Donna S.'s blog

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Over the past couple of weeks, preview audiences for a new movie have been reacting strongly to the film. There have been reports of seizures and fainting. Even a few people in the movie industry, understanding special effects and tricks of the trade, have been caught off-guard by scenes in the new release.

Vampires

When I was a kid, I wasn’t allowed to watch scary movies. But elements of those films became well-known to me through friends and TV shows. So I knew what vampires were before I ever saw a horror movie on TV or at the theater. There were certain aspects that sounded funny. I recall laughing with friends about lines like “I want to drink your blood!” and the whole garlic keeping vampires away. When I did finally see the Bela Lugosi Dracula, I was surprised that it really was very creepy -- and a little scary. My mom was right in not letting her imaginative child see those movies at an early age.

Tony Curtis (1925-2010)

He was 85 years old. So his death wasn’t really a shock. But, for me, the passing of Tony Curtis truly signals an end to a particular era in movie history. Curtis was one of those actors who did something extremely rare in movies and TV today.

The Land Down Under

In my last entry, I said that I’d return to Australia. As I was compiling a list of movies from that country, I realized that I’d seen many of the films – mostly the comedies. For a look at the rich history and diversity of this amazing country, check out some of the following movies and TV series. I’ve divided them into categories and have even included some nonfiction films. You might end up like me – wishing you’d been lucky enough to be in Oprah’s audience the day she announced she’d be taking everyone on a long trip.


 

Before They Were American -- They Were Australian

The announcement this week that Oprah would be taking her studio audience on a trip to Australia reminded me of the influence that country has on entertainment in the U.S. From the early years of American movies and even today, some of the biggest box office stars have been from the Land Down Under. Errol Flynn, Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger, Nicole Kidman are just a few of the names that come to mind. Also Rod Taylor, Naomi Watts, Eric Bana, Peter Finch.

Patricia Neal (1926-2010)

On August 8, Patricia Neal passed away. She was an outstanding actress, nominated for two Academy Awards, winning one of them for Best Actress in the Paul Newman movie Hud. I first remember hearing of her when she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in The Subject was Roses.

"The Emmy goes to..."

The major Emmy Awards were handed out this past Sunday night, and I was very happy to see some of my favorite actors and actresses receive much deserved attention.



Murder Most British

I blame Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dame Agatha Christie. It’s all their fault. They took a genre and, through hard work and talent, made it into a worldwide obsession. I’m speaking, of course, of British mysteries.

 

 

Primetime Emmy Awards 2010

The nominations for the 2010 Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday, and I confess that I was pleased to see some of my favorites make the list.

Movies I Thought I’d Hate – But Now I Like

I admit it. Sometimes when I see commercials or previews for some TV shows and movies, I think, “I wanna see that! Looks great!” And then there are times when I see ads and think, “That looks terrible!!!” and “I know I’d hate it!” When it comes to the latter, I don’t even bother seeing the movie. My mind’s made up. And then, I finally break down and see it -- and, sometimes, I like it.

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