Saturday, October 31, 2009

Your Leading Gent And Dame

No surprise here! I knew Cary Grant would win your hearts over -as he has won mine.

I actually thought Ava Gardner would win! Not disappointed though! Definitely not disappointed!

Modern Day Dame

Amy Adams is not a new actress on the rise. She has been around for quite some time. However, it was her role in Enchanted starring alongside Patrick Dempsey that made her a star.
After appearing in other movies, including the Oscar nominated Doubt with Meryl Streep, Amy Adams proceeded to capture the hearts of America practically over night!
She is our modern day Dame for this particular reason with her sweet and demure smile, cheerful wide eyes and charming gestures. She reminds me of those dainty girls you read about in a novel with their innocent glances and playful smiles who never mean any harm to any living creature.
Amy Adams may not be as I described, and there are those of you who may not agree at all, but I find her appealing, fascinating and even alluring - in a sweet sort of way, of course.

Favourite Gent Of The Day

All of my life, I have loved Vincent Price. I was raised on his movies. His name is a familiar one in my family's house. And every year for Halloween, we watch at least one of his classic horror films making Halloween a little more scary and all the more better.
What I love the most about Price is his distinctive voice that evinced a sinister appeal making us cringe in fear every time he approached the victim, his eyes filled with madness, a vicious laugh escaping his lips; and I loved it! The characters he portrayed were demented and sinister, crazed and obscure. Every feeling the characters felt, Price made us feel, too.

Even now after his passing, the legacy of Vincent Leonard Price II remains alive for each of us to appreciate. His films are classics unable to be replicated, his talent astonishing, his persona inextinguishable. Vincent Price, to me, is the King of Horror.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Modern Day Gent

He has one of those voices that take you back to the music of the '50's. He looks like he just stepped off the stage of one of those old jazz clubs. His songs are undoubtedly inspired by the mystery of the past. He has even drawn comparisons to the greats like Frank Sinatra. Michael Buble is one of those refreshing drawbacks to the past. He has the ability to make a very well loved classic seem like his own. Listening to his music allows you to just shut your eyes and be taken back to a time of glamor and mystery, a time that is now gone. However very rarely you find an artist such as Buble that keeps but a fragment of it alive.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Favorite Dame Of The Day

Gene Tierney is one of the most beautiful actresses to have ever graced the silver screen. Her beauty was indescribable. She was a great actress. Her talent in a word was brilliant.
My favorite movie of her's is Leave Her To Heaven. In it, she is hauntingly beautiful and undeniably wicked. She plays the part of the murderous Ellen Berent Harland, a woman possessed with unreasoning jealousy. And, though Ellen is portrayed as being wicked to the core, Gene Tierney made it possible to sympathize with her character. She made you love her, made you hate her.
When watching the hauntingly beautiful Tierney you are left her prey. She can make you feel for her character whatever she wishes. This ability has always drawn me and many other to Gene Tierney and has made me love watching her films.

Modern Day Gent

Jeremy Northam is one of those rare actors that you can recognize from the mere sound of his voice, one that can immerse himself into a role but never lose that charm that first drew you to him. He has the ability to draw out a character with a simple gesture, a quiet face expression, and even with one glance. He has the characteristics of the great actors of old Hollywood. He has the charm and sophistication, the brilliant talent and the undeniable good looks. He has the ability to capture the audience with one word. He is one of the greatest actors today.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Modern Day Dame

There aren't many modern day actresses out there who dress classy and are charming, sophisticated and interesting all at the same time. Here I present to you an underrated actress whose beauty I think resembles the classical paintings of a Rubens lady; her name is Romola Garai, a 27 year old English-woman raised until she was 8 in Singapore and Hong Kong who passed up the chance to graduate from university and become a journalist like her mother, for our betterment, I suppose.

Romola Garai (since she is of Hungarian descent, her last name is pronounced Garry) is one of those rare classy and charming actresses who immerses herself in the work she so loves to do. And that was obvious in her first project 2000's t.v. movie The Last Of The Blonde Bombshells in which she portrayed a younger version of Judi Dench's character Elizabeth.
The movie I first noticed her in wasn't this one, however, it was Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. No, the movie is not a prize and it didn't gain the public's attention, not much of it, at least, but I saw something about her, something rather fascinating and refreshing, something that made her different from many of the young female stars today.

