We're going to take a little break on Michael Caine movies and come back to him after Christmas. Starting today, I'll be posting two daily Christmas movie reviews for the 12 Days of Christmas! I'll be updating this post directly, so be sure and check back for 24 holiday flicks!
Today we'll start off with The Muppet Christmas Carol, starring Star of the Week Michael Caine! (You knew that would be the first one!) What are your holiday favorites? Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
The Christmas Train (2017)
Switched for Christmas (2017)
Journey Back to Christmas (2016)
My Christmas Dream (2016)
A Dream of Christmas (2016)
Family for Christmas (2015)
Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (2004)
The Sweetest Christmas (2017)
Period of Adjustment (1962)
Christmas Under Wraps (2014)
One Christmas (1994)
Little Women (1933)
A Wish for Christmas (2016)
Christmas at Holly Lodge (2017)
A Heavenly Christmas (2016)
Merry Matrimony (2015)
Christmas in Evergreen (2017)
Looks Like Christmas (2016)
A Gift to Remember (2017)
Christmas in Homestead (2016)
The Christmas Angel (2012)
12 Dates of Christmas (2011)
Okay, this post is a little bit selfish, but you did know from my "About" page that I'm an author.
My latest novel Years in an Instant has just hit the shelves, so head on over to my sister website to read more about it! It's the sequel to my critically-acclaimed book from last year, Like a Closed Fist, and all your favorite characters return to join Phoebe in the next leg of the journey.
Hot Toasty Rag's last Star of the Week for 2017 is Michael Caine! He's going to take up the entire month, because I'm planning on sharing 71 of his movies. Yes, that's a lot, but he's one of my all-time favorite celebrity boyfriends. I may have written him a fan letter when I was in high school, telling him I thought he was dreamy. So, to start things off with a bang, we've got 10 of his movies posted to his page, as well as a review of his second memoir The Elephant to Hollywood.
Check out my reviews for Alfie, California Suite, The Cider House Rules, Gambit, Hannah and Her Sisters, Hurry Sundown, Noises Off, The Wilby Conspiracy, X Y and Zee, and Zulu. Enjoy and come back tomorrow for more!
Yes, I realize I goofed up on my post yesterday. December 1st is tomorrow, not today. So you’ll have to wait one more day before finding out the Star of the Week, and to help tide you over, here are some reviews of books I’ve read lately: Single, Carefree, Mellow, a collection of short stories, and the latest volume in the Sweet Valley series: Kiss of the Vampire.
Today is Sidney Poitier's last day, and all 28 reviews have now been posted to his page. Here's a clue for next week's star:
Since it’s almost Christmas, next week’s star is in a very beloved Christmas movie you probably watch every year. And, he was also in two movies with Sidney Poitier!
Any guesses? Check back on December 1 (Thursday) to find out who will be our last Star of the Week for the year!
This week, Hot Toasty Rag will be honoring Sidney Poitier! Three of his films were already reviewed here because of his costars: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Paris Blues, and Sneakers. And three reviews are new today, listed on his page: The Defiant Ones, A Raisin in the Sun, and my personal favorite A Patch of Blue. Enjoy! And be sure to come back every day for three new movies.
Today's the last day of honoring Katharine Hepburn on The Rag, and all 34 reviews have now been posted to her page. What's that? You want a clue for next week's star? Certainly:
In the film they made together, Katharine Hepburn had next week's star over for a very memorable meal.
Any guesses? Check back on Monday to find out!
This week, Katharine Hepburn will be Hot Toasty Rag's Star of the Week! To start things off, we've got a few of her classics: The Glass Menagerie, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, On Golden Pond, Suddenly Last Summer, and Woman of the Year. Also, I'm throwing in one of my all-time favorite old movies: The African Queen. Check them out on her page, and don't forget to come back every day this week for three new reviews!
Now that I’ve finished my collection of movie books from college, I’ll move on to my second major: political science. I know, it’s an odd combination, but an interesting one. If you think about it, they’re both connected because both fields have an enormous influence over public opinion and popular culture!
So, here are a couple of books to get you started: Campaign Boot Camp and The Problem of the Media. Enjoy!
Sam Waterston's week has come to a close, and all 30 movie reviews have been posted to his page. Be sure to check out the special review of The Civil War, written by special guest author Jared Plotkin!
Who will next week's star be? Here's a hint:
Early in his career, Sam Waterson starred in a Tennessee Williams play, with this four-time Oscar winning actress playing his mother.
Check back Wednesday to find out who!
Happy Halloween everyone! What are you dressing up as? I’ll be Madonna this year, since I just got a new do’ after bringing in her platinum picture to my hairdresser this week.
Just in case you devoured my movie suggestions from yesterday and were looking for some more for tonight (or this weekend, or whenever the spooky mood strikes you) here are a few more Halloween flicks:
In the mood for laughter rather than screams? Watch Murder by Death, a hilarious spoof of the whodunnit genre.
Want some romance? Check out Bell Book and Candle, a classic love story about a modern-day witch who falls for the guy next door.
For some spooky fun, try these black-and-white mysteries: The List of Adrian Messenger and The Lost Moment.
Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for some more Sam Waterston movie reviews—starting with the spooky flick Reflections of Murder. . .
