Happy Sweethearts Day! In case your plans tonight include watching a movie, here are a few recommendations:
Newlyweds can cuddle up to the romantic comedy Barefoot in the Park. Older folks can try out either Love Among the Ruins or Our Souls at Night. Classic film lovers who don’t mind shedding a tear can put on Roman Holiday. If you’re in a very secure relationship and a little Hollywood drama won’t come between you, you can watch the masterpieces Anna Karenina or Duel in the Sun. For an evening with a lighter tone, you can always rent Valentine’s Day! A good compromise movie is From Here to Eternity; it’s got mushy love in it, but there are also some fight scenes. If you were first friends with your sweetheart, or if you’re thinking of kicking your friendship up to the next level, you can’t miss with the classic The Apartment. If you’re a veteran spouse and today just feels like any other day, watch the hilarious Marriage on the Rocks to spice things up. And ladies, if you’re alone—because only a very devoted sweetie pie will sit through this one with you—splurge on a chick flick and watch Pillow Talk!
Hot Toasty Rag's Star of the Week this week is Doris Day! To start things off, we've got three reviews posted to her page that show off her versatility: comedy (Pillow Talk), drama (The Man Who Knew Too Much), and musical (Romance on the High Seas). Enjoy, and come back every day for more reviews!
Sometimes, when I do the Stars of the Week, it's not possible for me to get my hands on every movie I want to. I've waited months for movies that say "Very long wait" on my Netflix queue to ship! But in the end, it's worth it, because I get to watch another movie, review it, and add it to the corresponding star's page.
That being said, here are a few vids I finally got around to renting:
Gregory Peck -
Captain Horatio Hornblower
The Guns of Navarone
The Scarlet and the Black
Katharine Hepburn -
The Sea of Grass
Stage Door Canteen
Jennifer Aniston -
Office Christmas Party
Ava Gardner -
The Sun Also Rises
Well, Kirk Douglas's time as Star of the Week has come to a close, and all 45 of his reviews are now posted to his page. Here's a clue for next week's star:
Let’s hear it for all the old-timers! Next week’s star, a costar of Kirk Douglas’s, turns 96 this year!
Any guesses? Check back on Wednesday to see if you're right.
This week, Hot Toasty Rag will be celebrating the films of Kirk Douglas! He'll probably last longer than a week, though, since I've got 40+ movies scheduled to review. But hey, I'm a fan! And hopefully after this week, you will be too. To start with, I've posted Spartacus, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and the first Kirk Douglas movie I ever saw: The Bad and the Beautiful. Check his page every day for more reviews!
Still in the mood for some political analysis? Good, because I’ve got three more books for you! Last week, I shared a review of Plato’s Republic, so it’s only fair that today I post reviews by and about Aristotle, Plato’s student and protégé. Check out his Politics and Nicomachean Ethics, as well as the analysis After Virtue. Then come up for air!
Catherine Zeta-Jones's time as Star of the Week has come to a close, and all 21 of her movies have now been posted to her page. Here's a clue for next week's star:
They never made a movie together, but next week’s star has a very special relationship to Catherine Zeta-Jones, and he just turned 101 last month!
Hopefully you guys can all guess who it is, and check back on Wednesday to start reading his reviews!
This week, Hot Toasty Rag will be reviewing the movies of Catherine Zeta-Jones! To start with, we've posted The Mask of Zorro, Intolerable Cruelty, and one of my favorite movies: Chicago. You know the drill--check back every day this week for more reviews.
As you already know, I was a political science major in college, and just as I did with all my film books, I’m slowly slogging through all the political books I read in college—isn’t decluttering great fun?—so here are a couple more reviews from “back in the day”.
If you haven’t read Plato’s Republic and The Prince, you’re missing out on some basic and crucial political analysis. Plato and Machiavelli are two founding fathers of classic and modern political thought. While Plato seeks to create an ideal society, Machiavelli’s on a quest for power. Which school of thought do you subscribe to? I’m on Team Plato.
Jude Law's time as Star of the Week has come to a close, and all 20 of his reviews have now been posted to his page. Here's a clue for the next star:
We’ve had three men in a row; it’s time for a lady. And what a lady! This Welsh beauty was a costar of Jude Law’s in a Steven Soderbergh film.
Any guesses? This one's a little tough, so you might have to go back and read his reviews to remind yourself of his costars. Check back on Tuesday to find out if you're right!
The very first Star of the Week for 2018 is Jude Law! To start with, we've got reviews posted for Alfie, Sleuth, Anna Karenina, and my favorite (a perfect New Year's movie) The Holiday. Check out his page every day this week for more reviews!
Alright, since you know I was a political science major in college, and since I started you on the basic political books in November, it’s time to get to the nitty gritty. And by that, of course, I mean presidential biographies. Nothing’s better than reading fantastically wonderful trivia about your favorite famous people, or stocking up on filthy dirt about your worst famous people. So, for your reading pleasure, I have now posted 9 biographies and memoirs about Presidents Reagan, Nixon, Madison, and Wilson on the Books page. What are some of your favorite political books?
Michael Caine's time as Star of the Week has come to a close, and all 70 of his reviews, and a review of his memoir, are now posted to his page. Hope you enjoyed it, as well as all the other movie and book reviews we've done this past year! I've had a wonderful time and look forward to the lineup for 2018. The clue for the next star, the very first 2018 Star of the Week is:
Next week's star starred in two remakes of very famous Michael Caine movies, and in one of them, he acted alongside his predecessor!
Check back on January 1st to find out who it is, and a very Happy New Year to you!
Hope you enjoyed the 12 Days of Christmas Movies! As a thank you for your support this year, it would be my pleasure to send you a kindle copy of one of my books as a Christmas present. Send me a message on my Contact page letting me know which of my four novels you'd like, and I"ll gift it to you through Amazon. For plot synopses to help you choose, head on over to my sister website and take a look. A very Merry Christmas to you!
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)
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. . .