At some point in your life, set aside 1 hour and 10 minutes to make it through Detour (1945), one of the grimiest, most uncomfortable, brilliantly economical movies you're likely to ever catch. It's a short bit of distilled noir which kind of meanders for the first third, and then it starts to pick up. And THEN Ann Savage shows up and holy @#$%.
I don't know what it says about me that I adore Ann Savage in this movie. There's some matrix I need to devise of "what's wrong with me?" that I need to make with attributes of various Femme Fatales, including Savage in this movie, Peggy Cummins in Gun Crazy, Stanwyck in Double Indemnity and Babyface, Marie Windsor in everything... But Ann Savage is a special kind of nuts in this movie, that veers almost into noir Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf-ish territory sometime in the back 1/3rd of the movie.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
March 23rd marks the birthday of Joan Crawford. She would have been 110 yesterday.
Complicated person, that Joan Crawford. I tend to really like her in movies, and I think I've shared here and elsewhere how much I like Mildred Pierce, in particular (but who doesn't)? Johnny Guitar is also worth a view if you want to see something out there on the edge of genre and expectation.
Happy b-day to a daughter of The Alamo City and one of the greats.
Friday, February 6, 2015
According to the Film Noir Foundation and LA Times, noir siren Lizabeth Scott has passed at the age of 92.
If you've never seen The Strange Love of Martha Ivers or Too Late for Tears, I recommend both.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
We bid farewell to swimmer/ performer/ actress Esther Williams who was the star of a lot of splashy musicals back in the day.
Williams was a youth swimming champ, and - at least according to IMDB - was discovered by one of those talent scouts who was always plucking counter girls and girls at Schwab's enjoying a malted and turning them into movie stars.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Our grand finale!
Really, what's not to like?
To folks who were in the right circles, it was not a secret (even from Jamie), that when I first met Jamie, I was quite smitten. She, however, was less interested in the guy who had just tried Jaeger and Goldschlager for the first time, and was stumbling around a backyard in San Antonio. Eventually, two years later, we made ourselves a thing. In April of 2000, we made it official.
Nineteen and a half years after that first, somewhat blurry conversation, and she's still my favorite pin-up.
While we won't retire the "dames" label, we're retiring "Your Daily Dose of Good Cheer" with our favorite dame of them all. Go out on a high note, I always say.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
You can't be a wallflower. You've got to have spunk, speak your mind, be a risk-taker, and not because you're a dope, but because you're smart and you've got backbone... and Lois did all that in spades, whether she was flying off to investigate a mad scientist and his death ray or clinging to the bottom of an elevator going up to the top of the Eiffel Tower where terrorists had an atomic bomb. She didn't count on Superman to be there to save her skin, and she still flung herself headlong into trouble.
Of course, it's hard to remain forever between your mid-20's and late 30's, and so we've had a lot of women fill Lois's shoes over the years.
Let's take a walk through them, shall we?
|Joan Alexander: Superman serial cartoons, radio show|
|Noel Neill: Superman serials, Adventures of Superman, seasons 2-6|
Monday, April 8, 2013
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Friday, April 5, 2013
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Somehow I never pre-set this column to go off yesterday. I simply had no post for 03/30. Kind of weird.
Anyway, let's give Sean Young credit where it's due.