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!
The movie is a favorite of mine; even though it’s very silly, it’s perfect to watch with a glass or bottle of wine and giggle with your girlfriends after a hard week. The book Confessions of a Shopaholic is pretty cute, too, so if you’re more of a reader than a watcher, check it out!
Today's the last day to post Gregory Peck reviews, and all 33 of his movies are now posted to his page. Check back on Sunday for next week's Star of the Week. Here's a hint on who it is:
I don't happen to like her, but she was Gregory Peck's favorite leading lady.
Start doing your research! Any guesses?
To kick off Labor Day weekend, I’ve got three recommendations for you: For those who like classic and want nostalgia on what used to be called the last week of summer, try Picnic, which takes place on Labor Day. Want something more modern? Check out the romantic and suspenseful Labor Day, starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. And if you’d rather curl up with a book, I’ve also reviewed the original Labor Day novel.
I've taken the day off from Gregory Peck today, but check back tomorrow to continue reading reviews of his movies.
Those of you who follow my blog know that I usually try to be kind in my reviews. I know how much it hurts when someone criticizes your work, when you’ve put your heart and soul into it. However, anyone who willingly enters the world of the arts knows that art is subjective. That being said, I have a couple of scathing reviews for you today, but I tried to write them clearly, logically, and really as kindly as I could.
Check out my reviews for These Things Hidden and The Things You Kiss Goodbye.
All 35 Jean Simmons movie reviews are now posted to her page, so be sure to check them out if you missed any postings this week! Here's a hint for the next Star of the Week:
Next week’s star played the lead in a classic western with Jean Simmons. In his most famous movie, he played a Southern lawyer.
Let me know your guesses in the comments, and check back on Sunday to find out if you're right!
This week, Hot Toasty Rag will be honoring the beautiful Jean Simmons! In case she's not a household name for you, you might know her for her performances in the miniseries The Thornbirds, or the musical Guys and Dolls--my favorite musical and one my favorite movies of all time! Jean's page is up and running, and in addition to the above two titles, I've also posted reviews for The Robe, the movie she made with last week's star, and the classic western The Big Country.
Who doesn’t love to look at pictures, watch documentaries, or read books about leopards, tigers, and cheetahs? Well, I’m sure there’s somebody out there, but no one I know! I absolutely love big cats, and my all-time favorite program I’ve watched (besides the film Born Free--nothing can compete with that!) is the BBC documentary series Big Cat Diary. It’s so fantastic. Jonathan Scott and Simon King, the hosts, are knowledgeable, funny, charming, and engaging as they tell the stories of different lion, leopard, and cheetah families in Africa. If you haven’t seen it, or even heard of it, google it and check it out. These cats have drama!
Anyway, two of my book reviews today are books that Jonathan Scott wrote, Big Cat Diary: Leopard and Big Cat Diary: Cheetah. On the show, the lions are pretty mean, so I didn’t buy the book on lions, but it does exist for those of you who like them best. The third review today is a novel called Tigers in Red Weather. Although it has a beautiful cover and an interesting title, I absolutely hated it! Read my review to find out why.
As sad as I am to say it, Richard Burton's time as Star of the Week has ended. (Don't worry, there will be lots more handsome actors to honor!) All 33 of his film reviews are up and posted to his page, so be sure and check them out if you missed any this week.
Here's a hint for next week's star: This costar of Richard Burton also never won an Oscar, but she did win an Emmy for her role in a very famous miniseries.
Any guesses? Let me know in the comments below, and check back on Monday to find out who she is!
This week, we will be celebrating Richard Burton as Hot Toasty Rag's Star of the Week--with an emphasis on hot! Ok, I'll try to contain my enthusiasm for his smoldering eyes long enough to post some reviews.
In addition to the 6 reviews I already posted during Elizabeth Taylor's week, the three for today are Anne of the Thousand Days, the fantastic movie about King Henry VIII and Anne, Sea Wife, and Bitter Victory, one of my favorite war movies--plus, Richard Burton looks just yummy in a uniform!
