I Won Another Liebster Award!

Last week, the Brannan sisters, from Pure Entertainment Preservation Society, nominated me for my second Liebster Award! This makes it my ninth award since starting 18 Cinema Lane! I couldn’t be more thrilled to receive this honor! Before I begin this post, a thank you is in order. To the Brannan sisters, thank you so much for thinking of me when it came time to choose nominees. You have always been so thoughtful to me and my blog, which is something I will continually admire. Now, let the Liebster Award post begin! Let’s start with a list the official rules of this award, which are:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Put the logo of the award on your blog.
  3. Share 11 facts about yourself.
  4. Answer your nominator’s questions.
  5. Nominate up to 11 bloggers.
  6. For your nominees, provide a series of questions (11 is the recommended maximum)
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Liebster Award logo found on https://pureentertainmentpreservationsociety.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/the-liebster-award-from-paul-batters/.

My 11 Facts

  1. Hand bells are my favorite musical instrument.
  2. I’ve performed in two local theater productions.
  3. I just published 125 movie reviews!
  4. The Hallmark Star of the Year is my favorite award from the Gold Sally Awards.
  5. This summer, I saw the pandas for the first time in Washington D.C.
  6. Once, I slept over at my local museum.
  7. I participated in a fashion show before.
  8. I’ve walked in four local parades.
  9. So far, my favorite episode from Murder She Wrote is “Film Flam”.
  10. One time, I won an essay contest.
  11. I’ve never broken a bone.
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My 11 Answers

  1. What famous, beloved, or iconic classic film leaves you cold, even though a lot of other people love it?

Last year, The Birds became the worst movie I saw in 2018. While this film is considered a classic by many, I was not a fan of it. To me, the movie was boring and didn’t build up to anything. I felt it was a waste of time.

 

  1. What actors are your favorite classic film couple, even if they only made one movie together?

One of my favorite movies is Portrait of Jennie. In that film, Joseph Cotten and Jennifer Jones had great on-screen chemistry! They also gave a good performance individually and as a pair. I’m not sure if Joseph and Jennifer starred in any other movies together, but this is the answer I’ll choose for this question.

 

  1. What classic film genre is your least favorite?

For this question, I’ll say the sci-fi genre. Not because I have anything against it, but because, within the scope of classic cinema, this is the genre that I watch the least.

 

  1. What type of classic movie musical do you prefer, one where people are constantly singing or one in which all the music is logical and in context with the story?

I like musicals that feature music in a logical way that also fits the context of the story. A few years ago, I tried watching the 2012 version of Les Miserables. I ended up turning the movie off after about twenty minutes. One of the reasons was because of how often the characters were singing. It came across as annoying instead of entertaining.

 

  1. What novel, book, or story do you really wish was made with certain actors in the Golden Era of Hollywood?

One of the most famous lost films is Four Devils. Despite what the title suggests, this story, from what I’ve heard, doesn’t sound sinister or creepy. I would have loved to see this movie receive a remake within the Breen Code era. That way, this narrative wouldn’t be completely lost to time.

 

  1. What modern film can you most visualize as a classic film with particular actors in the lead roles?

In August, I reviewed I Never Promised You a Rose Garden for “A Month Without the Code”. Because this was the only rated R production that was included in my roster of movies, it would be fascinating to see what this story would look like as a Breen Code film. How different would it be from the movie we ended up receiving? That would an interesting question to answer!

 

  1. What is your least favorite performance from your favorite actor or actress? Why?

I have two examples to share. The first is Mickey Rooney’s roles in It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. While Mickey’s role in the first film consisted of yelling and arguing, his role in the second film didn’t add anything to the story and feels like a product of its time. The second example is Allison Scagliotti’s performance in Back When We Were Grownups. I understand that her appearance in this film took place toward the beginning of her career. However, out of all the young actors that starred in this movie, she was overshadowed the most. Because she’s gained acting experience through several television shows, I think that she would be given a larger role now if she were cast in another Hallmark Hall of Fame project.

 

  1. What is your favorite performance from your least favorite actor or actress? Why?

Personally, I’m not a fan of Andie MacDowell. This is because, in my opinion, she is one of Hallmark’s weaker actresses. But her performance in Hallmark Hall of Fame’s The Beach House was such a pleasant surprise! It felt like that role was specifically created just for her, highlighting her acting strengths and minimizing her acting weaknesses. Andie did a really good job with the material she was given!

