“Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” [1958, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives] #50FromThe50s

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

I am really happy to say that I have watched several movies from the 1950s now and most have been very good! Right now I am watching the movies in my living room, but I have a projector and screen set up in my basement that I hope to start viewing them on soon. I just need to get like one more cord or something to have that baby fully operational! Today’s movie is “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof,” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. Seriously, could these two be any prettier to look at?

“Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” [1958, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives]

After Brick Pollitt (Paul Newman) injures himself while drunkenly revisiting his high school sports-star days, he and his tempestuous wife, Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor), visit his family’s Mississippi plantation for the 65th birthday of his hot-tempered father, Big Daddy (Burl Ives). Cantankerous even with declining health, Big Daddy demands to know why Brick and Maggie haven’t yet given him a grandchild, unlike Brick’s brother Gooper (Jack Carson) and his fecund wife, Mae (Madeleine Sherwood).

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

My Thoughts On “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof”

We often hear of women that grow “frigid” after a marriage is a few years old. We hear it so often, in fact, that it has become a subject often joked about in normal conversation. But marriage isn’t as simple as that. And sometimes the man grows tired of the affections of the woman instead. Elizabeth Taylor’s character longs for her alcoholic husband [Paul Newman] to touch her but he’s not interested due to a long standing grudge he has against her. Instead of divorcing, they decide to stay together and, I guess, tolerate each other. But that arrangement just won’t work for Maggie.

This movie is beautiful, touching and very well acted. I felt so much empathy for Maggie. It’s hard not to feel compassion for someone as she pleads with her husband, telling him that it’s lonelier to be with someone who doesn’t love her than it would be to just be alone. As the movie progresses, we learn more about why he feels the way he does and why he is withholding and cruel towards her. Life is layered and always more complicated than it looks from another perspective and that is no different with this relationship and how things appear to their prying family members.

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Have you seen “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof?” What did you think of the movie? Which character could you most empathize with? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.

Check Out The Rest Of Our #50FromThe50s Movie Suggestions

1. North By Northwest [1959, Cary Grant]

2. Rebel Without A Cause [1955, James Dean & Natalie Wood]

3. How To Marry A Millionaire [1953, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall]

4. The Ten Commandments [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner]

5. Love In The Afternoon [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper]

6. An Affair To Remember [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr]

7. A Face In The Crowd [1957, Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau]

8. Cat On A Hot Tin Roof [1958, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives]

“A Face In The Crowd” [1957, Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau] #50FromThe50s

A Face In The Crowd

We are just trucking along on our #50FromThe50s quaratine moviethon. How many of the listed movies have you watched so far? Today’s movie, “A Face In The Crowd” is one that I had not heard of but decided to watch based on a recommendation. What did I think of it? Read on to see. 😉 And if you have any other must-sees to tell me aboout, please let me know.

“A Face In The Crowd” [1957, Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau]

Ambitious young radio producer Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal) finds a charming rogue named Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes (Andy Griffith) in an Arkansas drunk tank and puts him on the air. Soon, Rhodes’ local popularity gets him an appearance on television in Memphis, which he parlays into national network stardom that he uses to endorse a presidential candidate for personal gain. But the increasingly petulant star’s ego, arrogance and womanizing threaten his rise to the top.

A Face In The Crowd

My Thoughts On “A Face In The Crowd”

As many of you know, I live in Mount Airy, NC, the town that Mayberry [the Andy Griffith Show] was based on. Take a look around town and there will be no doubt of the town’s adoration of the late actor. Mount Airy is crammed full of shout outs to Andy Griffith from his old homeplace to Floyd’s Barbershop and from Snappy Lunch to the police car [that looks like the one in the iconic show] that offers tours of the town. But, you might want to take a seat for this, I’ve seen only a few episodes of The Andy Griffith Show and I could just never really get into it. *Gasp!*

One of my friends recommended that I check out “A Face In The Crowd” and I decided, “Why not?” And I have to say, Griffith kills it in this dramatic role. I find it interesting how little we have really changed from the gullible consumers of the 50s. Just as the crowds flocked to buy everything that Lonesome Rhodes was pushing then, we also feel compelled to purchase everything our idols tout today. I mean, is makeup really better just because it has the name Kardashian on it? Are shoes more comfortable because a basketball star is wearing them? For whatever reason we seem to think so. When it came down to it, Lonesome Rhodes really just wasn’t that good of a person. Yet everyone thought he somehow knew more than they did and his opinion was valued greater.

