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Bette Davis Crushes Leslie Howard

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 4, 2021

I read Of Human Bondage as a preteen/teen and was moved by the story of a would-be artist who eventually discovered that a simpler life of helping others was his route to happiness. As a wannabe artist myself, Philip’s journey was meaningful, even enlightening. His time practicing medicine for a poo read more

They Live: Best Conspiracy Film?

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 31, 2021

Join my friends’ and my new podcast! Tomorrow we feature the gum-chewing, sunglass-wearing Roddy Piper as he breaks through all the conventions of conspiracy films we’ve discussed so far. Don’t miss it. read more

New Podcast on Conspiracy Films!

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 18, 2021

Join my friends and me as we talk about conspiracy films in this conspiracy-laden moment in history! It’s such fun talking film with my witty partners, Michael Keenan Gutierrez and Brian Wilkins. And I think you’ll enjoy our strange journey–from an early Hitchcock to the present mo read more

The Dude Versus Hitchcock

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 13, 2021

So the devious, sexy spy of North by Northwest, Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint), is trying to elude dupe Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant). She gets a secret call from her evil lover, Phillip Vandamm (James Mason), while she and Thornhill are together and writes down an address for their rendezvous. She c read more

5 Reasons to Watch Christmas in Connecticut

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

I can’t be bothered to root for a romance between anyone and Dennis Morgan, the heartthrob of Christmas in Connecticut. He always strikes me as smug, and his acting is pretty basic.  His character in this famous xmas film doesn’t help: As Jefferson Jones, he’s entitled, dishon read more

Feminist Political Flicks: Together Again

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 20, 2020

Together Again (1944) is one of those curious rom-coms that’s so entertaining it’s hard to understand why it isn’t well known. It pits a wised-up, small-town, widowed mayor (Irene Dunne) against her crafty father-in-law (Charles Coburn). She is devoted to her town and to commemorat read more

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
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