Breaking Codes and Keeping Secrets in THE IMITATION GAME (2014)

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The 87th annual Academy Awards, or The Oscars as it has been coined since 2013, broadcasts just hours from now. Many say this year’s line-up of nominees have all but secured the winners for the main categories. For Best Picture, initially buzz suggested BOYHOOD will be the clear winner. Based on ticket sales some main streamers are vying for AMERICAN SNIPER. But most recently BIRDMAN seems to be the favored choice. I’d prefer to discuss a Best Picture nominee that isn’t getting as much hoopla as its contenders, yet I believe it deserves a closer look.

To be so profoundly moved by a film and yet trepidatious to scribe a review may sound bizarre. But that’s exactly what I faced after screening Morten Tyldum’s THE IMITATION GAME (2014). The reason is simple. I didn’t want to spoil what I experienced for fellow film goers by giving away key points. And yet my desire to express my thoughts on this wondrous film is too strong to keep all to myself. So, here we go.

[WARNING: If you have not seen THE IMITATION GAME, read no further. Instead, go to your local participating movie house and see this film. ASAP. Then come back here and continue reading. All others may proceed…]

THE IMITATION GAME (2014) is the true story of Alan Turing (portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch), not your ordinary run-of-the-mill, socially-challenged, genius code-breaker. It’s WW2 in England. Hitler and his evil forces are hammering hard and have the upper hand thanks to an ingenuis machine built to incript coded messages, aptly named ‘Enigma’.

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So her majesty’s top military enlists a team of brilliant code-breakers of various strengths and dysfunctions. One of the teammates, Keira Knightly as Joan Clarke, has to be ‘snuck in’ under the guise as part of the secretarial pool because of the sexist code of the times. How on earth could an attractive young woman who is so brilliant that she beats the instructor’s record be seen using her brain to fight Hitler with a bunch of men when it’s her job to get married and birth babies, right? As for Turing, his introduction is reminiscent of Cumberbatch’s “Sherlock” character in his offensively socially unaware Aspbergers ways and equally brilliant. If he wasn’t so brilliant and so desperately needed, he would have been fired before he was hired by Commander Denniston (Charles Dance). The team soon discovers Turing doesn’t ‘play well with others’ and he ostracizes himself immediately.

With an obsessive determination, Turing stays on task and the others eventually realize the genuis of his quirky methods. But the process to counter the Enigma with the ultimate code-breaking machine (the precursor to the first computer) of his own making takes time. During these years, obstacles present themselves.

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In these sexist times, Clarke feels pressure from her family to fit the female stereotype so Turing agrees to an engagement so her family doesn’t deem her an old maid and she can continue working on the project. Clarke and Turing work well together and respect each other but there’s no love chemistry- he agrees to the arrangement as a matter of necessity and convenience. Meanwhile, a spy is suspected and later discovered to be in their midst. When Turing discovers the traitor, he is forced to keep it secret as British Intelligence follow the Soviet spy’s work. And throughout the entire project, Turing gets constant pressure from Commander Denniston threatening to shut him down and he eventually succeeds.

But not before Turing’s wonder machine ultimately works, just in the knick of time. And to keep the Nazis from upsetting our Allies’ tracking, this team must keep it all very secret; even after the war’s end, including destroying all evidence of its existence and never taking credit.

As if this journey was not a fascinating enough peek into landmark events of our past, the rest of the film reveals an ugly side of history that many before this film were unaware. When I asked my more tech-savvy friends, they had already heard of Turing’s contributions to computer science, but not of the details of the extensive obstacles and secrets Turing endured but more specifically not of the injustices he faced regarding his homosexuality.

The ‘spoiler’ here that many like myself did not see coming was that Alan Turing, shortly after creating an intregal force in stopping Hitler, was forced to take chemical castration as punishment for his sexuality in order to continue his work. His code-breaking machine was named after his secret boyhood crush that was a sad tale in itself. And while his friend and collegaue Joan Clarke attempted to help create a cover via a marriage of convenience, he needed to be himself.