“A Face In The Crowd” also shows you that sometimes the more power and adoration people have, the less happy they seem to be. Lonesome was quite content playing his guitar for a few drunks in the county lockup. But when he had a country full of excited fans, he slowly came unwound, losing both his filter and his empathy for others along the way. The more he had, the more he lost.

“A Face In The Crowd” is an excellent movie the delves into social and ethical issues that are still relevant today. Even better, Andy Griffith gives a brilliant performance. I highly recommend this movie. 🙂

A Face In The Crowd

Have you seen “A Face In The Crowd?” If so, what did you think? Do you prefer Andy Griffith in dramatic roles or comedies? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.

Check Out The Rest Of Our #50FromThe50s Movie Suggestions

1. North By Northwest [1959, Cary Grant]

2. Rebel Without A Cause [1955, James Dean & Natalie Wood]

3. How To Marry A Millionaire [1953, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall]

4. The Ten Commandments [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner]

5. Love In The Afternoon [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper]

6. An Affair To Remember [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr]

7. A Face In The Crowd [1957, Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau]

“An Affair To Remember” [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr] #50FromThe50s

An Affair To Remember

We are moving along nicely in our #50FromThe50s movie watching experience. How are you guys doing? Have you been watching any of the suggested movies? Do you have any to suggest of your own? This week, we review “An Affair To Remember.” I would love to know if any of you agree with my assessment I shared at the end of this post. Let me know! Happy movie watching!

“An Affair To Remember” [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr]

A man and a woman have a romance while on a cruise from Europe to New York. Despite being engaged to other people, both agree to reunite at the top of the Empire State Building in six months. However, an unfortunate accident keeps her from the reunion, and he fears that she has married or does not love him anymore.

An Affair To Remember

My Thoughts On “An Affair To Remember”

I have to say, this film isn’t really my cup of tea. I almost stopped watching at 45 minutes in because I just wasn’t getting into it. Life isn’t really all that long, you know, and that’s 45 minutes I’ll never get back. But I pushed through.

“An Affair To Remember” contains some absolutely ridiculous scenes, especially when Grant and Kerr’s characters are eating back to back in the dining hall, thinking they are slick but obviously not, and everyone is staring and laughing. Seriously? All of these people are vacationing and not a single one of them has anything better to do than to wonder what these two strangers are up to? I don’t buy it. “An Affair To Remember” does have a twist at the end that almost saves the movie but then Kerr’s character says yet another stupid thing and blows it again. I won’t tell you what that stupid thing is, as it contains a spoiler, but you’ll know it when you hear it.

I would recommend this movie to huge Cary Grant fans who want to complete the collection or to those who find soap opera storytelling absolutely riveting. Meh.

An Affair To Remember

Have you seen “An Affair To Remember?” If so, what did you think? Do you agree with my opinion? Why or why not? We would love for you to share your comments below or on our social media channels.

Check Out The Rest Of Our #50FromThe50s Movie Suggestions

1. North By Northwest [1959, Cary Grant]

2. Rebel Without A Cause [1955, James Dean & Natalie Wood]

3. How To Marry A Millionaire [1953, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall]

4. The Ten Commandments [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner]

5. Love In The Afternoon [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper]

6. An Affair To Remember [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr]

“Love In The Afternoon” [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper] #50FromThe50s

Love In The Afternoon

What’s everyone been watching lately? I tried powering through that “Tiger King” mess like everyone else but could only get through the 1st episode a few weeks ago. I might finish it at some point [doubtful] but I was really hoping, for my pandemic viewing pleasure, to take in some more classic cinema. For those of you like me, I present to you Audrey Hepburn in “Love In The Afternoon.”

“Love In The Afternoon” [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper]

French private investigator Claude Chavasse (Maurice Chevalier) discovers his client’s wife has been having an affair with an American playboy, Frank Flannagan (Gary Cooper). When the client decides to kill Frank, Claude’s sheltered daughter, Ariane (Audrey Hepburn), throws off the plan and saves his life. The two are instantly attracted to one another, but Ariane doesn’t reveal her name. Frank then hires Claude to locate Ariane, unaware he has sent him on a mission to find his own daughter.

