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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Black and White Films of Great Merit and Influence That I Want To See.


Bette Davis As Saucy Margo Channing From "All About Eve".

In my personal time I’ve been exposing myself to the Classics. I love the hair raising suspense that is created in the darkness as the music accentuates at climaxes, the cigarette smoke is truly luxurious as it creeps across the screen in a ghostly fume, and all that glorious shaking that takes place between the two passionate lovers just excites me. I can’t get enough of that idiosyncratic shaking. It’s pure bliss. It’s even fun to imagine what color the clothes should be, the sets, even the make-up of certain characters. Last but not least, there are the famous quotes. I’ve made a list of black and white films that I hope to watch and gain inspiration from.
(*) What I’ve managed to see so far:
1.      “All About Eve” starring Bette Davis, and George Sanders.*
2.       “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?” Starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford*
3.      “Hush..Hush Sweet Charlotte” starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotton, and Agnes Moorehead
4.       “Strait-Jacket” starring Joan Crawford
5.      “Mildred Pierce” starring Joan Crawford
6.      Tod Browning’s “Freaks” starring real sideshow performers!*
7.      “San Francisco” starring Clark Gable and Jeanette McDonald
8.       “Some Like It Hot” starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis,  and Jack Lemmon
9.      “The Seven Year Itch” starring Marilyn Monroe, and Tom Ewell
10.  “The Red Shoes” starring Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook,  and Marius Goring
11.  “The Boy With The Green Hair” starring Dean Stockwell,  Pat O’Brien, Robert Ryan, and Barbara Hale
12.  “Rebel Without A Cause” starring  James Dean
13.   “Giant” starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson
14.  “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf” starring Elizabeth Taylor, and Richard Burton
15.  “The Picture of Dorian Gray” starring George Sanders, Angela Lansbury, Donna Reed,     Hurd Hatfield, and Peter Lawford
16.   “The Bells of St. Mary’s” starring Ingmar Bergman , and Bing Crosby

Hollywood doesn’t make actors and actresses like this anymore. Tis a shame!


My First Shenanigan With A CHiP


“I’m banking on one thing, and I’m not budging on this: my God has a sense of humor even if what I say has a four-letter word in it. I think He’d want me to laugh. What’s in my heart is not irreverence, but a full knowledge that God’s laughing too.”- Paula Deen (It Ain’t All About The Cookin’)
Two days after I was laid off, I was pulled over for making an illegal U-Turn. To this day I’m still getting adjusted to driving out here; my days of driving in rural Arkansas are over. I didn’t realize I was breaking the law until it was too late; the sign snuck up on me speedily.  Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” (How comical) was playing on K.BAY 94.5. This cop was about to pull out of Wal-Mart as he saw me. I knew I had made a mistake right when another car almost crashed into me. The cop pulled out, and I pulled into Wal-Mart through the central divide of Hesperian Boulevard. He switched on his siren and at that precise moment I wailed to myself, “Hell’s bells! You’re in deep shit now Arkansas!” I parked in an empty space. An officer wearing a pair of black Aviators slowly approached me. He resembled the T-1000 off of James Cameron’s “Terminator II: Judgment Day”.  During this time I’m mumbling serinty prayers to God and gathering my driver’s license, trying not to piss myself.
The officer said, “How are you doing boss?” I hate it when anyone addresses me like that. It’s like asking a one night stand, “Where are you going, baby?” And the fling responds, “I’m not your baby.” I immediately noticed that the officer had CHiP patched and monogrammed on his sleeve. I said the first thing that came to mind, “Sir, you sure don’t look like Eric Estrada on CHiP’s.” He just stood there speechless. He took his Aviators off and stoically asked, “May I see your driver’s license?” I gave it to him. He said, “Arkansas… hmmm…what brings you out here?” I apprehensively responded, “Opportunity, I’m 24 years old and I’m trying to live the American Dream.” He thought that was impressive. I explained to him that I was still learning to drive out here, and didn’t realize I was breaking the law until it was too late. He started getting off by intimidating me.
He asked to see my registration. I was opening my glove box and I stated with a nervous quiver, “Officer, I’ve never been pulled over before in my life. What does that little piece of paper look like? There was an awkward silence and I could feel him searing me with impassioned fear. Frankly, I didn’t appreciate that and I said, “Officer, please stop intimidating me, you’re scaring the hell out of me and I can’t take it! I’m not a thung!” I found my registration and explained to him that the truck was still registered in my dad’s name. He went back to his car to trace my plates. All that time I was hyperventilating. He came back and started questioning me more. I broke down into tears and said, “Officer, I was laid off two days ago unexpectantly, and I’m out here looking for work. I’ve never been in this much deep shit before in my life. And the public of California is teaching me to drive on these highways; it’s not like this at all back in Arkansas.”
He paused, and said, “Look here boss, I’m going to go easy on you. You have a clean record back home. Regularly, I wouldn’t be this generous. Here’s your citation. You must obtain a California driver’s license and register your vehicle in the state. That’s all. Good luck to you.”
Thank God.