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Advice to a Fritz Lang Heroine, after Too Much Crime TV

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 13, 2018

Oh honey. The reporters are telling you the police are closing in. Every black and white outfit has you jumping. You’re burning your dress in an incinerator in the backyard. Let’s refresh why. The date is 1953. You, our heroine of The Blue Gardenia, are played by Anne Baxter. The actress read more

Happy Accidents: an Underrated Rom-Com

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 11, 2018

Few rom-coms actually manage to be both romantic AND funny. For some movies, the romance wins, but the laughs are tepid; for others, you’re laughing so hard, but not feeling any chemistry. Happy Accidents (2000) is that rare film that manages both, maybe because, like most great romances, it’s not read more

2018 Best Pic Reaction

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 5, 2018

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2018 Oscar Best Pics Ranked (of the Five I’ve Seen)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 25, 2018

It’s that time again, time to get irritable with the Academy and argue with their choices. This year I thought they did pretty well. Though I haven’t seen Dunkirk yet, I’m glad they’re finally giving Christopher Nolan credit; his ability to capture a place (real as well as fi read more

Girl 27: The Rape Case MGM Covered Up–and the Woman Who Fought Back

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jan 17, 2018

It’s hard to watch Girl 27 (2007). I first heard Patricia Douglas’s story on You Must Remember This podcast, then read the famous Vanity Fair article about it. That a movie extra was raped by an MGM salesperson, that the studio besmirched her reputation and hushed up the story–non read more

Spielberg Needs a Better Editor–or These Classic Films

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jan 14, 2018

I just watched The Post, and as usual with a Steven Spielberg film, I was thoroughly enjoying it, hoping, “Maybe he’s avoided it this time!” And then WHAM! There it is: The schmaltzy, on-the-nose scenes and/or musical selections that undo the magic he has so skillfully woven. And read more

Can Barbara Stanwyck Make Up for George Brent?

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jan 12, 2018

I find myself reserving certain films for future viewings when I love a star. Sometimes–as with Barbara Stanwyck–I try to watch her lesser films, putting off a great one so at least one is still waiting in reserve for me, like some wonderful present under the tree. So I didn’t go read more

One Liberal’s 2018 Distraction Guide

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jan 4, 2018

I assume those of you horrified by 2017 headlines have been fighting back with the help of political action sites. But sometimes what you need is to reset your equilibrium just so that you can get through the day, and if that’s what you’re looking for, here are my current (admittedly of read more

Lubitsch, My Expectations Were Too High!

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 22, 2017

Here’s a question: Can we blame a brilliant director for films that don’t match his usual brilliance? If a film has a little of his luster, enough to make it stand out from the rest, but not enough to make us clamor for repeat viewings, is it fair to claim, “That sucked?” I read more

Sexual Predators in Film: Weinstein, 1937

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 10, 2017

All this talk of Harvey Weinstein and now Louis C.K. has me thinking about Stage Door (1937), that fascinating film featuring a dormitory of smart-talking women clamoring for parts on the stage, and suffering the sexist overtures of a very slimy producer along the way. The film was produced the sam read more

Movies to Combat Moving Blues

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Sep 16, 2017

**Some spoilers, but then again, this is a comedy.*** I’ve been remiss in my blogging lately, due to my second move in a year. The last apartment resounded with construction noises next door, loud and consistent and close enough to drive me to repacking. So again I’ve been drowning in U read more

Center Stage: Acting Misfire, Dancing Fun

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Aug 5, 2017

Center Stage is a blast: great dancing from real ballerinas, including a final performance I watch on repeat. A love triangle. And Donna Murphy and Peter Gallagher convincingly running the ballet company. We are rooting for heroine Jody (Amanda Schull), whose technique, feet, and turnout don’ read more

Eugene Pallette’s Birthday: All Hail His Froggy Voice

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jul 8, 2017

I’m a sucker for a good voice, and no voice was as memorable and amusing as Eugene Pallette’s deep & froggy timbre. His is the kind of voice that startles you when he joins the national anthem/a church congregation’s chorus–the unmistakable, unbelievably harsh and scratc read more

Crushing on The Cutting Edge’s Doug

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jun 25, 2017

There’s a certain generation of women who still laugh when they hear “toe pick.”  Then they begin dreaming about a certain swoon-worthy character in the memorable scene when that line was first employed, and wonder why aren’t romantic leads like that now? Why can’t the read more

Happy Birthday to Classic Film’s Cupid, Charles Coburn

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jun 19, 2017

Today you need to embrace your love, ask out that crush, comfort your lovelorn friend, or play matchmaker yourself. Why? Because it’s Charles Coburn’s birthday. You know: the warm uncle/grandfather/parent type who plays the part of wing man, aiding couples in love. A Coburn character is read more

Why I Was Happy to See So Many Teen Boys at Wonder Woman

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jun 12, 2017

When I was a kid, boys fantasized about Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, half-naked and chained to Jabba the Hutt. While I might flinch at the fact that the slave scene was the peak of adolescent fantasy, I was always happy that my male peers were lusting after a woman who was tough, a warrior, a he read more

What’s in a Name?: Together Again (1944)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 17, 2017

I have a sophisticated theory about why the Irene Dunne vehicle Together Again (1944) is never on any best-of, favorites, or romantic comedy lists despite the many joys of viewing it: the title sucks. And when I say it sucks, I mean it’s the WORST TITLE I CAN IMAGINE. It’s so forgettabl read more

Five Favorite Classic Movie Stars

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 16, 2017

To celebrate National Classic Movie Day, I’m joining Rick’s Five Stars blogathon by sharing some of my favorite classic movie stars. And though I can’t quite say they’re my favorites ALL of the time (of course, that shifts), they are always on my list. Since my favorite char read more

Stella Dallas’s Everyday Villain: The Husband

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 29, 2017

When most people think of villains, they’re envisioning cloven hoofs and murderous intents. Stephen Dallas (John Boles), the husband of self-sacrificial mother, Stella Dallas (1937), would be unlikely to appear on any list of classic villains. Some might even consider him a nice guy—if they weren’t read more

“When I’m Bad, I’m Better”: the Infinitely Quotable Mae West

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 9, 2017

When the Flapper Dame announced the 2nd annual Classic Quotes Blogathon, naturally I thought of Mae West, she of the long list of enduring one-liners from film. It’s difficult to pick the most iconic of West’s lines, so I won’t try. But certainly, one of the most beloved is this: read more
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