'Film'

Downton Abbey The Movie

September 23, 2019

By Tab Byrum

What better way to head into the Fall season than with the return of an old friend from TV in the form of a new film. I have to say right off the bat that I’m a HUGE fan of Downton Abbey, I have been since the first season it came to our televisions. Like all good things, it had to come to an end and did back in early 2016. So, I was over the moon last year when we began hearing that the writer/creator of Downton, Julian Fellowes, was putting together a film version that would pick up right where the TV series left off. We saw the movie over the weekend and let me say it does NOT disappoint. (above image via)

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80’s Movie Soundtracks = Movie Musicals

June 24, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Yesterday at lunch Michael came in singing “What A Feeling” from “Fame”, he had heard it on the radio, then it was stuck in our heads and we got to talking about all the great music that came out of the 1980s on movie soundtracks. Today movie musicals are kind of having a rebirth, both on the big screen and the TV, and that got me thinking about how all those 80’s flicks with great music were kind of the movie musical for that decade. My best friend and I bought cassettes together and would ride around for hours in his car listening to the latest and several of them were movie soundtracks, especially this time of year when everyone would have their windows rolled down and a group of us would pull over late at night under a streetlight, listen to music and talk and tease each other about whatever. Today we’re going to look back at 10 of my favorite movie soundtracks for the ’80s and some of the songs that are indelibly written on our brains forever. Let me know what your favorites were and do you still listen to them when you have a chance. Alexa, play the soundtrack from… Enjoy!!!

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Remembering Doris Day: My Top 10 DD Films

May 16, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Today we are going to continue our look at the actress/singer Doris Day who died this past Monday at the age of 97. Doris started out as a singer in the 1940s and eventually gained fame which led to her being screen-tested and winning her first role in “Romance On The High Seas” in 1948. Eventually, Doris Day would make 39 feature films between 1948 and 1968 before trying her hand at television from 1968 to 1973 and eventually retiring from acting altogether. Doris Day had quite a range as an actress making musicals, comedies and acting in a few dramas. She worked with Alfred Hitchcock among directors and her leading men ranged from Gordon MacRae and Ronald Reagan to Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, and Rock Hudson. Today I’m going to share my thoughts on 10 of my favorite Doris Day films. Let me know what you think and what your favorites are. Enjoy!!! (via)

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Remembering Doris Day: Fashion

May 14, 2019

By Tab Byrum

I love Doris Day and was sad to hear on Monday that she had died at 97. When I was growing up it was still easy to find a Doris Day movie on TV somewhere and there were several things you could count on in her films; lots of laughs, a song or two, gorgeous clothes and a happy ending. Today and tomorrow we are going to look at Doris Day and the influence she had on fashion and some of my favorite Doris Day movies. Doris Day was born Doris Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 3, 1922. Doris began her show business career as a big band singer in 1939 and had her first major hit in 1945 with “Sentimental Journey” with Les Brown and His Band of Renown, she would eventually record 650 sings between the years 1947 and 1967. The first film she made was “Romance On The High Seas” in 1948 which led to a twenty-year film career starring in musicals, comedies, and dramas. She was almost always cast as the woman with a heart of gold and a voice to match. She had many leading men over the years from Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable to James Garner, David Niven, and of course Rock Hudson. One thing Doris Day became known for was wearing the latest in fashion and always looking oh so chic and today we are going to take a look at some of her most chic looks and the influence a lady from Ohio had on the world’s fashion. Enjoy!!! (via)

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The Haunting of Hill House from Netflix