 

  1. What is one movie that made you appreciate an actor or actress you didn’t think you liked before?

For this question, I actually have three examples. The first one is Matthew McConaughey. I have seen some of his films, but it wasn’t until I saw his performance in The Newton Boys that I truly came to appreciate his acting abilities. Matthew’s portrayal of Willis Newton was both light-hearted and dramatic, something that is very difficult to pull off. My next example is Vincent Perez. While I enjoyed his performance in Queen of the Damned, his performance in Swept from the Sea became one of the best acting performances I’ve ever seen in my entire life! As I said in my review for this film, Vincent portrayed his character, Yanko, with such captivation, it came across as heart-warming and heart-breaking. The last example is Jack Turner. This particular actor has appeared in several Hallmark films. Recently, I saw Forever in My Heart and Jack’s performance was one of the best I’ve seen from a Hallmark movie this year, so far! He did a good job when pulling off an Irish accent and his portrayal of Charlie O’Hanlon appeared natural and believable.

 

  1. Can you name a film adaption of a book that you think was better than the book?

I have two examples for this question. “The Beach House” and “Rome in Love” are books that I read after I saw their respective films. I thought “The Beach House” was ok, but I did not like “Rome in Love”. Hallmark Hall of Fame’s The Beach House and Rome in Love were both enjoyable movies that I thought were better than their source material. In fact, the latter is, so far, my favorite Hallmark production of 2019!

 

  1. What is a remake which you like better than the original film? Why?

I will pick the 1996 version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I tried watching the 1939 version of this story, but I just couldn’t get into it. Maybe I’ll give it a second chance during next year’s “Clean Movie Month”. However, it all depends on whether I can rent it.

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My 11 Nominees

  • Rich from Wide Screen World
  • ARJung from ARJung
  • Agnieszka from Tastes of Health
  • Neil “The Musical Man” Powell from Thoughts From The Music(al) Man
  • Quaint Cooking from Quaint Cooking
  • Rob from MovieRob
  • Jen from Bookworm
  • K from K at the Movies
  • Annette from Hometowns to Hollywood
  • John from 24 Hour Movie Marathon!
  • Kristen from Journeys in Classic Film
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My 11 Questions

  1. Who do you think deserves a Lifetime Achievement Award?
  2. Which actor or actress would you like to see star in a Hallmark movie?
  3. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
  4. Is there a movie you’d like to see a sequel to? If so, which one?
  5. Which book is your least favorite?
  6. Where would you like to spend the day with your favorite fictional character?
  7. Has there been an event you’ve always wanted to attend? If so, what is it?
  8. Did you receive a prized possession since you started blogging? If so, what is that item?
  9. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
  10. Do you have a wish for a fellow blogger? If so, what is your wish?
  11. What is one of your goals for next year?
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The official logo of 18 Cinema Lane! Image found at https://katthemovies.wordpress.com/2019/03/30/graphic-design-is-my-passion/.

Have fun at the movies!

Sally Silverscreen

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I Won the Liebster Award!

Last month, I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Annlyel from Annlyel Online. Because August was my busiest month, some blog posts had to get pushed back to September. I figured that this week would be the perfect time to finally accept this award, especially since my blogathon, Siskel and Ebert at the Blogathon, will start next week. Thank you, Annlyel, for nominating me for the Liebster Award! This is my first time receiving this particular award, so I appreciate your thoughtfulness! If you want to visit Annlyel’s blog, you can click on the link below:

https://annlyelonline.wordpress.com/

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The Liebster Award logo found at https://annlyelonline.wordpress.com/2019/08/20/ive-been-nominated-for-the-liebster-award/.

Before I officially start this post, I must share the rules of the Liebster Award. These are:

 

  1. Thank the nominator in your award post
  2. Place the award logo somewhere on your blog
  3. You must state 11 facts about yourself
  4. Complete the 11 questions that your nominator provided
  5. Nominate as many bloggers as you’d like (11 is the maximum)
  6. Ask your nominees a series of question (11 is the maximum)

 

So now that I completed steps one and two, it’s time to move on to step number three. Here is my list of facts!

