The Bradford Dillman blogathon

January 22, 2012

Unfortunately I haven't had the chance to watch any new movies/tv shows in preparation for the Bradford Dillman Blogathon: A Jazzier Kind of Noir so instead my contribution is these scans.

I purchased the above photo on ebay recently, and the rest were scanned from two movie photo books I got at a flea market last year. You can view them larger here! Oh, and here is my contribution to last year's Bradford blogathon!

Disney, Busby Berkeley style

January 20, 2012

I went to see Beauty & The Beast 3D last weekend! It was my favorite movie when I was a kid, so I was incredibly (maybe overly) excited to see it in theaters again, and it was even better than I imagined. I kept hearing people say how disgusted they were that it's in 3D, but seriously the effects are so subtle you hardly even notice! It's like the animation has multiple layers. Nothing pops out at you.. it's not gimmicky, just really pretty, especially the forest scenes! I'm really not a big fan of the 3D phenomenon, but getting a chance to see one of my all time favorite movies in a theater was something I couldn't pass up, and I definitely wasn't disappointed!

Anyway, the reason I bring this up on my classic movie blog (since I'm 25 I'm not going to let 1991 count as classic just yet, lest I feel too old) is because I realized for the first time that the Be Our Guest number is a tribute to Busby Berkeley! Once it hits you, it's so obvious!

By the by, today marks my 3rd Silents & Talkies anniversary (whoa!) ... it's been a bumpy road and I've shuttered the doors numerous times in fits of "nobody reads this, why do I bother?!" hysteria, but I want to say "thank you!" to everyone who has stuck around, to the few people who have encouraged me to keep writing, and to my dear friends that I've met through blogging. I can't even imagine my life without some of you, and to think we wouldn't have even met if I hadn't started Silents & Talkies... it's just mind-boggling.


Rare Sunday in New York photos

January 13, 2012

I recently purchased a couple of original proof sheets from a Sunday in New York promotional photo shoot, and scanned them for my Classic Film Scans blog! The one above is my favorite, but they're all exceptionally cute! You can view the rest of them here.

I haven't updated the CFS site in a little while since I've been in the process of changing hosts for all of the 1,000+ photos already up, and didn't want to add new ones while I was switching. But this particular set was too good to hold onto, I just had to share them!! I'm really close to having the site ready for more uploads, though, so keep an eye out if you're interested in gawking at classic movie stars ;) I have a huge stack of things to scan and I'm planning on updating it pretty regularly once I get the hosting all sorted out.

Oh, and by the by -- if you still haven't seen Sunday in New York (or if you love it and want to see it again!) it's playing on TCM today at 11:15AM est!