The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 was the legal step finally taken to decriminalize homosexuality in the United Kingdom. A legal righting of a grave wrong that sadly came too late. At the end of the film, after facing public shame of facing criminal charges for his homosexuality, after enduring years of extraordinary work with no credit, after enduring the hormonal effects of being a man placed on estrogen therapy, after years of keeping such deep war secrets of espionage that even his own team members were unaware, Turing ended his own life in 1954.

This story is both heart-breaking and inspiring. What’s most fascinating about this biopic is that here is a man who was critically responsible for ending the European campaign in WWII and likely saving millions of lives, yet I had never heard of him in that context. And what’s worse is this man of such profound significance to our world, was stopped short of reaching even greater contributions simply due to bigotry.

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It’s the realization of that which opened the flood gates for me. As the credits rolled and the tears trickled down my cheeks, I wondered if he felt all alone. That perhaps his only true moment of feeling love and appreciation was in that boyhood friendship that yearned for more, or perhaps via his own obsessive tinkering- unfortunately both cases being essentially unrequited. A film that tells such a thought-provoking story and invokes such emotions, is certainly Oscar worthy.


This post was written as a contribution to the 31 DAYS OF OSCAR BLOGATHON month-long celebration in coordination with TCM, hosted by Aurora of ONCE UPON A SCREEN, Paula of PAULA’S CINEMA CLUB, and Kellee of OUTSPOKEN & FRECKLED. Check out all four weeks of informative and enlightening posts: ACTORS, SNUBS, CRAFTS, PICTURES/DIRECTORS.

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Day 2: ACTORS Week of the 31 DAYS OF OSCAR BLOGATHON

Times may change, but some things stay the same. The Oscars has remained essentially a grand celebration to honor the best of the best in the film industry. TCM marks this tradition every February via the popular ’31 Days of Oscar’ and your humble co-hosts Aurora, Paula and I once again bring you the 31 DAYS OF OSCAR BLOGATHON.

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As we kick-off our second day of the ACTORS week for the 31 DAYS OF OSCAR BLOGATHON, I am happily overwhelmed by the creative array of talented bloggers’ contributions thus far from day one. But hang on to your hats, film fans, the follow-up today is a hum-dinger of a line-up too! Let’s get this party started…

First up, @CineMava of CineMaven’s ESSAYS FROM THE COUCH gets grooving with the 1976 classic, NETWORK. Theresa focuses on the stand-out acting performances of this acidic view on changing media.

Then, Rhonda aka @Rhonda0731 of SMITTEN KITTEN VILLAGE  embarks upon her first blogathon with a look at the queen of Oscar noms and of bitchiness, BETTE DAVIS. Love the video clip!

Next up @CaftanWoman of the CAFTAN WOMAN blog gives great insight on PAUL LUKAS, BEST ACTOR of 1944. She scribes how this studio-hopping actor brought a masterfully subtle performance to Oscar winner, even when competing against heavy-hitters like Bogart in Casablanca.

THE MOVIE GOURMET aka @themoviegourmet details the stand-out acting of the female prison flick that remains the classic and set the standard for all the others… CAGED: Eleanor Parker and Hope Emerson in the prototype for Orange Is The New Black.

Daniel aka @BarnesOnFilm of E STREET FILM SOCIETY paints a vivid picture of the layered performance of a mother in conflict as ELLEN BURSTYN in “ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE.” as he parallels the recent horror film “Babadook.”

Not to be outdone by his first entry yesterday, @WolffianClassic of the WOLFFIAN CLASSIC MOVIE DIGEST scribes on a ‘jewel of an actress,’ INGRID BERGMAN, An OSCAR WINNING DAME.   Check out the beautiful gallery of video clips and photos!

Debbie @DebbieVee of MOON IN GEMINI blog outlines a study on the CHILD ACTOR NOMINEES/WINNERS. So much talent in such pint-sized portions!