 

  1. In 2012, I attended a special 100th anniversary screening of Titanic. I was not only interviewed about my experience, but I also received a commemorative poster!
  2. Two weeks ago, I published 250 posts on 18 Cinema Lane!
  3. My favorite episode of The Brady Bunch is “Kelly’s Kids”.
  4. I really like cream soda.
  5. In my spare time, I enjoy watching Youtube videos related to movies and books.
  6. I’ve read five books for the Hallmark Hall of Fame Reading Challenge!
  7. My favorite Disney princess is Kida from Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
  8. A fashion style that I like is the Lolita style! It originated in Japan and it’s characterized by cute and girly garments and accessories.
  9. Land of Oz in North Carolina is a place I would love to visit.
  10. This year, I attended my first sporting event.
  11. One of my favorite tv shows is Warehouse 13.
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It’s time for me to answer Annlyel’s questions! Here is my list of answers!

 

  1. What’s your favorite time of the day?

I’d say the afternoon, because it’s a time when you’re not too tired but it’s far enough away from bedtime.

 

  1. Are you a dog or a cat person?

Since I don’t have a preference for dogs or cats, I’ll say both.

 

  1. If you could travel to any planet in the galaxy which would it be?

Pluto, so I can harness it back into the Solar System!

 

  1. Which Marvel superhero would you want to be best friends with?

Bucky, of course! But, for anyone who has followed or visited my blog, are you really surprised that this is my answer?

 

  1. Which Star Wars character do you find most relatable?

As I mentioned in my post where I received my third Sunshine Blogger Award, I’m not as invested in the Star Wars franchise as I am with other film series. For this question, though, I’ll choose Princess Leia. Yes, she is a part of royalty. But that hasn’t stopped her from joining the team and contributing to the overall mission. She also deals with problems and obstacles, showing how she is not only human, but also not invincible.

 

  1. You’re traveling abroad, which country is your destination?

I’d say Canada, so I can visit the set of When Calls the Heart and Chesapeake Shores.

 

  1. The Mission: Impossible or John Wick franchise?

The only film from the Mission Impossible series that I’ve seen is Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Personally, I really didn’t like that movie. I’ve never seen the John Wick films, but I’ve heard good things about them. Also, I heard that the writer of these films will also be the official writer for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. So, for this question, I will pick the John Wick series!

 

  1. What’s your go-to movie genre?

I mostly choose which movies I watch based on whether their stories sound interesting. But I have enjoyed films in the action/adventure genre. With this genre, you can blend other genres into the narrative. Several films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are good examples of this.

 

  1. Are you a Star Wars or Star Trek person…or neither?

I’m going to say neither. This is because I’ve never seen any of the Star Trek programs and I’m not really invested in the Star Wars franchise.

  1. What’s your favorite fast-food chain?

Over the years, I have really come to like Chick-fil-A. Their grilled chicken nuggets are delicious and I also like their frozen lemonade.

 

  1. What’s your favorite sweet treat?

I love Red Velvet flavored treats! If there’s a red velvet dessert on the menu, I’ll make an effort to order it!

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Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for! My nominees for the Liebster Award are:

 

  • Adam Fisher from Fishing
  • Summer from Not Your Season: Summer’s Blog
  • Cubby from Cubby’s Cruises
  • Emma from emmakwall (explains it all)
  • Erica from Poppity Talks Classic Films
  • Meredith from Vitaphone Dreamer
  • Moosmosis from Moosmosis
  • Kungfuninjaman from Marital Arts Weapons and Training
  • Jay from Cinema Essentials
  • Jenny from Silver Screen Suppers
  • Meg from Hallmark in Real Life

 

And finally, my questions for my nominees! They are:

 

  1. If you could go back in time, what movie mistake would you fix?
  2. What is your idea of brightening someone’s day?
  3. What was the last book you read?
  4. Which sequel do you think is better than the predecessor?
  5. Is there any error in the world of blogging that you have commonly seen?
  6. Have you ever participated in a blogathon? If so, which one was your favorite?
  7. Who was the first blogger to follow your blog?
  8. What is your least favorite post you’ve ever written?
  9. Are there any pleasant surprises that you encountered in 2019 so far? If so, what is it?
  10. What advice would give to make the blogging community better?
  11. What is your blog related wish for 2020?
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Have fun at the movies!

