On April 10, my dear friend Sally Silverscreen of 18 Cinema Lane nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award. Although I have nominated others for this award, this is my first time receiving the award. Thank you, Sally! I am honored. Blogging awards are not only flattering but fun, since I love answering the questions, thinking of my own questions, and choosing other talented bloggers to honor.
Below are the rules for the Sunshine Blogger Award:
- List the award’s official rules
- Display the award’s official logo somewhere on your blog
- Thank the person who nominated you
- Provide a link to your nominator’s blog
- Answer your nominator’s questions
- Nominate up to 11 bloggers
- Ask your nominees 11 questions
- Notify your nominees by commenting on at least one of their blog posts.
Having fulfilled the first four duties, it is now time for me to answer Sally’s eleven questions. She came up with some good ones, so I will do my best to provide good answers.
What is the first thing you will do when the Coronavirus is behind us?
This is a question which I’m sure a lot of us have been asking ourselves recently, but this is a great opportunity for me to share my thoughts with my readers. The thing I have been missing the most is going to restaurants, so I want to go to a really great restaurant. The first day that restaurants open, even if on a limited basis, my family and I will go to one of our favorite restaurants, probably the Cheesecake Factory, no matter what day of the week it is. I also am planning to have a get together with several friends at the Musso and Frank Grill in Hollywood when it reopens. For those who don’t know, this Hollywood restaurant is the oldest restaurant in existence in Los Angeles, having been opened in 1919, so it is a real old Tinseltown location. My other big plan is kind of a long shot, but one can still hope. On the first day that Disneyland reopens, I want to go with my family and a few friends. I wanted to go to Disneyland for a few months before the lockdown, but now that it is closed, I want to go more than ever before!
Has there ever been a time when you thought a film adaptation was better than its source material? If so, what is it?
I don’t know if these really count, since I haven’t actually read the books. However, I think The Grapes of Wrath‘s plot is much better in the 1940 film than what I have read about the book. I think the same thing about the 1945 State Fair compared with the original book and the 1939 Hunchback of Notre-Dame. I can’t think of anything else right now.
Which piece of lost media would you love to see found?
I would love to see any Code films which have been lost be re-discovered. One of the most notable of these is The Oregon Trail by John Wayne. According to Wikipedia, not many American films from the Breen Era are lost. I would like for Theda Bara’s Cleopatra to be found. Another silent film I would really like to see found is Das Phantom der Oper, a 1916 Swedish silent film which was the first film version of The Phantom of the Opera. Also, I think it would be great if footage resurfaced of the original longer ending of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, which shows Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) forgiving Joe Payne (Claude Rains). I also wonder if the alternate ending of Gone with the Wind, in which he says “I don’t care” instead of a profanity, still exists.
Who was the last person to leave a comment on your blog?
Caren of Caren’s Classic Cinema left me a comment today on my most recent post, 100 New Code Films – #32. The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek from 1944.
Describe your dream blogging collaboration!
Firstly, I would love to be a member of the Classic Movie Blog Association. Once a well-established member, I would love for PEPS to host an on-going event in July (of any year) called “To Breen or Not To Breen.” Different members of the CMBA would suggest different Code films and write articles about how they might have been better if not made under the PCA, and then Rebekah and I would write articles to counter this, defending the Code versions. Also, writers could suggest un-Code films (movies made outside the Breen Era), and we would describe why we think they would have been better breened while suggestors could explain why they love them as they are. Finally, other members could pair off on Code and un-Code films, writing contrasting articles, one for and one against the Code versions.
Is there an event you’d like to attend? If so, what is it?
I would love to attend the Turner Classic Film Festival. It is hosted right in Los Angeles, so it is only a few hours away from where I live. I was hoping that I might be able to cover this year’s festival for Shine On Hollywood Magazine, a publication for which I am a contributing writer, but the 2020 festival was cancelled due to you-know-what. Maybe I can attend the 2021 festival.
