You stan: Ryan Gosling. I stan: Paul Newman.
You stan: Kristen Stewart. I stan: Tuesday Weld.
Yes, I’m a late boomer.
One of those elusive films that I’ve heard about for years but have never been able to find, though I remember once looking for a Warner Archive disc on eBay. Now it’s turned up on Hoopla, and even though the presentation leaves a lot to be desired (some close-ups cut off the actors’ lower faces), it at last is a chance to see a middle period Laurence Olivier, a still alluring Simone Signoret, and an outright stunning Sarah Miles, 19,…
In the early ‘70s, Hollywood didn’t know what to make of what was then called Women’s Lib. One Is a Lonely Number was either (depending on your viewpoint) (1) an inept attempt to address the new status of women or (2) a cynical effort to exploit that movement by essentially remaking a 1940s women’s picture that Greer Garson might have starred in in the old days. To me, the finished product sits uncomfortably (but not uninterestingly) between old style Hollywood…
Jerry: So, you’re Susan’s cousin?
Brenda: We’re close. We went through the Columbia riots together.
Jerry: You went to Columbia?
Brenda: No, I was just an outside agitator.
Jerry: Oh, that’s heavy!
So 1970 in look and attitude that you can feel the love beads around your neck. Though it’s adapted from a Broadway play by husband and wife Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor, I enjoyed this much more than the Neil Simon stage-to-film adaptations of the same era like…
In 1985, at the height of the Reagan era, actor-director Lee Grant directed, narrated and hosted this HBO documentary on what we now call transgendered people. This time stamp is important to note. The 1980s were a time of extreme intolerance toward non-heterosexual society that, unfortunately, is now being repeated by the Republican Party in its quest for votes and power. So Grant and HBO deserve credit for sheer courage in swimming against the tide of those times.