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Stop Feeling Sorry for Melania!

Stop Feeling Sorry for Melania!

I hate it when people say they feel sorry for Melania Trump.  I hate those "Free Melania" signs.  Melania is not Rapunzel entombed in a tower, nor is she a frightened hostage bullied into submission by an oafish bully.  Even looking at her through the most forgiving feminist ...
Noel Coward Gives Good Dame in “Blithe Spirit”

Noel Coward Gives Good Dame in “Blithe Spirit”

While classic movies are brimming over with dames, on average they parcel out one per film. The film of Noel Coward’s play, Blithe Spirit, happily eschews such miserly rationing. There are at least 3 dames, two of whom are some of my favorites. (More about that in a bit.) Despite being ...
Let’s Talk About Janet Leigh’s Pointy Boobs

Let’s Talk About Janet Leigh’s Pointy Boobs

When I was ten-years-old boobs weren’t yet a thing, but they were still a thing. No one talked about them, but everyone talked about them. Or rather, talked around them. When I eavesdropped on grown-ups, I heard snickers about them. They were an unspoken but important thing.  I could tell, ...
Are You There Marie Kondo? It’s Me, Dixie

Are You There Marie Kondo? It’s Me, Dixie

Getting rid of things is not my thing, face-facts-wise. Getting things is more my jam. I’m the nostalgic, flea-market-going, tchotchkes-lovin’ type. I have anthropomorphic toys from my childhood, almost a dozen t-shirts that haven’t fit since the Bush administration (the first one), ...
“His Girl Friday” is “My Movie Favorite”

“His Girl Friday” is “My Movie Favorite”

I’m often asked, “What is the ultimate dame movie?” (Ok, I’m the primary one asking myself that, but trust me, I ask myself a lot.)  It’s too hard to come up with just one film, but I can say that a prime example of classic movie damery is definitely Howard Hawks’ His Girl ...
Little-Known Facts About Jean Harlow

Little-Known Facts About Jean Harlow

You’ve read the Jean Harlow post– now impress your friends (your easily impressedfriends) with these “Did You Know?” gems: Jean Harlow and Hedy Lamarr were the primary inspirations for "Batman" creator Bob Kane's “Catwoman” character. For Kane, Jean "seemed to personify feminine ...
The Secret History of Hollywood is Doing God’s Work

The Secret History of Hollywood is Doing God’s Work

Just when you think the world has gone to hell in a handbasket, from behind the dark clouds drifts to Earth a radiant angel, dressed in a resplendent robe of shiny filmstrips and glittering tales of lore. With the soft God-like voice of Tim Curry, he allays mortals’ fears and yearnings with ...
Top 10 Classic Dame Films – Part 3

Top 10 Classic Dame Films – Part 3

Here’s the third and last chapter in my hard-wrought Top Ten Dame Movies list. It’s been hard to whittle down the list, and if I thought Part 2 was hard, this is even harder, since this is where I now have to leave off so many favorites. Still, if you end up seeing all 10 of the classic films ...
“Book Club” — Rom-Coms Mansplained

“Book Club” — Rom-Coms Mansplained

GUEST POST BY HOLLY ABRAMS! Since I can't be pried off the couch to stop watching my endless parade of Law & Orders, we are very lucky to have guest blogger, and my friend of 40+ years, Holly Abrams, give us her insights into the recent movie, Book Club -- aka "Isn't It Totes Adorbs When ...
Top 10 Classic Dame Films – Part 2

Top 10 Classic Dame Films – Part 2

Here is a continuation of my Top Ten List of Classic Dame-y Movies. This is no easy task because there are so many movies that feature dames being dames. It was hard winnowing down the list, so I wrote a separate post explaining my final criteria. (Without a using a criterion here and there, I ...
Top 10 Classic Dame Movies

Top 10 Classic Dame Movies

The world is chock full of dames, some fully-blossomed, some who remain stunted as seedlings. One of the best ways to coax a nascent dame out of her shell is to see examples of damery at its finest. Luckily there are dames of the silver screen providing a golden sun to show the way. Classic ...
Why We Still Love Lucy

Why We Still Love Lucy

For several generations I Love Lucy has served as a sort of televisual I-Ching. For millions of young girls, I Love Lucy has been a redhead-led Rosetta Stone, a valuable key offering guidance on such timeless questions as “What if my best friend is wearing a dress identical to mine on ...

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