Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Prodigal Daughter Returns

Good to see you all again!  *waves*  I've been away a long time, haven't I?

Something happened to me and my beloved classic films...they stopped being fun to watch.  Why?  Because I was perched on the edge of the sofa with a notebook all time time, furiously scribbling.  As much fun as the reviews were, they started to feel like homework.  I couldn't watch a movie without feeling like I needed to be documenting it.

So I took a break.  In the process, I've decided to change the format a little bit.

Look for me to write about the things I love, the movies I adore and the people I can't get enough of -- but in no formal fashion.  Hoping the poetry bug bites soon too, so I can share those again.  Those were always my first love.  :)

Caught "Untamed" over the weekend (thank you, DVR) and Joan Crawford as Bingo has to be one of  my favorite characters of hers.  How in the world did she manage to look ten years younger in the beginning?  Her "spirited tomboy" was feisty and adorable and I missed her when Bingo went all proper.   The beautiful (hell, he was more beautiful than Joanie in this, and that's saying something) Robert Montgomery played his usual sophisticate self, all 85 lbs. of him.

Joanie said herself that the picture was "silly but fun" and she's exactly right.  However, she also said she was awful, which is not.  Only her reaction over her father's death in the beginning was waaaaay too melodramatic, but it was her first talkie.  You can't blame her.  


Artman2112 said...

so glad to see you back here! oh dear taking notes while the movie is in progress? no wonder you got tired of it! i used to write reviews a lot too but i always did it after the film, no notes or anything- i figure what i can remember about the film is whats worth talking about right? lol. mostly tho it needs to be fun not a chore. i have yet to see untamed. in fact Joan's MGM days are loaded with films i have yet to see, just havent gotten around to them yet but i will...someday :)

Caftan Woman said...

I'm glad you came to the realization to return to the fun in movie watching. It's no good when it becomes a chore.

Anonymous said...

Yay, she's back!! By all means, never watch a movie with a notepad. Whatever you remember afterward, feelings and memories and annoyances, is what is fun about movies. And movies should always give pleasure.

Classicfilmboy said...

Good to see you back and glad you are enjoying films again -- and sharing that joy with us.

Jessica Cangiano said...

Welcome back, dear lady! I complete understand what you mean about the joy being zapped from something that started out as being done just for fun, yet quickly morphed into feeling more like drudgery. I've been in the boat myself before for various reasons, and hope that you'll be able to find a method to watching and blogging about classic films that helps that feeling of fun return once more.

♥ Jessica