Friday, January 30, 2009

The Premio Dardos Award

Just as a mid-winter funk was settling in on my spirit this bleak and snowy January, I'm reminded that just beneath the surface life still holds some sweet, if humbling moments for me. The disconcerting receipt of two Premio Dardo Awards this week from Jacqueline T. Lynch of the thoughtful and creatively lively Another Old Movie Blog and Alan K. Rode, whose One Way Street wears an endearing affection for film noir on its trench-coated sleeve has sent me into a blushing tizzy.

The award, which "
is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing", gives me the honor of posting the image of the Premio Dardo Award stamp on my blog. And, since "[t]hese stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web", it is my delightful duty to pass "the award to another five blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award."

Well, maybe this will snap me out of my lingering self-indulgent streak for the last few weeks and prompt me to get cracking on some of those ideas I've been mulling over on this blog, the Silver Screen Oasis discussion group I share with so many wonderful members, as well as my dream gig at the TCM Movie Morlocks Blog, where I get to play in the loveliest cinematic sandbox in cyber-space on a weekly basis! My gratitude for this kind recognition is too deep for words...I am simply overwhelmed.

As I've tried to choose only five other bloggers to award, I’ve resisted naming any of my fellow Movie Morlocks for this honor, merely for reasons of fairness. Their company cheers me and they have contributed in many ways to my continuing education as each of them sets the bar higher for me every week. The second hardest part of receiving this honor is narrowing it down to just five other bloggers to award this to...

In recognition of those other blogs that have educated, encouraged and entertained me--and, I hope, many others, I award the Premio Dardos to the following:

The Sheila Variations: Whether Sheila O'Malley is writing elegantly and incisively about film, poetry, prose or life, her unapologetically personal point of view is as refreshing as a walk in the park. She sees while most of us just look at the world. She's the kind of writer I'd like to be when I grow up, (no, don't hold your breath for that world shaking event, dear readers).

The Passionate Moviegoer: As a retired film critic whose reviews once graced the pages of The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Sacramento Bee, as well as The New York Times & Los Angeles Times, Joe Baltake now devotes himself to those myriad neglected figures and movies seemingly left by the roadside in our societal rush toward cultural amnesia. Whether he is trying to find the source of Jack Lemmon's quicksilver appeal or understand Vincente Minnelli's valedictory films or express just why we miss Jack Carson, Joe is consistently thoughtful and knowledgeable without being ponderous.

Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule: Author Dennis Cozzalio writes with a conversational verve that is infectious about old and new movies, including mainstream ones as well as those well off my beaten path. Some of his most enjoyable takes are those on "Pleasures Worthy of Guilt", his piece on disaster movies, occasional tips of the hat to mortality, (his own and others), as well as random notes on baseball. I also have to like a real American guy who named "Kit Kitteridge: An American Girl" one of the better movies of 2008.

Alternative Film Guide: Guiding light Andre Soares and his band of nimble bloggers make this site a must visit for me on a weekly basis. This site does a fine job of keeping track of the business of show, and the list of cinematic events in the LA area found on the site are enough to make a frequent flyer out of me, but it is the appreciative looks back and interviews with so many authors about the likes of Douglas Fairbanks, Marie Dressler, and Claudette Colbert that keeps me coming back for more.

She Blogged By Night: I'm not sure when the creator of this site, Stacia had me. Maybe it was the invocation of El Brendel as the site's patron saint, or possibly our mutual admiration for the vastly underrated and mysterious Henry Daniell, but this author is funny, aware and as likely to write a long appreciation of "Bop Girl Goes Calypso" (1957) as she is a paean to Kay Francis. With a gift for graphic layout and some of the best images around, her site just sparkles with visual and verbal wit.


Stacia said...

Moira, thanks so much for those kind words and the award - I'm in some great company, I see. That's a bit intimidating. But I shall wear the badge with pride.

I'm ashamed to admit I didn't realize you were the same Moira from Silver Screen Oasis. I don't go there often enough but when I do, I am ALWAYS so impressed with your posts there. When I first read your posts on Movie Morlocks I thought "Wow, there are TWO great movie posters named Moira in the filmblogosphere!" True story, I swear.

Moira Finnie said...

Yup, Stacia,
I am the same Moira who pops up in various and sundry spots on your internet dial, trying to share a love of all types of movies--whether high or low art--with anyone who cares to listen. I truly relish your posts and hope that you will take this as a giant hint to keep going. Could I ask how you developed your web site's distinctive look? Thanks, and wear that badge with pride, girl. You deserve it.
With genuine admiration,

Stacia said...

Giant hint taken! And now I have the image of a giant hint attacking the outpost at Arctic Polar Station 6 running through my head.

The look of the blog is almost entirely due to the fine folks at Moxie Design Studios. I knew I wanted something darkish, the title in a movie poster font, and a film noir design in the margin, and they took that scant amount of information and made the page.

Thanks again for the kind words!

joe baltake said...


Thanks for the kind words about my site. I'm flattered that The Passionate Moviegoer is among the five blogs you singled out, and I'll follow your advice and come up with my own five faves for my very next post. I also appreciate being introduced to your singular site - and to the four you lauded.



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