Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Doesn't that look completely and totally amazing?! I'm so excited! I can barely contain it! And I have to wait until November to see it. Ugh. Can't wait. What do you think?
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
This week's quote: "How could ignorance be compared to bliss?"
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
#38 It’s Love I’m After (1937)
The movie stars Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Patric Knowles. The plot is a little confusing, but here goes: Basil Underwood (Leslie Howard) and Joyce Arden (Bette Davis) have procrastinated their marriage often but when Henry Grant (Patric Knowles) arrives and asks Basil to pretend to be a cad to his fiancée, Marcia West (Olivia de Havilland), so as to end her infatuation with him. Basil, in a moment of self-conscious heroism, agrees to help. Naturally, however, Joyce does not agree with him on how heroic his help is.
The performances were fantastic! I’ve always loved Leslie Howard, but have difficulty watching him because he is in so many dramas and I prefer comedy. I find him completely fascinating. He's such an amazing actor and he has this incredible intensity that I just love to watch. If anyone has any other good Leslie Howard films that are my style (you know, light and fun) other than Pygmalion and The Scarlet Pimpernel, please let me know! Anyway, I stumbled upon this movie and only five minutes in, I was smitten. Leslie Howard is side-splitting as a pompous and self-infatuated actor. Bette Davis is adorable. Olivia de Havilland has a flair for playing a madcap heiress and she’s at her comedic best in this one. I adored Eric Blore. He and Leslie Howard were brilliant together. I think Patric Knowles is a grossly underrated actor and he’s great again in this one. I was dying!!
It’s definitely on my wishlist now. Can’t wait to own it.
I tried to look up some trivia but didn't find much, other than the fact that Bette Davis resented being billed second to Leslie Howard (not surprising).
Here is one of my favorite scenes in the movie. It starts at five minutes. Feel free to skip ahead to the scene or treat yourself to the entire movie if you have the time. I intend to buy it because I'd like to reward Warner Bros for selling their archive collection by investing it. Also, the watermark is a big pain.
All of the photos in this post are from Doctor Macro.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
the dress - Shabby Apple
the shoes - Payless
P.S. I would like to note that the photos in the background are the larger portion of my growing Flapper Doodle collection. I have a few more that I have yet to put up. These are also thanks to Kate Gabrielle so I thought it quite appropriate to use them as my background, don't you agree?
This week's quote is: "When I find out what that means, I'll come back with a crushing reply."
Bonus points to whoever knows the line before this one!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Also, I just received an award from three different bloggers!! Yippee!! More on that later because I definitely like to pass awards on - that's part of the fun!
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
"It was written by a Latin, a gondolier who sat in his home out in Brooklyn and gazed at the stars."
This week's quote is: "It was written by a Latin, a gondolier who sat in his home out in Brooklyn and gazed at the stars."
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I was got the idea from listening to Marilyn Monroe's rendition of "Lazy" in There's No Business Like Show Business. Whenever I think of that song, I automatically think of Bing Crosby's rendition in Holiday Inn. I think it's kind of funny how the same song can be presented in so many different ways. Even when it's presented in a similar way, it can have a different effect. So, I thought I'd start a new series (that will be just as sporadic as my other series) that will compare songs covered by different performers. The trouble with this new segment is that I already have some songs in mind and two of them (today's included) involve a Marilyn Monroe song, which is pretty difficult to compare to anyone else because she kind of automatically makes everything sexy and that's hard to compare. And then I have a lot of Bing Crosby (today's included) which is also hard because he had a very particular style. But then, that's kind of the point. So, onward.
Today, I'll be showcasing two renditions of "Lazy" by Irving Berlin. The first, sung by Bing Crosby in Holiday Inn. This one is done in Bing's crooning style and is given an ironic, comedic twist. I never realized, listening to this version, how beautiful the tune is because I was too busy laughing at (and feeling sorry for) him in this montage. Just the same, this is a great version because this is one of the first scenes I think of when I think of this movie.
The second, sung by Marilyn Monroe in "There's No Business Like Show Business." I don't really understand why they threw the Donald O'Connor and Mitzi Gaynor into the mix, but since I like them together so much, I don't mind. Marilyn's delivery of this song is, obviously, very different. The way she draws out every word and every note makes the song much sexier and also, in my opinion, showcases the tune a bit more. While we are distracted by the way she's lounging on that couch, it fits so well with what's she's singing that I notice the song itself a bit more. But what I find funny about this version is that this song isn't necessarily sexy but Marilyn manages to make it so. P.S. I wish I could pull of Marilyn's outfit.
Both pictures were found on Doctor Macro.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Well done to amz and to emma wallace for correctly identifying it! Also, well done to MC for correctly guessing the quote from Roberta. And to terryhogan for correctly identifying the one from The Harvey Girls. And also to Amanda Cooper for getting the one from On the Town. Hooray!! You're all wonderful!
This week's quote is:
"All right. I give up. What is it? The headlight of a locomotive?"
Thursday, August 4, 2011
First, is a new video I made - this one's a tribute to the oh-so-lovely Audrey Hepburn.
I hope enjoyed it! Now, on a similar subject - as you may or may not have noticed, that song was performed by my good friend Emma Wallace. I'm not sure how many of you follow her blog but she has, for some time, spoiled us all with some really wonderful song sketches. Now, she's offering a really exciting opportunity: to be among the first to join a song sketch subscription service. How exciting is that!? It's an incredibly good deal: $4 a month for a weekly song sketch - basically the equivalent of a weekly iTunes purchase (and, in many cases, cheaper). Except that it's an exclusive song that only a small and lucky few will have the opportunity to enjoy. For full details, visit her blog here. She only needs a dozen more people to sign up before she meets her goal, so the sooner you sign up, the sooner we'll get our song sketches.
Monday, August 1, 2011
So, one of my favorite Audrey Hepburn movies is Paris When It Sizzles, which, incidentally, I believe should have been titled The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower (the title is symbolic, of course; she doesn't actually steal the Eiffel Tower). And this is one of my favorite scenes. It's so wicked funny!