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.
Barbara Stanwyck's time has come to a close, and all 53 of her reviews are now uploaded to her page. Phew, that was a lot! Here's your clue for next week's star:
Barbara Stanwyck discovered next week’s star and after a lifetime of friendship dedicated her honorary Oscar to him.
Any of you know who it is? Check back on Tuesday to find out who it is!
A very Happy Halloween to you and yours! What are you planning on watching tonight, something spooky or more cuddly? As you can tell from my reviews, I'm quite the scaredy-cat, so my idea of a Halloween movie is Curious George's Halloween special.
Thanks to all the Stars of the Week this year--Robert Mitchum, Fredric March, Walter Huston, and others--we've got tons of more movies added to the Halloween list. Check it out!
A toast to Barbara Stanwyck, Hot Toasty Rag's Star of the Week! To start with, we've posted to her page a video clip from Stella Dallas, as well as reviews of three classics: Stella Dallas, The Lady Eve, and Double Indemnity. Check back every day for new reviews, and enjoy! In case you haven't seen her movies but she looks familiar, you might recognize her from playing the matriarch on The Big Valley, the miniseries The Thorn Birds, or the spinoff of Dynasty, The Colbys.
Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a good laugh. Maybe you’ve just finished The Color Purple or something else really heavy and can’t take another depressing book. In that case, pick up one of these! I finished Elle Casey’s four-book comic series, which was for the most part, a barrel of laughs. Now listed on the Books page are my reviews for Wrong Place, Right Time and Wrong Question, Right Answer and Wrong Turn, Right Direction. And if you’re in the mood some something side-splittingly funny, pick up Robert Asprin’s Myth Conceptions. What makes you laugh?
Walter Huston's time as Star of the Week has come to a close, and all 29 reviews have now been posted to his page. Here's your clue for next week's star:
In his last film, Walter Huston played next week’s star’s father. She was nominated for four Oscars before receiving an Honorary Oscar, and later in life, she played the matriarch on a famous western television drama.
Any guesses? Come back on Friday to find out if you're right!
Our new Star of the Week is Walter Huston! To start with, we've got reviews posted to his page for two of his famous and beloved performances in Dodsworth and The Devil and Daniel Webster. Also, check out his video clip from American Madness, and come back every day for fresh reviews. Enjoy!
If you think just because you’re a grown-up you can’t read children’s books, you’re missing out on some great reads. Sure, some of the large-print picture books aren’t just acceptable to read unless you’re reading them aloud to a youngster, but other books are great to read no matter how old you are. They either teach great lessons that you already know and will draw a tear to you eye, or they’re classics that never go out of style.
Check out my reviews of The Frog Princess, Heidi, and The Wind in the Willows!
Jane Russell's time as Star of the Week has come to a close, and all 14 of her reviews are now posted to her page. Any guesses for the next star? Here's your clue:
In Jane Russell’s first movie, she starred alongside next week’s star, the patriarch in a very famous multi-generational Hollywood family.
Come back on Saturday to find out if you're right!
Jane Russell is our new Star of the Week! To start with, we've got reviews posted to her page for her breakthrough film, The Outlaw, and her most famous musical, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, as well as a video clip from the latter. Come back every day for new reviews, and enjoy!
It seems like all I read are Sweet Valley books, doesn’t it? Believe it or not, I make sure to read one “regular” book in between my Sweet Valley University books, to stretch out my enjoyment of this fantastic series. I’m just so anxious to post these reviews I never get around to the other books! Check out the Sweet Valley page for five new reviews: Billie’s Secret; Broken Promises, Shattered Dreams; Here Comes the Bride; Running for Her Life, and For the Love of Ryan. What books are you planning on reading this fall?
I know "beach reads" get a lot of flack, but sometimes they're actually pretty good books. You just need to be careful when you pick them out. Read the back cover and the first few pages to get a sense of the style, and if it feels like it has a little something extra over the syrupy sweet beach reads everyone else reads, give it a shot!
I read Elin Hilderbrand's The Island, which was marketed as a beach read, but was so much more. I loved it so much I went out an ordered another book of hers! I also read Linda Francis Lee's The Glass Kitchen, was a little more trite, but was still a lot of fun. Another book I finished was Nicholas Sparks's Safe Haven. What did you read this summer?
Robert Mitchum's time as Star of the Week has come to a close, and all 75 reviews have now been posted to his page. That's a record--Hot Toasty Rag has never reviewed more than 70 films of one actor before! (Sorry, Michael Caine, you're now in 2nd place)
Hope you enjoyed the reviews, and check back on Friday to find out who the next star is. Here's your clue:
Next week’s star played Robert Mitchum’s leading lady in two movies and she was also a lifelong friend of his!
Ladies, get our your handkerchiefs. You'll need it to mop up your drool. This week, we are honoring the ridiculously hunky Robert Mitchum as our Star of the Week!
To start with, we've got reviews posted to his page for The Night of the Hunter, Cape Fear, and Ryan's Daughter, as well as the famous "Love and Hate" video clip from the former. Come back every day for more reviews--trust me, these movies are worth it for the eye candy alone!
Well, Susan Hayward can't reign forever, so it's time to get ready for the next star. Don't worry, though, he's just as much of a presence as she is! All 43 reviews have been posted to Susan Hayward's page, and here's a clue for next week's star:
Rumor has it, Susan Hayward’s two-time costar purposely ate garlic before their love scenes! Knowing what I know about the hunky actor, I think it was a bit of a prank.
Have you heard that bit of trivia before? If so, check back on Wednesday to see if you guess right.
The time has come! A very big toast to Susan Hayward, our new Star of the Week!
I'm very excited because not only is she beautiful and a fantastic actress, but she's one of my two favorite actresses from the classic era!
So, to start out, we've posted to her page a video clip from Valley of the Dolls, and reviews for I'll Cry Tomorrow, My Foolish Heart, and her Oscar-winning I Want to Live! Oh, the drama! Or, as Rupert Everett says in My Best Friend's Wedding, "The misery, the exquisite tragedy, the Susan Hayward of it all.” Enjoy!
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