My Film Discoveries of 2017 at Rupert Pupkin Speaks

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One of the best aspects of being a movie lover occurs when you learn about a great movie from someone you trust and respect. I’ve checked out many great movies from Rupert Pupkin Speaks and am honored to be invited to contribute my 2017 Film Discoveries to that blog. Many thanks to Brian at RPS for having me on the blog!

Meanwhile…

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The theater will be empty for awhile… Yes, the blog will be on hiatus for the next several days. During that time, I invite you to check out some other great movie blogs:

B Noir Detour

Speakeasy

Now Voyaging

Mike’s Take on the Movies

Rupert Pupkin Speaks

Criterion Blues

Vic’s Movie Den

Silver Screenings

And these podcasts:

Attaboy Clarence

The Secret History of Hollywood

You Must Remember This

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Much of my hiatus will have nothing to do with movies, unfortunately, but I do plan on visiting the town where John Ford grew up, so that’s something! See you later…

 

Liebster Awards

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Many thanks to Keisha over at Cinema Cities for nominating me for a Liebster Award! I am honored and will do my best to follow the rules, although I’m going to follow Keisha’s lead and not write 11 things about myself. (I don’t have 11 interesting things to say about myself, anyway.)

Answer the 11 questions given to you

Write 11 things about yourself

Nominate up to 11 bloggers and give them 11 questions

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Nominated Blogs (apologies if you’ve already been nominated):

The Blonde at the Film

Cracked Rear Viewer 

Diary of a Movie Maniac

Everything Noir 

Mike’s Take on the Movies 

Vic’s Movie Den 

My 11 questions:

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The Beyond the Cover Blogathon: Thieves Like Us and They Live by Night

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This post is part of the Beyond the Cover Blogathon running April 8-10 over at Now Voyaging and Speakeasy. I hope you’ll enjoy this post as well as the many other entries.

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When you think about the time, effort and people involved in bringing a novel to the screen, it’s a wonder adaptations happen as quickly as they do, or even at all. Sometimes the process is relatively short. (Two years is pretty quick, even these days.) In extreme cases, the original creators have departed this world long before their film is ever released. Other productions fall somewhere in the middle. Edward Anderson’s novel Thieves Like Us was published in 1937 during the final years of the Great Depression, but the the story wasn’t filmed until 1947. Even after it was finished, the film sat on a shelf for two years and might have sat there even longer if not for some enthusiastic filmgoers in the UK. But timing is a strange thing, and in some cases it’s everything. Had Nicholas Ray’s They Live By Night remained on the shelf, Alfred Hitchcock would likely never have seen Farley Grainger to cast him in Rope and Strangers on a Train, we probably wouldn’t have Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde (at least not in the same style), and the entire canon of film noir would have been without one of its finest, most unique pictures.

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