Saturday, February 27, 2010

Movie of the Week



Laura
1944

Film noir at its best. Mystery at its most intriguing. Laura presents a perfect murder mystery and offers a complete range of acting done by the very best in Hollywood. The fact that two other actresses turned down the role and that Gene Tierny did not want to do this movie leaves me quite perplexed. For once, the world should be glad for contractual obligations.

Det. Mark Mcpherson (brilliantly portrayed by Dana Andrews) is investigating the murder of Laura Hunt, the alluring and beautiful ad exec, who was found dead on the floor of her apartment. Two suspects come into the picture as Laura's life unfolds. A man who was in love with her, Waldo Lydecker, and her fiance', Shelby Carpenter. The evidence that points every which way and the beautiful portrait of Laura that has made Det. McPherson fall in love with her has made the case much more difficult to solve.

Twists and turns soon abound in the coil of investigation and the truth becomes even harder to find. What is really the reason for such a brutal murder? What happened to the beautiful and doomed Laura?


Gene Tierney is absolutely enthralling and iconic in her portrayal of Laura Hunt and Dana Andrews is simply amazing as the quick talking detective eager to solve the case. Laura had the ability to make everyone love her and she will continue to do so with moviegoers throughout the years. This is truly one of the best classics and will stand out as one of the best of all time.





Saturday, February 20, 2010

Favourite Gent Of The Day

It was in the early 1950's with roles in movies such as My Cousin Rachel, The Robe and Alexander The Great that Richard Burton started getting recognised. Long before, the great Richard Burton received a scholarship from the prestigious Oxford University to study acting and made his first appearance on stage in the early 40's.

Not only was Richard an incredibly talented actor in the silver screen pictures, he dominated the stage in productions of Hamlet, Henry V, Othello, The Tempest, Coriolanus and numerous others. 
Burton is quoted as saying "home is where the books are" as he was an avid fan of Shakespeare, poetry and reading.

What is most impressive about Richard is that he took the time to thoroughly understand each of the character's emotions, immersing himself in their situations, grasping their ideas, growing as a part of who the character is and becoming one with them. Unfortunately, there are some of us who were not able to witness the intensity of his raw acting talents on stage. However,  to watch all of this unfold on screen is just as remarkable of an experience. And, since we are able to rewind, we can intently study the depth within his eyes over and over again for years to come.


 
 

Movie of the Week

Lolita
(1962)

The movie that created all sorts of buzz and controversy, Lolita has become a classic that most moviegoers would not dream of missing. Directed by Stanley Kubrick and written by the novels original author, Lolita is one of the most outrageous and wonderful movies. Although the original product was changed to please the censors, the movie still remains a film masterpiece.

Humbert Humbert (wonderfully played by James Mason) is an English professor of French literature who moves to a small town in America for an open teaching position. There he falls into a relationship with Charlotte Haze (whose distressful loneliness is played masterfully by Shelley Winters) only to get closer to her 14 year old daughter who turns out to be quite a minx. Lolita has the charm, flirtatiousness and beauty to make Humbert fall in love with her to the point of senselessness. However, what Humbert hopes for is soon sidetracked by his antagonist, Clare Quilty (The role was widely expanded from the novel and is played by Peter Sellers) who has his own affection for Lolita.

A movie about manipulation, thriving yearnings and a scandalous want that is and will always be shocking. The actors carry out their roles effortlessly without having received much acclaim for their work. This film was widely rejected and yet continues to be film-making at its best.




Monday, February 15, 2010

Movie Of The Week

Valentine's is a day of love. Unhindered, inexpressible, and overwhelming love. The day where your sweetheart is breathless at the sound of your proclamations of devotion, and swooning over the thought you put into this one special day.
Here we will be reflecting such love in a short list of four movies that reflect love's impeccable feelings but also display the ultimate tumultuous side of love. Because while love always makes you happy, it can also hurt.

1. Gone With The Wind (1939)

Not only does this timeless masterpiece capture one of the greatest love stories of all time, it also brings us a heroine whose eyes are blinded to the one man who would do anything for her, who has loved her indefintiely. Thus bringing us one of of the most tortured, passionate, and enduring romances throughout history.

2. Romeo and Juliet(1968)

Perhaps one of the most famous, legendary, and altogether tragic love stories ever told. Romeo and Juliet tells the tale of star-crossed lovers with feuding families who only long for each other. The results of this forbidden romance is sorrowful and yet their love remains timeless and forevermore.

