The Kitty Packard Pictorial is pleased to be back with another installment of the Kitty Corner, a new series spotlighting some of the very best film blogs on the web, and the masterminds behind them. This time, The Pictorial sits down with Ivan Shreve, whose blog Thrilling Days of Yesteryear is one of the most exhaustive, eclectic, entertaining blogs on film and nostalgia in existence. Shreve, who also serves as the associate editor over at ClassicFlix (Netflix for the classic movie buff), has been exploring the depths of classic film and nostalgic television and radio since 2006, and he graciously agreed to sit down with The Pictorial for a stroll down memory lane.
THE KITTY PACKARD PICTORIAL: So, to start off with a bit of poetic waxing: Your blog Thrilling Days of Yesteryear was one of the first blogs that I stumbled across when I first ventured into the blogosphere, and the sheer scope of it awed me– still does! Just how would you describe Thrilling Days of Yesteryear and why does it exist? Read more ►
This month marks the 80th birthday of Roman Polanski: a man who remains one of the most controversial figures in popular culture, and one of the most brilliant filmmakers of all time. To coincide with the auteur’s birthday, James Greenberg (The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Magazine, DGA Quarterly), has published a lavish, beautifully illustrated coffee-table book, Roman Polanski: A Retrospective, that tackles one of the most famous–and infamous–directors in film history.
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As a highly skilled, professional procrastinator, I am always on the look out for new ways to waste valuable time. And, like a good friend, do my best to share the love.
Truth is, had things like animated gifs been around when I was in High School I might never have graduated. (and I mean their current incarnation, not those bouncing smiley-faces embedded in Midi Loops…Lord love you if you know what a Midi Loop is…) The art of gif-ing (that’s Gif and in Jif) is best enjoyed on Tumblr, and since I know many might have an aversion to Tumblr, (to be fair–it’s like a petrie dish out there) And the prettiest ones in the game–in my highly biased opinion–are often saucy, and always pretty-to-look-at, classic film Gifs.
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The words “Barbara Stanwyck is one of the greatest film actress of all time” have been repeated so often they risk coming across as mere rote. And so, the attempt to put into words an appreciation for such a weighty force is daunting to say the least. The classic film blog The Girl with the White Parasol, however, is giving it a damn fine shot with a week-long tribute to the much beloved Stanny with the Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon– of which this post is part.
As the ultimate actor’s actor, Stanwyck’s face, voice, and very form of being comprise the performances that pioneered the path for every single female performer in her wake. Surely Stanwyck had her equals– Bette Davis. Ingrid Bergman. Katharine Hepburn.
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This post is in conjunction with the “Funny Ladies Blogathon,” hosted this weekend at Movies Silently. Head on over to the blogathon page to check out the many, many wonderful tributes to greatest funny gals of all time.
Surely there were plenty of funny ladies I loved before Shirley. Growing up, I Love Lucy was a daily ritual, just as The Carol Burnett Show was a sacred rite. And on primetime TV, well, the very best comedies all starred women: we had our pick of powerhouses like Murphy Brown and Roseanne. But, those were all TV shows. When it came to the movies, all of my favorite funny people were the fellas. At 12 I’d already discovered Chaplin and Keaton, The Marx Brothers and Danny Kaye, and I adored all of them. Of course, there are countless screen comediennes, but in this girl’s life, the one who came first and knocked me square over the head was Shirley MacLaine.
Of course, she’s really not exactly famous for being a straight up ‘comedienne.’ She’s the Oscar-winning actress from Terms of Endearment and countless other roles that have, rightly, won her a spot as one of cinema’s most accomplished dramatic actresses. And yet, even in those ‘serious’ roles, MacLaine’s uniquely wry, cutting wit punctuates even her most emotional performances. We laugh with MacLaine, even if it’s to hold back a tear. Read more ►