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Confession: Four Great Movies I’ve Never Seen, with Excuses

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 7, 2014

I am unashamed of my pathetic store of musical knowledge. I actually listen to—and like–the radio. And not the satellite kind. Frankly, if I can’t sing or dance to a song, I’m not interested. Riffs, jamming, orchestras, Bonnaroo—not for me. A Pat Benatar singalong? Sign me up. It’s also read more

The Moment I Fell For: Alice Brady

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 31, 2014

This is part of the Classic Movie Blog Association’s Forgotten Stars blogathon. Check out the other entries! When you type Alice Brady into a Google search, a flood of entries appear—but not for the talented actress who won over My Man Godfrey audiences in her role as the flighty head of the read more

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Why the Movie Blew It

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 23, 2014

Let me be clear: Nothing is wrong with Audrey Hepburn’s sparkling portrayal of Holly Golightly. It’s the only reason to watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s, witnessing this character’s charms (besides the obvious joys of the fashion). And though certainly a tamer version than the book’s Holly, she read more

Three Reasons to Watch The Uninvited (1944) This Halloween

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 16, 2014

The Uninvited begins simply: Siblings Rick and Pamela (Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey) come upon a lovely oceanfront house on their vacation and buy it to escape the demands of London life. It even has a charming name, Windward, and a quaint touch: no electricity. Of course, things go awry from there, read more

My Favorite Canadian: Michael J. Fox

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 9, 2014

This post is part of the O Canada Blogathon hosted by Ruth of Silver Screenings and Kristina of Speakeasy. I remember being vaguely horrified when I discovered Michael J. Fox was Canadian. He was OURS. How could he possibly be anything other than American? His role as Alex P. Keaton was so iconic: t read more

For Gone Girl Fans, A Fascinating She-Did, She-Didn’t Thriller

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 6, 2014

I’ve been wanting to see Gone Girl, but the laryngitis-respiratory infection cocktail I’ve got right now means that I would be an object of fear and distraction to fellow film goers, so I had to settle for an alternative. What film, I wondered, might employ a similar ambiguity about whether or not read more

The Moment I Fell for Van Heflin

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Sep 23, 2014

I didn’t know a thing about Van Heflin when I saw The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946). I picked the movie because of my love for Barbara Stanwyck, whom I assumed from the title would be the star of the film; I didn’t realize she wouldn’t appear until half an hour into it. The story begins read more

Being a Princess Would Suck: Roman Holiday

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Sep 18, 2014

Like most girls, I was born wanting to be a princess, though I preferred Belinda from The Practical Princess to helpless Cinderella. Unlike for many of my peers, this desire ended quite early for me. The wedding of Princess Di lasted far too long for my attention span, and what was up with that poof read more

From Poem to Boxing Ring: The Set-Up

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Sep 13, 2014

An enthusiastic Rocky fan, I was curious how the classic films on boxing would measure up. The Set-Up sounded intriguing because it was about the underworld attached to the sport, and shockingly, was based on a poem. Let’s sit here and think about that for moment. A poem. Say it to yourself. Boxing read more

Say Anything Fan? Holiday (1938) Is the Classic Film for You

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Sep 6, 2014

A hero who reveals his vulnerability, yet retains his pride; the kind of man devoted enough to lift a jukebox above his head blaring Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” to woo the girl who dumped him, yet still grounded enough to enjoy relaxing with his friends; a boy with few prospects who is seeking read more

M: A Serial Killer’s Story about Us

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Aug 27, 2014

I’ve always been puzzled by The Silence of the Lambs becoming more successful than Manhunter. The latter’s subtlety, especially Brian Cox’s portrayal of Hannibal Lecter, was far more alarming to me than the campy style of Anthony Hopkins. The former I could mistake for a normal human being, making read more

The Moment I Fell for Robin Williams

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Aug 20, 2014

Last week, while I was seeking Lauren Bacall tributes online, I avoided my TV because I didn’t want to see any Robin Williams ones. The loss was simply too raw, too big for me to watch some summary of a man who slipped through any easy definitions. After all, it was this breathtaking versatility; read more

The Novels? No. But Still Worth Viewing: Outlander (2014) and Portrait of Jennie (1948)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Aug 13, 2014

I’ve always been a sucker for time-travel narratives, from Somewhere in Time and Back to the Future to 2012’s Looper and Safety Not Guaranteed. Not surprisingly, I quickly devoured Diana Gabaldon’s first four Outlander novels, and was excited to hear that Starz had picked up the series. One episode read more

Ruined by Romance: Drive (2011) and The Hustler (1961)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Aug 7, 2014

I was excited when Drive came out: finally, I thought, a new Bourne. An action flick with intelligence and fine acting, starring a man who had bypassed romantic leads after The Notebook to refine his skills in indies. And the promo! It looked exciting and moody, with the kind of premise that meant m read more

The Public Enemy*: the Crime Flick with No Glamour?

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jul 31, 2014

Having attacked James Cagney in a previous post, but seen few of his films, I thought I owed it to him to watch one of his hits. I found The Public Enemy on a streaming site and rec list (thanks, John!) and was instantly sucked into this understated gem. The hyperbolic title of the film suggests it read more

Help Me Turn My Sister into a Classic Film Fan

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jul 23, 2014

I’ve been trying to get my sisters into classic movies for a couple decades now. I have failed utterly. Their objections are: I have to give some share of the blame to my mother, who has a weakness for Hayley Mills Disney flicks and insisted the three of us view them as kids; Pollyanna, That Darn read more

The Moment I Fell for Jean Harlow

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jul 16, 2014

I’ll admit that I didn’t get the appeal of Jean Harlow initially. I originally saw her in a portion of the film Bombshell, and thought it dull and her annoying. I couldn’t understand why she was a sex symbol, the Marilyn Monroe of the 30s.  It took a lackluster movie in which she was riveting read more

A Strange Mess: Mister Roberts

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jul 10, 2014

This is a contribution to the John Ford blogathon sponsored by Christianne Benedict at Krell Laboratories. Check out all the marvelous entries! Punching his leading man. Drinking on the set. Quitting the production after being hospitalized. The tales of John Ford’s behavior on Mister Roberts aren’t read more

The Film I Re-Watched Despite Missing a Quarter of It: The Major and the Minor (1942)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jul 3, 2014

Those born in the age of streaming will never know the excitement of catching a favorite film on TV, running to get a tape on time to record it, and succeeding. With adept timing skills, one could even cut out the commercials. There were a few films I loved so much that I was willing to record them read more

The Amnesia Romance Before Vows and Notebooks: Random Harvest (1942)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jun 26, 2014

I wouldn’t usually confess to liking a romance—not the pure, unabashed kind, with brooding heroes; loyal, plucky heroines; and never-ending love. This is not, mind you, that I never watch or like them—it’s just rare for me to admit it. Did I swallow up every minute of North and South (2004 Gaskell read more