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Aftersun: Too Intimate for the Oscars, Rant Part II

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jan 29, 2023

Aftersun deserved best picture & directing Oscars this year, but it had no shot. The Academy doesn’t like to award intimate little stories about relationships. They like loud message films, and loud action films, and stories about men being men. And when they (rarely) pivot their patterns read more

The Leo Grande Snub & More Oscar-Related Reasons I’m Pissed Off, Part I

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jan 25, 2023

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande. An enjoyable, meaningful film about a woman dealing with sex and her self-worth in middle age. A nuanced story, with a sympathetic portrait of sex workers. It gets nada from the Academy. A subtle, star-making turn by Daryl McCormack–ignored. And Emma Thompson not read more

The Banshees of Inisherin: NOT a Comedy

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jan 2, 2023

I watched a tragedy the other day. It got under my skin. Its characters wouldn’t let me be. But I was also a bit sorry I’d seen it. A friend used a perfect word for it: grim. The film, The Banshees of Inisherin, is being called a black comedy, and some strange critics are calling it hilarious. Hilar read more

“The Funnier Sex” with No Mae?

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Dec 22, 2022

I just watched “The Funnier Sex,” an episode from CNN’s The History of Comedy. The segment features numerous current comediennes celebrating their groundbreaking predecessors. They highlight the sexism that marred their predecessor’s progress—especially that ridiculous view that women can’t read more

The Misunderstood Femme Fatale of Detour

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 7, 2022

The common line on Detour (1945) is that it features one of the nastiest of femme fatales—a fascinating, feral creature. It’s true that Ann Savage as Vera is a powerhouse, and I can’t stop watching her. But is she really all that bad? **Some plot reveals.*** So many reviewers skim over the incident read more

The (Strange, Silly) Guest (2014)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Sep 17, 2022

You have to hand it to Dan Stevens. Two years after his dramatic Downton Abbey exit, he starred in the camp treasure, The Guest, putting behind him one type of ponderous silliness for a decidedly lighter-weight version. The Guest bears all the hallmarks of Lifetime fare in the first half: a mysterio read more

Who Is the Biggest Charmer?

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jul 27, 2022

The Talk of the Town (1942) is a joyous experience. It features a romantic triangle between three actors who are absurdly charming: Jean Arthur, Cary Grant, and Ronald Colman. It’s a bit of an odd tale, but frankly, with these three people in the mix, who cares about plot? You can’t wat read more

The Woman on the Beach (1947)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 17, 2022

Yes, this movie is a mess: confusing dialogue, incomprehensible character development, choppy plot development, and some truly unfortunate music choices. But there are three good reasons to still watch Jean Renoir’s curious noir, my choice for the Classic Movie Blog Association Fun in the Sun! read more

In Praise of USA Up All Night

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 12, 2022

Today I felt a pang on hearing about Gilbert Gottfried’s death. Of course I found him annoying, but I also loved him. He–and Rhonda Shear–gave me USA Up All Night just when I needed it, a show that taught me valuable lessons that have stayed with me ever since. Here’s what I read more

In Praise of USA Up All Night

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 12, 2022

Today I felt a pang on hearing about Gilbert Gottfried’s death. Of course I found him annoying, but I also loved him. He–and Rhonda Shear–gave me USA Up All Night just when I needed it, a show that taught me valuable lessons that have stayed with me ever since. Here’s what I read more

A Tribute to Paddy, Cheerleader

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 9, 2022

As a new blogger, you often feel as if you’re just sending content into the ether, content no one will ever see or remark upon. Why do I do it? you ask yourself. After all, you get no comments. You can see from your stats that only bots have viewed your posts. Why bother? you ask yourself. I should read more

A Tribute to Paddy, Cheerleader

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 9, 2022

As a new blogger, you often feel as if you’re just sending content into the ether, content no one will ever see or remark upon. Why do I do it? you ask yourself. After all, you get no comments. You can see from your stats that only bots have viewed your posts. Why bother? you ask yourself. I should read more

Orphaning Carrie Killed And Just Like That

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 17, 2022

Sex and the City had this odd way of pretending its heroines were parentless. Sure, there was a reference or two, and that lovely episode about Miranda dealing with her mother’s death. But overall, the show just pretended the women had no moms or dads. For six seasons and two movies, the lack of par read more

Orphaning Carrie Killed And Just Like That

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 17, 2022

Sex and the City had this odd way of pretending its heroines were parentless. Sure, there was a reference or two, and that lovely episode about Miranda dealing with her mother’s death. But overall, the show just pretended the women had no moms or dads. For six seasons and two movies, the lack of par read more

5 Awful Romances We’re Supposed to Like

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 13, 2022

Those are five of the least ideal couples that novels, plays, and movies would have us celebrate. I can come up with ten more without trying. Which couples do you find the most laughably awful? read more

5 Awful Romances We’re Supposed to Like

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 13, 2022

Those are five of the least ideal couples that novels, plays, and movies would have us celebrate. I can come up with ten more without trying. Which couples do you find the most laughably awful? read more

Mae West: The Unchanging Heroine

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 20, 2021

I grew up resenting a lot of the rom-com fare on television and film. Always, it felt, the woman had to change to find love. Sandy in Grease was just the start: Learn to strut. Show that cleavage. Pull your hair out of the bun! Relax! Be feminine! Learn to bake or something. Maybe that’s why I love read more

Mae West: The Unchanging Heroine

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 20, 2021

I grew up resenting a lot of the rom-com fare on television and film. Always, it felt, the woman had to change to find love. Sandy in Grease was just the start: Learn to strut. Show that cleavage. Pull your hair out of the bun! Relax! Be feminine! Learn to bake or something. Maybe that’s why I love read more

Talking about Clerks

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Sep 23, 2021

My friends Brian Wilkins and Mike Gutierrez and I chat about that classic cult film and workplace comedy. Listen in! read more

Talking about Clerks

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Sep 23, 2021

My friends Brian Wilkins and Mike Gutierrez and I chat about that classic cult film and workplace comedy. Listen in! read more
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