Friday, August 20, 2010

I have made a tumblr...

Yes, I decided to make a tumblr solely based on classic film media and information! ( I also have my personal one & my Horror one) so if you could please head on over to http://classicpictures.tumblr.com and click the follow button I would really appreciate it and i'll be sure to follow you back!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

In the office - The Stranger 1946

I've actually had this poster for a while but never liked the size of it. (it's rather small) it also had a large border around it that I had to cut off as well but none the less I hung this up at my desk.



- Posted via my iPhone

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Reel Entertainment: Whats My Line?

In the very first offering of Reel Entertainment I'm going to spot light some of my favorties from the show Whats My Line? On this show some great movie stars appeared to have a panel of guest stars guess who they are. Below are a few of my favorites. As always I'll see you in the comments.





Link Share: The Museum of Orson Welles

As most of you know I'm a huge Orson Welles fan. In fact most of his films are what led me to discover a lot of the classic films I love today. Something I also think (some) of us classic fans forget about though is Classic Radio Programs.  In a lot of homes through the 1930's - 1960's radio was their only form of entertainment. (simply by not being able to afford the new pricer "Televisions")

I know I love listening to old radio programs myself so I thought I would share with you The Museum of Orson Welles. "An ongoing project to compile and present the available radio broadcasts and recorded works of Orson Welles. Series/episode titles and dates are from Jonathan Rosenbaum's Career Chronology in This Is Orson Welles, cross-referenced against Jerry Haendiges' radio logs and verified with the individual broadcasts."

If you love classic radio programs or if your like me and really love listening to the old advertising done in these programs this is a great place for you. It actually has a bit of everything for everyone with some comedy, drama, varitey, documentry, and much more. So head on over and have a listen I hope you enjoy.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Anatomy of Love - Nick & Nora Charles

In this anatomy of love post I highlight one of my favorite couples, Nick & Nora Charles.



For anyone who has seen any of The Thin Man films (I’ve only seen the first two) you know how great these two love and play off each other. Knowing exactly when to joke and when exactly to look into each other’s eyes and share their love, make these two one of best on screen couples. The relationship even extends into our personal lives.

Nick and Nora not only make you laugh but make you reevaluate what a marriage can be. I’m not a blind optimist but I am an optimist none the less. These two (albeit a fictional film) can really make you look at marriage in a different light. They show you that despite problems that may or may not occur in your particular situation can be overcome as long as you come in with the right attitude and above all have love.

Below I have included a scene on the couple I’ve found on youtube uploaded by tedhovis123. Always thanks for reading and I’ll see you in the comments.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

A Great Friend with Great Art!


My good friend over at Silents & Talkies and Flapper Doodle is having a great sale! All of her Flapper Doodle 4x6 prints have been reduced from $5 each to $1, her 8x10 prints are reduced from $10 to $5 and her 11x14 prints are reduced from $20 to $10. All of the great Silents and Talkies etsy 8x10 prints are reduced from $15 to $8 and Silents and Talkies non-etsy 8x10 prints are reduced from $15 to $8 and original paintings are reduced from $30 to $15. Her funny art prints are reduced from $15 to $5.
Now those are some great deals especially when you look at the high quality art you would be getting in return. Now I’m not selling you anything but if you could please have a gander and possibly pass it along to someone you know or perhaps even a ReTweet on twitter would help out a lot. If you would like more info you can visit Kate’s original post over on Silents & Talkies.  If you want to you can simply make a donation of any amount to the kategabrielleart@yahoo.com email address.
It is times like these where the Classic Film community should come together to help one of our own. Kate has provided us all with great content, media and of course art and I know I’m not the only one when I say that I’m very grateful for all she has done.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Scene Selection – 1935’s Top Hat


Last night, to be frank wasn’t a good one. My older girls wouldn’t stay in bed and my youngest simply was fussy the whole night through. Not the best way to try and watch Classic Film. In the middle of all this racket and arguing and just over all bad energy the “Lovely Day” scene from 1935’s Top Hat starring Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers caught my eye.

First of all any time a classic film includes rain in a scene it just adds that much more potential to it. The opening dialog is also great, the way Fred pronounces his words as your run of the mill cabbie really adds to it. The dancing in this scene is also great and I really haven’t an eye for that sort of thing. The way a lot of the moves were choreographed to be flowing when it starts to pick up towards the end with a clash of thunder really ends the scene on a high note for me.

The biggest and best part for me was the sound. Unlike some classic film fans I like my audio untouched (within reason) on the account of me preferring the way it can make thunder, rain, and especially one’s voice sound. This point really shines in the opening dialog. Below I’ve included the scene so that you can see the magic happen for yourself. Thank you for reading and I’ll see you in the comments.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Whats On Tonight - March 10, 2010

What’s On Tonight will be blog posts where I highlight what is on TCM that evening. Tonight I’m in for a treat as I have not seen many of the films (all though swing time has sat on my DVR for 3 months) playing tonight.


This evening we have a celebration of Ginger Rogers (& Fred Astaire it seems) as highlighted in TCM's podcast for March. The films playing include The Gay Divorcee, Top Hat & Swing Time. I haven't seen any of the previously mentioned films but I can account for Mr. Astaire’s music. Some of my favorites include Foggy London Town, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, and many more.


Below I’ve included the trailers to tonight’s What’s On picks. See you in the comments.







