A Few Announcements!
So the blog’s been going steady(ish) for three months and over 79 posts so that’s good! In that time there’s 11 Facebook friends, a few steady commenters and followers, three solid movie requests submitted by readers like you, and in the last week the blog has cracked 100 views twice!
With that, I have noticed that readers aren’t enjoying my more recent reviews, I’m noting this by the reduced traffic, but that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere as there are days (with my school schedule) where I’m just not able to watch older movies and do them justice so the new reviews will keep up. Also, because I’m documenting my goal of 100 movies I’m seeing for the first time, that does include newer movies so hopefully I won’t be alienating my fanbase too much.
In the new week or two there are gonna be the return of some “themed” weeks. I started this blog with the My Month with Marilyn which is still searched for and receives a fair bit of traffic, even though it’s ended so people enjoy that. In honor of the Academy Awards on February 26th I will be devoting February 17th-26th to The Road to the Oscars with reviews of all nine of the Best Picture nominees and a final wrap-up after the winner is announced. The majority of those reviews are already written so you won’t be getting any lag there.
After that, I’m thinking of returning to another actor with eleven days devoted to the work of Jean Harlow! I got two box sets of Harlow’s films for Christmas and what better way to move ahead then by recapping the work of the blonde bombshell BEFORE Ms. Monroe?
That takes us through February and after that it’s up to the discretion of the fans! I have a few more box sets I can dole out over the new few months (The Thin Man and a set of Cary Grant movies). I have two reader requests left so those will be up. With that, I’ll try to post some polls to gauge reader interest but please, please, PLEASE, send in your suggestions on ANYTHING you want to see with this blog. Whether it’s a classic film, a film that’s new but classic to you, television movies, as long as it’s cinematic I’ll watch and review it! So email me, Facebook me, reply to this post or the “About Me” section with your ideas.
I’m humbled to have kept this blog going for three months (my last blogging experience petered out after a week), and with the traffic I get on certain days and the emails from readers, it propels me to keep this going. Thanks everyone and keep reading!
Kristen Lopez View All
A freelance film critic whose work fuels the Rotten Tomatoes meter. I've been published on The Hollywood Reporter, Remezcla, and The Daily Beast. I've been featured in the L.A. Times. I currently run two podcasts, Citizen Dame and Ticklish Business.
Yes, school always gets in the way– I’d know.
Anyway, I wanted to brag about our early Valentine’s celebration taking place tomorrow night: YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER (1942) & COVER GIRL (1944) (double feature)!!!
Rita Hayworth double feature! I tried to watch Cover Girl a year ago but sadly Netflix’s Watch Instantly copy wasn’t in sync and was unwatchable (how that was even possible is beyond me!). I really need to decide if I like Hayworth’s films, might need to add these two to the recommendation pile and see.
Okay, here’s my two cents about this double feature.
First, we get to see these films in a very lovely theater. Most of the audience is older, and for some reason, this actually makes me feel really good about coming to this place. You Were Never Lovelier was first. I LOVED it. I thought the plot could have been more complex, but given the year, and how extremely good I thought the dialogue was, I didn’t even care that much at the end. Big disclaimer though, I love tap, so this film kept me smiling the whole time.
Cover Girl was another story. We didn’t actually watched much of the movie, so I can’t say that much about it. What I can say is that we left because the Mrs. got accepted into a graduate program right before Cover Girl started, and by then we were just too excited to keep watching.
I’d say that Hayworth wasn’t so bad. I actually kinda liked her and thought she was pretty talented.