Sally Silverscreen

I won the Mystery Blogger Award!

I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award two weeks ago by Annlyel from Annlyel Online! However, because of my involvement with Clean Movie Month Blogathon and other movie reviews I wanted to get caught up on, I didn’t have time to complete this post as soon as I had wanted to. Since I’m taking an out of town trip this weekend, I chose to create and publish this post before I left. Before I begin this nomination, I’d like to thank Annlyel for taking the time to recognize my blogging efforts! She has so kind and supportive of not only me as a blogger, but also of my blog. Check out her blog at

https://annlyelonline.wordpress.com/

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Like most blogging awards, there are a series of requirements that must be followed. They are:

  1. Feature the award banner anywhere on your blog
  2. List all of the nine rules
  3. Thank the person who nominated you as well as feature a link to their blog
  4. Explain what the Mystery Blogger Award is. Make sure credit the award creator and provide a link to their blog
  5. Share three things about yourself to your readers
  6. Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers (if possible)
  7. Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated by leaving a comment on their blog
  8. Create five question to ask your nominees. One of the questions has to be either weird or funny, so please specify this within your list of questions.
  9. Provide a link to your best post(s)

 

Before I continue, I need to share what the Mystery Blogger Award is. It is:

Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion. Okoto Enigma

 

Now it’s time for me to share three things about myself, which are:

  1. After a request from K from K at the Movies, I have created a special email address so my readers and followers could contact me! It’s connected to a special page under the tab “Contact Me”. The address is 18cinemalanefans@gmail.com.
  2. If you have looked at my list of Upcoming Blogathons, located at the right-hand side of my blog, you would see the banner for the 2019 6th Annual Christmas in July Blogathon from the website, Christmas TV History. I am one of the participants and my series of answers to Joanna Wilson’s questions will be posted on, I believe, July 28th! You can read that post on the website Christmastvhistory.com.
  3. This week, I reviewed my 100th movie! That review was for the film, Christmas Camp, which I reviewed for the Christmas in July Blogathon from Drew’s Movie Reviews. I will commemorate this achievement after my out of town trip that I’m taking this weekend.

 

For this segment, I’ve chosen ten nominees for the Mystery Blogger Award! They are:

Raveena from Raveena Nigam

Robin from Pop Culture Reverie

Maddy from Maddy Loves Her Classic Films

Crystal from Maybe Crazy Help

Tony from Seattle’s Best Pest Detection

Eddie from Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys)

AHazardDesigns from Elves Choice

AZ from AthemovieZ

Jordan from The Art of Blogging

Crystal from In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood

 

And now is time to answer Annlyel’s question’s!

1. (Weird) What strange food combination have you ever experimented with and realized it was actually kind of delicious?

It would have to be pieces of apple on pizza. I actually like eating pizza with pineapple on the slices, so apples as an added ingredient isn’t that weird for me.

2. If there was any ancient civilization you could visit what would it be?

Since I’m a fan of Atlantis: The Lost Empire, I would visit Atlantis! It would be interesting to see how similar or different Atlantis is from the movie.

3. What’s your favorite holiday movie?

Prancer has always had a special place in my heart! It’s a simpler story, but I find it to be very sweet. I also like A Smokey Mountain Christmas starring Dolly Parton. For me, it’s the best “modern” re-telling of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”!

4. What’s your idea of a dream vacation?

As I’ve mentioned before, I have always wanted to go to Dollywood. What would make this trip a dream vacation is if it were all expenses paid.

5. Reality, drama, or comedy; what’s your favorite television show genre?

Judging by the shows that I re-cap (When Calls the Heart and Chesapeake Shores), I would choose drama. With Hallmark’s shows specifically, there’s not only a good balance of comedy and drama, but also messages and themes that are realistic and relatable.

 

Here are my list of questions for my nominees!

  1. Funny: What is the funniest joke you’ve ever heard?
  2. Which 2020 released movie are you looking forward to?
  3. What was the last book you read?
  4. Are there any movie related mysteries you would like to see solved? If so, which one?
  5. Which cake flavor is you favorite?

