|Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner were photographed in separate dimensions for this poster.|
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
|Good thing they didn't make a movie about the second swingingest class ever. That would have been disappointing.|
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
|Ed Wood's return to directing came in 1971 with the X-rated Necromania. Obviously, what follows is NSFW.|
Saturday, November 23, 2013
|Honeymoon in Bali was retitled and regurgitated as My Love for Yours.|
The flick: My Love for Yours (originally released as Honeymoon in Bali, Paramount, 1939) [buy the set]
Current IMDb rating: 6.4
Director: Edward H. Griffith (The Animal Kingdom)
|Sidekick Helen Broderick|
The gist of it: Gail Allen (Carroll) is a successful career woman who runs a large NYC department store called Morrissey's and is fiercely proud of her independent lifestyle. But one day, while having lunch with her friend, romance-writing old maid Lorna "Smitty" Smith (Broderick), Gail receives some remarkably specific predictions from a fortune teller (Allwyn), who says that Gail will be married and have a child. Very soon after that, Gail runs into Bill "Willie" Burnett (MacMurray), a cocky businessman who makes his home in Bali and who closely matches the description of the husband the fortune teller described. As it happens, Willie is taking care of little Rosie (Lee), the young daughter of his dying friend. It's kismet! Gail claims she doesn't want to be tied down with a husband and small child, even though Willie knows that's exactly what she needs. And there are romantic rivals on both sides to complicate matters: Gail's semi-romantically involved with opera singer Eric Sinclair (Jones) and Willie's being aggressively pursued by filthy rich, empty-headed Noel Van Ness (Massen). Gail flees to Nassau, taking Rosie with her, but Eric follows, and they have a romantic vacation together... until Gail resists Willie's advances. Willie returns to Bali and agrees to marry Noel, while Gail stays in New York and agrees to marry Eric. Will they dump their respective partners and end up together? I think you can probably guess that one.
|MacMurray and Carroll: A match made in romcom hell.|
My grade: D
P.S. - There is a great deal of discussion in this film about Balinese women and their relationship to white men. It is generally agreed upon that white men can hire Balinese women as maids or use them strictly for sex, but it's improper to actually marry them. I'm pretty sure Gail refers to the people of Bali as "heathens" at one point, too. And in the "Nassau" section of the film, little Rosie sees some dark-skinned men and makes a crack about what awful sunburns they must have. So, yeah, this movie may have some racial issues.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
|The Amazing Adventure stars a young thespian named Cary Grant. Perhaps you've heard of him.|
The flick: The Amazing Adventure (Grand National release of a Garrett-Klement Pictures production, 1936) [buy the set]
Current IMDb rating: 6.2
|Stop staring at me: Alfred Zeisler; E. Phillips Oppenheim|
Actors of note: Cary Grant (Hitchcock's Notorious, Suspicion, To Catch a Thief, and North By Northwest; repeatedly worked with George Cukor, Leo McCarey, and Howard Hawks; other credits include Arsenic & Old Lace, Gunga Din, Charade, and many more; considered one of the definitive movie stars of the 20th century), Mary Brian (Affairs of Cappy Ricks; almost got the role of Scarlett O'Hara but lost out to Vivien Leigh), Henry Kendall (East of Shanghai; appeared in a movie called Helter Skelter, but not the one about Charles Manson), Leon M. Lion (Hitchcock's Number 17), John Turnbull (Hitchcock's The 39 Steps; also appeared in The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Private Life of Henry VIII, etc.), Quentin McPhearson (Hitchcock's The 39 Steps), Peter Gawthorne (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Goodbye, Mr. Chips), Alfred Wellesley (The Scarlet Pimpernel), Andreas Malandrinos (Roman Polanski's The Fearless Vampire Killers; The Beatles' Help!)
Other notables: The movie is based on the 1919 novel The Curious Quest of Mr. Ernest Bliss [aka The Amazing Quest of Mr. Ernest Bliss] by prolific English author E. Phillips Oppenheim, who churned out over 100 novels (mostly thrillers and romances) and 37 collections of short stories between 1887 and 1941. At least 30 movies were based on Oppenheim's work, this very film being the last of them. This same novel had already been made into a movie in 1920 with Henry Edwards (Oliver Twist) both directing and playing the lead role.
|The many disapproving scowls of Peter Gawthorne.|
|Cary Grant proves he can sell ovens.|
Is it funny: Fitfully so, yeah. I've already mentioned the goofy fight scene, which is made slightly funnier by the fact that Bliss realizes that his own property is getting trashed and tries (unsuccessfully) to save it. But generally, the humor quotient in this movie is filled by a witty remark every now and again to keep the proceedings from getting too heavy. I suppose the funniest sustained sequence is the one in which chauffeur Bliss accompanies Frances and her lecherous wolf of a boss, Mr. Montague (Wellesley) on a "business trip" and makes sure that the old perv doesn't get the chance to act on his ulterior motives. Bonus points for a nice use of caviar, Cary Grant.
My grade: B
P.S. - Is there racism in this movie? Eh, not really. Greek actor Andreas Malandrinos plays a stereotypical Italian waiter named Giuseppe, who talks with a "that's a spicy meatball"-type accent in a few scenes. But that's all.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
|These days, you're most likely to find Venus Flytrap under the inaccurate title The Revenge of Dr. X.|