I Got a Sunshine Blogger Award!

It’s been years (YEARS!) since I’ve received a Blogger Award nomination. So I was pleased as punch when Debbi from I Found it at the Movies nominated me for a Sunshine! My humble and most sincere thanks to Debbi for this honor!

The rules for accepting this award are below:

  1. List the award’s official rules
  2. Display the award’s official logo somewhere on your blog
  3. Thank the person who nominated you
  4. Provide a link to your nominator’s blog
  5. Answer your nominator’s questions
  6. Nominate up to 11 bloggers
  7. Ask your nominees 11 questions
  8. Notify your nominees by commenting on at least one of their blog posts

My favorite part of this award is answering the questions served up by the nominator. Here are mine!

1. Why do you write movie reviews?

I love old movies, and I’ve always loved to write. I can’t think of many things I’d rather do than write about these movies!

Una Merkel was always a delight.

2. Who’s your favorite character actor from the Golden Age of Hollywood?

I actually have lots of favorites, from Thelma Ritter to Eric Blore, but today, Una Merkel has the top spot. She added just the right note to so many films. For more on the delightful Miss Merkel, click here.

3. What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen? And why is it the worst?

Whenever I come across this question, the first movie that comes to mind (in fact, the ONLY movie that comes to mind) is Weekend at Bernie’s (1993). I know that some people love this movie, but it was all I could do to stay in my seat until the final credits. I just didn’t find it funny. At all. In the least. (Am I being clear on this?)

4. If you could pick a movie to be in, which one would you choose? And what part would you play?

“There’s a name for you ladies, but it isn’t used in high society . . . outside of a kennel.”

I’d be in The Women. And I’d play Crystal Allen. It seems like it would be such fun, from her initial appearance at the perfume counter at Black’s Fifth Avenue, to her parting shot at the film’s end, she was a scene-stealer every time she appeared on screen.

5. What’s the funniest movie you’ve ever seen? (Counting movies so bad they’re funny!)

This is a tough one, but I’m going to go with Blazing Saddles (1974). It literally makes me laugh out loud, no matter how many times I see it. It’s a joy to watch — just one classic scene after another.

6. Who are your favorite film reviewers?

My favorite film reviewer, of all time, forever and ever, is Roger Ebert. I relied on his review for so many years, and his passing left a serious void.

7. Can you name three female movie directors who worked from the birth of cinema to the Golden Age? (Google if you must! Or just answer “yes” or “no”. But, c’mon, you can find out.)

Cooler than the other side of the pillow.

Yes, I can! Dorothy Arzner, Ida Lupino, and Alice Guy-Blache.

8. Which would you rather see in a movie: Sherlock Holmes or Philip Marlowe?

Philip Marlowe, of course! Whether it’s Bogart in The Big Sleep, Dick Powell in Murder, My Sweet, or Robert Mitchum in Farewell, My Lovely, I can’t get enough of this cynical, crafty, and oh-so-cool cat.

9. What actor or actress would you most like to have dinner with?

Earlier this month, October 21st, would have been the 65th birthday of Carrie Fisher. When I realized that, I remember thinking that she’s a person I really would like to have met. So I’m going to say Carrie Fisher.

10. What’s the most over-rated movie you’ve seen?

I wouldn’t call it “over-rated,” because everyone has a right to their opinion, and to me, calling something “over-rated” really invalidates those opinions. So I would answer this question by saying not that I think Vertigo is over-rated; instead, I’d say it’s a movie that is acclaimed and beloved by a lot of people but really leaves me cold. (Ducking all tomatoes and rotten eggs . . .)

11. If your life was a movie, what would it be titled? (Feel free to use the titles of real films. Any way you like. They’re not copyrightable, you know?)

It’s a Wonderful Life.

The following are my questions for my 11 nominees – and if any of you would like to answer them, please do. I’d love to read your answers!

  1. Name a film noir movie and a pre-Code movie that you can (and do) watch over and over.
  2. What’s your favorite decade of film, and what are five of your favorite films from that decade?
  3. You’re having a dinner party and your list of guests includes five classic film actors and/or actresses. Who’s on your list?
  4. Outside of movie-watching and blogging, what’s one thing you enjoy doing in your spare time?
  5. You can have a half-hour conversation with any fictional character. Who do you choose and why?
  6. What’s your most treasured movie or TV-related possession?
  7. Who are your top five favorite fictional characters?
  8. What westerns would you recommend to a novice western fan?
  9. What’s on your bucket list?
  10. If you could program a perfect day of movies on TCM, what would be the seven films on your schedule?
  11. Bette Davis or Joan Crawford? Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly?

And, now, the 11 bloggers to whom I’m passing along the Sunshine Award!

Silent Film Music

Who is Montgomery Clift?

Watching Forever

The Old Hollywood Garden

4 Star Films

Whimsically Classic

Poppity Talks Classic Films

Critica Retro

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Classic Movie Man

Classic Film Observations & Obsessions

Thanks for joining me on my Sunshine Blogger Award journey!

~ by shadowsandsatin on October 31, 2021.

6 Responses to “I Got a Sunshine Blogger Award!”

  1. Congratulations! You provide a great service by making the past not the past, but relevant to today and keeping these great performances and people alive. I’m thrilled just to see their names in print.

    • How kind of you, Cecile! Thank you so much — and thank you for reading! It’s a joy to share these movies and performers with people who love them just as much as I do.

  2. Congratulations! I enjoyed reading your award post. Have to say as well that Eric Blore is such a joy. Love his scenes in Top Hat with Edward Everett Horton! 🙂

  3. Congratulations! Your knowledge is impressive and enlightening!

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