Odds and Ends


I’m attempting to emerge from my cocoon. So it is once again time for me to tie up some lose ends and to start blogging again. (We’ll see how long I last before I hibernate again.)

Although I have been a retired podcaster for nearly a year (snaps for The Ally and Joanna Show), I recently appeared on a few podcasts.

Back in May, I appeared on the Movies You Love podcast with Andrew from GMan Reviews. We discussed my all-time favorite movie Bringing Up Baby because, like duh. Listen here.

Almost two weeks ago, I appeared on Episode 88 of the MatineecastThis is my second appearance on the Matineecast and this time around, Ryan and I discussed the Before Trilogy. After revisiting all three films, Before Midnight might be my favorite installment of the exceptional Before Trilogy. Listen here.


Listen Up: The Ally and Joanna Show – Episode 1

So my friend Ally and I are giving podcasting a whirl. Back in the day, Ally and I were editors on the Mount Holyoke News together.

One time Ally and I wore the same sweater to a Mount Holyoke News meeting. This is the only photographic evidence that we are friends.

After graduating from Moho, Ally received an MA in journalism from NYU and she blogs about teen dramas on The Remote Generation. We see each other fairly frequently in NYC and go to the movies together/tweet at each other/hurl insults at each other on Facebook. We have a modern friendship. And now we are podcasting together because we both love our pop culture a little bit too much and are kind of bored with our daily lives. I also wanted an excuse to use Tumblr daily.

Teaming up and podcasting seems like a great outlet. And I get to play with the editing programs I learned to use with my college degree on a weekly basis. So it is also resume building. Anyways, here it is the first podcast. Listen up and enjoy!

You can also listen to/download the episode on Podomatic and follow our pop culture adventures on Twitter/Tumblr.

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Well, Happy Blog-a-versary To Me

I forgot that today is the sixth anniversary of my blog. (Typical.)

If you have just started reading For Cinephiles by a Cinefille, here is my very first slightly mortifying post. Okay, it isn’t that bad. I just cringe reading it; I always will. I’ve changed a lot since I was 16, when I would furiously type away about my love for TCM and Katharine Hepburn while sitting at my parents desktop computer. Well, I’ve really only moved from that computer to the couch a few feet away. Except now now furiously type away on my laptop.

I feel like I should do something to celebrate this momentous occasion in my blogging life. Maybe I should watch Bringing Up Baby?

Nah. I watched The White Sister with Lillian Gish this morning, so I definitely got my classic movies kick out earlier. Though as I type this post I am watching the end of The Prisoner of Zenda before A Tale of Two Cities followed by Random Harvest start on TCM. Who am I kidding? I can never get enough TCM.

This post is probably a good time to announce that I am branching out a bit. Starting tomorrow, my friend Ally and I are entering the realm of pop culture podcasters. Why produce a pop culture podcast when there are so many other podcasts out there? Because none of those people are myself and Ally; we like to think that our blend of pop culture fawning, Alexander McQueen ogling, TCM fangirling, Degrassi loving, celebrity bashing, and snark (lots of snark) is unique to the podcasting world. We recorded the first podcast on Tuesday and will have it posted tomorrow. Be sure to follow our podcasting adventures on Tumblr and Twitter.

As for this blog, I will keep doing what I do: writing about movies. I am currently working on my birthday blitz movie marathon. Slowly. Very slowly. I am making my way through the 24 movies I intend to start blogging about on August 22.

You can follow me on Twitter and you can like For Cinephiles by a Cinefille on Facebook. Or do both! Please do both! But if you have to choose one, go with Facebook. All of my Twitter followers are making me egotistical.

In the meantime, thanks for reading whether you just started or have been for years. Even if you are my sister who totally denied the other day that she used to comment on my posts before anyone else would.

(P.S. I settled on watching Jersey Shore tonight. Because deep down I am a terrible person who is completely fascinated by these buffoons. Sorry Ronald Colman.)

Listen Up: On the Matineecast

Head over to The Dark of the Matinee and listen to the latest Matineecast. I am a guest on the podcast with Blake from Bitchin Film Reviews. Take a listen as we discuss Green Lantern, Super 8, and kid protagonist films.(I should also apologize in advance for my crappy microphone and my feverish state – I don’t even want to know how out of it I probably sound.)

You can also listen here or on iTunes.


The Moth: "Poitier and Brando: Mississippi 1964"

The Moth is a non-for-profit story telling organization that was founded in New York in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green. Today, The Moth conducts six ongoing programs and has brought more than 3,000 live stories to over 100,000 audience members. Every Monday, a new free podcast can be downloaded through itunes. The stories are always hilarious, poignant and memorable tales.

This week’s podcast is a story told by Bob Zellner, the author of The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement. The story is called “Poitier and Brando: Mississippi 1964”. Zellner recounts his years as a civil rights activist and his experiences with Sidney Poitier, Marlon Brando, and Harry Belafonte. It’s a great story and you can listen to the story here.

Zellner’s memoir is being adapted into a film to be directed by Spike Lee.