and as much as I'm enjoying it, I do dread the time when I finally finish all 50+ books. Check out the series page for reviews on Elizabeth's Summer Love, Sweet Kiss of Summer, The Roommate, and His Secret Past.
Buster Keaton's week has come to a close, and all 28 of his reviews are now posted to his page. Are we going to stay in the silent era? Well, take a look at your clue for the next star:
Step back into that time machine, folks. Next week’s star starred in a remake of a Buster Keaton movie 75 years later!
Do you know who it is? Check back on Tuesday to see if you're right.
This week, Hot Toasty Rag will be raising a glass to the incomparable Buster Keaton! For you silent film buffs out there who think the list on his page is incomplete, I'm only reviewing full-length films, not shorts. He made dozens, so check them out if you're craving more!
To start with, I've posted reviews for my two favorites, The General and The Cameraman, as well as a video clip from Our Hospitality. Enjoy!
Donald O'Connor's time as Star of the Week has come to a close, and all 22 of his reviews have now been posted to his page. Who's next?
Well, we're stepping back in time a bit. Next week's star was an icon in the silent era. Donald O'Connor played him in a 1950s biopic! Any guesses? Check back on Monday to see if you're right.
Our first Star of the Week for 2019 is Donald O'Connor! To start out, we've got reviews posted for Singin' in the Rain and one of my favorite movies of all time, Call Me Madam, as well as a video clip from the latter which is the best solo dance number I've ever seen! Keep coming back to his page, and we'll post new reviews every day. Enjoy!
What a fantastic roster of stars in 2018--Kirk Douglas, David Niven, Susan Hayward, Doris Day, and over a dozen more! Who did you enjoy reading about? Were there any you hadn't heard of before and were inspired to watch some new movies? Who haven't we featured that you're anxious to see?
Well, we've got another list of wonderful stars planned for 2019, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
Here's your first clue, picking up where we left off with Bing Crosby, whose 51 reviews are now posted to his page:
Bing Crosby acted with next week's star in a 1950s musical, and he also acted with him twenty years earlier--Next week's star started out as a child actor! Come back on Saturday to see who our first Star of the Week is.
This post has been in the works for an entire year, isn't that amazing? My mom and I enjoyed the Hallmark television series Cedar Cove so much that we bought the DVD collection and decided it would be our summer ritual to watch one season every year--on repeat! If you haven't seen it, check it out. It's so delightful, charming, romantic, and sweet.
Last Christmas, my parents bought me the complete collection of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove novels! How awesome, right? So, since there were twelve in the series, not including the Christmas books, I thought it would be a lot of fun to read one book a month for the year, then end by reading all the Christmas books in December. And it was a lot of fun! Check out my Cedar Cove page with all the reviews to see what I thought of the originals to the beloved tv show.
What Christmas movies do you like to watch every year? In my house, The Bishop’s Wife is a must, and not just because I’m in love with David Niven. This year, I read the original novel—boy, it is different! Check out my review to find out why you should stay away from it…
As you know, I only do this once or twice a year when a new book gets released. So, here's a purely selfish, self-promotional post. My new book, On Ice is now published! It's a collection of twelve short stories that I've thought of, been working on, or finished during the past ten years. What are you going to do with one or two short stories? Wait around until you have enough of them "on ice" to publish!
So, this one has been a long time coming, and it was a lot of fun to clean up and give closure to twelve of my babies. Check it out on Amazon or Goodreads!
It's that time of year, the 12 Days of Christmas! How amazing would it be to spend Christmas with your favorite movie stars? Well, thanks to Hot Toasty Rag, you can!
That's the theme for this year's holiday 12-day post: Christmas with the Stars. We're not quite finished with Bing Crosby's regular reviews, but he'll come back in a couple of weeks. I'll be updating this post every day; come back to see your favorites! Obviously, Bing Crosby gets Day One, because he's our Christmas star, but who are the others? Check the list below. . . And Merry Christmas! Also, if you missed last year's post, check it out the full list of Christmas reviews included on Hot Toasty Rag.
1 ) Christmas with . . . Bing Crosby!
The Bells of St. Mary's
2 ) Christmas with . . . Frank Sinatra and Jane Russell!
