The Film Fatale

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The Apartment (1960) is the first Best Picture Oscar winner to specifically refer to a previous winner, in this case two of them. First Grand Hotel (1932), which Jack Lemmon’s C.C. Baxter attempts to watch on television but is too long delayed because of commercials. Bud’s boss also refers to Bud and Fran having “a lost weekend” together in Bud’s apartment, a reference to director Billy Wilder’s 1945 film and Oscar winner, The Lost Weekend (x).

For those of you still following, just a quick update on the blog situation:

I am copy-pasting 290 reviews all week, because there is no backup system for Tumblr and I don’t know what I would do if I lost all of that writing (I can’t believe I actually never bothered to save it somewhere else in case this blog did go kaput - a notion that is giving me a mild heart attack right now). Since there is no immediate issue with regards to deletion (given that this whole thing was apparently a snafu on Tumblr’s part), I will remain here (if you’ll still have me!) but I am still going to be formally moving my reviews over to a permanent, personal website (because as much as I’m all about YOLO, I don’t think I could live with, as mentioned, 290 reviews disappearing in the event of Tumblr’s demise).

So, the good news: I’m still here! Yay! The bad news: you’re going to have to put up with me for a little longer! I’ll post the URL of the new site when I have it up. I’m still working on the design. Thanks for all of your messages of encouragement during that little meltdown. They were really nice to read. I will save them in my inbox because I’m egotistical like that. And also so I have proof that at one point in time people enjoyed my writing on the internets.

Thanks, everyone!  

NO NO NO NO NO :( You've always been my fairy godmother when it comes to movies :( It was after reading your reviews that I started taking movies seriously, and my love towards film wouldn't be same without you! Such a shame, you've been such a great teacher and inspiration towards cinema. I visit your site religiously and I never expected it to end like this :( You've been amazing, and I'll continue to follow you on Twitter! Hopefully you can start your own website soon! All the best!!

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I have never ever been considered someone’s film fairy godmother before (honestly I don’t even know what that means, but I’ll take it), and even though that makes me feel old, this message is incredibly sweet. I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy. On a serious note, though, I’m working on moving my domain over someplace else, so stay tuned! 

Hello from Fenway Park! Enjoying a Fenway Frank and some baseball. The energy in here is amazing! Let’s go, Red Sox! (at Fenway Park)

Hello from Fenway Park! Enjoying a Fenway Frank and some baseball. The energy in here is amazing! Let’s go, Red Sox! (at Fenway Park)