Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mad Men Podcast - The Forecast - Boozy with a chance of inappropriate relationship? #MadMen #MMcast #TV

Mad Men Betty and Glen

Mad Men The Forecast was a great episode with so much character development and a real feeling of moving towards a clear ending. Listen to Jeremiah and I break it all down on one of the last episodes of THE MAD MEN PODCAST...

Saturday, April 18, 2015

TCM Classic Film Fest Saves! #TCMFF @TCMFilmfest

Well the 6th TCM Classic Film Festival has come and gone and it was, as always, spectacular. I had a great time seeing films, listening to classic film panelists (including Peter Fonda, Shirley MacLaine, Anne Coates, and Errol Flynn's daughter) and hanging with all my gray scale comrades.

By blog from left TCMParty, GlamAmor, We Recycle Movies, Me, Once Upon A ScreenI Luv Cinema,and Pre-Code.com

There are a lot of questions you hear over and over again at the TCM Film Festival, "What are you most looking forward to at the Festival?", "Who is you favorite star of classic film?", etc... They all stump me. Maybe because I have no origin story for loving classic film. I feel like everyone I spend 4 days with every spring in Hollywood to worship classic film with have a moment they can point to and say that's when I started loving "old movies". Based on their moment they can pick a favorite star who played a role in their transformation from normal human to, as Will McKinley calls it, Old Movie Weirdo

For me, I don't remember a time I didn't love old movies. It's impossible to pick a moment of transformation. It's entirely possible I was born this way. I do know however that classic films have been the background to my life and in the same way that certain  music triggers memories for some, classic films are inextricably tied to various moments and people in my life. For instance, I can't see AFRICAN QUEEN without thinking of my father, my mother comes to mind when I see SUNDAY IN NEW YORK, and as I explained in this years TCM film festival #HeartMovies video PSYCHO for my first mini romance.

Katherine Hepburn PHILADELPHIA STORY defines yar

 In many cases classic film has helped me through difficult times in my life. This particular weekend of the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival I was struggling with my daughter's first trip away from home. While she was off on Catalina island frolicking with her friends I could have been home having a major anxiety attack about all the possible calamities that could befall her while out of my reach. Instead I was mercifully rescued by my drug of choice, classic film. Instead of chewing my nails or pulling out all my eyebrows I watched film after film in distracted bliss. Who can obsess about their children when Tracy Lord is explaining what "yar" means in PHILADELPHIA STORY, or Dan Duryea is getting out noired by Lizbeth Scott in TOO LATER FOR TEARS. TCM and classic film definitely saved me, for probably the millionth time.

Dan Duryea and Lizbeth Scott in TOO LATE FOR TEARS
The TCM Classic Film Festival is owed a big thank you this year from my friends and family for sparing them this mother's anxiety that they would have been tasked with assuaging, if it weren't for the film festival. So in the words George M. Cohan spoken by James Cagney in YANKEE DOODLE DANDY "Ladies and gentlemen, my mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my sister thanks you and I thank you."

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Fonda & Tomlin are Grace and Frankie @netflix #TV @GraceandFrankie #GraceandFrankie

Grace and Frankie Cast Waterston, Tomlin, Fonda, Sheen

Netflix is releasing Grace and Frankie May 8th. Make note of that I will be completely off the grid that day to binge all 13 episodes. Just look at the cast and you know it's going to be amazing. Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda play the wives of two men who announce they are in love and want to get married. Afterward they develop a "friendship" to cope with their stages of grief for their respective marriages. I have no problem believing hilarity will ensue. I could watch these four read the phone book, but this looks to be a very funny situation set in a painful life transition.

Here's the trailer

Monday, April 6, 2015

Mad Men Same as It Ever Was - Severence S7 E8 #MadMen #TV

Don Mad Men Severence S7 E8

Mad men returned last night for it's final episodes. I had hoped that all the money from being bought out by McCann Erickson and the character developement we saw in our Mad Men friends brokering that deal would result in better/happier people for these last episodes...NO DICE. It's almost 10 months later (April 30, 1970) and we're back to the same old issues. 

