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…though I did catch something. Which is part of the reason I’ve been gone for so damn long. I was away for several days on a trip to New York. And while I didn’t catch Swine Flu, I did catch a flu, so I wasn’t up to doing much for the week after I got back. Then I spent a week covering at work for a woman who went on vacation. So I’ve had very little time since I’ve been back to do anything.

But, I am back now, and I want to thank James for staying on top of things while I was away, and for continuing to update so that the page didn’t look dead.

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I just wanted to pass this link along for anyone who doesn’t frequent the Rotten Tomatoes forums. I’m doing an insanely intense thread on pre-code film, not just about the movies, but also the history and its influence. Once I finish it, I might post some of it here (but really, looking at all that I have so far, it might end up being the size of a small book). But I just wanted to post this link here so that anyone interested in pre-code film and history can take a look.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/vine/showthread.php?t=676797&page=1&pp=30

Yeah. I don’t know how, and I don’t know why, but my email is up and working again.

So yeah.

I don’t know if it’s Yahoo, or if it’s just me, but everytime I go to Yahoo and click on “sign in”, it refuses to connect. If anyone has uses Yahoo, let me know if this is happening to you as well.

Anyway, since  I obviously can’t get to my email, I started a temporary page called questions and comments for anybody, that includes both readers and my writers, that has questions or needs to get in touch with me.

Also, if you have an account at Rotten Tomatoes, feel free to PM me there as well.

I’m sure there have been a few people wondering why their comments on certain posts haven’t shown up. It’s simple enough. I didn’t approve them.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with disagreeing with a review and saying so. That’s something we actually encourage on the site. It often lead to open discussion which we love. So please, we encourage everyone to post any thoughts they have on the films being discussed, and the opinions of the people writing about those films, whether you agree or disagree.

But ridiculing or insulting our writers will not be tolerated. This isn’t a case of us only wanting to hear from people agreeing with us. Like I said above, we like it when people disagree with us and start a discussion. Hell, we disagree with each other all the time. But this is a positive environment where we want everyone, and not just our writers, but also our readers who like to respond with their opinion, to feel encouraged to truly say what they feel about a film without ever having to worry about having their opinion or writing criticized, without having to worry about being condescended to.

Disagreement with the actual opinions on the films, performances, etc. are more than welcome. Criticism of the way someone writes their reviews, their intelligence, or their overall taste in general will not be tolerated. These comments will not be approved. Just remember that no matter how a person writes their reviews, and no matter what opinion they express, they are all just posting their own reaction. Just because you don’t agree with that reaction, or the way they express it in their reviews, is no need to be rude or condescending.

It’s that one day of the year where everyone sits down and thinks about what they’re truly thankful for. There are are a lot of things I’m thankful for. Karaoke Saturday at The 412 Club. Michelle, the waitress at Henry’s who always knows what I want before I even walk through the door on Wednesday nights. Those free mini-posters they give out at the movies theater. But what things am I thankful for this year that can actually be discussed on this site. Let’s see….

  1. First and foremost, the Murnau, Borzage, and Fox DVD set that’s going to be released in a few weeks. Until now, there have been very, very few films available on DVD from Frank Borzage, and this massive DVD set has 11 of his films. Oh, happy day. The classic movie gods have smiled on us.
  2. freemoviesondvd.com . No addict should be allowed to get their fix this cheap.
  3. TCM. Duh. How many of us would have seen half the classics we love so much without this glorious channel?
  4. Blank VHS tapes. Yes, call me old fashioned, but I still don’t have Tivo, DVR, or any fancy technology on my computer to burn DVDs. So I’m stuck with good ol’ VCR recording. I have over 100 tapes of movies I’ve recorded off TCM. And then there’s all the tv shows I record and treasure. I only just started recording over my West Wing tapes (I had all seven seasons recorded), even though I’ve had the DVDs for years now.
  5. Fox Movie Channel. To a MUCH lesser extent than TCM, but they show a lot of good classics that Fox has not released to TCM, like Blood Money and Tales of Manhattan.
  6. Best Buy. When I don’t feel like spending a lot on DVDs, and I can go to Best Buy. And If I look dilligently enough, I will find a copy of some old classic Cary Grant or James Stewart made that nobody’s heard of. Some public domain release, for $4. Or better yet, a set of movies like these, for about 25 cents a movie.
  7. Films of the Golden Age magazine. This comes out seasonly, I think, so I head to Borders every few months to pick it up. It’s a really good magazine that covers a lot of classic film ground. And not just Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Humphry Bogart. They really dive deep into the world of classic film.
  8. Books with great pictures. Sin In Soft Focus, Hurrell’s Hollywood Portraits, and others. They do have text that tells the story of whatever they’re about, but the centerpieces of the books tend to be the beautiful pictures. And I loves it.
  9. This site. I know, it’s corny. But there’s nowhere else I can go to talk about obscure classic films with people.

By Katie Richardson

It was a great, fun weekend full of weddings, romance (well, none for me, sadly), and drinking. Lots and lots of drinking.

My brother and his now-wife were married at the Embassy in Fort Wayne, which I’ve talked about before. It’s the town’s historic theater. And their reception was at the Baker Street Station, the old train station. So I really felt like I was in an old movie for pretty much all of Saturday.