Anatomy of Love - Paula & Smithy

In a new series we’ll call “Anatomy of Love” I will be looking into some of the great on-screen couples from Classic Films. Please note that these posts are about the fictional (unless otherwise noted) relationship’s they portray in their films. First up one I hope you’ll be glad to see, and most certainly my favorite this far Paula & Smithy from 1942’s Random Harvest.



If anyone has seen this movie and their heart not absolutely melt for with love for the two leads in this film I’m not sure you own one. The way Paula is so kind and gentle with smithy not really knowing if he is all there to begin with. Then going on to find that he simply doesn’t remember and has a fantastic mind. In the beginning of the film when Smithy wanders into the shop to get out of the crowd and Paula comes in afterwards to notice that the elderly shop keeper has called the asylum, how she helped him was so touching. Now clearly that isn’t how most women would act but we do have to put our escapism hats on for this film. If you can do that this film will become one of your favorites I assure you.

Later on in the film, perhaps one of my favorite scenes, when smithy slightly remembers something at the dinner table you heart just jumps. Just at the very thought that he might recall when Paula first took him in and loved him, its one makes this film and relationship one of the most touching and authentic. Some may say that this film is merely a "chick flick" I absolutely disagree. Being of the male gender I can tell you that this is one of the best films despite what some may have categorized it. I hope if you take the time to watch it you will be touched by their love even if you have the blackest of hearts.

Below I have included several types of media for your enjoyment.

First up I have a six page article I found on one of the best classic film sites RonaldColman.com. I'm not quite sure what magazine the article is from but it is a great read for anyone interested in vintage print media and of course this post's subject matter, the love in Random Harvest.


Secondly I have a small video tribute to the couple by DarlingDelovely on YouTube.





Please visit both of these magnificent pages and as always, I’ll see you in the comments.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Photography Feature - Too Much Fire

In my first of many Photography Features I'd like to highlight and share the worderfully talented Corey Miller AKA TooMuchFire. I personally do not know Mr. Miller but do enjoy his photography very much. He goes on to say in his profile on flickr that he is a Screen Writer & Producer. Well add great photographer to that list as well Corey. Below I will feature some of my favorite photographs he has taken and the discriptions that accompany them. So please enjoy and feel free to tell Corey how much you enjoy his work.


The Orpheum

Opened in 1926, the Orpheum is the grand dame of theatres on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. Originally a vaudeville house, then a movie theatre, then a live performance venue. Now it's used for private screenings, special performances and for location shoots.

Three million dollars was put into a restoration, making it the best-preserved theatre in the Historic Core.

842 S. Broadway, Los Angeles CA.


 
 
  Culled from Wikipedia:

Halifax Apartments, originally known as the Cross Arms Apartments, is a historic apartment building in Hollywood. Designed by Walker and Eisen, the building was completed in 1923. The building was originally owned by Leach Cross, who named it the "Cross Arms Apartments." At the time of its opening, it was considered "one of the largest and most beautiful apartment houses in Hollywood." In October 1924, the building sold for $750,000, and the new owner renamed the building the "Halifax Apartments." In 1981, the Halifax was converted to Section 8 housing for senior citizens. As of 2008, it was being operated as low income housing. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

6376 Yucca St., Hollywood CA.

 
 
 

"Opened on August 14, 1936 with "China Clipper", the Del Mar Theater has served the college town of Santa Cruz, California for almost 65 years.After years of struggling through dollar nights and intermittent attendance, the Del Mar was sold in 1999 and closed. After an extensive renovation and restoration, the Del Mar reopened in February of 2002."

1124 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz CA

 
 
 
"Often Missed"


 
 
 
  We had the best clouds in L.A. yesterday.

19616 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana CA.

**addendum** -- this photo was selected to be a part of the permanent "Architecture of the 50's" exhibit at the new International Bowling Museum being built in Arlington, TX.
 
 
I hope you enjoyed these great photographs. I'll be doing more features like this in the future. All photographs belong to the great Corey Miller. He obviously has a great eye for beautiful 1950's art deco style signs and arcutecture. As always thanks for reading and I'll see you in the comments.

Moving Pictures - A Beginning

Hi there,

My name is Matthew and this is my new classic film blog Moving Pictures. I started this blog first and for most out of my love for classic film. I’ll start off by telling you a bit about how I discovered these great movies. As cliché as this may sound the first classic film I remember seeing was “Singing in the Rain”. I remember it was a rainy night (even more cliché haha) and my girlfriend (now my wife of 4 years) and I were staying in for the evening and wanted to watch a movie. I saw this movie on our beloved friend TCM and decided to watch it. To make a long story short I loved it. The way Cosmo lit up my TV set and of course the gay little number Gene Kelly does in the rain has just stuck with me.

I finally dove deeper into them discovering Hitchcock, Hepburn, Stewart, Astaire, Welles, Edwards, you see I could go on and on. Being relatively young most people are quite shocked when I start listing off my favorite films and none of them are post 1961. (27 years before I was born) Breakfast at Tiffany’s being the stopping point no doubt. I just believe I’m an old soul I suppose. Yet another reason I’ve decided to start this blog is friendship and community.

The classic film community is a small one (especially us younger fans) yet I see such magnificent blogs such as Silents & Talkies, Midnite at Sunset and Vine, FILM, and Classic Forever. All which make me want to be a part of this community even more. Feeling inspired by their posts daily, starting this blog just seems like the right thing to do.

So in closing I welcome you to Moving Pictures – A Classic Film Blog and hope you enjoy the posts and will comment and follow as I have so many of your blogs. Pleased to meet you all and I look forward to getting to know all my fellow bloggers.


Much Appreciated,

Matthew