Virginie at THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF CINEMA flies in with her perspective on the Oscar winning skills of the “first lady of theater” HELEN HAYES as Ada Quonsett, AIRPORT’S Best Performance. (Be sure to check this blog during SNUBS week too!)

Co-host Aurora aka @citizenscreen of ONCE UPON A SCREEN submits a sensuous feast for the eyes and ears with the passionately, Oscar-winning performance of F. Murray Abraham in AMADEUS (1984).  

Le of CRITICA RETRO destroys myths of the first-ever winner of Best Actor Oscar of 1929, A PROFILE OF EMIL JANNINGS.

@NicNewtonPlater of MOVIE CRITICAL takes us on a comprehensive journey, IN THEIR SHOES: OSCAR WINNING PERFORMANCES of HISTORICAL FIGURES 

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More to come, so check back in throughout today and the rest of the ACTORS week. Along with my co-hosts Aurora @citizenscreen of ONCE UPON A SCREEN and Paula @Paula_Guthat of PAULA’s CINEMA CLUB, we welcome you to read (and give flattering feedback!) all of these fabulous posts all month long…

ACTORS WEEK – Feb 2 & 3 – Kellee hosts on OUTSPOKEN & FRECKLED

SNUBS WEEK – Feb 9 & 10 – Aurora hosts on ONCE UPON A SCREEN

CRAFTS WEEK – Feb 16 & 17 – Kellee hosts on OUTSPOKEN & FRECKLED

PICTURES & DIRECTORS WEEK – Feb 23 & 24 – Paula hosts on PAULA’S CINEMA CLUB 

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Day One: ACTORS Week of the 31 DAYS OF OSCAR Blogathon

80th Academy Awards NYC Meet the Oscars OpeningThe time has finally arrived! The smell of fresh red carpet unrolled is in the air. It’s awards season. But to us classic film affecianados and Turner Classic Movie network devotees, February also brings the pinnacle in honoring the best of the best, it’s the 31 DAYS OF OSCAR Blogathon!

Our first week of this month-long mega blogging event focuses on the ACTORS. For our first day of this first week, I’ll be ushering in a line-up of talented bloggers that offer us a scrumptious plate of Oscar’s finest in performing their craft…

Danny Miller @cinephiled of CINEPHILED starts the day with blue-eyed view of iconic Paul Newman’s Early Career. But as Danny notes, this actor was a class act until the very end.

Next up, @WolffianClassic of the WOLFFIAN CLASSIC MOVIE DIGEST reviews the great screen legend who so excelled at his craft that he became more known for his characterizations that his own personae on screen, “an artist displayed a thousand faces”: Frederic March, History of an Oscar Winning Actor.

Then, @dianabosch of FLICKIN’ OUT serves up WILLIAM HOLDEN: THE PEFECT ANTI-HERO who was “a different kind of keading man.. because he wasn’t afraid of showing the good, the bad, and the ugly.”

Our good friend Rick @classic_film over at THE CLASSIC FILM AND TV CAFE delights us with Seven Things To Know About Glenda Jackson . From playing famous people of the world’s political stage to becoming a member of the British Parliment herself, Rick educates us on a most impressive career.

Following, @danny_reviews of the DANNY REVIEWS tackles the amazing Oscar wins of DANIEL DAY-LEWIS who as he says, “No matter the size or shape of the role, Daniel Day-Lewis can make it his very own.” We quite agree!

Then, Bernardo @bernardovillela of THE MOVIE RAT ambitiously takes on Actors- Non Competitive, Non Lifetime Wins. And what a list! Bernardo will continue more for the SNUBS week- we look forward to it!

Our great friend and supporter Annmarie @ClassicMovieHub of the CLASSIC MOVIE HUB brings us the sweet and lovely ingenue OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND in THE HEIRESS.  But as Annmarie informs us, this demure dame is not quite what her screen roles reflect, as she was quite the fighter in securing more creative freedoms for actors with the ‘De Havilland Law.’ Wow, this lady has my respect and admiration!