Here’s my brother and me at the rehearsal dinner, the night before he became a married man.

I don’t have any pictures of my in my dress, but here’s one of my hair.

And I don’t have any from the actual wedding yet, but here’s some stuff from the rehearsal in the Embassy. We just looked so cool and classy.

I was on the groom’s side, so I’m standing on the top set of stairs, on the second step. I’m the only girl there, the one leaning in talking to the best man.

It was a fun, wonderful weekend. On the day of the wedding, there was alcohol pretty much everywhere I went. Champagne at the brunch, beer while I was waiting with the boys for the wedding to start, beer after the wedding while we were waiting for pictures, alcohol on the trolley we rode around on after the wedding, beer at the bar we stopped at before the reception, and then of course the reception. And by the end of the night I was just going around the wedding party tables and drinking whatever people had left. I got back to the hotel room and passed out on the bed still fully dressed in my bridesmaid gown. Good times.

So, thanks to Greg for taking on the admin responsibilities for the weekend. Now that all the wedding stuff is over, things can get back to normal. Podcasts, YouTube movies of the week, and all that good stuff.

Christmas time is coming. So you should remember to ask your mom/dad/boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/brother/sister/best friend/boss/hobo who lives down the street for the Borzage, Murnau, and Fox DVD set. It is pricey, but there are sites selling it as low as $167 pre order (I believe this is DVDPlanet).

Look at all those Borzage films. Seventh Heaven, Street Angel, Liliom, Bad Girl, The River, Lazybones, and so much more! I’M SO EXCITED!!!!!

Here are some more obscure classics on YouTube. Again, there are so many, many more…

Sorry, Wrong Number
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB59meLTt8E

Ball of Fire
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCVWiu5sw9M

The Manxman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p76FtYrsyws

The Threepenny Opera
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZDUPUbuSwo

Ecstasy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9bzLlUg2zY

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj7-fEt3rOo

Diary of a Lost Girl
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9IATrimbHo

Dodsworth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j433EsVqT8

The Little Foxes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHKtNP-LDRw

Marie Antoinette
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1vF8lR9Lpw

Twentieth Century
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8_Jr4LEEOQ

State of the Union
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R22CSgniCK8

Baby Face
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdTNglDZHYY

Les Vampires
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvxDTheK5Do

The Hitchhiker
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0HpmLWQY

The Red House
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaHJTSA5yYE

Dishonored Lady
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RGVH2aUSAg

Detour
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ftq3t_l-Kjc

Little Lord Fauntleroy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os15_vtAfRw

Daddy-Long-Legs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sdejjp4azU

Seven Chances
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ad1k4jRDyA

Pandora’s Box
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mItTz3UQSZk

The Lost World
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7uQxmqGFIo

It
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvDLQORAlpA

Destiny
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkZAtUlKaYo

Tol’able David
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r48eTNlI_bc

The Lodger
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAwazCW7fzk

Faust
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4HMJMLjul8

Beyond the Rocks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf8r_lZ18VY

Waterloo Bridge (1940)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JtzxbD_Ha4

Waltzes From Vienna
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjHB0Hcq4Eo

A Royal Scandal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bCRxxaehAs

Hearts In Bondage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BP2NuMN78E

Our Town
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHW7bkJK7w8

Speak Easily
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAyauP8MCYE

The Black Pirate
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJWR2f25j0M

The Citadel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moOQJvjBw2I

The Animal Kingdom
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxsvxttFd6U

The Scarlet Letter (1934)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d1Wv38n9pU

Scrooge
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgPYK88iksc

Becky Sharp
http://i3.ytimg.com/vi/JrGdyvCOH4Q/default.jpg

A Matter of Life and Death
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsXRxDQptvs

Topper
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfuQi9F6z-A

Beyond Tomorrow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJP-ZQf6ZJc

All Quiet On the Western Front
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEHFIyaBWvs

Mystery of the Wax Museum
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOPKL_WR1QA

Sherlock Jr.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsqamBWgWZI

The Racketeer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WexNZc723g4

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FK9MsUnNfjc

The Greeks Had a Word For Them
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fbfbh0j_4co

Or at least I think it’s Nosferatu. There’s some nomenclature confusion at the moment.

Every Halloween season, there’s this big wonderful celebration downtown called “Fright Night”. Lots of stuff goes on, it’s always very fun. There’s a magic show, a coffin race, a tour of haunted downtown spots, a showing of Rocky Horror Picture show (which I sadly have to miss to go to a friend’s Halloween party), a zombie walk (which I also have to miss because of work).

Every year they show a silent classic in the beautiful old Embassy theater. The Embassy is well known around these parts for its beautiful, pristine antique organ. So every Halloween, they show an silent horror film with organ accompaniment.  It’s always a really great experience. This year, they’re showing Nosferatu.

The historic embassy theater is a really beautiful place. (And yay excitement! My brother’s getting married in the Embassy theater in November.) It was built in the late 1920s as a movie palace and a vaudeville theater. Before it was the Embassy, it was the Emboyd.

So, if you’re around Fort Wayne, IN on Oct. 25, you should head downtown for Fright Night. Admission is $7 for adult and $4 for children. I think they should totally try to recreate the silent film experience and charge what would have been the ticket prices in the 1920s. 😀

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