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Pretending to Be Contagious: 2 Comic Scenes

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Aug 2, 2015

In one of my favorite scenes from The Thin Man series, Nick Charles pretends his wife is contagious for laughs. It made me think of outbreaks, and how they’ve been used to panic audiences—or amuse them. Somehow funny scenes so often result from mocking our greatest fears. So on the lovely read more

Mae West Quote of the Month: No Evidence

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jul 23, 2015

Lady Lou (Mae West) is the heroine of She Done Him Wrong (1933), the hilarious Oscar-nominated, pre-Code movie based on West’s play, Diamond Lil. The film opens in a Bowery bar in the Gay Nineties. Many of the customers are discussing Lou’s attractions, thanks to a new nude portrait of read more

Mae West Quote of the Month: No Evidence

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jul 23, 2015

Lady Lou (Mae West) is the heroine of She Done Him Wrong (1933), the hilarious Oscar-nominated, pre-Code movie based on West’s play, Diamond Lil. The film opens in a Bowery bar in the Gay Nineties. Many of the customers are discussing Lou’s attractions, thanks to a new nude portrait of read more

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

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

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

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

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 spon 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

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

The Liebster Award

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

Thank you, Cinema Maven and Steve Bailey of MovieMovieBlogBlog, for nominating me for the Liebster award, and for being so patient with my horrible tardiness in giving responses! Everybody check out Cinema’s Maven’s responses to the questions she was asked, which are so funny and awesom 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

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 it 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

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
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