Blogathon

Kelly’s Heroes…good fun

Kelly's_Heroes_film_posterI’m not a big “war movie person” but with Kelly’s Heroes (1970) I make an exception. Because this movie isn’t just a war movie, no, it goes far beyond that. It is memories of those Super 8 movie days with my father. And of us quoting various scenes from Kelly’s Heroes by heart…

…for example “Sixty feet of bridge…” aah…but I get ahead of myself. Let’s backtrack just a little…I think I should give you a rough breakdown of the happenings first:

So, we have Kelly, of course, who hears about a stash of gold that would be good for the taking. Problem is, said stash is behind enemy lines. But, fear not, Kelly, being a tough soldier gets together his band of “heroes” with some added takers who end up in the group just because they happen to be in the “right” spot at appropriate time (think “Oddball” here”…I’ll explain later). And off they go…with all sorts of antics along the way. Remember, this isn’t a war war movie, no, it’s more of a comedy war movie (of course, with serious moments along the way).

Anyway, this became one of the most quoted movies in our household…mostly, because the memorable lines come from Donald Sutherland who was my father’s favourite actor. Like when all the bridges are being blown up just as our band of heroes want to cross. And Oddball, yes, Donald Sutherland (who else?) is tasked with finding a bridge…part of his telephonic negotiation goes along the lines of this:

Oddball: “…look baby, I’m kinda hung up. I need sixty feet of bridge.”

Bellamy: “Hey kid. They haven’t got you in the nut ward again?”

Oddball: “Ah Bellamy, for cryin’ out loud………I don’t need you. Sixty feet of bridge I can get almost anywhere. Schmuck!”

Oh boy, and the “negative waves”…always positive even when the bridge gets blown. As for his “battle tactics”:

Oddball: “These tanks are faster than any other tanks in the European Theater of Operations. Forwards or backwards. You see man, we like to feel we can get out of trouble quicker than we got into it.”

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And when Kelly asks if he has any other weapons:

Oddball: “Well yeah, man, you see, like, all the tanks we come up against are bigger and better than ours, so that all we can hope to do is, like, scare ’em away y’ know. This gun is an ordinary 76mm but we add this piece of pipe onto it and the Krauts think, like uh, maybe it’s a 90mm”

Further explaining that “We have a loudspeaker here, and when we go into battle we play music, very loud. It kind of…calms us down.” and “We got our own ammunition. it’s filled with paint. When we fire it, it makes… pretty pictures. Scares the hell outta people!”

But, it isn’t only Oddball who’s fantastic in this one. The whole bunch of heroes work so well with nobody out-shadowing the other. Clint Eastwood, is of course Kelly, all serious and leader of the group. Second in command, if you like, is Big Joe…ah, what a character – also his own entity and always shouting about as only Telly Savalas can. Crapgame, Don Rickles, is always wheeling and dealing in some way or other. And the list goes on making for a well worthwhile watch.

Another thing that always sticks out for me is the opening (well, not opening but the first piece) song “Burning Bridges” by the Mike Curb Congregation. Back in the day, before online shopping, I searched many a CD store (remember those?) for this title…and finally found it on a compilation CD. Here it is with some snippets from the movie (so, possibly spoiler alert):

Overall, a treat of a war movie.

Thanks to Maddy of Maddy Loves her Classic Films together with Jay of Cinema Essentials for hosting this Blogathon. Head on over to their sites for other great entries.

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First impressions of…Psycho (1960)

PsychoPosterWe all know that iconic shower scene accompanied by that specific music…don’t we? And we all know which movie it comes from. Yet…until this weekend I’d never dared (yes, “dared” because I’m scared of horrors…but how bad can a 1960s movie really be? And Hitchcock? Why am I such a scaredy Cat??? (no pun intended for those who know me…ok, ok, fine, I couldn’t resist).

So, with The Janet Leigh Blogathon I decided to tackle this one. In that way, it would go from my To Watch List to my Watched List because I’d obviously need to watch it. And it is another case of …why did I wait so long?

Absolutely excellent. The opening credits, or more so, the music sets the scene (gosh, I’m doing well today 😉 ) for a brilliant Hitchcock work. And off course, the symbolic music, those screeching strings have finally made an impact…I’d learnt about how they are the perfect horror music accessory but this movie really shows their ultimate usage. One thing is for sure, I’ll never be quite comfortable in a motel shower again. Ever. I’ll probably also check behind every picture too.

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Oh, the story. I won’t go too much into it. I think you’d best discover it yourself. Let’s just say that Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) ends up at the Bates Motel one rainy night. Run by Norman Bates, the creepiest guy out such a lovely, polite man. And well, the rest I won’t give away. I never knew the story until now, so will leave you in as much suspense. Just go watch it.

Moving on to our Blogathon subject…I’d never seen Janet Leigh before (bar the shower scene stills) and was really impressed. I absolutely loved her in this Oscar and Golden Globe nominated role as Marion. Even though we are introduced to her in what is a secret tryst, somehow she is still a sympathetic character from the start. So much so that, knowing the shower scene was coming, I was hoping that, having never seen it, she’d come out of it alive. And, spoiler alert (sort of), what she does to get the story going in the first place, is therefore totally unexpected. Janet Leigh‘s depiction of her inner turmoil is absolutely convincing yet there are moments when you wonder if she’s not a little psycho herself. Yet, somehow you really feel for her. Especially once she checks into the infamous motel (oh, that’s another thing that I “knew” of this movie but really didn’t, if that makes sense…amazing how popular culture impacts us). But somewhere, at the back of my mind, the unfair thought that she ended up in this situation because she wasn’t quite innocent crept in. Would any of this have happened had she gone to the bank?

Fascinating, yet disturbing, is the explanation/reasoning behind the shower scene. The personality/ies of Norman. It somehow reminded me of the movie I’d reviewed a while back, Peacock.

JL banner - Evil 1It isn’t only Janet Leigh who makes this all come together. Hitchcock‘s amazing imagery, the music, the actors, the story, everything just works so well together to present us with the perfect movie. Absolutely worthy of a watch. Maybe even a second or third.

Love Letters to Old Hollywood has more Janet Leigh post right here.