Check back every day this week for 3 new reviews, and check out Burton's page for the full list :)
I absolutely loved this book! Cristina Hodgson, a fantastic hilarious British writer, has written a fantastic hilarious British story about a young girl who, thanks to a bizarre set of circumstances, winds up in Hollywood. Check out my review to find out why you need to read this charming, funny, delightful novel this summer!
I've added a really cool feature to Hot Toasty Rag. Whenever you click on an actor's page, underneath their picture will be a list of my favorites, as well as their all-time classics. Just a few recommendations to get you started, hope you like it!
Also, I've added a few more reviews to Kevin Costner's page, because I rented a few more of his movies over the last couple of weeks. Now up are Wyatt Earp, Open Range, A Perfect World, and the fantastic Swing Vote! Check it out!
All 34 Elizabeth Taylor movie reviews have been posted to her page, so her time as Star of the Week has come to a close. But I'm sure she'll be very pleased with her successor. Here's a hint: Liz famously said she was heartbroken that this costar never won an Oscar.
Any guesses? Check back on Friday to find out who!
This week on Hot Toasty Rag we will be celebrating the violet eyes of Elizabeth Taylor! (and her movies too). You know the drill, check back every day this week for 3 new reviews. And for an extra treat, I've also posted a book review of a fantastic Liz biography How to be a Movie Star. It's fantastic, and one of my favorite movie star bios!
To start things off, I've posted reviews for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Life With Father, X,Y and Zee, and The Only Game in Town on her page. Enjoy!
You know I’ve been immersed in the Sweet Valley University series. It would be so easy to just read one after another and finish the 50+ series sitting patiently on my bookshelf, but I like to spread it out a little. I read an SVU book, and then read another novel or nonfiction inbetween, to keep the suspense up.
Coincidentally, the next three books in the series that I’ve read are perfect summer books! The college gang takes a cruise during a school break, so get ready for some bikinis, beaches, and blondes! And watch out, someone might fall overboard!
Check out SVU #12: College Cruise, #13 SS Heartbreak, and #14 Shipboard Wedding. Enjoy!
I’ve said before that I tend to shy away from sci-fi and fantasy books. I’ve read a couple of books in that genre that I’ve liked, and I chalked them up to isolated incidents. Today, I am humbly apologizing to the science fiction genre. I’ve read a book that I absolutely loved, The Keeper of the Isis Light, and now I know that these books can be touching, intense, and human, even with aliens and spaceships as a setting. Read this book; it’s fantastic.
Also, in today’s review I’ve included a couple of classic sci-fi reads: A Wrinkle in Time and Fahrenheit 451.
This week, Hot Toasty Rag reviewed 33 Paul Newman movies, and all reviews are now posted to his page, in case you missed a few and wanted to catch up. One of Paul Newman's trademarks was his gorgeous eye color, and next week's star will be a co-star of his also famous for her eye color. (That was your hint!) Any guesses? Check back on Saturday to find out!
This week's Star of the Week is Paul Newman! I gave you a pretty tricky clue, so don't feel bad if you didn't guess it. Check back every day this week for 3 new reviews, and to start things off, I've posted three of his best movies to his page:
Cool Hand Luke, Somebody Up There Likes Me, and Hud (my personal favorite). Enjoy!
It’s customary to read scary books in the wintertime, but what about lightweights like me? I like to watch scary movies in the middle of the day, sunlight streaming in all the windows, and the volume on low. Heehee. So, if you’re like me, maybe you like to read scary books in the summertime. Here are three for your enjoyment this July.
SVU 11.5: He's Watching You
The Talented Mr. Ripley
The Cuckoo's Calling
Hope you've enjoyed two weeks of Shirley MacLaine's movies! All 40 of her reviews (Yep, 40--I told you I loved her!) are posted to her page. Monday we'll honor a new Star of the Week, and here's a hint:
Next week's star was a costar of Shirley's, and in the movie, he played her husband.