 

Be sure to check back in as we will continue add to this ACTORS list for our first week – even more talented entries to come tomorrow! Along with my co-hosts Aurora @citizenscreen of ONCE UPON A SCREEN and Paula @Paula_Guthat of PAULA’s CINEMA CLUB, we welcome you to read (and give flattering feedback!) all of these fabulous posts all month long…

ACTORS WEEK – Feb 2 & 3 – Kellee hosts on OUTSPOKEN & FRECKLED (see day 2 list, click here)

SNUBS WEEK – Feb 9 & 10 – Aurora hosts on ONCE UPON A SCREEN

CRAFTS WEEK – Feb 16 & 17 – Kellee hosts on OUTSPOKEN & FRECKLED

PICTURES & DIRECTORS WEEK – Feb 23 & 24 – Paula hosts on PAULA’S CINEMA CLUB 

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The Great Movie Debate Blogathon: AVATAR or Why I Didn’t Like This Blue Man Group

The following is part of the The Great Movie Debate Blogathon taking place September 13 & 14th, hosted by Aurora at Citizen Screenings and Tim at The Cinematic Packrat . For this blogathon, we film bloggers were assigned with an interesting concept: choose a film and argue for or against it with another blogger taking the other side of the argument.

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Okay, so maybe I have yet to coerce a partner in crime to take the opposing side of my argument. But I did know it would be interesting for me to pick a film to oppose. After all, I tend to mostly write about the films I enthusiastically support in a positive tone. So what a nice change of pace to pick a film I loathe. In that spirit, I humbly offer you, AVATAR (2009).

James Cameron’s AVATAR (2009) is one of those films that created a great deal of buzz when it was released. At a whopping budget of $237,000,000, this film turned out to be a record-breaker and became the highest grossing film in history, surpassing 2.5 billion dollars. Realizing that, there’s a distinct possibility I will be in the minority on this but I’m willing to stick my neck out anyway.

I’d say my first beef with AVATAR (2009) lies in how deja vu it all is. Does this story seem familiar to you? It should. Besides being such an obvious formula film, it doesn’t even try to enhance a tired out plot used before. Some say it’s a repeat of POCAHONTAS (1995), or FERNGULLY: THE LAST RAINFOREST (1992) or DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990). Yes, yes, and yes. You know… it’s where the main character is a guy (generally a caucasian male) who is part of a larger group of people (aka invaders) trying to destroy or harm the living space or way of life of an indigenous group’s community and the main guy falls for an indigenous female, in the midst of his people trying to destroy her people.

Some how the end is supposed to be a message of “why can’t we all just get along” or “because I can suddenly see this indigenous gal as ‘normal as me,’ why can’t the rest of us and I guess we shouldn’t destroy her home and society” or something along those lines. Despite this beloved plot, that has been repeated countless times over, history proves that our behavior in real life seems to reject this notion of better understanding. Racism and imperialistic attitudes continue on. But I digress.

Secondly, the fact that James Cameron took such time and painstaking care of what he deemed his masterpiece- his self-claimed game changer in filming, yet it was only impressive in technology, it frankly disappointed. Yes, the CGI effects were cool. But for me, it was only ‘cool’ because we were told by the filmmakers how much work was involved behind the scenes in this new process. I realize it’s naive for me to see the end product and think, “meh, that’s nice but would I have been just as impressed by the standard level of computer animation or the old-fashioned kind if the characters were developed more- or it had a better twist on this tired old plot?”

When they over-CGI a film, I feel a disconnect to the film. That is unless the filmmaker takes the time to pay as much attention to the plot and the characters. [Example of CGI executed better (to me): Peter Jackson’s KING KONG (2005) worked well because Naomi Watts characterization made me believe this beast was worth the emotional investment and the storytelling was done right with constant nail-biting, adventurous plot details, despite already loving the 1933 version so much.] Otherwise, it feels like the kid who has the coolest gadget in the neighborhood but refuses to let anyone else play with it. We become uninterested because we don’t feel like we’re involved. Great filmmaking still makes an emotional connection through authentic characters and great storytelling.