Brilliant…The Last of Sheila

Last_Of_Sheila_(movie)I’d forgotten the sheer brilliance of The Last of Sheila (1973). Or rather, I think when I watched it last, as an early teen, I didn’t appreciate it. Or maybe, it was just that on the Super 8 reels my parents used to own, the sound wasn’t clear and I missed half the dialogue. Irrelevant…what’s important is now…how excellent it is. And how wonderful it is to re-watch after soooo many years…and only remembering who did it at the moment the culprit is revealed (again).

The opening scene, set by that perfect, almost stereotypical mystery music, has Sheila running from a party to be hit (and run) by an out-of-control car not a few minutes later. Fast forward a year to 6 guests, invited by Clinton (Sheila’s husband, played by James Coburn), onto his yacht for a few days of time out and with a mystery game. These 6 guests were all present at the party the night Sheila was killed. And Clinton’s game isn’t really a game…it hits all too close with those supposedly random secrets he allocates to each person (at his insistence that it is just fun). When things go wrong, as they usually do, the whole thing unravels…or, comes together.

the-last-of-sheila1973-lobby-card-3I must say, to come up with such a clever story requires close on genius. Every action, every line of dialogue is critical to the story. You won’t notice many of the things on first viewing but on round two (or more), you’ll discover just how it all fits perfectly right in front of your eyes…with you barely noticing. Ultimately you’ll have it spelt out for you and you’ll go “ah, of course” or “duh, so obvious”. Followed by Clinton’s response to “I like any game where you don’t have to move” of “Well, you don’t have to for this one…if you’re smart enough”…little do you realise just how true it is. It is all right there in front of you…if you’re smart enough.

Now, I won’t go into many more details because this is one you just have to watch. At least twice. I’d hate to spoil anything upfront because anything I say will give it away.

Directed by Oscar nominee Herbert Ross, and written by Oscar winner Stephen Sondheim and nominee Anthony Perkins…the stars are of course James Coburn with Raquel Welch, James Mason, Ian McShane, Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon and Joan Hackett as his 6 suspects friends…well, probably not suspects as I think he knows all along who the killer is.

Here’s the trailer:

 

Enjoy!

And for some more mysteries…head on over to Pop Culture Reverie (here) for the Mystery Mania Blogathon.

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Northmen: A Viking Saga…a saga so bad that it’s not bad at all…

Northmen…yep, you read that right. What? Yes…many of you might think that it is such a saga to watch the first few minutes of this movie. I think it isn’t that bad. Don’t you have one of those movies that is actually not brilliant but somehow it just hits a spot…that weak spot?

Coming in at 34% Audience Score and no Tomatometer or Critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, it at least gets a 5.4/10 on IMDB. In my personal rating system…I’ll bump it up to 6.5, maybe even a 7.

Basically, we have a group of Vikings who get stranded on the South African Scottish coast, behind enemy lines, and need to make their way to the closest Viking settlement. However, they pick up a valuable hostage and so the chase begins by German/Swiss some mercenaries.

I mean, let’s be honest…the story isn’t that great but somehow I got smitten by Inghean (Charlie Murphy) jumping out her captive wagon to attack some brutish (not really) Vikings…lead by Asbjorn (Tom Hopper) who can’t even hide his smile in the serious moment. In general, the acting is quite stiff and sometimes the story not quite as smooth as it could be. But you know what? Who cares? If you can fill in the gaps yourself…the story half-way works.

Northmen3Conall (Ryan Kwanten) comes across uncomfortable in his role swinging some mean stick to take out a band of thugs. As for the enemies…boy does the Scottish King send one huge army and waste one massive amount of arrows on a few little Vikings. Somewhere along the line, Inghean and Asbjorn fall in love even though it is never properly shown (oh what a pity)…but, my romantic fix is fulfilled.

Northmen2So…is it bad? Yes. Is it good? Yes. I skip through parts of it but regularly find myself watching it. If only for the “You came back for me?” line by Inghean to Asbjorn. And that bit where she patches up his wounded arm with a herb that just happens to be growing at the exact spot where he crumbles in pain. And the cheesy (or offensive) compliment he makes her while waiting out the enemy.

Bring on the stunning, yet obviously South African (Cape Town) scenery pretending to be Scotland…and well…what more do I need to say?

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So…that’s my bad entry into the So Bad It’s Good Blogathon hosted by Taking Up Room. For more of these entries…head on over here.

 

My (slightly different) favourite meet-cutes…

…well, if you’re expecting the typical romance genre meet-cutes, sorry. Not going to happen. I have a weakness for romance in those movies deemed anything but romance (the main genre that is). Nothing better than watching two people fall in love when you don’t expect it on first viewing. So…without further ado…here are my personal favourites (in no particular order):

(Beware…spoilers…)

Centurion

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I absolutely love the interaction between Centurion Quintus Dias and Arianne during their first encounter:

“It’s ok. It’s ok”

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“We don’t want to hurt you”

“Who are you? What do you want here”

Little do they know at this stage that it is more than purely food and shelter and refuge from the Picts he will find.

The Last of the Mohicans

How could my favourite movie not make it onto this list? The moment Uncas and Alice meet…you can just see it in their look:

No words needed to express this scene. In fact, their relationship is almost entirely shown and not spoken.

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Cora and Hawkeye have their meet-cute somewhere too but they are just not the couple to show it.

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I think this is deemed the meet-cute. Oh how I love the way “Stretch” and “Mike” meet and find their love:

“We’ve just come in across the sink. We need water…bad.”

“There’s a spring here. But you’ll never make it”

“You just point it out. We’ll make it”

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Plunkett & Macleane

How could another of my favourites not make my list?

“You are not a gentleman.”

“I’m sorry?”

“No gentleman would stare at a lady like that in public.”

“I do beg your pardon. Captain James Macleane. At your service.”

“Oh, so you are a gentleman.”

“Yes?”

“What a shame.”

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But I consider the “real” meet-cute, during the highway robbery:

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Robin Hood

Ah, another one I just love, especially seeing the Marian is such a strong woman who holds her own against Robin. Here they meet for the first time:

“Girl.”

“Girl?”

Pause.

“Either you’re going blind. Or you’re looking for charity”

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So there you go…my favourite meet-cutes.

For some more post on this topic, head on over to Phyllis Loves Classic Movies for The First Annual Valentine’s Day “Meet-Cute” Blogathon. Happy reading.

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Unexpectedly…great…

unexpected41Yes, so, well, isn’t it strange how the movies you nearly pass by often end up being in your favourites list? Not sure if it comes down to expectations…or, rather, the lack of expectations? Or, simply the nature of things? Whatever it boils down to, I guess, doesn’t really matter…what counts is that they become your own personal greats and unexpectedly so…thus making their way into Taking Up Room‘s The Unexpected Blogathon.