 

I’ve made a list of what I think are some of the best blog posts of mine! They are:

Take 3: The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire Review (Halloween Double Feature Part 1)

Take 3: Queen of the Damned Review (Halloween Double Feature Part 2)

Toxic Valentine: Why Lestat and Akasha’s relationship is very problematic in Queen of the Damned (2002)

Why Jiggy Nye is Not an Effective Villain in Felicity: An American Girl Adventure

A Bucky Fan’s Response to one of Looper’s Avengers: Endgame related videos

Word on the Street: Hallmark’s third “Father Christmas” movie is going into production

The Top 10 Worst Hallmark Movies of All Time

Take 3: Hailey Dean Mysteries: A Will to Kill Review

 

Have fun at the movies!

Sally Silverscreen

I Received my First Blogger Recognition Award!

Last month, I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Annlyel from Annlyel Online! Because I was out of town during the week I was nominated, I postponed my award post for another day. Since I now have the time to complete this post, I decided to do that today. Thank you Annlyel for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award! This is my first time receiving this honor, so I’m so excited to share this achievement with all my readers and followers! If you want to check out Annlyel’s thoughts on movies, superheroes, and cinematic news, visit her blog at this link:

 

https://annlyelonline.wordpress.com/

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Before I begin the official award post, I need to list the rules for receiving the award. There rules are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and feature a link to their blog in your award post.
  2. Post the award banner somewhere on your blog.
  3. Share the reason why you started your blog.
  4. Share two pieces of advice that could benefit new bloggers.
  5. Nominate a maximum of fifteen other bloggers.
  6. Tell your nominees about your award post so they can participate!

 

Since I’ve already completed the first two steps, I’ll now move on to the third step.

 

  1. As I said in my very first blog post last February, I wanted to give the movie related things that I like the “standing ovation” that I think they deserve. With this digital platform, I’ve realized that I can make a positive difference through my blog posts and interactions with others. If you want to learn more about why I started 18 Cinema Lane, you can read the first blog post I ever published.

 

https://18cinemalane.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/introducing-sally-silverscreen-and-18-cinema-lane/

 

  1. The first thing I would tell new bloggers is to type and save your posts in Microsoft Word first. Sometimes, the save option on the “add new post” page, which is located in the upper left-hand corner of the page, doesn’t record the changes you might make to your article. So, writing and saving your posts in Microsoft Word allows bloggers to have a sense of security that their work will get completed with few technical interruptions.

 

The second piece of advice I would give is to reach out to other bloggers, especially those that have the same interests as you. Fellow movie bloggers have become followers of mine because I reached out and recognized their hard work and dedication. Reaching out to other bloggers can also give you inspiration for future blog entries. One example for me is Cameron’s article, from The Blog Complainer, about making good movie sequels. This creative idea inspired me to think more critically about Queen of the Damned as a cinematic sequel, as I was able to apply some of Cameron’s points to my review of the film. If you want to learn more about how good movie sequels can be made, as well as how Cameron’s article influenced my movie-viewing experience, you can read these two articles:

 

https://theblogcomplainer.com/2018/07/15/how-to-make-a-good-movie-sequel/

 

https://18cinemalane.wordpress.com/2018/10/31/queen-of-the-damned-review-halloween-double-feature-part-2/

 

  1. The next fifteen nominees for the Blogger Recognition Award are:
  • Bernie from Reely, Bernie?
  • Tiffany and Rebekah from Pure Entertainment Preservation Society
  • Rachel from Rachel’s Reviews
  • Emie from RECIPES HOMEMADE
  • Roxy from RTW Roxy
  • Marissa from Marissa the Cinephile
  • Ruth from My Devotional Thoughts
  • Edirin from Retro Movie Buff
  • Quiggy from The Midnite Drive-In
  • Le from Critica Retro
  • JustSoYouDon’tHaveTo from JustSoYouDon’tHaveTo
  • Kaycee from Nest + Hustle
  • Jenni from Portraitsbyjenni
  • Joanna from Christmas TV History
  • The Stop Button from The Stop Button

 

Congratulations to all of the newly nominated bloggers!

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Have fun at the movies!

Sally Silverscreen