Love In The Afternoon

My Thoughts On “Love In The Afternoon”

This movie is really cute. I especially love the scene with Gary Cooper, the gypsies and the wine cart. While watching, I kept wondering how many times they had to shoot that scene to get it right? Back in the day, there were more long, extended scenes that had to be done right in one shot. Today, we are able to splice different takes together so I will assume that makes the actual shooting much easier since errors can more easily be taken out.

I found Audrey Hepburn’s character very endearing. She grew quite fond of Gary Cooper’s character though, I gotta say, he was a pig and didn’t exactly deserve it. But she was much smarter than he was and her character makes the movie! If you like romantic comedies, I believe you will enjoy “Love In The Afternoon.”

Love In The Afternoon

Have you seen “Love In The Afternoon”? If so, what did you think? What is your favorite Audrey Hepburn film? Let us know in the comments below or on our social media channels.

Check Out The Rest Of Our #50FromThe50s Movie Suggestions

1. North By Northwest [1959, Cary Grant]

2. Rebel Without A Cause [1955, James Dean & Natalie Wood]

3. How To Marry A Millionaire [1953, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall]

4. The Ten Commandments [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner]

5. Love In The Afternoon [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper]

6. An Affair To Remember [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr]

“The Ten Commandments” [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner] #50FromThe50s

ten commandments

Six years ago I set out on an ambitious goal. I decided to review 50 movies from the 1950s. I wanted to expand my cinematic horizons and share that newfound wisdom with you guys. Three movies in and I scrapped the plan. Nice job, huh? So, here we are, six years later and in the midst of a pandemic. I think we could all use some movie inspiration. I can’t speak for everyone, but I can only binge watch so many sitcoms. So, I am giving it another go. For your viewing pleasure this week, I present to you “The Ten Commandments.”

“The Ten Commandments” [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner] #50FromThe50s

Enjoying a life of ease in the court of Egypt’s pharaoh, Moses (Charlton Heston) discovers his Hebrew heritage and, later, God’s expectations of him. He dedicates himself to liberating his people from captivity and — with the aid of plagues and divine intervention — manages to lead them out of Egypt and across the Red Sea. A greater challenge comes in the form of the golden calf idol, however, and it takes an unforgettable visitation by God on Mount Sinai for Moses’ mission to prevail.

ten commandments

My Thoughts On “The Ten Commandments”

I watched this movie because my friend Myndi was talking about how great it was on Facebook and how it was coming on TV that night. Having never seen the movie myself, I decided to watch and I am so glad that I did. “The Ten Commandments” is an AMAZING movie. Charlton Heston and Yul Brenner both give amazing performances and I feel like the story follows closely to that of the Bible. For all of you believers out there, I think that this movie will resonate with you on a deep spiritual level. For those of you who love CGI and action pictures of today, this movie has some pretty cool graphics given the time in which it was produced. I mean, it was made in the 50s! If you are looking for a movie that is safe to watch with the kids, I think you can all enjoy this as a family pretty safely. I highly recommend this movie. 🙂

ten commandments

Have you seen “The Ten Commandments?” If so, what did you think? Drop a comment below or on social media and let us know.

Check Out The Rest Of Our #50FromThe50s Movie Suggestions

1. North By Northwest [1959, Cary Grant]

2. Rebel Without A Cause [1955, James Dean & Natalie Wood]

3. How To Marry A Millionaire [1953, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall]

4. The Ten Commandments [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner]

5. Love In The Afternoon [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper]

6. An Affair To Remember [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr]

Today’s Laughs Brought To You By The Impractical Jokers

impractical jokers

I have been watching Impractical Jokers on TruTV for years and I have to tell you, I love these fools. They are always daring each other to do the craziest things. I think they are all great but I have to admit that I have a soft spot for Joe. That nut will do ANYTHING to win! And he gets the craziest looks on his face. I usually start laughing before he even starts the dare. Q’s really funny, too, but he chickens out too much when a cute girl is involved. And poor Sal. He’s scared of cats, and he’s in a dare show, for pete’s sakes. Pull it together, man.