Now, because I couldn’t make up my mind on which unexpectedly super movie to write about, I thought I’d just tell you about a three that immediately come to mind. Here they are in no particular order.

Vir Altyd (2016)

I’d done something we shouldn’t do…pre-judge. And I’d pre-judged South African movies. Until recently I only had some dodgy comedies to go on and that Oscar winner looked like it would hit home too hard, so I avoided it. I just couldn’t be convinced. Until, somehow I had Afrikaans movie Vir Altyd showing. And I totally fell in love. After getting used to the South African accents (I’m not used to hearing my own accent on the screen) I simply savoured every moment of this one.

We have Nina (DonnaLee Roberts) about to walk down the aisle on the day that her closest childhood friend Hugo (Ivan Botha) comes back to town for the first time in years. Circumstances on the wedding day (no, he has not come to break up the ceremony) have these two embark on an adventure which is absolutely delightful to watch.

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I can’t believe it took me so long to catch on to these Afrikaans movies. Didn’t expect to have this one amongst my favourites. With Pad na jou Hart, another teaming up of DonnaLee Roberts and Ivan Botha, close on its heels.

Centurion (2010)

2852-FINAL_CENTURION 70x100op 50 %.inddI clearly remember walking into the local Video Store (remember those?) to find something to watch. I had no idea what I was in the mood for. By this stage, however, the store owner had gotten to know me and pulled out Centurion. “No way” (or something along those lines) is what I told him. I didn’t feel like some random action movie. I can’t remember how but convince me he did (I do know he just checked it out for me at some point and told me to trust him)…I walked out the store with soon to be one of my favourites.

Centurion, yes, it is an action movie and a very simple one. A game of cat and mouse. A small band of survivors of Rome’s famous Ninth Legion find themselves on the run, behind enemy lines. But, the dynamics within the group fleeing for their lives together with those they encounter make this an interesting one.

Oh, and of course, being me, I just can’t resist that understated romance…*sigh*…I have a weakness for these romantic moments in “non-romantic” genre movies.

Michael Fassbender leads the flight to safety with Olga Kurylenko being one mean Pict (well, technically Roman) tracker who never once eases up on the relentless chase. We also have Dominic West, Imogen Poots, JJ Feild, Lee Ross, David Morrissey, Liam Cunningham, Noel Clarke and a whole lot more join in.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

This one utterly and truly blew me away on first viewing. Oh my! I was in this daze for days (ha ha – that wasn’t intended). I couldn’t function…all I had was “car” chases, dust, bizarre masks, blood bags, electric guitarists and such going round and round and round in my mind. It was like I’d stepped into another dimension. The night I’d watched it was totally sleepless…or, rather, it felt like I was awake but obviously not because I was in the Mad Max world. Basically, this one was such a warped, wonderful, weird visual trip that just couldn’t be switched off with the credits rolling. It had caught me so by surprise…it needed lots and lots of processing.

MadMaxPosterOnce again one I’d no intention at all, ever, EVER to watch it. I mean, “everyone” told me that the Mad Max movies were such a load of rubbish. Yet, as is human nature, the more I was told it was a waste of time, the more I was in some way intrigued. Especially given the fact that I’d never seen a Mad Max movie before. All I knew was one of the posters with Mel Gibson on it. That was it. One evening, I was like a kid…I’d just peek at the first few seconds…huh, fat chance…I watched the whole thing and could have gone for round two.

Hmmm, I’ve just realised that this is another “chase” movie with Furiosa (Charlize Theron), against the dictatorial system in a futuristic wasteland world, on the run with Max (Tom Hardy), just trying to stay out of the system he’s escaped from. Joining their cause in an attempt to restore humanity and order are Nicholas Hoult,  Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton  and with Hugh Keays-Byrne  leading the tyrannical world.

Thinking of it…I need another “Mad Max fix”…I know what I’m about to start watching again. And ooh, ooh, I believe there is a Chrome version – that must be absolutely gorgeous.

So, that’s it for now. The three movies amongst my favourites that totally unexpectedly ended up there.

Head on over to Taking up Room for more entries in her Blogathon.

And here are the trailers:

Thank You (and one more entry)- “Non-English” Language Blogathon

I’ve got another post to present to you. The entry by Silver Screen Classics has you holding your breath from tension in the French film noir, Rififi

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What a wonderful 2 days of “non-English” language movie posts we’ve enjoyed. It has been a pleasure reading all of the posts and I’m in me element with a whole stack of movies having come to my attention. So, without rambling on and on…all I want to say to the Blogathon participants, readers, likers etc is a great big…(in no particular order of language…I’ve gone totally random)

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Děkuji Aitäh Çox sağ ol אדאנק Cảm ơn bạn Daalụ Vielen Dank Gracias Þakka þér fyrir Dankie Mèsi ကျေးဇူးတင်ပါတယ် Gratias tibi Matur nuwun Salamat kea leboha Thank You Ngiyabonga Takk skal du ha Köszönöm Diolch धन्यवाद Баярлалаа

In case you missed all the wonderful posts, head on to the first day entries here and the second day ones here.

It’s Blogathon Day 2!

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Ah, the wonderful “non-English” language movies that have come my way are fantastic. That ever growing “to watch” list of mine has lengthened since yesterday. Here are some more wonderful entries…here they are. (For yesterday’s contribution, click ici (here))

Incubus Realweegiemidget Reviews introduces me to a language I honestly didn’t know existed with her review of Inkubo (Incubus), a 1966 horror movie where a language called Esperanto is spoken.
Aguirre.jpg Moon in Gemini takes us on an expedition in the Andes with her post on the 1972 movies Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes. Here a ruthless leader heads off to find a non-existent place called El Dorado in the hopes of finding riches.
FannyAlexanderjpg MovieRob gives us a multiple Oscar winner and nominated Bergman movie (including Best Foreign Language Film) with his post about siblings Fanny and Alexander in Fanny och Alexander.
La_Nuit_oscar The Wonderful World of Cinema presents La nuit américaine, a movie by Francois Truffaut about movie making with an exquisite soundtrack and clever dialogue.

 

It’s Blogathon Day!