3 ) Christmas with . . . Robert Mitchum!
4 ) Christmas with . . . Katharine Hepburn!
5 ) Christmas with . . . Maureen O'Hara!
Miracle on 34th Street
6 ) Christmas with . . . Fredric March!
A Christmas Carol
7 ) Christmas with . . . Barbara Stanwyck!
Christmas in Connecticut
Remember the Night
8 ) Christmas with . . . Jude Law!
9 ) Christmas with . . . Shirley Booth!
The Year without a Santa Claus
10 ) Christmas with . . . Judy Garland!
Meet Me in St. Louis
11 ) Christmas with . . . Michael Caine!
A Muppet Christmas Carol
12 ) Christmas with . . . David Niven!
The Bishop's Wife
How exciting! Kirk Douglas is 102 years old! We've honored him as Star of the Week earlier in the year, so be sure and check out his page if you missed it back in January. A very happy birthday Kirk Douglas, and Hot Toasty Rag has now posted a new review to his page: Detective Story. What better way to celebrate him than to watch one of his movies? What will you be watching tonight?
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! It used to be a tradition in my family to go out to the movies after dinner, to work up an appetite for pumpkin and apple pie. We saw all the Disney classics, and later when us kids were older, all the Harry Potter movies. Such fun! Lately, there hasn't been anything released Thanksgiving weekend that we want to see. I had wanted to see the new Nutcracker, but after I saw the preview and realized it wasn't a ballet, I was pretty disappointed. So, we're staying in tonight. What are you going to see? If any of you are staying in as well, you can watch Hannah and Her Sisters, which takes place on Thanksgiving!
Here he is, folks, Hot Toasty Rag's last Star of the Week for 2018: Bing Crosby! It's obvious why he's our Christmas star, since he can be heard singing Christmas carols in every shop and household during the month of December, and he also made two famous Christmas flicks!
To start with, we've posted to his page reviews of Going My Way, Road to Morocco, and Anything Goes, as well as a video clip from Road to Bali. Keep checking back every day for new reviews and coming up is our 12 Days of Christmas movies post! Speaking of Christmas, even though I don't review television programs, who hasn't watched Bing Crosby's Christmas and television specials?
No, it’s not what you think. I’m not reading up on books about wedding planning or the most beautiful weddings in history. I’ve already read those when I was in my tweens. This post, I’m sharing a few novels that have the marital theme in the title. While Wife by Wednesday and Forever a Bridesmaid are light and fluffy, The Marriage Lie is a suspenseful thriller. Take your pick!
Some people would read coming-of-age books in the spring, but I like to read them in the fall. Usually, these books are dark and slightly upsetting, forcing youngsters to grow up. If there wasn’t an upsetting catalyst, no one would write a book about it, right?
So, since it’s fall, here are three very well written books I read this year: Commonwealth, The Adults, and Local Girls. What’s the last coming-of-age book you read?
William Holden's time as Star of the Week has come to a close, and all 26 of his movie reviews are posted to his page. It's time to guess the next star, who will be our very last featured actor for the year. I hope you've enjoyed all the clues and discovering all the links between our actors and actresses. It was very fun to plan!
Since he will be our last Star of the Week, he will also be our Christmas star--keep that in mind when you're guessing! He and William Holden made a movie together, but he's most famous nowadays for his association with Christmas. You can catch him in two famous holiday classics.
There's your clue; any guesses? Check back on Monday to find out who it is!
William Holden is our new Star of the Week! With so many classic films, it's hard to know where to start, but we're going to start with reviews of Golden Boy, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, and my favorite, Picnic. Also, a video clip from The Bridge on the River Kwai is posted to his page. Enjoy, and check back every day for three fresh reviews!
I separate the books I read into seasons. It’s so automatic now, that whenever I buy new books, I can’t help but categorize them into what part of the year I’ll get to read them! Summer is light and fluffy, fall is thrillers, winter is the classics, and spring is everything else I didn’t get to. This fall, I had a great lineup of thrillers. Check out my reviews for Anything for Her, Poison Study, Genesis Girl, Eight Hundred Grapes, The Book of Ivy, Orchids and Stones, and Caraval.
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