Saturday, January 30, 2010

Movie of the Week

Jezebel
1938

Rumors were afloat about this movie being the answer to Gone With the Wind and the role for compensation since Bette Davis was not allowed to do the part of Scarlett O Hara. Whatever the truth is, Warner Bros. released a movie that has maintained the title of a true legend.

Julie Marsden is a headstrong, fierce, often-times controlling girl who creates scandal and draws gossip with whatever she does. Young Julie does have a heart full of love but in her need to show her independence she uses and abuses the possibilities she has been given. Especially in reference to her young, successful fiance Preston.
Things quickly turn for the worst and Julie finds herself alone without the love she wanted all along, and surrounded by public gossip. She sets out to become a new woman, a changed one. It doesn't matter to her what she has lost. She has the thought that she will get it back.
Will Julie truly change? Or will she lose herself in the controlling and selfish actions she has always done?

Bette Davis is outstanding in this role, portraying a perfect rendition of a heartbroken, headstrong woman on the road for redemption. It is no wonder she won an Oscar for her performance. Henry Fonda is also wonderful as Preston.
This movie is a beautiful yet tragic story that unfolds against the backdrop of the Civil War. It brings consequences and forgiveness, the hope for love and the need to show ones independence. This film will always be a legend no matter what decade or generation. Warner Bros. truly made a film that can stand alongside Gone With The Wind as one of the best movies ever made.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Favorite Dame Of The Day



Originally signed by Twentieth Century Fox as an answer to MGM's Elizabeth Taylor, no one can deny that Joan Collins made a name for herself outside of the label of "Fox's Liz Taylor". With an impressive list of over one hundred roles and with her outstanding acting and perfect beauty Joan Collins is no doubt one of the most unforgettable actresses of old Hollywood. Who could forget Joan Collins in any piece of work she did? With her brilliant talent to play innocent but also villainous characters and her unmatchable beauty, it is most certain that she shall never be forgotten.






Sunday, January 24, 2010

Modern Day Dame

Besides being astonishingly beautiful and an incredibly talented actress, Natalie Portman is also brilliant with a bachelor's degree in psychology (from Harvard University, no less), bilingual in Hebrew and English, and an advocate for animal rights which prompted her to launch a vegan shoe line in 2007.
And all of that is only the beginning! While attending high school, two research papers she co-authored had been published in professional scientific journals and, while attending university, she contributed to a study on memory called "Frontal Lobe Activation During Object Permanence".
Natalie is also heavily involved in politics and has even been a part of both presidential campaign candidates John Kerry and, our new president, Barack Obama. She supports anti-poverty activities and has been an advocate for environmental causes since childhood.

Though she was featured in many live performances, it was in the 1994 film Léon a.k.a. The Professional that Natalie's acting career first began. From there, the films kept coming with Heat, Beautiful Girls, Anywhere But Here, Where The Heart Is and, the box-office hits, Star Wars episodes one to three. That's not to mention the numerous films she stars in that have yet to be released such as Hersher, Your Highness, Black Swan, Thor, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies all due to hit theaters later this year and in 2011.

With an impressive résumé as this, intelligence beyond belief and beauty unsurpassable, Natalie Portman can do it all. The only thing she can't do is cease to delight us.


 
 
 
 

Friday, January 22, 2010

Movie of the Week

The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing

1955


The true story of Evelyn Nesbit being at the center of the murder that swept the nation in a storm is wondrously told in lavish color and spectacular performances.

Evelyn Nesbit (played perfectly and sweetly by Joan Collins) is perhaps the most beautiful girl in America, and she quickly catches the heart of most men that see her. Stanford White is a brilliant architect who is no exception to Evelyn's innocent beauty. They soon begin an affair much to the displeasure of her other would-be suitors, with Harry Thaw leading the pack.
Heartache and sorrow come almost effortlessly to the characters in the film. Misfortune and let-down seem to always follow Evelyn, never offering her rest from her pursuit of being free of it. In a whirlwind of jealousy, sorrow and scandal, a murder takes place, once again putting Evelyn in the path of pain.

Not only are the scenes sumptuous and the colors dazzling but the acting is also superb and the story is enchanting. This is a movie I only recently saw and have absolutely fallen in love with. It is a classic, an ultimate portrayal of the true story of a deadly love triangle. The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing is the perfect kind of movie that has successfully shot to the moon.

Modern Day Gent



Leonardo DiCaprio became a huge star with the release of one of the biggest blockbusters of all time, Titanic. Since then he has landed such roles as the legend Howard Hughes in The Aviator and many under the great Martin Scorsese's direction. Leonardo DiCaprio quickly rose to stardom and has yet to, and certainly will never, fall from it. DiCaprio has over 25 movies in the works, including one where he is slated to play the great Frank Sinatra and even Theodore Roosevelt.
He is one of those faces you will never forget, one of those actors that slip easily into any role handed to them, one that I am certain shall never be forgotten for years to come.
And maybe in those later years he will be likened unto the many greats he has portrayed so effortlessly on film.



