Monday, February 28, 2011

Jane Russell.

June 21, 1921 – February 28, 2011

Jane Russell was a very special lady. Gorgeous, hilarious, talented, a brilliant actor-- she could do anything. Jane Russell was always the outspoken one; she had beliefs, ideas, thoughts...and she said them. I love watching her in movies. I don't think anyone could help but love her. She's not in any way a forgettable actress, or person.

It's funny, when I first saw Gentlemen Prefer Blondes years ago, I was mesmerized by Jane Russell. I thought, and still do think, that Marilyn Monroe was brilliant in the film. But, Jane just stole every single scene in the movie. She just can't help it.

That's Jane Russell in every movie (and real life too). She practically dares you not to give her your undivided attention.

She will be greatly missed...




-Millie

Monday, February 14, 2011

Wallowing in Adorableness: Clark Gable and Carole Lombard

1939–1942



Most Adorable Moment:
BLOODY ALWAYS. They couldn't NOT be adorable. Not possible.



"Do your eyes bother you? .....  They bother me!" (No one delivers cheesy pick-up lines better than Gable):

Wallowing in Adorableness: Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall

1945–1957

 
Most Adorable Moment:



Wallowing in Adorableness: Marge and Gower Champion


1947–1973






Most Adorable Moment:



Also, this is COMPLETELY HILARIOUS:


And, I LOVE this:



Oh, and this too:

Wallowing in Adorableness: Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner

Frank + Ava

 1951 - 1957


Most Adorable Moment:

THIS. (embedding was disabled)

That's just a tiny video of them together, so it's not BRILLIANT, but seriously. They MAY have been nicknamed The Battling Sinatras...but they were NEVER not adorable! ;-D

Wallowing in Adorableness: Steve McQueen and Neile Adams

Steve + Neile

 1956 - 1972


Most Adorable Moment:



No idea WHAT IS EVEN GOING ON HERE, but it's cool:



BTW. Neile Adams is completely awesome and cool and HILARIOUS (watch This Could Be The Night) and CLEARLY Ali McGraw could never be even nearly as cool as her. SO yeah. (Ali McGraw annoys me, OKAY?! ;-D)

-Millie

Wallowing in Adorableness: Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth

Orson + Rita

 1943-1948


Most Adorable Moment:

Hmmm. Maybe adorable is the wrong word choice. Because anyone who's seen The Lady From Shanghai would NOT consider their relationship in that film as "adorable".
 
SPOILER ALERT: They basically try to kill each other for most of the second half. And Orson wins. That's not exactly adorable...BUT WHATEVER. END SPOILER ALERT

But, anyways, I like this tribute to The Lady From Shanghai:

Wallowing in Adorableness: Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme

Steve + Eydie.

 1957 - they're still married. :')


Most Adorable Moment: 
How about always?! 

No, but really.



And THIS.

And:



OH, AND:



Okay. I'm done. ;-D

-Millie

Wallowing in Adorableness: Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

Paul + Joanne. I can't handle the adorableness.

1958 - 2008



Most Adorable Moment: 

"So you run, and you keep on runnin'. And you buy yourself a bus ticket and you disappear. And you change your name and you dye your hair and maybe....just maybe...you might be safe from me." -The Long Hot Summer

And this:

Wallowing in Adorableness: Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee

Who better to kick off this day, CLEARLY designed for the single purpose of allowing everyone to wallow in the adorableness of real-life classic film couples, than the monarchs of adorableness: Bobby + Sandy.

1960 - 1967

 



Most Adorable Moment (I CAN'T CHOOSE ONE):

The scene at the ruins in Come September; the scene in If A Man Answers when Sandy asks Bobby to marry her and then informs him that she can't accept his proposal; the entire film of That Funny Feeling (Seriously. It's NOT a good idea to watch that movie with me and my best fleshie. You won't able to hear ANY of it over the loud "AWWWWWWWW's" ;-D).

Okay, I had to upload this scene from That Funny Feeling on to YouTube.


I'm pretty sure that just spoke for itself.

I'm also pretty sure that this since this post has already become a sea of ridiculous adorableness....the rest of the posts are just going to be MORE AND MORE "INTERESTING"! ;-D

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Proper Way to Spend Valentines Day:

Wallowing in the adorableness of real-life classic film couples. Be excited for all the posts scheduled for ALL day tomorrow. ;-D

-Millie

80 Years [and 5 days] of Awesomely Misunderstood Rebellion Without Causation

I told you this post was coming eventually. I promised and I came through on that promise. As always.*

*Note: this is basically the first time I've actually written a post after promising it. Usually I just pretend I never promised the said post and simply go on about my daily life. ;-D

Anyways.

James Dean.

He's awesome. He's brilliant. HE IS NOT OVERRATED. Certain people (Matthew, I am looking straight at you and into the deepest part of your soul where you realize you are actually a huge James Dean fan [this is not creepy at all ;-D]) don't understand his genius, but it is certain that he is genius.

Now, you can know for sure that he's not overrated-- because I like him.

I am always absolutely quick to like the opposite of what everyone else likes. My mother thinks I do it on purpose, but it's really just that I genuinely usually like the opposite of what's normal/sane/quality (JUST KIDDING. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians IS quality). The few times I do like what ever one else likes, you can be CERTAIN that means it's something of exceeding brilliance (or a film made for less than $50 that everyone just randomly likes).

What this wonderful digressing explanation means...SIMPLY... is that James Dean is Wowzie Kazam.

^There are no excuses for not believing in his Wowzie Kazamness after viewing this photo.

I don't really have anything new to say about James Dean. I'm pretty sure the 13,000* books and 58 million** blog posts written about him have taken care of that.

*Note: Not actual numbers
**Note: Possibly actual numbers

I do think he was a very striking actor. His performances are "felt" by the audience simply because of the sheer force at which they are delivered. His tragic death is not only horrible because he died at such a young age, but also because we never got to see what else he could have done. I would have loved to see James Dean meet the '60s. THAT would have been an immensely interesting sight.

I also think his overwhelming popularity - his "cult" as it were - is FASCINATING. The impact of James Dean is difficult to fully comprehend. A few months ago, I wrote an 80th birthday post for Steve McQueen and coolness. This post is for 80 years of James Dean and awesomely misunderstood rebellion without causation. Awesomely misunderstood rebellion without causation is a category OWNED by Mr. Dean. There's always the random actor who's the "next James Dean" (most disturbingly, Robert Pattison has been recently described as the next James Dean, apparently, because of similarities in their hairstyles.... I fear for humanity. ;-D), but there can't be another James Dean. Because then his awesomely misunderstood rebellion without causation would become some mainstream cool thing or something. And that's clearly not allowed. ;-D

Obligatory James Dean is eating birthday cake photo.

Happy 80th Birthday Mr. James Dean. The world would be a lot less misunderstood (and also less awesome) without you!

-Millie

P.S. if you are in the mood (and you should be. ALWAYS.) check out this tribute video I made to James Dean's 80th birthday. It's made up of clips from his 3 films and some screentests/home videos/random early '50s TV shows and set to the song "Clothes of Sand" by Nick Drake (a similarly unappreciated, short-lived genius. My mother refers to him as "that depressed Englishman". Thank goodness we won't listen to my mum because we know she's crazy-- Jimmy Stewart is her 2nd favorite actor). <---HOORAY FOR RUN-ON SENTENCES!

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