Whether you go out trick or treating, stay in to hand out candy to the kiddies, or go out to a themed party, chances are you've got some fun plans for tomorrow night. In case your plans include cuddling up with apple cider, popcorn, and a festive movie, I have a few recommendations!
For a fun, suspenseful thriller, try The Naked Edge.
In the mood for a bit of campy fun? Leprechaun for modern moviegoers, or Among the Living for black-and-white aficionados.
Want some devil-worshipping spookiness? Check out Eye of the Devil.
What will you be watching?
This week, Hot Toasty Rag will be honoring Sam Waterston! To get things started, we've got his most famous films, The Great Gatsby, The Glass Menagerie, The Killing Fields, and The Man in the Moon. Also, Hannah and Her Sisters, September, and Crimes and Misdemeanors are posted to his page because they were previously shared during Mia Farrow's week. Enjoy and come back every day for new reviews : )
You know me—I’ve got a lot movie books. Biographies, must-see lists, genre studies; you name it, I’ve read it. That’s what happens when you major in film. Here’s the rest of my collection, minus the biographies. I figured I’d review those when Hot Toasty Rag honors each star as the weeks go by. Enjoy!
1001 Movies to See Before You Die
The Hollywood Musical
Strike the Baby and Kill the Blonde
Today is the last Jane Fonda day, and all 31 reviews have now been posted to her page, so be sure and read up if you missed any this week!
Here's a clue for next week's star: Next week’s star is most famous for his role in a very famous television show. Currently, he’s in a successful Netflix series costarring Jane Fonda.
Let me know your guesses in the comments section. Check back on Friday to see if you're right!
This week, we're honoring Jane Fonda as Hot Toasty Rag's Star of the Week! She's such an icon, so I wanted to have a variety of reviews to start off with on her first day. We've got a couple of cute ones from the 1960s, Cat Ballou and Barefoot in the Park, and a couple of dramas, On Golden Pond and They Shoot Horses, Don't They? And, we've also got her new release from last month Our Souls at Night!
Check out her page every day for more reviews, and don't forget to check out reviews for her two memoirs!
Since I’ve been doing a lot of movie reviews here on The Rag, I thought it only fitting to review some books about classic movies. If you love The Wizard of Oz or Gone With the Wind--who doesn’t, right?—then check out my reviews for The Wizard of Oz: The Official 50th Anniversary Pictorial History and Scarlett, Rhett, and a Cast of Thousands. And if you like books that share a collection of classic films, check out this great book-movie duo that I got as a gift many years ago: Now Showing: Unforgettable Moments From the Movies.
Today is The Rag's last Robert Redford day, and all 35 movies have been posted to his page. Here's a clue for next week's star:
Robert Redford was first paired with this actress in 1966, and they just reunited for another film that came out last month!
That's an easy one--any guesses? Check back on Tuesday to find out who!
This week's Star of the Week is Robert Redford! We're starting things off with a bang today, with a variety of his films posted to his page. Check out reviews for Netflix's new release from last week, Our Souls at Night, his directorial debut that won him a Best Director Oscar, Ordinary People, his two best performances, The Great Gatsby and All is Lost, and a couple of classics, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting. Come back every day for three new reviews!
Today is the last day I'm reviewing Mia Farrow's movies, and all 24 reviews have now been posted to her page. Here's a clue for the next star:
Mia Farrow starred in many adaptations of famous novels. Next week’s star played the title role in one of those adaptations.
I think that's a pretty good clue. Let me know your guesses in the comments, and be sure to check back on Friday to find out who the next Star of the Week is!
This week, Hot Toasty Rag will be reviewing Mia Farrow's movies! To start things off, I've posted three of her most famous movies to her page, Rosemary's Baby, Death on the Nile, and of course--if you know me, you should have seen this coming--the one and only acceptable version of The Great Gatsby. Enjoy!
Today is the last day to honor Frank Sinatra's movies, and all 41 reviews have been posted to his page. He only made 55 movies, so I think Hot Toasty Rag just set a ratio record! Anyway, be sure to check them out if you missed any this week.
What's the clue for next week's star you ask? Well, it's a repeat of the last clue. Frank Sinatra never made a movie with next week's star, but he was married to her.
Any guesses? See you on Wednesday!
This week, Hot Toasty Rag will review the movies of Frank Sinatra! To start with, we've got his Oscar-winning performance in From Here to Eternity, the film he should have won his Oscar for, The Man with the Golden Arm, a tense thriller Suddenly, and a 1960s drama The Detective.
Around the World in 80 Days, Can-Can, Guys and Dolls, and Some Came Running have been posted from other stars, but they're uploaded to his page as well. Check back every day for more reviews!
Ava Gardner's time has come to a close, and all 13 movie reviews have been posted to her page, as well as a fantastic biography. Who's next? Here's a clue:
Next week's star never made a movie with Ava Gardner. But he was married to her for six years!
Any guesses? Check back on Friday to see if you're right!
This week's Star of the Week is Ava Gardner! In addition to her movie reviews, I've also posted a fantastic, scintillating biography of hers (thanks big brother!) to her page. To start things off, I've reviewed a couple of her classics, The Barefoot Contessa and The Night of the Iguana, as well as my personal favorite Show Boat!