Thursday, January 21, 2010

Favourite Gent Of The Day

Tony Curtis, born Bernard Schwartz on June 3, 1925, remains one of Hollywood's most talented and respected actors with such films as 1953's Houdini, 1956's Trapeze in which he co-starred with the incredible Burt Lancaster, 1957's Sweet Smell Of Success, 1958's The Defiant Ones (a personal favourite) and Some Like It Hot the next year.
Of course, these are only a few of his films since Tony has over 100 finished projects including more recent appearances on the hit CBS show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2007 and in the dramatic love story between an Israeli man and Palestinian woman titled David And Fatima released in 2008.
Despite these recent appearances, Tony has decided to make painting his passion over acting selling each canvas at over $25,000!

Nothing can stop Tony Curtis now and nothing could stop him then. Although Curtis has never won an Oscar even for his gritty portrayal of John 'Joker' Jackson in The Defiant Ones, he was inducted into the UNLV Hall of Fame in 2004.

The reason why we all love Tony Curtis is because we never know what to expect. With such diverse roles in Some Like It Hot, The Boston Strangler and The Vikings, it is no surprise that he refuses to play it safe. His comedic timing is impeccable. The sensuality of his voice during a love scene is enough to make any sane and normal functioning woman swoon. The fluidity of his physical movements are natural, honest, believable. He is a magnificent actor... compelling, incomparable beyond ones understanding, intriguing, astonishingly talented. Makes me wonder why this man has yet to win an Oscar but Halle Berry, George Clooney and Jennifer Hudson have. Hmm... Oh well.
Enjoy the photos!

 
 
 
 

Friday, January 15, 2010

Favourite Dame Of The Day

Joan Crawford is one of the greatest actresses of all time. She always played the tough, fast talking woman with brains and beauty that could drive any man out of his wits. And in life outside of the movies some said she was like that. She, herself, always said that she was never anything but herself to the public. Maybe that is why every character she portrays seems so honest and even in a way, you trust her. She was an amazing actress, a true queen of the silver screen, one that, not even in an hundred years, will be forgotten.




Movie of the Week

Here Comes Mr. Jordan
1941


A delightful and different comedy that displays the things we do to just live. A movie that blends celestial magic and harsh reality.

Joe Pendleton(Robert Montgomery) is a boxer preparing for a big fight but as he's traveling his plane crashes and sadly he dies. But once he reaches the other side he finds that they took him too soon, 50 years too soon. Mr. Jordan (Played brilliantly by Claude Rains) chooses to right the mistake. So he takes Joe back to earth to find his body which turns up having been cremated by his friends. There's only one way Joe can continue living, by taking the body of a wealthy playboy who has made many mistakes and who has just been killed by his wife and her lover. Joe takes the chance and soon finds himself in a journey he'll most likely never forget.

Robert Montgomery's comedic timing is priceless and the supporting cast hold him up perfectly. It's a delightful story about a man eager to live and a harsh reality that can certainly be changed. All mistakes can be fixed. Here Comes Mr. Jordan is a classic and will surely live on. This movie is certainly not one of those mistakes that need fixing.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Ricky Nelson

Rick Nelson remains a legend to this day placing as many as fifty three hits on the Billboard charts. His music is easily identifiable in songs such as Hello Mary Lou, Lonesome Town and I'm Walkin'. 






Who he was as a person is something of an enigma, a man of mystery, quiet and solitary. He is remembered by the wicked sense of humour he had and the practical joking he never ceased to do.




 




Above all, Ricky Nelson is remembered for living honestly, gracefully and with integrity.

Photo Of The Month



Jean Harlow with Primo Carnera, Italian boxer and world heavyweight champion, June 29 1933 - June 14, 1934

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Modern Day Gent

Jude Law is the modern embodiment of the classic Hollywood actor. With his great acting skills, his stage credibility, and his refined and handsome face, it is no wonder the British born actor has captured the attention of not only Hollywood but the general public. His clear blue eyes are not only able to capture the emotions his character feels, whether he is tormented ,elated, even stoic. They are also able to capture you, draw you into his world effortlessly. Jude Law is a rightfully acclaimed actor, a perfect representation of what old Hollywood possessed. He is, in my opinion, the absolute definition of a modern day gent.







Saturday, January 9, 2010

Modern Day Dame

Natalie Dormer is not only a strikingly beautiful woman she is also one of Hollywood's little unknowns, a very talented actress with so much to prove if only the right role would come to her.

She made her big screen debut in 2005's Casanova with Heath Ledger and is best known for her role as Queen Anne Boleyn in the Showtime series The Tudors.

Not only is this blonde (and sometime brunette) an edgy actress who prefers to dabble in the risky side of acting, she is also a mezzo soprano singer, is a member of the London Fencing Academy and speaks French!

Check her out in 2009's City of Life ~and~ Fencewalker!