“Film” in a random few languages…perfect to open The “non-English” Language Blogathon:

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With such a treasure chest of movies that are available in “original” languages other than the various forms of English, I wanted to shed some light on them. So, without further ado…go ahead and click on the movie titles below to read all the wonderful entries. (I’ll be updating as we go along so be sure to pop back again)

 

La_regle_du_jeu Not always are we meant to sit back, relax and mindlessly consume a movie. Silver Screenings brings us French movie La Règle du Jeu (The Rules of the Game) (1939) which pulls you out of your comfort zone but is wonderful nonetheless.
Still_Walking Cinematic Scribblings has a look at how members of a family react to tragedy and how their relationships are changed, developed, strained and strengthened in Japanese movie Aruitemo aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008).
Gion_no_shimai_(1936).jpg Maddy Loves Her Classic Films writes on Gion no shimai (Sisters of the Gion) (1936), a Japanese movie that delves into the lives of two sisters and how they deal with the treatment handed out to them as geishas.
Jeux_interdits Maddy Loves Her Classic Films brings us Jeux interdits (Forbidden Games) (1952) , a French war movie that doesn’t focus on the soldiers and battlefield but on the effects on children who don’t really understand death and another victim that is often forgotten, animals.
Sinkkulaiva Well, well, I have a very disco era song stuck in my head from the clip Realweegiemidget Reviews included in her post about an overnight ship and the shenanigans that go with it in the post about a Finnish TV Series Sinkkulaiva (2013 – 2014)
La_Historia_Oficial MovieMovieBlogBlog looks at Oscar nominated Argentinian movie La historia oficial (The Official Story) (1985) about the heart breaking topic of babies being taken from their mothers and being put up for adoption.
la_cage_aux_folles MovieRob looks at La Cage aux Folles which, back when it was released, raised social issues as it deals about gay marriage and how it had to be kept secret in order not to ruin a non-gay marriage.
M poster You’ll never quite think of Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King” the same again once you’ve watched M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder (M) (1931), the 1931 German movie about the murderer of little girls. This, brought to you by The Midnite Drive-In.
Seven Samurai.png The classic Shichinin no samurai (we all know it as The Seven Samurai (1954)) with not a single wasted frame, brilliant editing and perfectly placed sound (or lack of) is brought to you by The Stop Button.
Ladri3 Cinema Essentials looks at life immediately after WWII in Italy but more specifically, the relationship between father and son in the Italian movie Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves) (1948)
LeMillion With creditors hounding an artist who doesn’t realise he has won the lottery until the winning ticket is no longer in his possession, WadsWords brings us the delightful sounding 1931 French comedy Le Million.
Snabba_Cash_(film) I have a look at a Swedish movie called Snabba Cash where trying to fit in with the “in” crowd gets a promising student into all kinds of trouble as he does anything to get some money.

Simply Splendid…Serendipity

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To start…I apologise for poor layout or incorrect spelling…you have no idea how hard it is writing a post on a phone. Anyway…

You know you’re in for a treat when the opening scene of last minute Christmas shopping is accompanied with Louis Armstrong’s Cool Yule. And that can only mean something light but special is heading your way. Serendipity is just that. Besides, how could a movie with such a title not be special?

It all starts during that last minute shopping rush…over a single pair of gloves. She wants them (for herself) and he wants them (for his girlfriend). They spend a wonderful evening together and leave the rest up to fate – a dollar bill with his name and number on it. A book sold to an used book store with her name and number. Life unfolds for both of them but somehow neither can forget the other.

The way this light romantic movie unfolds is simply magical. As the viewer it is such a pleasure (and often frustrating, in a good way) watching them, and fate, miss each other by seconds yet in doing so, working their way to each other. They just don’t make them like this anymore.

Set in New York, mainly during the Christmas period, it has some beautiful sights to show with my favourite being the snowy evening (two of them in fact) on the ice rink of Central Park.

Ah, I simply adore this one. Oh..“them“ is Sara and Jonathan…Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack. They work so well as a couple.serendipity

For more wonderful Winter in July posts, head on over to Moon in Gemini.

Lust in the Dust…oops, I mean Duel in the Sun…

..is my entry into The 4th Annual Sex! (Now that I have your attention) Blogathon. I’ve been at a bit of a loss as to what movie to write about for MovieMovieBlogBlog‘s Blogathon (whom I’m sure had given up hope on receiving an entry from me despite my promise to submit 😉 ). I’d picked a movie, yet wasn’t quite convinced…and then it hit me…how could this Blogathon not have a post on Duel in the Sun (1946)? It is suggestive from the very beginning…and never really lets up…

Just look at the very first image we see…

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Come on…it gives such a clear indication of what is yet to come…before it has even started.

So, while many don’t like it (even I have a love-hate relationship with it), it did receive two Oscar nominations (for Jennifer Jones (Best Actress in a Leading Role) and Lillian Gish (Best Actress in a Supporting Role)). But it’s quite the story…loaded with sexual innuendo throughout. The introduction of the movie (during the Overture section), gives us hints…”Duel in the Sun, 2 years in the making, is a saga of Texas in the 1880s. When primitive passions rode the raw frontier of an expanding nation.” Maybe I’m looking too deeply into it (and things were interpreted on a more innocent level way back then) but the words “primitive passion” and “raw frontier”, for me, are as provocative as anything.

Once the movie starts we see Pearl (Jennifer Jones), who the narrator describes as “quick to blossom” (need I elaborate?) dancing, supposedly innocently, but we soon see the sultry side to it (after seeing the actions of her mother as well as the comment made by an acquaintance “Like mother like daughter….I like the daughter better”). At this stage, and often throughout the movie, I think she is sometimes ignorant of what her subconscious really wants. Or…she knows.

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Maybe she is still naive at the early stages of the movie (the unstated undertones are definitely there though)…she’s quite happy to change into a green dress for the “good son” Jesse (Joseph Cotton) right there and then on the wagon as they ride home from town. And she’s only known him for a few hours, if that.

But of course, it all gets steamy when we meet (for me, the ultimate bad boy), Lewton/Lewt (Gregory Peck). First thing he does, before his mother even has a chance to introduce him properly, is look Pearl up and down. And boy is this a looking up and down. No words can explain. Things are already heated up and he hasn’t even said anything. As for their simple phrases “Pleased to meet you Lewton.”

and “Pleased to meet you (pause)…Pearl.” – never have introductions been so steamy. Totally confirmed as she drops her eyes to the floor. And we know he’s just desperate to get to know her when mother Laura Belle (Lillian Gish) shows Pearl to her room telling her that she and Lewt will have plenty of time to get to know each other later. “I’m sure we will” utters Lewt out of the ladies’ earshot. Yes Lewt, I’m also sure you will.

