Tuesday, August 30, 2016

On Mandy's Mind

     Marilyn Monroe's 1954 visit to Korea brightened a lot of servicemen's lives.  She and Joe DiMaggio were on their honeymoon when she got the call.  But did Marilyn say no?  Absolutely not!  She flew right over there and got to work, cheering up over 100,000.  Get a behind the scenes look at her visit.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

On Mandy's Mind

Spanish Poster
Witness for the Prosecution
     Why can't Hollywood leave an amazing film alone?  Ben Affleck is set to direct and star in a remake of the 1957 Billy Wilder classic Witness for the Prosecution.  As many of you know, it's one of my all time favorite films.  I seem to have gotten into a bit of a tiff with people in the Variety comments section about it.  I'm sick of remakes, even though I know they have been around since the start of films.  I also find it hard for modern actors to match Charles Laughton, Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power, Elsa Lanchester, and more.  Ben as Tyrone - I think not.  You need strong presences, and I can't think of many.  I also have the apparently unpopular opinion that I find Ben Affleck to be a terrible actor - and it's not the Batman thing.  I have always thought it and have yet to find a film that changes my mind.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Joyous Jean

     I'm sure I'm not the only one who was glued to my television yesterday for Jean Harlow's TCM Summer Under the Stars day.  As long time readers know, I'm generally not a fan of Summer Under the Stars.  I used to be, but just like with Oscar month, is tending to feature more and more recent material, 1970's stars, and the like.  When I think of the term "classic film star" I don't think Angie Dickinson, featured August 18th.  I understand she is well known, had a lot of roles, and is part of pop culture, but when I think 'classic' she's probably about the last person I would think of.  It's all about context.  Bette Davis or Angie Dickinson - which one is more of a 'classic film star'?  There's no comparison.  And yes, Summer Under the Stars features Bette Davis and Spencer Tracy for the umpteenth time.


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