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Bette Davis Marathon 2011: Movie #3--Hell's House (1932) PART ONE

It's been a while - I sort of lost my will midway through recapping this little delight. YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHY. However, with some encouragement, I shall carry on. Carry on. As if nothing really matters. Except Bette Davis movies.

Also, because Livejournal hates me, it has decided that this is too much for one post. So two posts it will be. BECAUSE IT JUST NEEDED TO BE THAT MUCH MORE OF A HASSLE. Thanks, Hell's House. Thanks so much.

I'm gradually coming to the conclusion that Way Back Home and The Menace don't even exist. Maybe we're all better off not having seen them. I don't know. We'd probably all be better off if we never saw Hell's House either, but since it's inexplicably readily available (isn't the public domain fun?) we - the few, the proud, the hardcore Bette Davis fans - can suffer together. My copy of Hell's House is on this weird-ass sketchy DVD with the Vivien Leigh version of Anna Karenina. The case alleges some sort of thematic tie-in between the two films, but other than the lead actresses having both played iconic bitchy Southern belles, I'm not really seeing the connection. Whatever.

Anyway, for your viewing pleasure:

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Bette Davis Marathon 2010: Movie #2–-Waterloo Bridge (1931)

Firstly, thank you guys very much for the interest in and the positive feedback on Recap #1. I'm glad you enjoyed reading it! This one is going to be a bit different, but hopefully still entertaining. Since I can't take screencaps of movies that I only have available to me on YouTube (without getting a picture of my entire browser), there won't be any pictures accompanying this, just me ranting/rambling/recapping. I feel like this will be rather dull, so I'm sorry, but I can't think of a better way to do this one.

Here's where you can watch Waterloo Bridge:
Just FYI, if you want to go straight to the Bette content--of which there isn't a whole lot--she first turns up at the tail end of part 5 and makes her last appearance at the end of part 7 (although technically she's in the first, like, second of part 8). This movie isn't half bad, though, especially not compared to some of the horrors to come, so if you've got the time, and don't mind comparatively little Davis, I'd recommend giving it a go, if only to compare/contrast with the Vivien Leigh version.

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Bette Davis Marathon 2010: Movie #1–-The Bad Sister (1931)

And here we go... It's going to be a bit of a long slog for the first six years' worth of films, but I think I can make it.

Here, for your viewing pleasure (or... not), is The Bad Sister in all its glory. If you don't want to have the film spoiled for you--not that there's much to spoil--you should probably watch the film yourself before reading on. If you don't care, then this review-thing might save you an hour.

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So there you have it. The first installment of the Bette Davis Marathon 2010 Recaps. Let me know what you think--about the recap, sure, but especially about the movie itself.

If, for whatever reason, you'd like to read more about the wonder that is The Bad Sister, may I direct you here... This is a lot more succinct (and probably considerably more entertaining) than my effort.
Groucho Marx

I know I update NEVER, but....

It's Halloween and I felt I should commemorate it in the only way I know how.

I don't think I need to elaborate further.

Also, Groucho icon is relevant because I dressed up as Groucho for THREE YEARS in elementary school. That is how geeky I am. That stretch was only interrupted by one year of being Harpo for Halloween. Fact: If you dress up as a Marx Brother and are able to do some schtick (imitating your chosen brother) and go to a neighborhood with a bunch of old people, you will get SO MUCH CANDY. They will also want to take pictures of you, and yell for their spouse to come see this. It is the best deal in the world. Unfortunately, no one at school will understand, and they may try to make you put your (plastic) cigar in your backpack because it's "not appropriate" until you explain that it is KEY to your costume.
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Bette Davis

Fasten Your Seat Belts--It's Going to be a Bumpy... Post

So... It's been a while. But in celebration of my gorgeous new layout (c/o the wonderful mothergoddamn), I have decided to re-delurk. I really don't have too much to say, so I shall just list and rate the Bette Davis films I have seen. Because, yes, my life is that dull.