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Oh my…the screen is sizzling.

And I don’t think it is only Lewt who has some ideas about Pearl. Nice boy Jesse just doesn’t make it as obvious. He’s the lawyer after all. There are expectations in society. Read between the lines when he tells her “I think you’d better go to bed. Like a good little girl.” moments after this:

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But fear not…he might send her off to preserve their dignity but Lewt has no problem with showing his desires. He just doesn’t give a damn. He’s waiting for her:

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And as she closes her bedroom door after telling him “good night” (while he’s still outside), her gaze to the door tells us she probably does want him coming to visit. She’s intrigued.

Duel in the Sun if filled with such scenes. Nothing romantic (well, not for me), they are purely about lust. Even Lewt “innocently” showing off his horse is simply a different approach to his one goal. One that is visually confirmed in the scene where he chases after her on horseback. Never have two horses galloping had more sexual meaning.

But make no mistake. Pearl isn’t so innocent in all of this. Those swaying hips and fluttering eyelashes don’t help the situation. It doesn’t even go unnoticed by the other cowboys working on the ranch. There’s bound to be trouble at some point. And yes, plenty there is.

I could go on and on about the endless scenes, but by now I think it is very clear what this one is about. Possibly this it isn’t the best movie out there but it is undeniably sensual. And you thought no western could be that, didn’t you? No wonder it was nicknamed “Lust in the Dust”. And if you don’t believe it…once you’re done watching the final dusty and sweaty scene, there won’t be much doubt in your mind.

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For my entries into this Blogathon for 2016 and 2017 (and a lighter more romantic movie), head on over here (for Subtly Sexy Pride & Prejudice) and…oh no!!!! I’ve just realised I covered the same movie here last year…well, I honestly hadn’t checked what I’d covered before…promise. Right this minute, as I was finalising and about to publish (while adding the links) I see my entry from last year…gosh, should have stuck with my original choice for this year. Oh well, so, totally new material today, just the same movie as last year (Heated Lust with Duel in the Sun). MovieMovieBlogBlog, I’ll make it up to you in The 5th Annual version of this Blogathon (too late to write a new post now). I guess it pays to know what you’ve written about in the past. Spreadsheet, here we come…

 

A new Blogathon…in a different language…

…I was going to announce the “foreign language” blogathon but then “foreign” is all relative, isn’t it? So…I’ve had to rethink this a bit and I’ll call it “The non-English Film Blogathon” instead……yep…I’d like to hear about films in which the main spoken language is not English (and movies dubbed into a different language from the original English obviously don’t count). There are so many wonderful works out there from a multitude of countries. You could also write about an actor, actress or even director who’s main repertoire of work is not in English…if that makes sense…

Let’s read about all your wonderful entries on the 27th and 28th July 2018.

Just tell me in the comments below what topic you’d like to write about and I’ll add you to the roster. Then grab a banner from the bottom of this post (or make your own) and link back to my site on the big day(s) when you post your choice.

La liste des participants…ok fine…The Roster:

Thoughts All Sorts – TBC (probably La reine Margot (Queen Margot))

MovieRobLa cage aux folles (1978)

MovieRob – Fanny och Alexander (Fanny and Alexander) (1982)

Realweegiemidget ReviewsIncubus (1966)

Realweegiemidget ReviewsSinkkulaiva (2013 – 2014)

Mini Media ReviewsTaeksi woonjunsa (A Taxi Driver) (2017)

Maddy Loves Her Classic FilmsGion no shimai (Sisters of the Gion) (1936)

Maddy Loves Her Classic FilmsJeux interdits (Forbidden Games) (1952)

The Stop ButtonShichinin no samurai (Seven Samurai) (1954)

Cinematic Scribblings – Aruitemo aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008)

dbmoviesblogWo bu shi Pan Jin Lian (I am not Madame Bovary) (2016)

Moon in GeminiAguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre, the Wrath of God) (1972)

The Wonderful World of CinemaNuit Américaine (Day for Night) (1973)

Silver Screen Classics – Du rififi chez les hommes (Rififi) (1955)

Silver Screenings – La Règle du Jeu (The Rules of the Game) (1939)

MovieMovieBlogBlogLa historia oficial (The Official Story) (1985)

The Midnite Drive-InM – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder (M) (1931)

WadsWordsLe Million (1931)

In the Good Old Days of Classic HollywoodAscenseur pour l’échafaud (Elevator to the Gallows) (1958)

Cinema Essentials Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves) (1948)

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Retired…no chance in Tombstone…

kur11I’ve written about this particular movie before…but before you go “argh, not again”, I promise, this time I’ll steer away from Doc Holliday (read that post here) and have a chat about his close friend Wyatt Earp. Naturally, as this is the Kurt Russell Blogathon, I’m taking on the Wyatt as played by ta da…surprise, surprise….Kurt Russell in Tombstone (1993).

The story is roughly this: retired (and “famous”) lawman Wyatt Earp heads to Tombstone for a change in pace together with his two brothers and all their respective wives. En route to his new home, he has his first encounter and we already know that retirement is not going to happen.  And that’s exactly what happens…Wyatt just can’t stand by and watch as laws are broken, people hurt and the town is generally scared by some bullying outlaws, The Cowboys. So he cleans up the town. With loads of conflict along the way.

TombstoneposterKurt Russell is just perfect as Wyatt, well, in this movie i.e. as how he comes across (I did some reading on Mr Earp and boy is there a lot of material about him and his life that I lost track). We feel a genuine friendship between him and Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer) as well as with his brothers. This, I believe, is only managed by actors who feel some sort of amicable working environment. But, we’re also totally convinced of that underlying toughness required for his former job as a lawman as well as dishing out justice in Tombstone. And, while trying to tell everyone what’s ethical and not, he’s not such an upstanding citizen himself. I guess there’s a lot going on underneath all that ruggedness. But all this won’t come across to the audience unless the right actor is cast. Here, Kurt Russell is absolutely spot on. Handsome, tough, caring, loyal (to certain people), hard as nails, loving, with and without flaws…oh, and he even has a resemblance to the “real” Wyatt Earp from what I could see online. All-in-all, great acting from Kurt Russell in a great movie (but all that would be meaningless if there wasn’t the right cast to support him. One that he wouldn’t overshadow). So, if you haven’t seen this one yet, you’re missing something…

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Ah…just read that due to some firing of directors or something like that, Kurt Russell actually directed a portion of this film. Whatever the case is, it all turned out pretty darn good in my opinion.

