The Apartment (1960)

The Apartment stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred Mac Murray. It was directed,  and the screenplay  co-written,  by  Mr Billy Wilder himself. It followed on from his Some Like it Hot,  and was… Continue reading

“I don’t forgive people because I’m weak, I forgive them because I’m strong enough to know people make mistakes”MM

If anyone should know a thing or two about forgiveness, it is Mz Monroe. Over the course of her too short  life she was treated to many shining examples of human behaviour at its… Continue reading

“I was never my favourite subject” Lauren Becall

Okay so she has written a number of books about herself which takes away slightly from this assertion. However in her defense,  although the books are by her and are based on her… Continue reading

“Personally Veda’s convinced me that alligators have the right idea. They eat their young.” Ida

  Mildred Piece is a 1945 American film directed by Michael Cortiz, adapted from a James McCain novel and centered around the theme of loving not wisely but too well.  It is recognised… Continue reading

I’ve sort of gotten into the habit of looking for the vulnerable guy, the guy who makes mistakes, the guy who can’t figure things out all the time but keeps at it.” Jimmy Stewart

Ok so as I said in my last post, I am reading a bio of Jimmy Stewart,  however I’m not making much progress  so the review  will have to wait.  I took up Hardy’s Far… Continue reading

Kate The Woman who was Katharine Hepburn by William Mann

  A biography gives us not just the facts, it also provides us with insights and analysis of a person’s life.It has a long history  perhaps starting as early as 44 BC with… Continue reading

Elizabeth Taylor could “..drink, belch, and swear with the best of them”

Such behaviour, she said, kept her real, kept her human which is no mean  feat  given Elizabeth Taylor’s  rather extraordinary life. For starters there was the unusually dark blue of her eyes that made them… Continue reading

“I wish to live to 150 years old, but the day I die, I wish it to be with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of whiskey in the other.” Ava Gardner

I recently ‘celebrated’ another birthday. It reinforced how although I intensely dislike the day itself, I like the fact that it makes me stop and think about my life. It, more than New… Continue reading

“Any girl can look glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.” Hedy Lemarr

What at first might come across as a bit harsh, judgemental even and sure to tick off more than just a few glamorous women is, upon further examination perfectly reasonable and understandable given… Continue reading

“The power to kill can be just as satisfying as the power to create.” Rope review

Hitchcock’s Rope in  1948 was based on a 1929 play of the same name which in turn was supposedly based on the famous 1924 Leopold and Leon murder case. In case you are not… Continue reading