The Liebster Blog Award!
With that in mind, I am pleased as punch to announce that a few months back (October, to be exact), Shadows and Satin was gifted with a Liebster Blog award from Jill at Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence. Thank you, Jill, for my very first blog award — you’re the cat’s meow!
And now, as part of my duties as a Liebster Blog recipient, it’s my honor to pass it on to five bloggers. I urge you to check out these exceptional sites – you know why. You only owe it to yourself!
Kristina, the operator of Speakeasy and the esteemed Senior Writer for The Dark Pages newsletter, is an awesome scribe with a fun, imaginative, and creative blog. In addition to superb and inspired writing, covering classic films as well as performers, Speakeasy also offers such unique features as The Comfy Chair, where Kristina shines the spotlight on other noteworthy blogs; The Shopping List, which features newly released films and other items of interest to movie lovers; the Mystery Click, which provides access to all sorts of wondrous delights; and a link to Kristina’s beautiful Tumblr site.
He calls himself “Movieman,” and he’s watching his way through the 5th edition of the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die book. The films covered in the book include a wide variety of features, from Buster Keaton’s The Gold Rush (1925) to Sideways (2004). The reviews are insightful, entertaining, and memorable, the writing is first-rate, and, as a bonus, for every 100 films, the site provides a handy Top 20 list that highlights the best of the bunch.
I don’t remember how I stumbled upon this site, but I’m sure glad I did. Joe, the writer, hails from London, and his favorite films include The Big Heat, Sunset Boulevard, Gilda, and In a Lonely Place. Really, what more do you need to know? I absolutely love Joe’s film reviews – he’s an outstanding writer, he provides interesting and varied film choices, and each review includes fascinating information and great insights.
This great blog is written by four friends – Danny, Ryan, Jacob, and Andrew – and it’s one of those sites that I can (and have) happily spend hours exploring. Each film falls into one of three categories: Like, Indifferent, or Dislike, and there are numerous projects, including Dance Films, Silent Sundays, Films on Faith – and my two absolute favorites, Noirvember and Pre-Code Follies. Check it out for the inventive, top-notch writing, stay for the fun!
Grand Old Movies looks at Golden Age films from a wide range of genres – including comedy, musicals, westerns, and film noir (!) – and for those with more discriminating tastes, there are also such tantalizing categories as “Bugs,” “Mustaches,” and “Gorillas. The writing is smart, comprehensive, and interesting, the film choices are intriguing, and a highlight is the posts offered as part of numerous blogging events, including The Guilty Pleasure Movie Blogathon and the Queer Film Blogathon.