The Spielberg Blogathon Weekend… They’re HERE!!

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The time has arrived to join in on the celebration! He is not only one of the most influential filmmakers in film history, but an honest to goodness film fan.  In that spirit, Michael of It Rains…You Get Wet , Aurora of Citizen Screenings and I celebrate the films of Steven Spielberg by way of the SPIELBERG BLOGATHON this weekend.

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The plan is that I will host all Saturday entries on Outspoken & Freckled and Michael will take over hosting duties for Sunday on It Rains…You Get Wet.  As for Aurora, she says… “I’ll be right here” (like writing up this promo post), helping with promotions on social media throughout the weekend.

Following is the list of participants and their chosen topic/film.  You’ll note the entries span Steven Spielberg’s impressive career and exhibit the kind of enthusiasm the director himself injects in his work.  Astounding talent aside, Steven Spielberg speaks to us directly through his movies.  Here’s the proof – enjoy!

JAWS (1975) ~ Kris Kringle for Outspoken & Freckled

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK ~ Rob Medaska for Citizen Screenings

“Amazing Stories” THE MISSION, tv episode (11/1985) ~ It Rains… You Get Wet

“Night Gallery” EYES, tv episode (1969) ~  It Rains… You Get Wet

MINORITY REPORT (2002) & THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (2011) ~ Movie Rob

JURASSIC PARK (1993) – Citizen Screenings

DUEL (1971)~ Blog of the Darned

“Columbo” MURDER BY THE BOOK, tv episode ~ Twenty Four Frames

JAWS (1975) ~ Prowler Needs A Jump 

MUNICH (2005) ~ The Joy and Agony of Movies

INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989) ~ Screenkicker!

AMISTAD (1997) ~ Seetimaar- Diary of a Movie Lover

EMPIRE OF THE SUN (1987) – Critica Retro

DUEL (1971) – Blog of the Damned

Why we need Indiana Jones 5 – with or without Harrison Ford – By Director Steven Spielberg

Comparison of Spielberg’s Sci-Fi Films – Cindy Bruchman

SUGARLAND EXPRESS (1974) – The Soul of the Plot

Spielberg’s Actors – Kirkham A Movie a Day

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND’s UFOology – In the Comfy Chair

Escapism: The Spielberg Effect – Outspoken & Freckled

HOOK (1991) – Margaret Perry

TINTIN (2011) – Fights, Tights and Movie Nights 

My Top 10 Favorite Spielberg-Directed Films – Flixchatter

“You shouldn’t dream your film, you should make it!” – Steven Spielberg

 

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the SPIELBERG BLOGATHON

For many, August signals the ending of summer. One of the fun ways this August celebrates summer is via sharks, sharks and more sharks. Sharknadoes came back with a sequel vengeance when “Sharknado 2” aired on SyFy channel recently and became a national, albeit majorly campy, phenomena. August 10th, Discovery Channel returns in it’s 27th season of the very popular “Shark Week” and “JAWS Week” just completed it’s swim on AMC Channel. With all this shark action on the little screen, one can’t help but consider how much Steven Spielberg kicked off a firestorm and created a national fascination due to his film JAWS (1975).

Not his first film and hardly his last, mega hit JAWS (1975) was just the beginning for Spielberg. Taking on everything from aliens, adventure-seeking archeologists, battlefields in WW2 to the Holocaust, director/producer/writer Steven Spielberg has become an American institution via the silver screen. According to imbd he has directed over 52 films and produced over 144 and continues his constant pace today. A prolific filmmaker to be certain. But more importantly, so many of his films became part of our American experience- thanks to his signature style of weaving in very heartfelt and little “real” moments into every film. With so many wonderful Spielberg offerings, why not bid adieu to summer with a SPIELBERG BLOGATHON?

