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Remaking Hitchcock

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 23, 2016

This week I’ve been lucky enough to convince author Michael Gutierrez into guest posting. Check out his wonderful book, The Trench Angel (which deserves cinematic treatment of its own). Back in the early 90s, during a time when there were a spate of remakes of classic films, my grandfather posited: read more

Surreal Reproduction: When Bette Met Mae (2014)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 17, 2016

On November 13, 1973 Wes Wheadon was the bartender for a party that joined  superstars Mae West (Victoria Mills) and Bette Davis (Karen Teliha) for the first time. He captured their encounter on audio tape, and then reenacted the event with lip-syncing actors, producing it more than 40 years later. read more

Surreal Reproduction: When Bette Met Mae (2014)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 17, 2016

On November 13, 1973 Wes Wheadon was the bartender for a party that joined  superstars Mae West (Victoria Mills) and Bette Davis (Karen Teliha) for the first time. He captured their encounter on audio tape, and then reenacted the event with lip-syncing actors, producing it more than 40 years later. read more

1946’s The Razor’s Edge: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 13, 2016

This is my contribution to the Classic Movie Blog Association‘s Words! Words! Words! blogathon. Some of the entries have been collected into an eBook, which is free on Smashwords or .99 on Amazon, with all proceeds going to the National Film Preservation Fund. I hope you’ll get the book read more

1946’s The Razor’s Edge: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 13, 2016

This is my contribution to the Classic Movie Blog Association‘s Words! Words! Words! blogathon. Some of the entries have been collected into an eBook, which is free on Smashwords or .99 on Amazon, with all proceeds going to the National Film Preservation Fund. I hope you’ll get the book read more

Hitchcock Didn’t Get Jamaica Inn; Vince Gilligan Would

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 10, 2016

**Warning: Some spoilers (though I don’t reveal the mastermind in the novel; Hitchcock alters the story enough for it still to be a mystery). I just finished watching Breaking Bad, and was struck by the thematic similarities between it and Jamaica Inn, one of my favorite novels as a teen. Bot read more

Hitchcock Didn’t Get Jamaica Inn; Vince Gilligan Would

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 10, 2016

**Warning: Some spoilers (though I don’t reveal the mastermind in the novel; Hitchcock alters the story enough for it still to be a mystery). I just finished watching Breaking Bad, and was struck by the thematic similarities between it and Jamaica Inn, one of my favorite novels as a teen. Bot read more

Creepy Antihero: He Walked by Night (1948)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 2, 2016

**Minor spoilers only** There’s much to appreciate about the police procedural noir, He Walked by Night, in which a crafty thief (Richard Basehart) kills an LA cop and then eludes the force aligned against him, altering his targets and appearance to outwit his pursuers. The focus moves back read more

Creepy Antihero: He Walked by Night (1948)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 2, 2016

**Minor spoilers only** There’s much to appreciate about the police procedural noir, He Walked by Night, in which a crafty thief (Richard Basehart) kills an LA cop and then eludes the force aligned against him, altering his targets and appearance to outwit his pursuers. The focus moves back read more

Schoolboy Fantasies: The Mannequin in Film

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 26, 2016

One Touch of Venus (1948) is a combination of myth and the classic Pygmalion tale: What if a window dresser kissed a statue of the love goddess, and instead of getting institutionalized, became an object of the suddenly warm-bodied immortal’s affection? The execution of the film is as silly read more

Schoolboy Fantasies: The Mannequin in Film

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 26, 2016

One Touch of Venus (1948) is a combination of myth and the classic Pygmalion tale: What if a window dresser kissed a statue of the love goddess, and instead of getting institutionalized, became an object of the suddenly warm-bodied immortal’s affection? The execution of the film is as silly read more

Kate Beckinsale: A Lousy Ava Gardner

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 19, 2016

Thanks to the stunning turns of Leonard DiCaprio, Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, and Alan Alda, The Aviator (2004) was nominated for a SAG award, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Unfortunately, this meant Razzie-nominated Kate Beckinsale was included in the honor for portraying read more

Kate Beckinsale: A Lousy Ava Gardner

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 19, 2016

Thanks to the stunning turns of Leonard DiCaprio, Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, and Alan Alda, The Aviator (2004) was nominated for a SAG award, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Unfortunately, this meant Razzie-nominated Kate Beckinsale was included in the honor for portraying read more

Which Will Rogers Clip Should Poli Sci Fans See?

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 12, 2016

I keep thinking of one of Will Rogers’ famous lines as I observe the loopholes the GOP leadership is exploring to oust Trump: “If stupidity got us into this mess, why can’t it get us out?” (Don’t you think Lindsey Graham, with his recent political zingers, and clear fu read more

Which Will Rogers Clip Should Poli Sci Fans See?

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 12, 2016

I keep thinking of one of Will Rogers’ famous lines as I observe the loopholes the GOP leadership is exploring to oust Trump: “If stupidity got us into this mess, why can’t it get us out?” (Don’t you think Lindsey Graham, with his recent political zingers, and clear fu read more

Mae West’s Klondike Rebellion

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 6, 2016

There’s something terribly wrong and terribly right about Klondike Annie’s (1936) odd musical tribute to Asian sensuality. It’s one of the few moments of the film when Mae West seems somewhat genuine. Elsewhere, she can’t sell the censored treatment of her material, so she d read more

Mae West’s Klondike Rebellion

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 6, 2016

There’s something terribly wrong and terribly right about Klondike Annie’s (1936) odd musical tribute to Asian sensuality. It’s one of the few moments of the film when Mae West seems somewhat genuine. Elsewhere, she can’t sell the censored treatment of her material, so she d read more

SHOCKER: The Oscar Ceremony Was Good

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 29, 2016

For the first time in at least a decade, I actually thought the Oscars were entertaining and even well planned. That there were some smart tweaks–the order change (with more exciting awards earlier), the ticker-tape names at the bottom so that the speeches were less listy and long winded. And read more

SHOCKER: The Oscar Ceremony Was Good

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 29, 2016

For the first time in at least a decade, I actually thought the Oscars were entertaining and even well planned. That there were some smart tweaks–the order change (with more exciting awards earlier), the ticker-tape names at the bottom so that the speeches were less listy and long winded. And read more

5 Ways for the Oscars Not to Suck

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 27, 2016

While I have my favorites among this year’s nominees, my most fervent wish is for the ceremony itself. I don’t expect anything so lavish as entertainment. I just really, really hope that for once the ceremony doesn’t vie with a tractor pull for most boring event of the year. I can& read more
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