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!
Most people have heard of The Best Years of Our Lives; it’s one of the most revered classic films of all time. But most people haven’t heard of the original novel: Glory for Me. Written entirely in prose, this incredibly moving story tells of the struggles of returning veterans. Parts of the book made it into the movie, parts were changed, and parts of the movie were invented by the fantastic screenwriter Robert E. Sherwood. Read my full review to find out more!
Fredric March's time as Star of the Week has come to a close, and all 28 reviews have now been posted to his page. As always, here's a clue for next week's star:
Both Fredric March and next week’s Oscar-winning star were famous for their intense dramas, but believe it or not, the one movie they made together was a ridiculously silly comedy!
Who do you think it is? Check back on Wednesday to find out if you're right!
A toast to Fredric March, who was in the first A Star Is Born! And a special shout-out to my grandpa, because Fredric March was his favorite actor!
So, to start off our new Star of the Week, we've got a video clip from The Best Years of Our Lives and reviews for both films he won a Best Actor Oscar for: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Best Years of Our Lives. Check back to his page every day for new reviews, and enjoy!
Since we just finished James Mason’s week, it seemed a very fitting time to post my review of the original novel Georgy Girl. The film adaptation is one of my all-time favorite movies and starred James Mason! To see the differences from page to screen, read my full review.
James Mason's week has come to a close, and all 40 movie reviews have now been posted to his page. Here's a clue for next week's star:
As long as I keep recycling the same clue over and over, it should be really easy for you to guess next week’s star, since he was James Mason’s predecessor in the story whose fourth film adaptation will hit the theaters this October.
Do you know who it is? If you know your Oscar trivia, next week's star won two Best Actor Academy Awards, so that might help you! Check back on Tuesday to see if you're right.
James Mason is our Star of the Week! He holds a very special place in my heart; I named one of my characters in my "Phoebe Pliesze" novels Mason James because he looked like the handsome classic actor!
Also, James Mason starred in one of my favorite movies of all time, Georgy Girl, one of the reviews I've posted to his page to start with. Check out his video clip from Julius Caesar, and a review for the famous adventure flick Journey to the Center of the Earth. Enjoy!
There’s nothing like a curling up by the fireplace, turning on the lamp that suits your eyesight, and cracking open the spine of an old period piece romance, is there? Technically, every experience is unique, so the answer is yes. And just in case some of you like to read those types of books in the summertime, here are three I’ve read lately: The Age of Innocence, Vera, and A Room with a View. What are you reading this summer?
Judy Garland's week has ended, and now it's time to guess next week's star! All 23 reviews are now posted to her page, and here's your clue:
Next week’s star, famous for his distinct speaking voice, acted alongside Judy Garland in the famous movie referenced in last week’s clue.
Who do you think it is? Check back on Monday to find out if you're right.
How do you celebrate July 4th? A barbeque, fireworks, a trip to the lake house? In case your plans include a nice patriotic movie in the evening, check out the new Patriotic Films page in the holiday section of movies for some recommendations for Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veteran’s Day!
A toast to Judy Garland, our Star of the Week! Did you guess it right? Reviews are now posted for, of course, A Star Is Born and The Wizard of Oz, as well as my personal favorite, Meet Me In St. Louis. And check out her video clip from A Star Is Born! Enjoy and check back to her page every day for new reviews :)
Are you the type of person who gets wary when someone gives you a recommendation? Or do you rush right in, trusting your friend to have good taste? I received A Star for Mrs. Blake on a recommendation, and while I was a little wary, I ended up liking it. Read my review to find out why!
Barbra Streisand's time as Star of the Week has come to a close, and all 12 of her reviews have been posted to her page. Here's a clue for next week's star:
Barbra Streisand played in a remake of a famous story—another remake of that movie is being released this fall. Next week’s star played Barbra’s part in an earlier version of the film.
It's another easy clue! I know I give you hard ones sometimes, so I'm sure you can guess this one. Check back on Saturday to find out who it is!
A toast to Barbra Streisand, our new Star of the Week! Did you guess it right? I knew you would! To start with, check out her tour-de-force clip from Funny Girl on her page, as well as reviews for the full movie and Hello, Dolly! Enjoy :)
A “must-read”? I’m always wary of recommendations that claim you must read a particular book. Everyone’s different; is it really mandatory?
To be honest, no. Not everyone has to read Sean Ferrell’s Man in the Empty Suit. I completely recommend it, though, because not only is it an enjoyable, entertaining book, but it kept me thinking for weeks afterwards. Whenever I can, I whole-heartedly cram this book down the throats of everyone who will listen. So far, no one has been sorry.
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