4 items from 2012
It should really have inspired its own sordid sub-sub-genre. Hagsploitation, perhaps, or maybe Grande Dame Guignol. Robert Aldrich's What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? is a movie that reeks of contempt and despair, and so it brings me great pleasure to celebrate its 50th anniversary as it is re-released this week.
Key to its success was the provocative casting of longtime enemies Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, who had been feuding toxically for nearly three decades. Bette, the better actor and the worse alcoholic, had an arch and spiteful tongue – "Joan Crawford? I wouldn't sit on her toilet!" – while Joan, inarguably the greater star and herself no slouch in the vodka wars, had come from nothing and always played for keeps. She would steal, seduce, and marry the love of your life just to spite you, »
- John Patterson
Somehow we’d fallen into calling her “Luce the Moose.” No one even remembers why. After that, I used to buy her some kind of moose – a stuffed doll, a carving, anything – every Christmas. Her given name was Lucy Sylvia Mesce. Lucia, actually, but other than her immigrant parents, I don’t think anybody ever called her that.
She passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest on Monday, April 2, sometime around 5:30 p.m., at the age of 81.
She was my mother.
We are, each of us, at any given instant, the sum total of our lives. Everything that we have seen and heard, the people that we have known and the experiences we have had shape us, influence us, nudge and shove us this way and that. And all of it – even that which we have forgotten or thought we had completely ignored or considered so minor as to be irrelevant – leaves some trace, »
- Bill Mesce
9 Great Posters for 9 Not-So-Great Movies (that I Haven't Seen) If you missed it, yesterday I explored 11 great posters from 11 not-so-great movies, and I promised today I would take a slightly different angle at the same idea. Yesterday's 11 posters were for films I had seen, today's collection come from nine films I have never seen and I can't take full credit for this list. After I had compiled a list of my own I reached out to a few friends and one of them provided me a Ton of suggestions, several of which I had never seen. David Frank, who used to provide content on a regular basis for me, is a big poster buff and of the nine posters here, he suggested seven of them. As for the other two, well, I'll explain below and perhaps in too much detail on one of them. This list also differs from my »
- Brad Brevet
I’ve always been a war film buff, maybe because I grew up with them at a time when they were a regular part of the cinema landscape. That’s why I read, with particular interest, my Sound on Sight colleague Edgar Chaput’s recent pieces on The Flowers of War (“The Flowers of War Is an Uneven but Interesting Chinese Ww II Film” – posted 2/20/12) and The Front Line (The Front Line Rises to the Occasion to Overcome Its Familiarity” – 2/16/12) with such interest. An even more fun read was the back-and-forth between Edgar and Sos’s Michael Ryan over the latter (“The Sound on Sight Debate on Korea’s The Front Line” – 2/12/12), with Michael unimpressed because the movie had “…nothing new to add to the war genre,” and Edgar coming back with “…‘new’ is not always what a film must strive for. So long as it does well what it set out to do… »
- Bill Mesce
4 items from 2012
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