So Michael of IT RAINS… YOU GET WET aka @le0pard13, Aurora of CITIZEN SCREENINGS aka @citizenscreen and I, Kellee of OUTSPOKEN & FRECKLED aka @IrishJayhawk66, are paying homage to this beloved master of cinema with a blockbuster blogathon to end the summer with a BANG!

Here’s how it works:

For any folks who wish to submit one or more blog posts dedicated to Steven Spielberg’s career (film/TV/directing/producing/writing, etc.) particular work or life, simply contact one of us hosts…

Kellee of OUTSPOKEN & FRECKLED ~ twitter @IrishJayhawk66 ~ prattkellee @ gmail [dot] com

Michael of IT RAINS… YOU GET WET ~ twitter @le0pard13

Aurora of CITIZEN SCREENINGS ~ twitter @CitizenScreen

We kindly ask that you do the following:

-leave us a blog comment or tweet us with your Spielberg topic

-provide us with your blog name & url, twitter handle if you have one plus contact info

-let us know when your entry is published (hopefully prior to 8/23-24) so we can promote it

-please post only new content- readers’ greatly appreciate fresh posts! (recycling old material is better for consumer goods)

-include one of the provided banners (see below) and the following statement…

“This post is part of the SPIELBERG BLOGATHON hosted by Outspoken & Freckled, It Rains… You Get Wet, and Citizen Screenings taking place August 23-24. Please visit these host blogs for a full list of participating blogs.”

[Hashtag #SpielbergBlogathon]

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PARTICIPATING BLOGS:

JAWS (1975) ~ Outspoken & Freckled

INDIANA JONES AND THE RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK ~ Citizen Screenings

“Amazing Stories” THE MISSION, tv episode (11/1985) ~ It Rains… You Get Wet

“Night Gallery” EYES, tv episode (1969) ~  It Rains… You Get Wet

MINORITY REPORT (2002)/ THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (2011) ~ Movie Rob

DUEL (1971)~ Blog of the Darned

“Columbo” MURDER BY THE BOO, tv episode ~ Twenty Four Frames

JAWS (1975) ~ Prowler Needs A Jump 

MUNICH (2005) ~ The Joy and Agony of Movies

INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989) ~ Screenkicker!

AMISTAD (1997) ~ Seetimaar- Diary of a Movie Lover

EMPIRE OF THE SUN ~ Critica Retro

WHY WE NEED INDIANA JONES 5- WITH OR WITHOUT HARRISON FORD ~ From Director Steven Spielberg

COMPARISON OF SPIELBERG’S SCI-FI FILMS ~ Cindy Bruchman.com

SUGARLAND EXPRESS ~ The Soul of the Plot

JURASSIC PARK ~ Citizen Screenings

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK ~ Rob Medaska, guest author on Citizen Screenings

SPIELBERG’S ACTORS ~ Kirkham A Movie A Day


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“Before I go off and direct a movie I always look at 4 films. They tend to be “SEVEN SAMURAI” (1954), LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962), IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946), and THE SEARCHERS (1956).” … Steven Spielberg

photo*As a special treat, we are giving away a fun gift… a JAWS 2014 Hallmark keepsake ornament ~ with the unforgettable John Williams theme sound effects!  All participating bloggers will be automatically entered into the drawing. Sadly, only people living in the domestic United States are qualified to win(apologies to our friends living in Hawaii, Alaska or outside of the U.S. ) Winner will be randomly selected, announced following the blogathon event, then contacted to so we can ship directly.

HAPPY  BLOGGING!

getTV Mickey Rooney Blogathon

In April of this year the world lost Mickey Rooney, an entertainer whose career spanned an unbelievable nine decades.  Born in Brooklyn New York on September 23, 1920, Rooney was on the Vaudeville stage almost before he could talk and appeared in his first movie at the age of six.  From there the movies became his life.  With sidesteps into radio and television Mickey Rooney maintained an enviable relationship with audiences for nearly the entire span of his life.

“The audience and I are friends.  They allowed me to grow up with them.  I’ve let them down several times.  They’ve let me down several times.  But we’re all family.”

