Thursday, January 28, 2010


A short announcement!

Today I became a proud fiancée with a golden, glittery ring on my finger! Right on our two year anniversary, that is. I think I still haven't understood the situation, but I'm pretty sure I said something like "Are you kidding? Do you really mean it? Really? Do you want to? Are you sure? Yes!" One has to make sure, right? Ceremony planned for the summer.

I'll be back with more film related subjects soon!

I love the British... Here's a couple of photographs of Miss Cleavage:


Damn it, I forgot. Yesterday was Elvis Presley's 75th birthday, and there is probably a gazillion photos and honor blog posts around that I can't beat. What I can do is to offer a few un-staged photos of the rock icon.

These pictures are taken by a photographer called Alfred Wertheimer in 1956. My favorites among these are the backstage kissing photos, but all them are beautifully natural and shows a relaxed (and oh-so-handsome) Elvis. I hope you'll enjoy.

Love //Lolita

ow suiting, after just having been enthralled by Miss Fontaine in The Women (1939)!

  It felt like a perfect photo to colorize and make a wallpaper of, so here they are. Just click on them to open another tag, and then save to your computer!

Widescreen 16:10
(1680x1050 px)

Standard 4:3
(1600x1200 px)

Computer nerd resolution 5:4
(1280x1024 px)

And my latest idea: cell phone background
(240x320 px, that's at least what my phone has.)

Happy New Year everyone!

Mia Wasikowska as Alice.

Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen.

Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter.

Anne Hathaway as The White Queen.
hen Mary's friend (I use the term loosely here) Sylvia (Rosalind Russell) hears about this, she relishes the gossip and eventually sets things up so Mary will hear the rumor.

Mary has been blissfully happy in her marriage to Stephen and as mother to Little Mary (Virginia Weidler). Can she just pretend that nothing is going on and continue her life? Not once she has met the other woman, Crystal Allen (Joan Crawford). The two have a showdown and Mary, choosing pride over love, ends up on a train to Reno. Mary's sweet friend Peggy (Joan Fontaine) is surprisingly also along for the ride, as well as two other women getting divorces: Miriam (Paulette Goddard) and the often-married but still-romantic Countess Flora. The women bide their time at a dude ranch (!) while waiting for their divorces to become final. (Is it wrong to say I was a little happy when Sylvia showed up there as well?) Who will reconcile, who will move on, who will fall in love again? I'll leave the final twists for you to discover.

The joy of the movie for me was not so much in the plot as in the performances. Director George Cukor is completely in his element here with a dialogue-heavy, all female (even the dogs and horses?!?) production. (Interestingly, Cukor was only available for this movie because he was replaced as director of Gone With the Wind. Paulette Goddard too would have only been available here since the one-time frontrunner for the role of Scarlett O'Hara lost out to Vivien Leigh.)

While the actresses are all great in their roles, I was particularly taken with Norma Shearer. How could anyone leave her for Joan Crawford? Impossible.

One thing I didn't really like about the movie was the idea of giving up your pride for love. Maybe occasionally one has to choose, but then, that wouldn't be the case if people just behaved better. Which brings me to what I really didn't like about the movie: the way it portrays female relationships. Maybe it's true that women can be a bit catty, even toward their friends. This movie certainly highlighted that! We've got "friends" gossiping about each other, men-stealing, gold-digging, and dubious advice getting passed along (even from mother to daughter). While all of this does make for an interesting story, I found myself wishing more positive aspects of female friendships could have been included as well. Maybe the estrogen overload just started getting to me after a while. I missed the men.
She was named Maila Elizabeth Syrjäniemi (later changed to easier-to-pronounce Nurmi), and at the age of two she moved to America with her family, namely Ashtabula, Oregon, the largest Finnish community in the state.

Blonde Maila Nurmi as a pin-up girl.
e cast her in a planned film adaption of the Russian novel "Dreadful Hollow", but the project was out on hold for so many times that Maila finally lost patience and washed her hands of the whole business.

The Vampira we are more familiar with
With that trump card the television company easily succeeded in their quest to make more people stay up at night watching bad horror flicks.

The show was popular at least for one season (1954-55), but the audience soon tired of the badly written double entendres and the melodramatic show hostess.

Vampira died in Los Angeles at the age of 85 from natural causes, Januray 10th, 2008.

Maybe body modification is something I should try out?

I can't believe this...

Quite the fan photo!

My favorite picture of the lot:
Vampira does her best to scare little children.

It seems like some of my readers wanted more after my Top 20 Favorite Actors post - and what can I do but obey? As usual I had to leave out some favorites after all (why can't they all fit in??), like Grace Kelly and Mae West. Well well. Here they are: My top 20 favorite actresses (in alphabetical order, of course):

Favorite role: Slim Browning in To Have and Have Not (1944)

Favorite role: Alicia Huberman in Notorious (1946)

Favorite role: B. Maloney in Night Nurse (1931)

Favorite role: Betty Lou Spence in It (1927)

Favorite role: Lulu in Pandora's Box (1929)

Favorite role: Catherine Sloper in The Heiress (1949)

Favorite role: Shanghai Lily in Shanghai Express (1932)

Favorite role: Anna Christie in Anna Christie (1930)

Favorite role: Rachel Cooper in The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Favorite role: Nicole in How to Steal a Million (1966)

Favorite role: Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Favorite role: Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Names Desire (1951)

Favorite role: Maria Tura in To Be or Not to Be (1942)

Favorite role: Milly Stephenson in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Favorite role: Sugar Kane Kowalczyk in Some Like It Hot (1959)

Favorite role: Catherine in Jules and Jim (1962)

Favorite role: Mary Carlton / Mary Marlow in Secrets (1933)

Favorite role: Lily Powers in Baby Face (1933)

Favorite role: Norma Desmond in Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Favorite role: Angie Rossini in Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)

ere is my current top 20 favorite actors, in alphabetical order (I'm a chicken, I know):

Favorite role: Tony Hunter in The Band Wagon (1953)

Favorite role: Baron Felix von Gaigern in Grand Hotel (1932)

Favorite role: Rick Blaine in Casablanca (1942)

Favorite role: Général André de... in Madame de... (1953)

Favorite role: Rameses in The Ten Commandments (1956)

Favorite role: Cadet White in Wings (1927)

Favorite role: Police Insp. Ed Cornell in I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

Favorite role: C. K. Dexter Haven in The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Favorite role: Hjalmar Poelzig in The Black Cat (1934)

Favorite role: Dr. Richard Vollin in The Raven (1935)

Favorite role: Matthew Harrison Brady in Inherit the Wind (1960)

Favorit role: Prof. Humbert Humbert in Lolita (1962)

Favorite role: Kikuchiyo in Seven Samurai (1954)

Favorite role: Harry Powell in The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Favorite role: Henry Gondorff in The Sting (1973)

Favorite role: Nick Charles in The Thin Man (1934)

Favorite role: Captain Renault in Casablanca (1942)

Favorite role: Captain Esteban Pasquale in The Mark of Zorro (1940)

Favorite role: Addison DeWitt in All About Eve (1950)

Favorite role: Rupert Cadell in Rope (1948)

An honorary favorite actor award goes to my Swedish favorite actor and drooling object:

Jarl Kulle (1927-1997)

Favorite roles:

Count Carl Magnus Malcolm in Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)

Don Juan in The Devil's Eye (1960)

Gustav Adolf Ekdahl in Fanny and Alexander (1982)


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