Saturday, August 1, 2020
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
I've suffered through this movie, and now you should too.
It's "Psychomania" - a movie British people love and Americans will find baffling.
The leader of a biker gang in a small, British municipality makes a deal with the devil for power or immortality or both (I can't remember) and returns to life to wreak havoc. And by havoc, I mean - kind of upsetting old ladies and people on ladders.
The final film of famed actor George Sanders, this one plays with life, death, and life again. And frogs. and motorcycles. And very, very bad music.
Day: Friday 07/31/2020
Time: 8:30 Central
Amazon Watch Party (link here)
Monday, July 27, 2020
|in which I argue this is a hero of the people|
Because parents are now largely concerned their children will experience any joy that doesn't have bumpers on it,* I don't think kids really know about Bugs Bunny. Which is a shame.
Being a 1980's latchkey kid who had a Zenith for a babysitter, like most of my generation, I had WB cartoons blasted at me day and night for my entire youth. From my earliest memories straight through college, Looney Tunes were not just a staple, but a constant. In a way, the cheap programming of a thousand UHF channels and basic cable options may be the truest common denominator for 2-3 decades of Americans. All of us know "Rabbit Season/ Duck Season". We all know the weird, hilarious poetic tragedy of Michigan J. Frog and those who find him. We all know the best thing to do when pursued is to dress as a coquettish young blonde and flirt with our pursuer.
It's printed on our DNA.
Sunday, July 26, 2020
Olivia de Havilland has passed at the age of 104.
With an astounding career that spanned the Golden Age of Hollywood into the post-studio system Hollywood, Olivia de Havilland was the last, living player from some of the great pictures of the early sound era. She was in Gone with the Wind, but I prefer her and the movie of The Adventures of Robin Hood, in which she co-starred as Maid Marian.
Just last week, during my lunch break, I watched her in part of Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte.
She had remarked in her last decades that being one of the last living actors from a bygone era of Hollywood was like being from a place no one else could remember. That always struck me as remarkably sad.
She'd lived in France for the past six decades, returning to the US for various events and film roles.
Here's to a grand actress.