What is your favorite beverage?
I love peach iced tea. I like it sweetened or unsweetened with an orange squeezed in it. At the Cheesecake Factory, I love having an Arnold Palmer with mint green tea and cucumber lemonade. It’s especially great on a hot day!
How long has your blog been around?
My blog has been around since October 17, 2016. This October will be its fourth anniversary.
Provide a sneak peek for an upcoming post!
I’m not saying what this is, but the following paragraph is part of the opening for a future article which we will publish soon on PEPS:
Some movies are successful upon their initial release. Others are not. Some movies are widely popular, so much that they remain part of culture long after coming out. However, some movies’ popularity goes beyond the normal scale of success. They achieve a fame which goes beyond profit at the box office, since they make a deep impact on people’s minds and imaginations. These films are so powerful in their impact that they take root in culture and influence media and society for years to come. They inspire spin-offs, sequels, fan fiction, fan theories, and sometimes even begin whole genres. Few movies have reached this degree of fame, but it is interesting to note how some of them might have been different if they had been made under the Motion Picture Production Code. We are going to analyze this idea by breening one particularly famous Rating System Era film today.
You’ll have to tune in on a Thursday in May to see which famous film we are going to breen!
When will your blog reach a major milestone?
This is my 460th post, so the 500th post will be a big milestone for PEPS. Right now, we are publishing an average of 3.5 articles on the website per week. Continuing at that rate, we should reach the 500th article in about eleven weeks, which will be around mid-July.
What is something that makes you feel happy?
Singing classical music with a lot of feeling makes me happy. Watching old movies makes me happy. Sewing things like handkerchiefs and hand towels is very relaxing and yet interesting at the same time. Writing ballets with classical music and new stories with my sister makes me happy.
It’s now time for me to nominate eleven other bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Below is the list of these writers’ names and their websites:
- Caren of Caren’s Classic Cinema
- Neil “The Musical Man” Powell of Thoughts From the Music(al) Man
- The Classic Movie Muse
- Brittaney of The Story Enthusiast
- Paddy Lee of The Caftan Woman
- Debra Vega of Moon in Gemini
- Virginie Pronovost of The Wonderful World of Cinema
- J-Dub of Dubsism
- Ruth of Silver Screenings
- Nostalgic Italian of Various Ramblings of a Nostalgic Italian
- Lesly Gaspar of Second Sight Cinema
Here are my eleven questions for my nominees:
- If you could have gone on a date with any character from a movie, who would it be?
- What actor do you think should have played a really famous character (Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Nancy Drew, etc.) in a film but didn’t?
- What actor do you think would have been perfect for playing a real historical character, who may or may not have ever been depicted on the screen?
- What actor do you think would have been great as a current influential figure, such as a politician, celebrity, or influencer?
- If you could live in any house or other dwelling from a film, which would you choose?
- If you could visit any fictional town, country, or realm from a film for your vacation, where would you go?
- If a movie were going to be made of your life, what actor or actress would you want to play you? You can choose someone from any era.
- When would you want your movie to be made, and by what studio? This doesn’t have to historically align with the actor or actress you chose to play the lead role.
- To what classic actor or actress do you think you are the most comparable? This can be in terms of appearance, personality, or manner.
- What is your favorite unseen character in a film? This can be someone who dies before the story begins or someone who is just discussed rather than actually seen. What actor or actress do you imagine in this role?
- If you could live in a movie for one day, which movie would you choose?
That concludes my questions. Before I end this article, I would like to invite all my nominees to participate in PEPS’s monthly guest series, What the Code Means to Me. This series is a chance for other writers to give their thoughts on the Motion Picture Production Code, the movies made during its enforcement, and its influence on culture. You don’t have to be in complete agreement with the Code. We just would love to hear your thoughts on a particular Code film, a genre, or the Breen Era at large. Any articles in this series will be republished on our website. Participants get to suggest future Breening Thursday topics. We hope that you all will join!
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