Now head on over to Realweegiemidget Reviews here and Return to the 80s here for the other Kurt Russell posts in this Blogathon. Thanks for hosting you two!

Michelle just shines…

pfeiffer-blogathon3Pfeiffer that is. She has this “freshness” about her that she brings to the screen. And this shines through in the 1989 movie The Fabulous Baker Boys that I’ve given a re-watch because it has Paul’s (Pfeiffer Pfilms and Meg Movies) favourite actress and one of my favourite actors in it. Good excuse huh? Oh…and then there’s the Pfeiffer Blogathon. In honour of her birthday today (29 April 1958).

Jeff Bridges has always been one of my favourite actors. Hence I came across this movie many years back. I’d seen him in Lolly Madonna and Bad Company and wanted to discover more. Back then, there was no media for a quick look at a trailer to see if you might enjoy it. I simply bought this one “blind”. Besides, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Jeff Bridges, how bad could it be?

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The story has brothers Jack and Frank Baker (brothers Jeff and Beau Bridges respectively) playing piano duet gigs at various venues, usually those with minimal patrons. Circumstances have them add a female singer to their act…enter Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer). And what a change…they fill the bars and lounges they play at. But, Susie not only changes the dynamics of the former duo act, she also influences the two brothers…challenges their “status-quo-happy-to-plod-along” approach. And about time as we realise that Jack, who is totally indifferent to his show, needed someone to question how things are done. To wake him up. Even though it takes him a while to do something about his dreams.

220px-FabbakerboyspostMichelle Pfeiffer really is great in this role. She perfectly balances Susie with enough care-free, take me as I am, nonchalant attitude and seriousness. I love how she questions the brothers and their decisions. How she tells them she doesn’t agree with enough attitude that it is short of plain insulting yet makes them, well, at least Jack, notice. I’m not sure what other actress would have fit into this role so well. So naturally. Not to mention her singing. No wonder she was nominated for an Oscar for this one. I didn’t know until last night that The Fabulous Baker Boys was nominated for 4 Academy Award (Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Music, Original Score).

The cast works well…Jeff and Beau Bridges’s arguments come across realistic, like only siblings could achieve. And the different personalities of the Baker/Diamond team complement each other perfectly. The music is wonderful…I’d love to sit and listen to this any day in a lounge.

Well, both watching it way back then and rewatching it last night, I can’t say this is a very happy, feel-good movie. Realistic…probably. But it leaves the viewer with an almost despondent aftertaste. Despite ending with hope. I’m not saying it is bad…just one of those that you need to be in the mood for watching. Not light escapism viewing, but absolutely worthwhile.

Happy Birthday Michelle Pfeiffer!

PS: How weird…but I’ve just clicked onto the Pfeiffer Pfilms and Meg Movies site to get the URL for the Blogathon and see that we’re on the same page today…Paul has likewise picked this movie (I think…as I haven’t read the post yet…will read it after I’ve finished writing mine). So head on over there now to see what he thinks…The Fabulous Pfeiffer Girl.

 

First Impressions of…Breakfast at Tiffany’s…were…

…not at all what I expected. That’s for sure. A tad wacky. In a good way. What was I expecting? Well, actually, I can’t really say. Not sure myself. A romance. Yes. But that it had Audrey Hepburn so exceptionally off-beat…now that I didn’t expect. To be perfectly honest, I had no idea what this classic was about or what to expect.

The only thing I “knew” was this:

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oh…and this:

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Yep, that and the song by Deep Blue Something (you’re humming it now, aren’t you?) is all I had to go on.

Then MovieMovieBlogBlog announced the 1961 Blogathon. I’ll give it a miss…but hmmm…in the mood to join up…ooh look…Breakfast at Tifanny’s  (I’m humming the song) is a 1961 movie and what do you know…nobody has claimed it yet. Yes…that’s how it went and so I had the perfect excuse to finally get around to watching one that has been on my To Watch list for ages.

1961-9For those of you, who, like me didn’t don’t know the story – it is about Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), a socialite (or is that gold-digger?) with some interesting habits who is trying to find a rich husband. She lives in the same apartment block as writer Paul Varjak (that is Vee Ay Ar Jay Ay Kay – you’ll understand once you’ve watched). And so their paths cross…or should I say, Holly more often crosses into his apartment through the window. We watch them navigate around each other but ultimately towards each other. And Holly living up to her surname (hee hee) on the surface, but there’s actually much more going on. Not everything passes so golightly in this romance. In fact, there were times I wondered why Paul (George Peppard) didn’t walk away.

215px-Breakfast_at_Tiffanys.jpgThoroughly enjoyable, the Oscar nominations and wins are absolutely deserved. Audrey Hepburn is superb and shines in her role. Never contrived, she brings Holly to life in a natural and believable manner. But it’s more than that…there’s the story too. It had me thinking – about how we live our lives, the values, the people we impact and the rash decisions we make to prove a point (think Cat here). But, above all, it’s to be enjoyed. A great watch. Why did I wait so long??? And the title was put into perspective right from the beginning…didn’t see that coming.

So, MovieMovieBlogBlog…Happy Birthday for today…enjoy all your 1961 posts…I’ve linked to them here for all to see.

 

The Now (and Then)…

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As you might have discovered by now, now and then, well, actually quite often, Realweegiemidget Reviews and I end up going off on a tangent around actors (every now and then actresses) and what they were like way back then and also how gracefully they’ve all aged…hmmm…

Here’s the NOW & THEN Blogathon running from 12 to 15 November 2017.

Well, that all depends on which one of us you ask…I think it is the Now & Then Blogathon but Realweegiemidget Reviews is adamant it is the Then & Now Blogathon…oh well…each to their own. What’s important is that it’s a Blogathon and what it is about…

So, we’re asking you to:

Select either

  1. an actor or actress and review two movies in which they appeared OR;
  2. a director or producer and review two movies they directed or produced OR;
  3. a film or tv series which has been rebooted or remade and review those.