“Hoping we can provide some laughs to families and friends at a time when we can all surely use some,” said The Tenderloins.  

I think my favorite gag on Impractical Jokers is when they do presentations where they have to read what the other jokers wrote for them, I also love then they have to present some type of crazy invention that the others made up that totally sucks and no one would ever buy. They always come up with something insane and hilarious to try to push their product.

Today’s Laughs Brought To You By The Impractical Jokers

Impractical Jokers: The Movie stars James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto, and Sal Vulcano, also known as the comedy troupe The Tenderloins, playing themselves in a fictional story of a humiliating high school mishap from the early nineties. Featuring appearances from Paula Abdul, Jaden Smith, and Joey Fatone, the movie combines the fictional narrative with real life footage of over-the-top punishments and callbacks to classic moments from the series. Once the Impractical Jokers hit the road, they compete in hidden camera challenges for the chance to turn back the clock and find redemption.

Impractical Jokers: The Movie is produced by Gatto, Murray, Quinn, Vulcano, Henchy, and Funny Or Die’s Jim Ziegler and Buddy Enright. Executive producers include Jack Rovner and Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell.

The Impractical Jokers series has aired eight seasons with over 200 episodes to date and remains a top three original cable comedy series with ratings that continue to grow. New episodes of Impractical Jokers keep truTV in the top 10 ranking among cable networks in primetime.

My Thoughts On Impractical Jokers: The Movie

I thought it was hilarious! The first few minutes, I was kind of like, “What is going on here?” but it made sense about 10 minutes later. Don’t worry. This movie has plenty of hijinks like you have come to expect from the Jokers. They make a road trip from NY to Miami to see a Paula Abdul concert, pranking each other along the way. As a North Carolinian, I love that The Jokers stopped at both The Outer Banks and South Of The Border. And Murr is hilarious in his hotel rooms along the way. If you are a fan of the show, or if you love sketch comedy or prank shows, I think that you will really enjoy this movie.

I’m sure you are tired of all the recent stress. Take a load off and allow yourself to have a laugh. This the movie that you need right now. 🙂

Buy Impractical Jokers: The Movie on digital today and let me know what you think!

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About The Tenderloins

The Tenderloins is a New York-based comedy troupe, whose four members – Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano – are the Creators, Executive Producers, and Stars of truTV’s hit series, Impractical Jokers. Now in its ninth season, Impractical Jokers follows The Tenderloins as they compete to embarrass each other while being filmed by hidden cameras, all the while showcasing their longstanding camaraderie. Their newest TV show – TBS’s “The Misery Index” hosted by Jameela Jamil – premiered as a top rated cable comedy in 2019 and recently wrapped production on its second season. In addition to TV success, The Troupe has toured steadily over the last six years with its wildly popular live show, performing for over one million fans in the US and UK, including six sold-out nights at Radio City Music Hall, a sold-out Madison Square Garden, and six sold-out shows at London’s O2 Arena. Natives of Staten Island, NY, Vulcano, Gatto, Murray and Quinn met while attending high school and later formed The Tenderloins Comedy Troupe in 1999. After years of performing live improv and sketch comedy, The Tenderloins crossed over to the web, garnering millions of views for their internet sketches, eventually creating the runaway success Impractical Jokers for truTV. In addition to success in the US, Impractical Jokers is the #1 show on Comedy Central in the United Kingdom and India.

Win A Bumblebee Bluray/DVD [US Ends 4/21]

Win A Bumblebee Bluray/DVD [US Ends 4/21]
“I’m all out of love. I’m so lost without you…”

Have you seen Bumblebee yet? If not, it is now out on Bluray, DVD and Digital! The cool 80s setting and soundtrack of the movie inspired me to hunt down some long lost Bumblebee glamour shot outtakes from a photo shoot way back. 😉 Enjoy! And don’t forget to enter to win a copy of Bumblebee, starring Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena, below! Good luck!

