A New Year’s movie meme (courtesy of that “Parasol” girl).

One of our very favorite bloggers, Rachel–the eponymous Girl with the White Parasol–has crafted a movie meme just in time for the new year. With a dozen fascinating queries, there’s no way I can turn down a chance to throw in my two cents!

Without further ado …

1. What is your all-time favorite Grace Kelly costume?

That would be this much-lauded beauty from Rear Window. I’ve said it before and I’ll say again: I want this dress, and I want it now.

2. What classic film would you nominate for a remake?

I’m not really a fan of remakes, to be honest, but I’m generally interested in seeing new versions of literary adaptations (the upcoming Baz Luhrmann 3D “why-God-why” take on The Great Gatsby notwithstanding).

3. Name your favorite femme fatale.

Rita Hayworth as Gilda (1946). To quote Morgan Freeman’s character in The Shawshank Redemption (1995), I love when “she does that shit with her hair.”

4. Name the best movie with the word “heaven” in its title.

Leave Her to Heaven (1945). Gene Tierney’s performance is perfection.

5. Describe the worst performance by a child actor that you’ve ever seen (since Laura gave me the idea).

The annoying little moppet who plays Jane in Room for One More (1952). Actually, to be fair, all of the kids in that movie annoyed the crap out of me. Actually, to be really fair, the movie in general annoyed me (though my poor Cary did the best he could).

6. Who gets your vote for most tragic movie monster?

King Kong.

7. What is the one Western that you would recommend to anybody?

The Searchers (1956). I’m not a Western fan, but it’s a powerful film regardless of genre.

8. Who is your ideal movie-viewing partner?

Anyone who doesn’t mind my geeky pre- and post-film Robert Osborne-lite commentary!

9. Has a film ever made you want to change your life? If so, what was the film?

I don’t know if this would be considered “life-changing,” but as I’ve explained before, Cinderella Jones (1946) actually inspired Carrie and I to start this blog. It’s not life-changing in the traditional sense, but it’s been one of the most rewarding “hobbies” I’ve ever undertaken, so I’m grateful for that!

10. Think of one performer that you truly love. Now think of one scene/movie/performance of theirs that is too uncomfortable for you to watch.

I adore Barbara Stanwyck, but ye gods, I sometimes have to close my eyes when confronted with her terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad wig in Double Indemnity (1944). That’s not to detract from Stanwyck’s performance in ANY way, because she is brilliant in the role. But while I realize that part of the justification for Phyllis having the bad hair is that it reveals the innate trashiness of her character, it’s so distracting in some scenes that I can hardly focus on anything else. I just keep staring at that blond helmet on her otherwise gorgeous head!

11. On the flip side, think of one really good scene/performance/movie from a performer that you truly loathe.

I personally can’t stand Miriam Hopkins, but I love watching her opposite Bette Davis in The Old Maid and Old Acquaintance. I think playing off someone like Bette (especially considering they reportedly loathed one another) makes Hopkins a much more appealing performer.

12. And finally, since it will be New Year’s soon, do you have any movie or blogging-related resolutions for 2012?

Be more diligent about posting comments on other blogs and responding to comments here! I subscribe to three dozen classic movie blogs and read every single post, but usually don’t have time to comment on all of them. And it generally takes me a week or so to respond to comments here, which makes me feel all sorts of awful.

Also (I tell myself this every year), I’m going to be more consistent with posting here, especially considering the (personally) appalling dearth of posts in the past month!

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4 thoughts on “A New Year’s movie meme (courtesy of that “Parasol” girl).

  1. You’re too kind, Brandie. Personally, I’m still baffled by the lack of a really good Gatsby adaptation; it doesn’t seem like an unfilmable novel at all. As for the Stanwyck wig, it did sort of hypnotize me the first few times, but I’ve gotten used to it. But yes, it’s uncomfortable. Thanks for posting!

  2. Brandie, great list. I agree with you and Rachel about Gatsby — why on earth has a good version never happened?! I still can’t get used to that awful wig Barbara Stanwyck wore and I don’t think I ever will. She was so wonderful in that movie, why would they think that wig was good? Especially in the drugstore scene where she wears the sunglasses over the ear hair – LOL! My favorite answer of yours was the last — I look forward to more of your articles in 2012!

  3. I didn’t realize Gatsby was going to be 3D. Leo could be a very good Jay, I don’t know why the gimmicks are necessary. Oh yeah, it’s Baz.

    I also love your Barbara Stanwyck answer. I just saw the DI again recently and yes, I’m even more distracted by that bad wig than Fred is by the ankle bracelet.

    Great meme. Thanks for turning me onto it. I had fun completing it myself.

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