Mickey Rooney would have celebrated his 94th birthday this September and in tribute getTV is dedicating a substantial portion of the month’s programming to him.  Aurora of Once Upon a Screen (@CitizenScreen), Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club (@Paula_Guthat) and I, Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled (@IrishJayHawk66) are thrilled to join forces with getTV for their first ever blogathon collaboration to celebrate Rooney’s career with The getTV Mickey Rooney Blogathon running the entire month of September.

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In case you’re not familiar, here’s all About getTV…

getTV is a digital subchannel available over the air and on local cable systems dedicated to showcasing Hollywood’s legendary movies. The network, operated by Sony Pictures Television Networks, launched in February 2014.  It features Academy Award® winning films and other epic classics titles. getTV distribution is close to covering nearly 70 percent of all U.S. television households across 65 markets, including 40 of the top 50 designated market areas (DMAs). The network is broadcast by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Univision Television Group and Cox Media Group owned stations and others. For information, visit getTV and connect with the network on Facebook and Twitter @getTV.

getTV’s programming in September will include a Labor Day Marathon dedicated to Mickey Rooney as well as themed double features every Thursday at 7 PM EST, as follows:

Thursday, September 4 – Nautical Musicals

Richard Quine’s SOUND OFF1952: 7:00 PM ET; 10:40 PM ET

Richard Quine’s ALL ASHORE, 1953: 8:50 PM ET; 12:30 AM ET

Thursday, September 11 – Crime Tales

Peter Godfrey’s HE’S A COCKEYED WONDER, 1950: 7:00 PM ET; 10:40 PM ET

Richard Quine’s DRIVE A CROOKED ROAD, 1954:  8:45 PM ET; 12:25 AM ET

Thursday, September 18 – Military Comedy

Don Taylor’s EVERYTHING’S DUCKY, 1961:  7:00 PM ET; 11:10 PM ET

Richard Quine’s OPERATION MAD BALL, 1957: 8:50 PM ET; 1:00 AM ET

Thursday, September 25 – Young and Older Mickey

Roy William Neill’s BLIND DATE, 1934:  7:00 PM ET; 12:20 AM ET

Carl Reiner’s THE COMIC, 1969: 8:35 PM ET; 12:20 AM ET

You can access the entire getTV schedule here and check to see if getTV is available in your area here.

The getTV Mickey Rooney Blogathon

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If you’d like to submit a blog post (or several) dedicated to Mickey Rooney – on his life, career, television work or a particular film – you can do so by submitting the entry to any one of the event hosts throughout the month of September. 

Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled and Twitter @IrishJayHawk66

Aurora of Once Upon a Screen and Twitter @CitizenScreen

Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club and Twitter @Paula_Guthat

We ask only that you please do the following:

  • Leave us a comment or send us a Tweet with your preferred Rooney topic
  • Let us know when you post your entry so we can promote it
  • Please copy @getTV on all tweets related to this event
  • Include the blogathon banner provided by getTV in your post as well as the following statement:

“This post is part of The getTV Mickey Rooney Blogathon hosted by Once Upon a ScreenOutspoken & Freckled and Paula’s Cinema Club taking place throughout the month of September.  Please visit the getTV schedule for details on Rooney screenings throughout the month and any of the host sites for a complete list of entries.”

  • Have fun!

Thank you!

Participants

OPERATION MAD BALL – Once Upon a Screen

THE BLACK STALLION – Outspoken & Freckled

NATIONAL VELVET – Minoo for Classic Movie Hub

PULP – Paula’s Cinema Club

ALL ASHORE – Vintage Cameo

Rooney at Disney: PETE’S DRAGON (1977) & THE FOX AND THE HOUND (1981) – The Great Katharine Hepburn Blog

HOW TO STUFF A WILD BIKINI –  Blog of the Darned

“Andy Hardy” vs. 1950’s PICTURES – Critica Retro

Happy Birthday Billy! The BILLY WILDER BLOGATHON is here…

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