New Releases for Tuesday, August 26th!

New Releases for Tuesday, August 26th!

26.08.14
Richard Attenborough RIP.

Richard Attenborough RIP.

24.08.14

BMEotD #175 Written on the Wind (1956)

As was universally acknowledged in the wake of her passing, Lauren Bacall burst onto movie screens with two of the most incandescently sexy performances of all time, teasing out her every verbal sparring with future husband Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep till the back-and-forth of words become indistinguishable from rhythmic exchanges it wouldn’t do to show onscreen. That bright flame couldn’t help but dim; in later films Bacall, lovely till the end, adopted a carriage more aloof and respectable, desirable still but now more distant. One of her greatest films, Doug Sirk’s Written on the Wind, uses this reserve to brilliant effect.

She’s first seen during the opening credits, rising from bed in an elegant mansion—not seductively, but slumped over in exhaustion and pain. A man charges through a door, a gunshot rings out, a body stumbles to the ground as dead leaves swirl around; from there we flash back a year to advertising executive Lucy Moore (Bacall) enduring a whirlwind courtship from oil scion Kyle Hadley (Robert Stack), who follows lunch at 21 with a spontaneous flight down to Florida, escorting her to a hotel room bedecked with purses and gowns. Bacall, knowing the score, angrily heads back to the airport, a display of decency that has Stack chasing after her in fumbling, heartfelt contrition. This turnabout impresses Bacall more than any flaunting of wealth could, and they’re soon married. Family friend Mitch Wayne (Rock Hudson) tries to caution her away from Stack, and further warning signs abound—Stack’s bonhomie is belied by the pistol he keeps under his pillow, and first meeting with sister-in-law Marylee (Dorothy Malone) is an epic thrust and parry of frosty brickbats. But Bacall is convinced her love for Stack can heal the poisoned family, and soldiers it out. Of course we’ve already seen the bad ending; it’s just a question of how the crack-up comes.

Sirk, a master at deploying actors to suit his expressionistic purposes, sets up a deliberate dichotomy between the Hadley siblings and the “decent” couple trapped in their orbit. While Stack and Malone, all frenzy and motion and twisted neuroses, race around in sports cars and dance furious mambos, every pleasure they grasp a mask for two lonely, desperate wrecks, Bacall and Hudson move with sleepy languor, as if they were walking underwater. Bacall’s famous slow appraisals stiffen to apprehension, judging every word that comes from Stack’s mouth, weighing her options before joining her husband at the dinner table or leaning in to give him a kiss. It’s a world away from the flirtatious intimacy of her debut, and a reminder she had a lot more to teach you than how to whistle.

-Bruce

20.08.14
New Releases for Tuesday, August 19th!

New Releases for Tuesday, August 19th!

19.08.14

BMEotD #174 Overboard (1987)

I am proud to admit that this is my favorite movie of all time.  When I was a kid I used to get sick a lot and my mom would rent this for me.  Goldie Hawn plays Joanna Stayton, an uptight wealthy woman who disregards others who are not up to her standing.  Kurt Russell plays Dean Proffitt, the unfortunate carpenter who is forced to remodel her closet. He ends up getting stiffed for a job not to her liking and she throws him OVERBOARD.

Later that night or the next, (it’s unclear) Joanna goes to the upper deck of her yacht to retrieve her wedding ring.  She, herself, falls OVERBOARD and ends up with amnesia.  Finding out this bit of information due to the fact that Joanna made the news, Dean decides to take advantage of her by pretending that they are married and that she is his little homemaker. 

When I found out years ago that Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell were together in real life, i was super ecstatic. I know that’s silly but hey, I was 10.  I love this film because it’s the ultimate feel good story about two unlikely people who fall in love.

-JennaRose

16.08.14
Amazing Nigerian poster for Terminator 2: Judgement Day. It’s so good!

Amazing Nigerian poster for Terminator 2: Judgement Day. It’s so good!

14.08.14
Lauren Bacall RIP!

Lauren Bacall RIP!

12.08.14