Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Let Us Begin with "A"

 Totally stole this idea from someone else's blog. I'm admitting that up front. You base the topic of the blog around a letter of the alphabet. I figure, this will be a good way to get into the habit of blogging, and by the time I get to "Z", I'll be so used to it, I want need it anymore as a way of getting started.

So I've been kicking around the letter "A" and thinking what I could talk about. And there are 2 things. Apples and All About Eve. Not that the two really go together but I'll discuss the 2 anyways.

1st- Me and apples. When I was 18 I got my first tattoo of a small green apple on my right foot. It is a testament to the first band that ever stole my heart. The Beatles. They are really the first and only band I have ever fallen head over heels for. I remember the first poster my mom ever allowed me to have (besides the kittens and horses and such....) was of the Beatles. I put up next to my bed. I cannot tell you how much I probably spent on batteries, because I constantly was playing their CDs on my portable CD player. But it did become I full fledged obsession. My room was COMPLETELY wall papered in their posters, and I was constantly on the hunt for a new t-shirt. The prize of my collection I found at the Pickens flea market of a Paul McCartney bubble bath bottle. It would probably be worth a pretty penny if it didn't have a HUGE crack running down the back of his head. 

I think of all the phases a pre-teen could go through, The Beatles was probably the safest bet for my parents, and I sometimes wonder if they were heaving a major sigh of relief. My Dad always let me know that the 60s were just a time of dirty hippies, and he hated out I liked to wear the bell bottoms and light incense. But you have to think, the music I was listening to was overwhelmingly positive, so I was pretty pleasant (until I was like 15, but hey- no one's perfect). 

Since getting my green apple tattoo, people have decided that I must LOVE green apples and all things included. Which now I kinda do, and it's fun trying to find stuff. Gum, perfume, necklaces that's interesting and I love collecting things, so I don't really mind that so much. (And yes, I am typing this from my Apple I love the Apple logo? Yes I do. And lately I have been craving apples to eat a lot, so there's my apple rant...

So now on to my other "A", it's probably a bit much to go on. I could just end at apple, but Saturday is the 100th Birthday Celebration of the fabulous Ms. BETTE DAVIS, and I know I will be celebrating by watching All About Eve (and probably Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?). I will say that I was captivated by Bette Davis, from the first class viewing we had of A Marked Woman. She is absolutely a treat to watch on a big screen, but NOTHING compares to her performance as Margo Channing in All About Eve. 

All About Eve is one of those rare movies, where everything is so perfect, as an avid film watcher, I want to just scream it is so brilliant. The performances (not only Ms. Davis, but also those from Anne Baxter and George Sanders) are amazing. And while Marilyn Monroe has only a short appearance in the film, it does prove how her mere presence made the camera pay attention, because the scenes she is in, she does steal. The direction could be easily overlooked, but when you realize how perfectly in sync it is with the action, the pacing and movement, the choice of close ups....brilliant. And the screenplay is practically flawless. I recently was able to attend a showing at the BFI, and I have said it many times, but there is so much more to hear and take in when you see something on a big screen. And back to Bette Davis, it is THE defining role for her as an actress. If you see only ONE Davis movie in your lifetime...make it this one. You won't be disappointed. And o my God, before I forget, her dress in the dinner party sequence, makes me wish I could have that dress designed and tailored for myself. I would wear it everywhere and is the reason I have such an affection now for dresses that have pockets. It is one classy piece of work. 

A quick side note: that was really not the best writing about All About Eve and I assure you that my essays for class are much more thorough. It's just so late and I'm sleepy and I knew that if I didn't start this today I never would. 

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