It’s rare to read a book that enhances your appreciation of a movie. I reviewed Network awhile back and my review was cold overall. I enjoyed the movie, but failed to fawn all over it like I expected to. That’s why we need Dave Itzkoff’s book, Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies to remind us. In his comprehensive exploration of screenwriter and playwright Paddy Chayefsky, Itzkoff takes us into the world of Network, it’s filming and how it shook up the world of news broadcasting. After putting this book down I immediately rewatched Network. If anything, the only slight against this book is it doesn’t include a complimentary DVD of the movie because you’ll be inspired to rewatch.
I’m quickly going to run down who moved to the next round in Pint-Sized Cuties and European Enchantresses, while opening up round three where the winners of Pint-Sized Cuties will play against the winners of the Femme Fatale section. Voting is open now and runs through Wednesday evening. Please remember to head over to All Good Things to vote in the 1960s tournament, Mythical Monkey for the 1950s and Roz Russell for the 1930s.
In 2012, I wrote a scathing review (just one in a sea of negative reviews) of Lindsay Lohan’s turn as Elizabeth Taylor in Liz & Dick. If you’re interested in reading my pain you can do so here. After its premiere, the BBC announced plans to tell the a continuation on the Liz & Dick mythos with Burton and Taylor. I can’t say this movie is any better, as the duo were just too theatrical and campy to take seriously today, but the BBC put on a far classier presentation than Lifetime did.
And we’re back with round two of the Classic Movie Actress Tournament. This week’s females are either in the pint-sized cuties category (i.e. child or teenage actresses at the time) or in the European Enchantresses category. Voting is open now and closes Sunday.
My distaste for Leslie Howard, Norma Shearer and (to a lesser extent) Fredric March, are well-documented in my various reviews of their work. So color me surprised when I settled down to watch Smilin’ Through, a 1930s romance now available via Warner Archive. The direction and acting suffer from routine issues plaguing movies till about the mid-30s (such as highly overwrought acting and soppy direction), but the sensitive telling of the story does enough to temper the movies faults.
A whopping 75 voters came together to cast their vote for part 1 in the Classic Movie Actress Tournament co-hosted by myself, Monty of All Good Things, Desire of Roz Russell and John of Mythical Monkey. Click below to find out which ladies are moving forward. Part two kicks off with new voting tomorrow.
It’s Wednesday, so it must be news time. In this week’s installment, TCM rules the roost with several news items and a video. We’re also looking at what’s upcoming in the glorious worlds of DVD and Blu-ray.