Don seems to have revert to his miserable self where he just drowns everything out with liquor and women. He is talking about his childhood but he is sugar coating it a bit, changing the whore house to a boarding house. Still it does seem he is integrating his personas as everyone has suspected would be the case. He is still going by Don Draper though, so that cat is in the bag.

Roger rocking a stache in Mad Men Severence S7 E8
Equally disappointing is Roger's return to his womanizing, though he seems to have cut back to one at a time, telling the ladies above he'll have to take one of them home. I was imagining he and Mona rekindling their marriage. Based on last nights episode that is not the case. Further it looks like McCann has more of a hand in the management of the agency with the firing of Ken. They said Ken had to go and out he went. Of course Ken can hold a grudge with the best of them and will be making his former employers lives miserable as the new head of accounts at Dow Chemical. So much for that novel.

Mad Men Severence S7 E8 Peggy and Joan
We got a look at a day in the life at work for Peggy and Joan and it wasn't too pretty either. Joan is still just an object to men. She has all this money and power but they can still belittle her. Hope she doesn't blow all her money on retail therapy.

Peggy seems to be carrying on in her usual fashion though she still seems to be looking for love. I would love to see this thing with Stevie work out for her. She can be quite mercurial and a guy who will take veal when he ordered lasagna may be just the ticket for her.

Finally, we got to find out what happened to Rachael Menken. She got everything, the job, the husband, the kids and then she died of Leukemia way too young. So sad and probably just an affirmation for Don to keep "living like there's no tomorrow, because there isn't"

Overall it was kind of a bummer. No one really seems happy. The Peggy Lee song IS THAT ALL THERE IS, was definitely fitting. The entire cast seems nonplussed by their achievements and rewards. Hoping things take a turn for the brighter next week...

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Returning The Favor Robert Osborne #TCMFF #RTFRobert

The news was just released that our beloved Robert Osborne won't be able to attend the TCM Classic Film Festival this year due to health issues. I know we all want him to take care of himself so we are glad that he is putting his health first.

Let's all let him know that we will do everything in our power to keep the festival humming along this year and look forward to seeing him next time. In interviews he has mentioned all the TCM fans who tell him how he (and TCM) got them through an illness, let's return the favor.

You can send a card to

Robert Osborne
c/o TCM
1050 Techwood Drive NW
AtlantaGA 30318

And PS good luck to Ben Mankiewicz, Scott McGee, and Sean Cameron. I'm sure you guys will rise to the occasion, cover everything beautifully and do Mr. Osborne proud.

UPDATE: For those going to TCM Film Fest there will be a mail box at the info desk, outside of Club TCM, where you can drop off cards for Robert.

Here is the release:

To all you members of the TCM family:

 I'm Robert Osborne and I want to tell you about a funny thing that happened to me on the way to this year's Film Festival. I’ve been putting off a minor health procedure (as everyone tends to do now and then). I planned to take care of it as soon as the Festival was over but my doctor said, "enough already, Osborne. Let’s get this done now so that sooner rather than later you can get back to introducing movies on TCM.” So that's what I'm in the process of doing right now—taking care of that medical procedure.

 The downside is that it means I won’t be joining you at this year’s Festival in Hollywood—very disappointing for me because for the past six years the TCM Classic Film Festival has been one of the things I've enjoyed most: sharing the Festival with you, the great sense of community we have, the conversations with so many of you Festival goers as well as the gifted actors and artisans who are part of the classic films we show, the pure joy of it all. But as we all know, one's health is a gift, and has to be protected and put first. Rest assured that the many talented hosts at the Festival, including Ben Mankiewicz, will be helping you have the very best Festival going experience.

 I know you'll enjoy the wonderful films we have programmed, and meeting the gifted artists who are participating in this exceptional event. Enjoy every moment of it and make as many memories and new friends as you can. And rest assured, I’ll be seeing you again, very soon.

 But right now: on with the show. 

Robert Osborne