What is it, I kept thinking... what could it possibly be that this Romola Garai possesses that the others do not have?
Well, I thought for a short while, since it didn't take me long to come upon this conclusion, and I realised that it was her maturity, it was her simplicity, it was her ravishing beauty and indefinite appeal, it was the way she absorbed the characters strengths and weaknesses playing out every emotion with indefinable ease and, lastly, it was her grace, ingenuity and sheer acting talent.

Though she is not widely known, Romola Garai has left her mark in Hollywood, and she is still eager to venture further reaching new depths, pursuing art in its truest form. And, while she does so, I will be watching her in every film she is in, noting how incredibly huge her talents have grown and thinking of her always as the graceful lady with a classic beauty as that of a Ruben's painting.

Favourite Gent Of The Day

"Women are not in love with me but with the picture of me on the screen. I am merely the canvas on which women paint their dreams. "
--Rudolph Valentino - 1923

What else can be said?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Favorite Dame Of The Day

Shirley Temple is the greatest child star of all time. She was like a light for audiences during the hardships of The Great Depression. Taking them away from the harshness of their every day lives with a song, a dance, and the sweet innocence of a child's laughter. She, with her bouncy curls and brilliant acting skills, provided an escape for the people. Her films were some of the biggest hits of the 1930's. She was a brilliant actress, singer, and dancer though she was only a small child. Most remember her as that doll like little girl in movies such as Bright Eyes and Curly Top. But she grew up to be a beautiful young lady who possessed grace and charm. By 1939 her film success did start to decline. She made 18 more films after that year before going into politics. However no matter what movie of her's you watch whether it is one of her childhood ones or one when she is a young woman, she will be sure to enlighten your day and take you from reality into fantasy. That ability is what made her into such an iconic star to day. She shall always be remembered for the joy her films brought to so many in a time of distress.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Top 20 Halloween Movies That Will Chill You To The Bone

We have decided to put horror films from the 20's to the 80's in this post though our blog is about Gents and Dames from the 20's to the early 60's. Quite simply, I couldn't help myself. It is soon to be Halloween and the temptation of putting up some of my favourite horror films was absolutely enticing! So here they are, the top 30 horror movies though in no particular order...
These movies will thrill you, fascinate you, frighten you out of your wits. Make sure to keep all your lights on. They will be sure to make your skin crawl and your heart race. These 20 films make things go bump in the night. They will make your worst nightmares real. Watch them and be scared. It's Halloween, everyone's looking for a good scare. Watch these movies and be sure that you will lose a good night's sleep.

1. Theatre Of Blood (1973) -Starring Vincent Price

2. Dracula (1958) -Starring Christopher Lee

3. Dracula Prince Of Darkness (1966) -Starring Christopher Lee

4. Vampyr (1932) -Starring Julian West

5. The Shining (1980) -Starring Jack Nicholson

6. Night Of The Living Dead (1968) -Starring Judith O'Dea

7. Rosemary's Baby (1968) -Starring Mia Farrow

8. Psycho (1960) -Starring Anthony Perkins

9. Phantom Of The Opera (1923) -Starring Lon Chaney

10. The Omen (1976) -Starring Gregory Peck

11. The Exorcist (1973) -Ellen Burstyn

12. Friday The 13th (1980) -Starring Betsy Palmer

13. Halloween (1978) -Starring Jamie Lee Curtis

14. House On Haunted Hill (1959) -Starring Vincent Price

15. Nosferatu (1922) -Starring Max Schreck

16. Carrie (1976) -Starring Piper Laurie

17. Black Christmas (1974) -Starring Olivia Hussey

18. The Brides Of Dracula (1960) -Starring Peter Cushing

19. Dracula (1931) -Starring Bela Lugosi

20. The Evil Dead (1981) -Starring Bruce Campbell

21. Blacula (1972) -Starring William Marshall

22. Beyond The Door (1974) -Starring Juliet Mills

23. Let's Scare Jessica To Death (1971) -Starring Zohra Lampert

24. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) -Starring Marilyn Burns

25. Suspiria (1977) -Starring Jessica Harper

26. Dawn Of The Dead (1978) -Starring David Emge

27. The Amityville Horror (1979) -Starring James Brolin

28. The Bad Seed (1956) -Starring Nancy Kelly

29. American Gothic (1987) -Starring Rod Steiger

30. Salem's Lot (1979) -Starring James Mason

Hope you have a spooky and terrifying Halloween!