July 24, 2010


I decided to go ahead and create my own category since the meme doesn't actually specify 'genre', see. I mean 'genre' is something tangible - horror or science fiction or romantic comedy - but 'other category' is sort of amorphous and intangible. JUST LIKE THE CATEGORY I'M NOW MAKING UP. 'Villainesses'. Take that, meme.

Eva Ernst, the Grand High Witch of The Witches. The kind of role that gives kids nightmares and reminds adults that scene stealing is an art and only the best of the best can do it without trying. Also, what sort of accent was she sporting? I don't know but it is made of AWESOME.

July 22, 2010


(Because all roles aren't ultimately dramatic, meme? You're killing me.)

I'm not clear on the rules here - since I've already chosen Lilly Dillon in The Grifters as my all-time favorite role, does that negate choosing it as my favorite dramatic role too? I mean is that a bit repetitive?

Well allow me to repeat myself, then. Lilly Dillon in The Grifters. If you haven't seen this film yet, go get a copy right now. It's amazing. And she'll break you in two with her performance.

(You know, the wording of these does my head in - favorite role in a romance? Favorite role that features her character in a romantic situation? Favorite role in a movie that embodies romantic notions? It's a meme, I know, get over it.)

I'll assume this means 'movie in which her role is romantic in nature' and therefore exclude things like Ice Pirates and Choke from consideration.

I choose the smart and sexy Marcia Fox from Manhattan Murder Mystery. Anjelica is the epitome of tantalizing long-legged wit in this. No wonder both Woody Allen and Alan Alda fall all over themselves drooling through the film. True, Morticia and Gomez Addams have the greatest romance ever but The Addams Family is not a romantic film by nature nor is Morticia simply a romantic interest. Whereas Marcia Fox is introduced solely to befuddle the menfolk and sexily propel the murder investigation forward.

July 21, 2010

30 Days of Anjelica


I assume this means actual comedy film and not just role that is somehow comedic by virtue of how weirdly bad the movie is or how certain moments make me laugh even though they are not, in and of themselves, comedy.

Oh shush. You seriously expect me to choose between Eleanor Zissou and Etheline Tenenbaum? Please. The Life Aquatic and The Royal Tenenbaums are masterpieces and for every arch bitchy thing Eleanor is, Etheline's stoic warmth balances it until you see that these two are, in fact, perfectly realized sides of the same coin. I wrote a whole essay on this once. About how Eleanor and Etheline, despite how differently they look and behave at first glance, actually fulfill the same anchoring roles in each film. Don't get me started on it again here. I'm picking both because I love both.

Though I will give you that possibly Eleanor edges Etheline out in the humor department. Except for that "In any case I don't think it's wise to keep an electrical gadget so close to the tub" moment. And the awkward sexual admission at the dig site. Okay, nevermind, they're both hilarious.

July 20, 2010

30 Days of Anjelica

This is based on a Tumblr meme several tumbleblogs are featuring - oddly enough also about Anjelica (or not oddly considering I'm following them) - in which you choose your favorite actor or actress and then answer a question a day regarding them for thirty days. I choose Anjelica Huston.


After a lot of internal debate I'm going to go with my gut instinct on this one and choose Lilly Dillon in The Grifters. I could easily have chosen Morticia from The Addams Family (because she owned Morticia) but there's something about The Grifters... something about her portrayal of Lilly... that tough-as-nails brashness, the vulnerable fear in the unforgettable oranges scene, the unapologetic clawing for survival... Lilly Dillon was a tour de force for Anjelica and a performance I never tire of. Ever.