One year ago today, the companion site to “At the Matinee” launched on WordPress as a blog that was originally written for Online Journalism.
“Silver Screen Reflections:” One-Year Anniversary
The management of “Silver Screen Reflections” has experienced interesting (and entertaining) motion pictures in cinemas (including revival screenings), television showings (including streaming) and interesting facts about classic/cult films.
From the latest information in vintage/cult film (and television programs), to revival screenings, fun facts about motion pictures and related events to classic cinema in the Frederick area (and beyond), the writer of “Silver Screen Reflections” has covered many stories on the art of classic movies.
There will be more in store for October on “Silver Screen Reflections”
Be on the lookout for future articles on classic/cult film throughout the month of October on “Silver Screen Reflections.” To all friends of the Matinee, thanks for reading! “Don’t ignore good entertainment.”
-All the best,
Blog Writer/Creator, “Silver Screen Reflections”
Host of “Yours Truly, Chris Hamby” on Hood College’s Blazer Radio
The original version of “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951)
The network will showcase Robert Wise’s critically-acclaimed 1951 sci-fi masterpiece on the morning of Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. To kick off the New Year, TCM will have an encore showing on the afternoon of Jan. 1 at 3:45 p.m.
Wise’s film was honored with a Golden Globe award in 1951, under the category of “Best Film in Promoting International Understanding.”
Publicity photo from “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951). Source: Lantern Media Archive.
Publicity photo from “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951). Source: Lantern Media Archive Michael Rennie as the alien Klaatu, Patricia Neal as Helen Benson, Hugh Marlowe as Tom Stevens, Sam Jaffe as Jacob Barnhart, Lock Martin as the robot “Gort,” Frances Bavier as Mrs. Barley and Billy Gray as Bobby Benson. A cameo appearance is made by journalist Drew Pearson.
Classic television enthusiasts may recognize Bavier from her role as Aunt Bee on “The Andy Griffith Show” (which ran from 1960-1968), and Gray from his role as Bud Anderson on “Father Knows Best” (which ran from 1954-1960).
Why you should see the original “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (for those that have never seen it)
51 years after its general release, “The Day the Earth Stood Still” still holds up as one of the definitive (and pioneering) science fiction films. With Bernard Herrmann’s iconic orchestral score (with Theremin effects) and Leo Tover’s sharp cinematography, you will not be disappointed in Robert Wise’s science fiction masterpiece.
A cameo mention of CMA304:
To my fellow “friends of the matinee” in Hood College’s online journalism class (CMA304), we made it! It was an interesting and insightful experience, as we learned a lot about blogging (along with hints/techniques on blogging) and our blogs from each other. I will keep on blogging with this site, and my other classic film/TV blog site, “At the Matinee.”
To paraphrase Turner Classic Movies’ recent slogan, “Let’s Movie!” Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings to all in CMA304- Enjoy!
Looking for something good to watch when you’re bored, or if there’s nothing on TV? Forget your troubles, and look to great and exciting classic cinema entertainment.
10. Host your own “classic movie night”
There’s nothing better than hosting your own “classic movie night” at home, in your dorm room, or in some multi-purpose room! Invite several friends, co-workers, even people that you rarely see on a regular basis.
Make it exciting by adding vintage “coming attraction” trailers, newsreels, short subjects and cartoons to your feature film presentation. It beats sitting through 15 minutes of commercials before the main feature.
9. Tasty popcorn
When it comes to classic and cult cinema, nothing beats tasty (and fresh) popcorn. Other kinds of snacks are also applicable (whether you are watching movies in a cinema setting or viewing your favorite feature film on TV).
8. Classic film trivia
Impress your friends and colleagues, by engaging them in some “classic film” trivia! You and a group of friends can learn a lot from engaging in this fun, stress-free activity.
7. The “outdoor” movie event
A great way to watch feature films on a large inflatable screen, reminiscent of vintage “drive-in” theaters.
6. Revival screenings of classic films
If your town has an annual showcase dedicated to screening classic features on the big screen, go to it. In Frederick, Maryland, the Weinberg Center for the Arts will present a classic film revival showcase series, beginning in late October.
5. Streaming on your computer or set-top device
You can catch many classic films online, or on a set-top-box for your TV, including Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Some apps have a monthly fee, but there are free ones as well, including “Shout! Factory TV,” a streaming service that showcases classics, including John Ford’s “Stagecoach” (1939) and the Marx Brothers’ farce, “A Night in Casablanca” (1946).
4. Classic Films on TV
There’s always Turner Classic Movies for your classic film fix on cable, along with numerous sub-channels carried by local television stations. These include “Movies,” “getTV” and “Me-TV,” which showcases classic Universal horror features, hosted by iconic Chicago horror host “Svengoolie” (portrayed by Rich Koz) every Saturday evening.