“Bumblebee” Starring Hailee Steinfeld & John Cena Is Out Today On Bluray/DVD

CYBERTRON has fallen. When OPTIMUS PRIME sends BUMBLEBEE to defend Earth, his journey to become a hero begins. Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld), a teenager trying to find her place in the world, discovers and repairs the battle-scarred robot, who’s disguised as a Volkswagen Beetle. As the DECEPTICONS hunt down the surviving AUTOBOTS with the help of a secret agency led by Agent Burns (John Cena), BUMBLEBEE and Charlie team up to protect the world in an action-packed adventure that’s fun for the whole family.  The film is rated PG-13.

Win A Bumblebee Bluray/DVD [US Ends 4/21]
“I didn’t mean to miss your birthday baby…”

I admit, I was weary of the new imagining of Transformers without Mark Wahlberg, just like I was when he came on board as a replacement. Change can be hard to accept. I was definitely wrong though. Hailee Steinfeld played an empathetic and troubled teen, Charlie, trying to find her place in her forever changed family after the loss of her dad. And you can’t help but love her.

Win A Bumblebee Bluray/DVD [US Ends 4/21]
“Turn around. every now and then I get a little bit lonely…”

My friend Jason watched Bumblebee with me and, as a huge Transformers collector as a child, he was pretty excited about the throwback 80s versions of both the Transformers and Decepticons in this installment in the franchise. I have to admit, they do look really cool. And, naturally, the soundtrack is radical, gnarly, bodacious and all that other mess we used to say back in the 80s, too.

Win A Bumblebee Bluray/DVD [US Ends 4/21]
“God bless the rains down in Africa…”
Win A Bumblebee Bluray/DVD [US Ends 4/21]
“Hello. Is it me you’re looking for?”

For me, the real stars of this show are, of course, Bumblebee and Hailee Steinfeld, but John Cena makes a great “bad guy” who you can actually still like, too. I feel that any movie that he is part of is made better by his presence. It’s also nice to see another wrestler giving The Rock a run for his money.

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Win A Copy Of “Bumblebee” Starring Hailee Steinfeld & John Cena On Bluray/DVD

Be sure to pick up a copy of Bumblebee on Bluray/DVD today and check out all of these cool toys at a retailer near you: DJ Bumblebee, Bumblebee Stinger Blaster, Transformers: Bumblebee — Energon Igniters Nitro Series and the Transformers: Bumblebee — Energon Igniters Power Plus Series. Don’t forget to enter to WIN a copy of Bumblebee on Bluray/DVD below. This giveaway is open to the US and ends on 4/21. Be sure to come back daily for more chances to win! Good luck!

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Tully Movie Review: Why This Movie Perfectly Addresses Postpartum Mental Health Issues [Contains Necessary Spoilers]

Tully Movie Review: Why This Movie Perfectly Addresses Postpartum Mental Health Issues [Contains Necessary Spoilers]

I love doing movie reviews and hate including spoilers. However, this one will contain spoilers – but only necessary ones. With Tully, I want to talk less about the acting, directing and writing, and more about the bigger conversation that has started online because of this movie, which hits theaters this Friday. Tully stars Charlize Theron, Ron Livingston and Mackenzie Davis and is written by Diablo Cody. From this point on EXPECT SPOILERS in our Tully movie review and please do not read further if you don’t want me to “ruin” the movie for you – though I assure you that I will do my best not to. I will definitely not be revealing anything than has not already been shared by others. [Read more…]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review From A Star Wars Newbie #TheLastJedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review From A Star Wars Newbie

Ok, so I need to start out this review by saying that I have only ever seen the first 3 Star Wars movies made, the ones from like the 70s and 80s. I also saw them around that time, so I am definitely not a Star Wars expert. If you are a Star Wars expert and are looking for a review from a fellow expert, this is probably not the review for you. However, if you are a relative newbie to the franchise, like me, then check out my Star Wars: The Last Jedi review and let me know what you think in the comments below.
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Spoiler Free Daddy’s Home 2 Movie Review #DaddysHome2

Spoiler Free Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review #DaddysHome2

A few weeks ago, my friend Johnetta and I got to see an advance screening of Daddy’s Home 2, starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell. I really loved the original movie so I was super stoked to get to see the sequel before it hit theaters. I also got to see it at SMG in Charlotte, a movie theater that I had not visited in the past, so that was pretty awesome, too.
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