BUT there needs to be at least a 20 year age gap between the two films/tv series being reviewed.

AND…there’s more:

  1. The reviews/posts need to be separate i.e. one review/post for the THEN choice (the earlier film and a separate review/post for the NOW choice.
  2. The THEN review/post must be sent to Realweegiemidget Reviews (here) and the NOW review/post must be sent to Thoughts All Sorts (that’s me, right here). We do require two reviews/posts i.e. if you only send one review/post we will deem the Blogathon requirements not met and won’t post it. So…we need to have both a THEN and a NOW review/post. Please send these to us within a few minutes of each other so we can keep track.
  3. No need to match up your reviews/posts…just send the relevant one to the relevant person and we’ll do the matching and linking and all that jazz.
  4. We will allow duplicate actors/actresses/directors/producers BUT not duplicate films. Example: we will allow duplicates of say, Leonardo DiCaprio, but not duplicate NOW and THEN films he appeared in. (although in Leo’s case Realweegiemidget Reviews might argue this point)
  5. Realweegiemidget Reviews and Thoughts All Sorts will link to each other’s sites during the Blogathon days as well as the recap. We will keep these updated as entries come in throughout the Blogathon.
  6. Due to us having to match up posts, we ask that you restrict entries to a maximum two sets/pairs of NOW/THEN combinations so we don’t lose track. (hope this makes sense)
  7. Remember….the age gap between the THEN and NOW selections must be at least 20 years e.g. 1978 and 1998.
  8. Have fun and be creative! Oh, and grab a banner below for your NOW post and head on over to Realweegiemidget Reviews (here) for the corresponding THEN banner.

You’ll find the roster further down.

Examples include:

The Poseidon Adventure and Poseidon

Leonardo DiCaprio in Marvin’s Room and Shutter Island

Dallas (1878-91) and Dallas 2012

3:10 to Yuma (1957) and 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

 

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The NOW (and Then) roster so far:

Thoughts All Sorts – Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart (2009) (and Lolly-Madonna (1973))

Thoughts All Sorts – T2 Trainspotting (2017) (and Trainspotting (1996))

Realweegiemidget Reviews – Michael Caine in Interstellar (2014) (and The Eagle Has Landed (1977))

Realweegiemidget ReviewsRobert Downey Jnr in Captain America: Civil War (2016) (and Chances Are (1989))

dbmoviesblog Little Women (1994) (and Little Women (1994))

Tranquil DreamsJackie Chan in Police Story: Lockdown (2013) (and Police Story (1985))

Cinematic ScribblingsJean-Pierre Léaud in The Death of Louis XIV (2016) (and Out 1 (1971))

The Humpo ShowHarrison Ford in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) (and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

What the Craggus Saw…Leslie Neilsen in The Naked Gun (1988) (and Forbidden Planet (1956))

pure entertainment preservation societyJames Cagney  in Mister Roberts (1955) (and Footlight Parade (1933))

Vinnieh –  Joan Collins in The Stud (1978) (and Sea Wife (1957))

Taking Up RoomYou’ve Got Mail (1998) (and The Shop Around the Corner (1940))

Silver ScreeningsIthaca (2015) (and The Human Comedy (1943))

Movie Reviews 101The Karate Kid (2010) (and The Karate Kid (1984))

Movie Movie Blog BlogCharlie Chaplin as various in A Countess from Hong Kong (1967) (and The Kid (1921))

Moon in GeminiThe Magnificent Seven (2016) (and The Magnificent Seven (1960))

Listening to FilmJeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy (2010) (and Tron (1982))

Dad Movies – TBC

Movie Reviews from the DarkNicole Kidman in The Beguiled (2017) or The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) (and Dead Calm (1989))

Crítica Retrô –  Robert Redford in Our Souls at Night (2017)  (and Barefoot in the Park (1967))

Glenn’s Movie Mumblings –  Tom Hanks in Sully (2016) (and Apollo 13 (1995))

In The Good Old Days Of Classic HollywoodRobin Williams in One Hour Photo (2002) and The Angriest Man In Brooklyn (2014) (and Mork and Mindy (1978-82) and Dead Poets Society (1989))

Old School Evil Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) (and Transformers movie (1986))

Cinematic Catharsis Christopher Lee in The Resident (2011) (and Rasputin – The Mad Monk (1966))

silverscreenclassicsblog  Mutiny On The Bounty (1962) (and Mutiny On The Bounty (1935))

Shameless Pile of Stuff  Independence Day Resurgence (2016) (and Independence Day (1996))

cropped-cat2Don’t forget to head on over to Realweegiemidget for her announcement by clicking here or on the image to the left.

It’s a Colourful Day…a Colourful Blogathon Day…

…without further ado…let the waiting be over…and the colours start splashing…

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It feels like forever since I announced it but here are the entries. Thanks to those contributing posts and thanks to those reading them. I can’t wait to read all the colourful thoughts. I’ve had some early birds and really  had to restrain myself from kicking off the Blogathon early…I was that excited.

Send any colourful posts you have my way…even spur-of-the-moment ones. Anything with a colour in the title welcome even if you didn’t sign up.

Please come back during the course of the next two days as I’ll be updating the list below as often as possible.

Click on the movie name to read the post…

Day 1:

Yellow3 demandedcriticalreviews brings you a wonderfully  psychedelic Yellow Submarine
BlueGrey MovieRob presents the first movie that came to his mind on announcing the Colours Blogathon – The Blue and the Gray.
Red1 Cinematic Scribblings presents Raise the Red Lantern, a movie that promises to be excellent.
Yellow2 MovieRob can’t resist an movie he’d watched over and over in the 80s. Here’s Yellowbeard.
water drops on red Taking on my favourite genre, colour and childhood hero, here’s MovieRob with Red River.
White02 MovieRob gives us a movie about rising up and aiming to be a champion despite the prejudices in The Great White Hope.
Gold3 Movie Movie Blog Blog shares a wonderful Charlie Chaplin comedy that is The Gold Rush.
Purple03 One that sounds absolutely wonderful…another by MovieRob. Here’s Purple Violets.
Pink01 Love Letters to Old Hollywood gives us a delightful post on The Pink Panther. (And I’m sure, like me, you’ve now got the theme motif going through your mind).
Red The Midnite Drive-In brings us WW III with an action-packed Red Dawn (the 1984 version)
Black MovieRob is making a week of it (thank you) and keeps us on the edge of the seat with Black Book.
Red2 Gorgonzola or Roquefort…definitely time to watch and learn with The Blonde Screwball and her review of Red Dust.
Blue The Stop Button presents Devil in a Blue Dress and tells us the things that work and those that, unfortunately, don’t in what had such great potential.
Green Green isn’t what it seems with Thoughts All Sorts‘ post on Soylent Green.
Blue02 I’m (Thoughts All Sorts) going to be cheeky and re-share one of my favourite movies Le Grand Bleu (The Big Blue).
Blue03 Tranquil Dreams presents us with a delightful sounding Blue Jay. Thanks for sending this our way…if you hadn’t misplaced your White Oleander DVD we wouldn’t have known about this one.
Chocolate Realweegiemidget Reviews just can’t resist this substance…the real or the visual. She writes about the sweetness of Chocolat.
Dark red glitter texture For some gorgeous visuals from the fun Red Riding Hood brought to you by It Came from the Man Cave!
Red9 For superb animation and an Oscar-worthy nomination, head on over to Rhyme and Reason for The Red Turtle.

