Blithe Spirit

Taking a break from the Pandemic of the 21st Century, we switch to something completely different.

I first saw the 1945 version of Blithe Spirit on Bill Collins ‘Golden Years of Hollywood’ in Australia, (sometime in the 80’s) where he would entertain us with all sorts of ‘Hollywood-ish’ anecdotes from that era before he presented the film of the week. It was where I fell in love with movies, and I owe a great deal of the vast collection of movie trivia tucked away in the dusty corners of my brain to him.

The 1945 version starred the delightfully dotty Dame Margaret Rutherford as the delightfully dotty Madam Arcati.

In this (to be released in May, but that’s probably not going to happen now, unless it goes straight toDVD/streaming) 2020 version, Dame Judi Dench (who isn’t at all dotty) takes up the banner, and looks to do the dottiness justice …

 

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Just like the rest of the world, the entertainment industry is being turned upside down too … productions shutting down, releases being delayed, etc. I wonder if we’ll see the likes of movies making hundreds of millions of dollars on the first weekend of their release again … interesting, and uncertain, times indeed.

Women of a ‘Certain’ Age

What do the movies Wonder Woman, Dark Fate, The Force Awakens, and Halloween, (the most recent one) have in common?

Women who went from ‘princesses’ to warriors, from one end of their acting careers to the other.

In Wonder Woman, Princess Buttercup (of The Princess Bride’ fame) becomes General Antiope. In Dark Fate, Sarah Connor, the waitress, becomes Sarah Connor the Terminator killer. Princess Leia becomes General Organa in The Force Awakens. And Laurie Strode, teenager, becomes Laurie Strode, grandmother, and Halloween serial killer, killer.

Robin Wright, (Antiope/Buttercup – Wonder Woman) is 63. Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor – Terminator: Dark Fate) is 63. Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa – Star Wars: The Force Awakens) would’ve been 63 too. Jamie Lee Curtis (Laurie Strode – Halloween) is 60. (Happy 61st Birth Day for the 22nd Nov, Jamie)

So, to those of us ‘of a certain age’, may we continue to train the new age of women warriors, beat the snot out of time-travelling androids, set an entire galaxy that’s not as far away as we think afire with rebellion, and stand firm against masked men armed with petty agendas … thusly emulating our beloved elders …

 

Rebels, one and all

Rebels, one and all

(I have no idea who created this image, but I thank you)

Some Days, This Is All You Need To Make It Better

35 years later and she’s still …

Mistress of Evil

Well, well …

Maleficent is at it again. Turns out she was never just another fairy.

I Was There At The Beginning And I’ll Be The At The End – My One And Only Trailer For Star Wars: Episode IX

I only watch the first trailer for movies that I’m excited about, so this is it for me. Now comes eight months of an extended, excited kind of torture.

Me, as I'm watching this ...

Me, as I’m watching this …

My One And Only: Endgame

It’s almost here … the finale of the journey begun with Tony Stark way back in 2008. On the 26th of April next year, we will know …

From this moment forth, ’til then, mine eyes shall be closed to all things Endgame-y.

My One and Only Aquaman Trailer

Everything you wanted to know about the Aquaman movie in one trailer …

It’s going to be amazing, but maybe they could’ve saved some of this stuff for the actual movie. Still, with my memory, I’ll have forgotten most of it by the time actually I see the movie.