October 16, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Last Friday the 12th I was very excited to watch the premiere of The Haunting of Hill House that was premiering on Netflix and it did not disappoint at all. The mini-series is based on author Shirley Jackson’s 1959 gothic horror novel of the same name. The book has been turned into two previous movies with the 1963 version being my personal favorite. In the original book and film, Hill House is a 90-year-old mansion built by a man named Hugh Crain who lived and died there. Hugh originally built the mansion for his young wife and daughter but his wife was killed in a carriage accident on the way to the house and never saw their home. His young daughter Abigail lives in Hill House with her father until he dies and she continues living there until her own death as an old woman. Many years later Dr. John Montague gathers a group of people who have experienced psychic phenomenon in their lives along with Luke the young man who is supposed to inherit Hill House, two “psychics” also show up, young ladies named Eleanor and Theodora. Together the group experiences sightings, loud noises and all kinds of evidence of ghosts and are scared to death. In the new version, the characters from the original novel are now a family with the Father being Hugh Crain, his wife Olivia and their five children taking on the names of some of the characters from the original book and film. The Netflix series is VERY well done with lots of thought given to paying homage to the book and original film. The special effects are wonderfully creepy with several scenes played out in complete silence for extended periods of time to build suspense, there’s also one “jump scare” that made me jump, clap my hands and laugh at myself. My favorite episode was episode 6, “Two Storms”, that was filmed with a single camera and done with only one break in the filming. The entire episode is like watching a play and was mesmerizing. If you enjoy spooky or horror then be sure and check out Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House and enjoy a wonderful 20th Century novel brought to life for 21st Century streaming and binging. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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30 Tabulous Fall Films: 16~30

September 27, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Today we are featuring 15 more films in our look at some of the wonderful movies coming out during the last quarter of the year. Today we are going to look at the newest rendition of Robin Hood, Mary Poppins, the latest installment from the Harry Potter world. Join me now as we step into the world of films. Enjoy!!!

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30 Tabulous Fall Films: 1~15

September 26, 2018

By Tab Byrum

There are so many movies coming out between now and the end of the year, some of them I’m really excited about and I’m going to share 30 of them with you today and tomorrow.  Enjoy!!!

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Elvira Halloween Decor

September 25, 2018

By Tab Byrum

There is no shortage of icons associated with Halloween but the most current and definitely most sexy Halloween icon is Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. If you’d like to add some 1980’s humor and “sex appeal” to your Halloween party this year then check out the Elvira Halloween decor available from Beistle. Elvira got her start in Los Angeles in 1981 as the host of a local horror movie program but she soon proved so popular that her show was eventually syndicated and she was touring nationwide. Today Elvira can boast a huge amount of products with her image on them but also lays claim to the biggest selling lady’s Halloween costume of all time. Check out these decorations and maybe up the ante at your Halloween party this year by inviting an icon to show up, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark!!! Enjoy!!!

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Harry Potter Collection From Pottery Barn

September 4, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s hard to believe but the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, came out twenty-one years ago and this fall we have a new Harry Potter movie with the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Part 2. In celebration of all that we are taking a look today at the fun and beautiful new Harry Potter Collection from Pottery Barn available at Pottery Barn Teen. While this may be on the website aimed at teenagers I know a lot of adults who will be gaga over some of this stuff, especially things like the pieces of furniture and the lamps and lighting, all very high end and chic. Whatever your age there’s something here for you if you are a fan of the Boy Wizard and the world he lives in. If you have an HP fan on your Christmas list there’s bound to be something here that will make extra happy this year. I’ll share some of my favorite things here today but you be sure and visit the PB Teen website here to check out the entire collection. Enjoy!!!

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The Beauty of Call Me By Your Name

January 22, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I think I’m about caught up with everything post-holiday, I had to stop everything else last week and catch up on making out invoices and collecting them for all the Christmas work I had done as well as some design work “errands”. So, starting today I’m back and ready to blog about anything and everything from the wonderful world of design.

Yesterday Michael and I went to see the film Call Me By Your Name, a film based on the 2007 novel of the same name by André Aciman. The story is a coming of age love story and focuses on Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and American grad student Oliver (Armie Hammer). Everything about this film is beautiful, the house is beautiful, the music is beautiful, the Italian countryside and towns are beautiful, the story is beautiful and the cast is beautiful. Today we are going to focus on the house used in the film, Villa Albergoni. The film’s director, Luca Guadaguino, had visited the villa three or four years ago when he was entertaining the idea of setting up house in the Italian countryside around his hometown of Crema, Italy. He says he found the villa “beautiful and a little sad” and briefly entertained the idea of buying the house and grounds. A few years later when he came across the script for Call Me By Your Name he knew he wanted to make this movie and use the Villa Abergoni as the setting. (above via)

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