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Satirizing Consumerism: Easy Living

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jul 19, 2015

I’ve never liked shows like Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. I’m uninterested in what Paris Hilton spent on a dog palace, am only slightly amused by what Sony Bono paid to fly his hat. I’ve never understood the point. Am I to envy? To condemn? I’m as prone to consumerism as the next American read more

The Anti-Disney Marital Treatment: Funny Girl

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jul 12, 2015

“Oh he was SO handsome,” said my mother-in-law when I mentioned Omar Sharif’s death. My mother did the same when she introduced him to me: his eyes, his style, his tall-dark-handsome persona. Despite his undeniable looks, that wasn’t the impression he left on me, not exactly read more

A Cinematic Argument for Gun Control: The Ale & Quail Club

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jul 5, 2015

The Palm Beach Story (1942), Preston Sturges’ rom-com about love & money, features many screwball moments. But few would deny that the screwiest are with the trigger-happy Ale & Quail Club. I have heard many arguments over the years claiming we need tighter governance over gun ownersh read more

Mad Men Meets Sex and the City: The Best of Everything

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jun 28, 2015

This post is part of the Modern Era portion of the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon, sponsored by Aurora of Once Upon A Screen, Ruth of Silver Screenings and Fritzi of Movies, Silently. Previous days are covered here: Silent Era and Golden Age. Thanks to Flicker Alley for sponsoring and prom read more

Mae West as a Deadpan Plaintiff in I’m No Angel

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jun 26, 2015

This post is part of the The “…And Scene!” Blogathon. Check out the other entries here. There are very few scenes in film as funny as when Mae West is talking about the number of men in her life, or, as she famously put it after the courtroom scene in I’m No Angel, the much more important read more

The Liebster Award

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jun 21, 2015

Thank you, Cinema Maven, for nominating me for the Liebster award, and for being so patient with my horrible tardiness in giving responses! Everybody check out her responses to the questions she was asked, which are so funny and awesome. She also nominated 10 wonderful blogs I’m honored to see next read more

Love It, Love It Not?: Waffling over Lubitsch’s Design for Living

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jun 13, 2015

I hoped to love Design for Living. After all, the director was Ernst Lubitsch, who had helmed such witty, cynical comedies about relationships, movies that usually feel as insightful and controversial now as they probably did back in the 20s and 30s. And many reviewers I respect had praised its hum read more

My Own “Awakener”: Mae West’s Writing

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jun 4, 2015

As I was reading the bios of Kate Bolick’s awakeners in Spinster, writers whose independence had inspired her own, I inevitably began to consider my own awakeners. Which literary women had encouraged me to live by my own definition of womanhood? I came up with many answers, but soon one figure nudg read more

The Man Who Knew Too Little: an Underrated Bill Murray Gem

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 28, 2015

The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997) received a 41% on Rotten Tomatoes. It was panned by critics as only moderately funny. Experts claimed it was undeserving of the talents of Bill Murray, relied on broad stereotypes, and centered around only one gag. Most of these critiques are true. But the film is read more

Could Silent Films Woo Non-Classic Movie Fans?

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 22, 2015

I recently caught It at a theater with live music, and am still buzzing from it. I liked the film before. With live music, it was a revelation. The talented composer, Jeff Rapsis, used the term “moving picture” rather than film to discuss silents. This term and my exposure to multimedia read more

The Nerdiest Scene Ever: Encyclopedia Writers Trumping Gangsters in Ball of Fire

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 16, 2015

This post is part of the My Favorite Classic Movie Blogathon in celebration of National Classic Movie Day (May 16th). Click here to view the schedule listing all the great posts. Nerd alert: I used to sit in the basement, reading my parents’ World Books for fun. I think it started with A Tale read more

A Beauty After All: Katharine Hepburn

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 10, 2015

This is an entry in the Great Katharine Hepburn blogathon. Check out the marvelous posts on her work. “I’d rather look like Katharine Hepburn at 80,” Aunt Betty said, looking at the screen, “than myself at 30.” I looked at the old lady on the TV, then back at my aunt, confused. Maybe Betty read more

The Hottest Woman around in Her 40s: Mae West’s Age-Defying Career

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 6, 2015

Amy Schumer’s hilarious skit about discrimination against middle-aged women in Hollywood has me wondering about Mae West. It’s true that modern films imply that women aren’t attractive enough past their 40s to be worthy of sex onscreen. But Mae West starred in Sextette in 1978; th read more

Go West Young Man: Mae West’s Censorship Satire

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 30, 2015

This post is part of The Fabulous Films of the 30s blogathon hosted by the Classic Movie Blog Association. Click here to see the many wonderful entries! For an eBook collection of blogathon entries, click eBook on the menu above. It’s easy to dismiss Go West Young Man (1936) as an inferior Mae West read more

The Nicholas Cage Syndrome: Is Taste More Crucial than Talent?

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 24, 2015

I was outraged by the choice of Keira Knightley to play Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. “That woman,” I complained to my sister Rachel, “is known for her toned midriff, not her acting talent.” Although Knightley did a passable job in a decent film adaptation, I considered her subsequent read more

The Epitome Of Teen Queen Cruelty: The Heathers Of Heathers (1989)*

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 16, 2015

This post is part of the second annual Great Villain Blogathon, sponsored by Ruth of Silver Screenings, Karen of Shadows & Satin and Kristina of Speakeasy. Click here to read about other fascinating villains! The Three Heathers: McNamara, Chandler (queen), and Duke Before there were Mean Girls, read more

Bette Davis & Sibling Bonds: The Sisters (1938)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 9, 2015

April 10th is National Siblings Day. If the holiday makes you cranky about being an only child, watch Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? That should cure you of longing for a sister. Or spend some time with the creepy antihero of Scarface (1932). You’ll never want a brother again. But if you insist read more

Pre-Code Fun: The Jewel Robbery (1932)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 3, 2015

This post is part of the Pre-Code blogathon hosted by Pre-Code and Shadows and Satin. Click here to see the other entries! Jewel Robbery has much to recommend it: a debonair thief; a bored, beautiful housewife; marijuana cigarettes adding comic relief; and of course, a host of diamonds. Along the w read more

Parenting Advice from Heaven Can Wait (1943)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 26, 2015

Ernst Lubitsch was known for his sexual farces. Heaven Can Wait is just one of his many movies spoofing marriage, and in the process illustrating a number of truths about what it means to say “I do.” But I was primarily engaged by the supporting characters in this film. Perhaps that’s why the read more

Edward G. Robinson and My Cat

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 19, 2015

“Suave,” the receptionist at my vet’s office said the other day, reacting to my cat’s name. “Sorry,” she added quickly. “I couldn’t resist.” I laughed, having forgotten that Gerardo’s infamous 1990 song is the first association most people have with the name Rico. My cat does share read more
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