Many thanks to Jennifer Kachler, Adam Donald, Daniel Sheppard, my homegirl Laine Kaplowitz, and everyone at the fabulous Bethesda Row Theatre.
Check out Kris Rasmussen’s list of the Ten Best Christian Movies of all time. It has some of my favorites like “Dead Man Walking” “Lilies of the Field,” and “Chariots of Fire.” I’d also include the allegorical “Strange Cargo,” the Tyler Perry movies, “The Gospel of John,” “The Nativity Story,” and “A Man Called Peter.”
Kim Novak was one of the sultriest stars of the 1950’s. She is probably best remembered for her role in the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo as the mysterious women (or is it woman?) who drove Jimmy Stewart crazy. He plays a detective who is hired to protect the wife of a wealthy man but is unable to prevent her from committing suicide when she climbs up to the top of a tower because of his fear of heights. Then, when he meets another woman who resembles her, he becomes obsessed with making her over to look exactly like the woman who died. “All right, All right!” she says. “If I let you change me, will you love me then?” It was selected as the second greatest film of all time in 2002 by the prestigious film journal “Sight and Sound.” (First was “Citizen Kane.”)
Some of Novak’s best other films are now available in the new The Kim Novak Collection box set, including her re-teaming with Stewart in the delightful romantic comedy, “Bell, Book, and Candle,” co-starring Jack Lemmon, Elsa Manchester, and Ernie Kovacs. She plays a witch who enchants a man so that he falls in love with her, only to risk losing her powers by falling for him.
She co-stars with Rita Hayworth and Frank Sinatra in the cynical musical “Pal Joey” (with the classic songs, “My Funny Valentine,” “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered,” and “The Lady is a Tramp”). And it has “Picnic,” the story of the prettiest girl in a small town, who has to decide between the safe guy her mother wants her to marry and the drifter who captures her heart. The dance number mingling “Moonglow” and the movie’s theme is one of the most memorable moments on film.
Liz Smith catches up with Novak on the Wowowow website. “Hollywood categorized me as a blonde sex-pot, period. And to go on doing that would have killed me.” She now lives in Oregon with her husband and sounds very contented. I am happy for her, and happy for a whole new generation who will get to enjoy these films.
The fast food giant’s latest giveaway for preschool boys features eight Marvel comic action figures, including The Human Torch, a man engulfed in flames, and The Thing, which menacingly roars “IT’S CLOBBERIN’ TIME!” at the press of a button.
It’s bad enough to use junk toys to sell children on junk food. But now, for preschool boys, a so-called happy meal at McDonald’s features the horrifying spectacle of a man on fire and a menacing figure that explicitly spurs them to violence.
To sign their letter to McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner, visit the CCFC website. You can also read the report issued by CCFC last month about food company expenditures of well over $1.6 billion to market their products to children and teenagers.