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Depressed Heroines & Classic Film: Three on a Match

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Sep 19, 2020

Is there anything scarier than Bette Davis playing nice? I see that sunny face, that sugary smile, and I’m just waiting for the other sledgehammer to drop. It’s unnerving in films like Three on a Match (1932) that she acts like a sweetheart throughout. It’s a terrible waste, of co read more

Beyond Melanie: Olivia de Havilland

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jul 27, 2020

It’s always bothered me that Olivia de Havilland; the passionate, strong-minded, long-lived Hollywood star; is best known for a meek maternal role. Did she perform it well? Oh yes. She imbued Melanie with incredible strength, empathy, and grit. But to be best known for Gone with the Wind in yo read more

Psych 2: Lassie Come Home: The Banter I Was Missing

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jul 18, 2020

I think it was about five minutes into Psych‘s new movie that I realized just how much I was smiling. How to explain the effects of Psych? It’s my emotional yoga. When I can’t sleep, I lie on the couch and play episodes till I do. It’s my white noise when I’m doing mind read more

Fun Questions on Classic Film

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jul 12, 2020

I’m sorry, my readers, for being so tardy with my posts. I’m still recovering from an overloaded June. But while I was buried in projects, something very nice happened! Thank you, Brittaney of The Story Enthusiast, for honoring me with the Sunshine Blogger Award! It’s an award for read more

New Mae West Documentary!

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 29, 2020

PBS produced a new documentary on my favorite movie wordsmith and feminist rebel, Mae West. Dirty Blonde is coming. Check out the preview to see the subjects talking about her (some welcome surprises), and to hear some of your favorite Mae West quips. I can’t wait! Check it out on June 16 at 8 read more

Classic Movies with Awesomely Silly Plots

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 25, 2020

It’s not unusual to find a film with a strikingly ridiculous plot. I spent many Friday nights as a teen watching USA Up All Night (hosted by Gilbert Godfrey). How I loved taking in gloriously dumb films, hour after hour. But to find movies with such plots that are genuinely good? That’s read more

Silly Feel-Good Classic Films

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 19, 2020

As the pandemic length has grown and your patience has seeped away, what spells a “comfort” movie to you may have changed. If you’re single and alone, the rom-com, usually a fallback, may make you cringe about the horror of dating dangers post-opening (as if dating usually weren read more

Pandora’s Box (1929): Trailblazer

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 16, 2020

Its not surprising that the actress who made her mark as a partially nude Ziegfeld Follies girl would star in one of the most seductive films of the 20s. That the great German director G. W. Pabst would find it worthwhile to draw this star from American isn’t surprising either. The heroine of read more

Film on Inspiring Feminist Hedy Lamarr

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 6, 2020

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) is that rare documentary that is somehow uplifting–even when its tale is not. The fact that Bombshell is a story of triumph amidst adversity makes it a perfect film for our time. I knew the bare outlines of Lamarr’s story: the scandalous film that read more

Books that Make Bad Films: My Cousin Rachel

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 3, 2020

I had hopes for My Cousin Rachel (2017). I don’t know why. I’d already discovered–despite my enjoyment of the 50s version–that the book wouldn’t translate well to film without a big overhaul. I guess I hoped a director smart enough to cast Rachel Weisz in the key role w read more

Classic Feel-Good Movies for Shut-Ins

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 19, 2020

So you’re shut in and feeling glum. Watching the news isn’t good for your blood pressure. So put away those updates for few hours, cut off that cable news, and melt into these classics. They’ll make you smile. The More the Merrier. You know what’s interesting to watch when yo read more

Guilty Pleasure: Somewhere in Time

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 29, 2020

Do I watch this film in front of others? No.Do I recommend it to others? No.Do I praise it anywhere public? No.Have I watched it many times? Oh yes.There’s something to be said for that first love story that gets you as a kid. I was quite young when I first saw Somewhere in Time on TV–I read more

Top 3 Kirk Douglas Performances

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 5, 2020

Kirk Douglas lived a very long life, but it’s still shocking to learn of his death. He was so incredibly alive onscreen. There are few performers in Hollywood history as charismatic as Douglas. Since his effect on his viewers was physical in its impact, I want to focus on the three performance read more

The Gender Gap in Film

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 5, 2020

Check out these two articles, both of which show the gap between awards for women and men in the Oscars over time in visual format. “The Oscars’ 92-year gender gap, visualised” “Maybe Those Are Just the Best Movies This Year”: #WhiteMan’s Oscar in Context.” read more

The Academy Loves Directors Who Play It Safe

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 3, 2020

I watched Marriage Story with excitement. I’ve been following Noah Baumbach’s career since Kicking and Screaming (1995), a hilarious movie about East Coast college men’s arrested development and how their romantic immaturity interferes with their happiness. The déjà vu happened imm read more

Richard Jewell’s Awful Snub…and Other Golden Globe Gaffes

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Dec 27, 2019

Richard Jewell is taking a hit at the box office, due in large part to an angry campaign by the Atlanta newspaper who employed reporter Kathy Scruggs, the real-life journalist in the film who broke the story that Jewell was a suspect in the Olympic bombing. I agree that besmirching a real perso read more

Classic Film’s Damsels in Distress

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 28, 2019

My friend Grace Collins of True Stories of Tinseltown and I chat about women in peril in classic films, including the riveting thriller Gaslight; the Barbara Stanwyck showcase Sorry, Wrong Number; and the tonally inconsistent, oddball Nazi-hunter film, The Stranger. We had so much fun ta read more

When Funny People Die: Jean Harlow

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Sep 30, 2019

I’ve been thinking about how hard it is to grieve the loss of a funny person. The grim process of American funerals—the still church/mortuary, the solemn rituals, and the steady tears—can feel inappropriate when mourning the loss of someone who enjoyed breaking conventions, who made read more

Rebecca Got a Bad Rep

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jun 29, 2019

**Spoilers abound** Of all the femme fatales on film and in print, Rebecca may top them all. The woman isn’t even alive at the start of the book or the Hitchcock film that resulted from it, yet the narrator of the story is so haunted by her husband’s previous wife (and Du Maurier is so skilled at read more

Getting Nosy about Mae & Cary

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jun 6, 2019

Grace Collins of True Stories of Tinseltown and I chat about two stars who created the personas that made them stars, and never let those personas slip. We’re not nosy about ALL Hollywood stars’ lives, but that kind of inventive commitment is worth talking about! As usual, the two of us read more
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