Hey there, ladies and gents! It’s time to look at what’s on tap for this month at Journeys in Classic Film. July is always a busy month and I’ll be revealing some changes to the July Five (including this year’s honorees), giving some details on next month’s Summer Under the Stars blogathon, and give you a listen to my new classic film podcast!
July at JCF has always been devoted to the July Five – five stars, five films, five weeks. Well, due to my busy writing schedule, and for a desire to get as many films reviewed as possible, I’ve decided to drop a star and do the July Four…the same concept but one less star and week.
With that, the stars and films are already decided for this month’s July Four and they are: director Alfred Hitchcock, Doris Day, Van Johnson, and the films of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. Things will kick of July 4th with five days devoted to Hitch!
Though July is just starting there’s no reason we can’t get ready for August or, as classic film fans call, it the month of Summer Under the Stars. This year’s line-up of stars looks like one of TCM’s best and like last year I’ll be doing the TCM Summer Under the Stars Blogathon. More details will come out in the next week or two but prizes are on top, more than last year, and you can preemptively sign up in the comments below or through my email. I’ll contact those interested in participating once I’m officially ready to launch! We had over 40 different sites participate last year, fingers crossed for a cool 50!
If you recall, I announced plans for a classic film podcast a few weeks ago. Ticklish Business, my new podcast devoted to all things classic cinema, is live. The first episode is available here and you can listen to my TCM Film Festival red carpet interviews, as well as the complete interview between Alec Baldwin and Angela Lansbury. The bi-weekly show will run on audience input and participation so feel free to shout out suggestions.
I thank everyone for bearing with me these last few months. I’ve bitten off a bit more than I can chew with outside projects, so things haven’t been as timely as I’d like. July is always an exciting month and I’m looking forward to getting into the dog days of summer with you all. Until next time!
A freelance film critic whose work fuels the Rotten Tomatoes meter. I've been published on The Hollywood Reporter, Remezcla, and The Daily Beast. I've been featured in the L.A. Times. I currently run two podcasts, Citizen Dame and Ticklish Business.