The Bad Sister (1931) *
Hell's House (1932) *
The Rich Are Always With Us (1932) * 1/2
The Dark Horse (1932) ** 1/2
Three on a Match (1932) **
20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932) ** 1/2
Parachute Jumper (1933) **
Ex-Lady (1933) **
The Big Shakedown (1934) *
Jimmy the Gent (1934) ** 1/2
Fog Over Frisco (1934) *
Of Human Bondage (1934) *** 1/2
Bordertown (1935) ***
The Girl from 10th Avenue (1935) * 1/2
Front Page Woman (1935) **
Special Agent (1935) * 1/2
Dangerous (1935) ***
The Petrified Forest (1936) *** 1/2
Satan Met a Lady (1936) **
Marked Woman (1937) ****
That Certain Woman (1937) ***
It's Love I'm After (1937) *****
Jezebel (1938) *****
The Sisters (1938) **
Dark Victory (1939) *****
The Old Maid (1939) ****
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) ****
All This, and Heaven Too (1940) **** 1/2
The Letter (1940) *****
The Great Lie (1941) *** 1/2
The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941) ***
The Little Foxes (1941) *****
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) ****
In This Our Life (1942) **** 1/2
Now, Voyager (1942) *****
Watch on the Rhine (1943) *** 1/2
Old Acquaintance (1943) ****
Mr. Skeffington (1944) ****
A Stolen Life (1946) **** 1/2
Deception (1946) **** 1/2
All About Eve (1950) *****
Another Man's Poison (1951) **** 1/2
Phone Call from a Stranger (1951) ****
The Star (1952) *** 1/2
The Virgin Queen (1955) ***
The Catered Affair (1956) *****
Storm Center (1956) *** 1/2
The Starmaker (1958) **
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Out There--Darkness (1959) ** 1/2
The Scapegoat (1959) ***
Wagon Train: The Elizabeth McQueeney Story (1959) ***
Pocketful of Miracles (1961) **
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) *****
The Virginian: The Accomplice (1962) *** 1/2
Perry Mason: The Case of Constant Doyle (1963) *** 1/2
Dead Ringer (1964) ****
Where Love Has Gone (1964) ***
Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) *****
The Nanny (1965) *****
The Decorator (1965) *****
Gunsmoke: The Jailer (1966) *** 1/2
The Anniversary (1968) ****
It Takes a Thief: Touch of Magic (1970) *** 1/2
Madame Sin (1972) ***
Burnt Offerings (1976) **
The Disappearance of Aimee (1976) *** 1/2
Return from Witch Mountain (1978) **
Death on the Nile (1978) ****
Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter (1979) *****
White Mama (1980) *** 1/2
The Watcher in the Woods (1980) **
Family Reunion (1981) *** 1/2
A Piano for Mrs. Cimino (1982) ****
Little Gloria... Happy at Last (1982) *** 1/2
Hotel (1983) **
Right of Way (1983) ****
The Whales of August (1987) *** 1/2

Whew! This will be updated as I see more (or as I rewatch and change my mind about ratings!), and I shall try to get one together for La Mirren.

This was fascinating for you, I'm sure. Hope to have something slightly more interesting to report in near future.
Bette Davis

Okay, so.... First entry.....

What follows is a list of some things that are probably useful to know about me. I really don't want any of it to come off as annoying, ranty semi-bragging, so please don't take it as such. And, above all I shall endeavour to keep to the point.

*I've been to see Paul McCartney in concert twice--once in October 2002 and again in November 2005.
*I also saw Ringo Starr in September 2003.
*At a Donovan concert I attended in November 2005, my friends and I got third-row-centre seats. Because we were sort of crazed Donovan fans (and possibly the youngest willing attendees of said Donovan concert), Donovan had a repartee going with us throughout the show and, at the very end, CAME BACK to shake our hands. That was pretty bloody awesome.
*In March 2006, I went to see Elton John's show in Las Vegas. I was wearing a John Lennon shirt and he acknowledged me, which was also pretty bloody awesome.
*The same pack of friends I went to the Donovan concert with also joined me at a Queen + Paul Rodgers concert (yeah, I know--it's not the same without Freddie, but still....), where Paul Rodgers waved at us, laughed at our manic fan-girl antics, and at one point even imitated our jumping-along to Hammer to Fall; Roger Taylor saluted us after Radio GaGa, and we're pretty sure Brian May noticed us a few times.... Again, pretty bloody awesome.
*My mum and I went to Europe in November 2006, and I got to go see Tim Curry in the West End production of Spamalot. However, the highlight of our trip easily was at the premiere of Ecce Cor Meum (Macca's new classical piece) when he and his daughter Mary smiled and waved at me. I thoroughly impressed myself by not dying or screaming. At one point, I think I was close enough to reach out and touch him, but my nerves got the better of me. By the way, he's about a kajillion times more adorable in person.
*On spring break this year, we went to Las Vegas again to see LOVE (the Beatles Cirque Du Soleil show), which was INCREDIBLE. When we got to the airport to head home, who do you suppose moseyed into our gate but John Cleese? No one else seemed to notice him, so I mustered my courage and asked him for an autograph. He complied and was extremely kind to me. Another life-making moment, as he's one of my comedic icons.

So that's all the cool stuff that's happened to me in fifteen years. The only really horrible thing is that my dad died of pancreatic cancer when I was eleven--up to that point I was a massive daddy's girl (he introduced me to history, writing, The Beatles, Monty Python--all that good stuff), which made it all the more dreadful. But that's basically who I am and what I've done..... Cheers!
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