Day 2:

White01 Crítica Retrô mysteriously brings us blackmail and intrigue with The Woman in White.
Blue07 The Blue Bird, a wonderful sounding (looking?) silent gem is presented by Silent-ology.
Blue08.jpg dbmoviesblog shares a French cult classic with us. Head on over to be tempted by Betty Blue.
Black02 Sat In Your Lap takes a look at an early Bogart movie that may still have a little relevance today with Black Legion.
Black03 Lifesdailylessonsblog brings us some interesting facts both about the real events and the movie with Black Hawk Down.
Gold2 Pure Entertainment Preservation Society presents us with a delightful, solid piece of gold in The Solid Gold Cadillac.
Colours To end day two, here’s MovieRob with The Color of Night.

The Colours Blogathon

8 & 9 September 2017

Beautiful Bergman…For Whom the Bell Tolls

Here’s where I, very quietly so nobody hears, admit (and am very embarrassed) that I had never seen Ingrid Bergman in…well…anything. Yes. It’s true. I’m sorry. And…I’m so sorry it took so long. She’s on my list of favourites now. Beautiful. Sweet. Strong. And just comes across so…wonderful.

My reasons for first watching her are shallow. Very, veeeeery shallow. As you may know, I’m a Gregory Peck fan (that young, handsome Gregory Peck). Told you I was shallow :-p But yes, I watched Spellbound for the first time a few months back (here) and thought Bergman was great. Not knowing what to watch next, the 3rd Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon conveniently came along. Totally in the dark, I did one of those eenie meenie miney mo things…For Whom the Bell Tolls (1942) was it. Just so. Well…kind of. Gary Cooper. Ingrid Bergman. Romance. Adventure. Just so. Oh, and even Oscar nominated (not that this really makes a difference to me). Yes. 9 nominations in total with one being a win.

3 ingrid bergman 6And, one of those nominations was for Ingrid Bergman as Best Actress in a Leading Role. Well deserved in my opinion. Based on Ernest Hemingway‘s novel of the same name, apparently he specifically wanted the two leads to feature in the adaptation. A good choice I think – they really do ‘gel’. I also believe this box office hit was the first Technicolor role of Ms Bergman.

She’s María, with a traumatic past, who was rescued by some guerillas living in the hills. Roberto/Robert (Grego…sorry, Gary Cooper – see now, I’m thinking of Ingrid in the role I first ‘met’ her) is the expert sent to blow up a strategic bridge during the Spanish Civil War. So, fate has it, they meet. And oh what a meeting it is….

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And here…a few seconds later…

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Talk about a bold woman. She’s not shy to show what’s overcome her and changed what she thought she believed in the blink of an eye. More than just a pretty face her influence on Roberto is profound. But, For Whom the Bell Tolls isn’t only about this romance. It is about questioning how far duty goes. If one would kill people one knows for the sake of a cause. Making the life changing decisions. And about personal sacrifices. Not having known the story until today, I was taken by surprise by the ending…but, that’s refreshing. Keeps me on my toes.

So, take the time to watch this wonderful movie directed by Sam Wood. It really is worth it. And also head on over to The Wonderful World of Cinema’s Blogathon page (here) for some more wonderful Ingrid Bergman posts.

I also couldn’t resist this image…so beautiful. And no…it isn’t Gary Cooper holding up her chin. It’s another wonderful character who has so much depth. You’ll need to find out who…someone with great insight.

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A Colourful Reminder…

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…that it’s almost time to bring all your colours for

The Colours Blogathon

8 & 9 September 2017

 

It’s not too late to join in. Anything colourful goes. In any language. And I’m happy to push the boundaries…chocolate and rose are colours in my book.

Here’s the original post…Announcing the Colours Blogathon

Bridget, Mark and Daniel…

Bridget Jones’s Diary (I’m sure school told us no ‘s after s…so Jones’ not Jones’s…but I digress). To the topic at hand…

Bridget Jones, Mark Darcy and Daniel Clever or Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. The threesome for the My Favourite Threesome Blogathon over at MovieMovieBlogBlog.

As I’m sure you know by now, Bridget Jones, in her thirties, drinks, swears and constantly worries about her weight. And is the middle of a little love triangle. She keeps encountering all formal and serious Mark Darcy whom she’s known since they were kids. And then, there’s Daniel Cleaver, her boss. Did I mention that Bridget so desperately wants to have a boyfriend? Preferably the man who embodies all the undesirable qualities she lists in her diary. So, between misunderstandings, all sorts of antics and Bridget being Bridget we have…Bridget Jones’s Diary.

I thoroughly enjoy this first Bridget Jones movie because the three leads ‘gel’ so well. They are all different enough to create an good dynamic. However, having characters that make up a good trio on paper doesn’t always translate well to the screen if the casting hasn’t been done to support this. Here, the actors selected are just perfect resulting in a natural feel. There is enough contrast between the three leads to create believable conflict and relationships yet not so different that realistically they’d never cross paths.

Poor Bridget bumbling along trying way too hard and still just not getting it. At times one really feels sorry for the gal yet at other times one just wants to tell her to get with it, grow up, open her eyes and stop being so silly. And to move on. But then Mark Darcy comes along being all nice again. And Daniel Cleaver does something kind of charming yet totally sleezy. And Bridget is once again stuck in the middle. Poor Bridge.

But they work. The three of them absolutely work.