3. Wuthering Heights (1939)

A movie filled with enough savage romance to make anyone exhausted. Wuthering Heights offers a love that not only borders madness but also shows the side of rejection that love can take, The lasting passion behind anger and ache.


4. The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)

A story set in the most romantic place on earth about regrets, true love, and ultimate heartbreak. A movie chronicling a love so full of despair it cause sorrow and a never ending tragedy.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Modern Day Gent

Joseph Fiennes is clearly an unforgettable actor. With outstanding performances in highly acclaimed movies such as Shakespeare In Love and Elizabeth, he has made a name for himself in Hollywood. Brother to another highly acclaimed actor, Ralph Fiennes, Joseph Fiennes is truly one of Hollywood's most refined and talented actors easily taking us back to the golden era of Hollywood, making us feel as if we remember the classiness of old Hollywood.

Joseph Fiennes is outstanding in any work that he does, making him remarkable and unforgettable. He not only defines modern at it's best but with a taste of classic Hollywood in every project he does. He is one of the few actors that define the meaning of a modern day gent.






Sweethearts Of February!



Here at Gents and Dames, we found it exceedingly difficult to post only one pin up for this special
month. For February, we decided to go ahead and post as many of these beauties we could find!


 
Joan Blondell

 
Olympe Bradna

 
Yvonne DeCarlo

 
Rita Hayworth

 
Joan Leslie

Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

King Of Jazz



Breaking boundaries and always keeping true to himself, Nat King Cole did more than make a name for himself in the music industry with hit classics such as Unforgettable, L-O-V-E, Mona Lisa and Darling Je Vous Aime Beacoup.


It all began in the mid-1930's. While still a teenager, he changed his name to Nat Cole and, with his older brother Eddie, made his first jazz recording inspired by the playing of Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong and Jimmie Noone. The Cole's were regulars at numerous clubs and it was at one jazz club in particular where Nat Cole got the nickname King which is based on the otherwise unrelated nursery rhyme about Old King Cole.
In Long Beach, Cole and three other musicians formed the King Cole Swingers playing many local bars before landing a gig worth $90 ($1, 384 currently) at the Long Beach Pike. 



Though Cole was a jazz pianist, he did sing in between instrumental numbers maintaining the deep baritone of his voice by smoking constantly. Sadly, it was this habit that led to lung cancer and on February 15, 1965 at the age of 46 Nat King Cole passed away leaving for us all music that truly is unforgettable.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Movie of the Week

Shadow of a Doubt
1943
Hitchcock was quoted as saying this was one of his favorite movies and Teresa Wright also said it was her favorite. Such high praise is well-deserved when it comes to this spectacular film. This is indeed one of the best masterpieces Alfred Hitchcock ever made.

Joseph Cotten plays Uncle Charlie. We know from the beginning that he is on the run from the law but it does not hinder the suspense as the movie runs its powerful course. Uncle Charlie's young niece, Charlie (named after her beloved uncle), has become quite bored with the life she lives with her family. She has already decided what it is that could make things more interesting: a visit from her uncle, which does come quite by surprise.
Upon his arrival, everyone displays their usual trust and love for him but soon enough things begin to unravel for Uncle Charlie due to the most unlikely source.

After noticing several oddities in her uncles behavior and things that point to the fact that he is hiding something, Charlie begins to suspect the worst. The arrival of two men asking questions about him doesn't help her suspicions at all. Is Uncle Charlie really the man responsible for horrible crimes? Are Charlie's suspicions correct? We follow her as she reluctantly overturns stones that lead to an amazing and unforgettable climax.

Mystery, suspense, thrills and noir all come together to create a blend of absolute perfection. The acting is superb, the directing is -as always- flawless and the script is captivating.
Shadow of a Doubt is one of the best movies one will ever see. It'll leave you breathless as you watch the suspense unravel and realize just how far one will go to protect themselves and how blind love can truly leave you.

Monday, February 1, 2010

TV Show Of The Month



The 1957 sitcom was a first of it's kind, being the first show about an all-American suburban family strictly told through the eyes of the children and, in this case, the Beaver. The delightful show was not only filled with humor for audiences of all ages but also with Beaver getting into trouble and facing discipline for his actions.

The show's characters were altogether likable and delightful as well as amusing. The chemistry of the cast made you truly believe you were watching your every day all-American family. That was what made the audiences adore the show.

The show ran for six years but it's memory will no doubt live for years to come. When you watch Leave It To Beaver you are all at once amused, delighted, and fascinated by this great classic.






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