Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Frank Langella Celebration Link-Up Post

Welcome to the Frank Langella celebration!

Despite the accidental delay that occurred with my first time selection, I'm well-prepared now. May you enjoy getting a glimpse of Frank's vast array of work, as much as I and the rest of the participants have enjoyed writing about him.

This page is where you'll find all of the link-up posts, many of which will be my own, but some of which shall belong to other blogs whose pages I hope you will visit!

Frank Langella Celebration Entries

Frost/Nixon by Anna at Defiant Success

The Twelve Chairs by me at Cab Drivers and Coffee Pots

Dave by Hamlette at Hamlette's Soliloquy

 Sherlock Holmes by me at Cab Drivers and Coffee Pots

Dracula by Charity at History Chick

The Mark of Zorro by me at Cab Drivers and Coffee Pots

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Langella Blogathon Postponement

This is only a postponement for 2 weeks, and I apologize for it. There have been some personal and professional changes in my life over the last couple of months that have pushed this blogathon (and almost my blogs) completely out of my mind. In fact, I thought the blogathon was this upcoming week instead of last week. Shows just how little it's been on my mind.

So I'm running it for only 3 days on June 1st - 3rd (a shortened duration is better) and it's more like a celebration of his work than a blogathon. I have one participant who shared her post with me already, and I appreciate her remembering otherwise I probably would have completely forgotten.

But I still want to do this celebration of Frank's work, just on a smaller scale than I had originally envisioned. I hope everyone who had agreed to posts will still write them and share. I'll write an opening linkk-up post to publish on June 1st and add everyone's blog posts to that original post.

We'll still have fun and it'll be awesome.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Captain America: Civil War . . . from an ISFJ Perspective

I actually took 4 hours off work today so I could go to an earlier showing than I usually would, which was awesome.

Yes, I loved Captain America: Civil War.

I also realized, shockingly, that a male coworker and I are pretty much Steve (me) and Tony (him). But while we're butting heads over procedures and software, Steve and Tony are butting heads over government control and individual rights.

Steve Rogers (ISFJ) values liberty. He refuses to have his right to make a decision on when to fight and when to stand down infringed upon. He sees the far-reaching ramifications of the Avengers being controlled by over 100 different countries in a United Nations type scenario. He sees the big picture and he's already been there before, being stuck in a dictatorship and following orders blindly with no input as to why he's following them. And he has no desire to go there again.

Tony Stark (ENTJ) is suffering from PTSD. ENTJs with PTSD are not a pleasant sight. He's reacting out of fear, fear that he's created the entire mess (which he has), and the inability to fix it outside of heavy government involvement and regulation. I actually miss the Tony Stark who thumbed his nose at the government and told them to stay out of his stuff. Now he's signed away his right to choose whose side he's on in a fight or whether there should even be a fight.

Let me make something abundantly clear. I like Tony. I don't love him, but I don't hate him either, and I felt more empathy for him in Captain America: Civil War than I had ever expected feeling. That was a bit of a shocker.

Monday, May 2, 2016

A Grittier Side to Marlon Brando - The Night of the Following Day (1968)

The Night of the Following Day
R, 1968

An attractive teenage girl (Pamela Franklin) of a wealthy father (Hugues Wanner) is kidnapped on her way out of the airport by a man pretending to be a chauffeur, Bud, (Marlon Brando) and a guy who jumps into the car credited as Leer (Richard Boone). It turns out the blonde stewardess Vi (Rita Moreno) from the flight the girl was on is in on the job, as well as her brother, Wally (Jess Hahn).

A simple kidnapping for ransom rapidly escalates when Bud the chauffeur realizes that Leer is a sick, twisted S.O.B. with a taste for teenage girls. The stewardess, Vi, also Bud's girlfriend and Wally's sister, has a serious drug problem on top of Leer's fetish, and Bud wants out, and not just out, but to stop the whole thing and give the girl back. But this isn't the kind of story where everything goes the way you want it. At all.

In the year 1968, the Motion Picture Production Code officially ended and the rating system we know today as the MPAA Film Rating System began. While they say that the MPPC was only minimally enforced in the late 1960s, it is blatantly obvious when the MPPC (really the morality code of Hollywood) went out the window. 1968 was the beginning of a new era in motion picture history, a switch from the Golden Age of Classic Hollywood to something much grittier.

Rita Moreno awakens our poor, innocent victim from her nap on the airplane.

Our first glimpse of the innocent victim.

She turns around when someone calls her name, meeting the chauffeur.

Sure, there's a face you can trust.

The car pulls to a stop and the door opens giving the girl her first glimpse . . . 

of the majorly creepy Richard Boone who deserved everything Brando dished out to him.

The shocking moment when the girl realizes . . . 

the stewardess is involved in her kidnapping. 

*insert several minutes of general plotting and planning and scheming here*

Brando expected to be picked up at the airport by his girlfriend only to end up ditched and had to hitch a ride to the safe house with a cop instead.

Where was she? Well here she's trying to convince him she's not high because there's no needle marks.

Except that you can so totally get high by snorting, and he's no fool.

Hmm, maybe it's time to rethink my life.

In the wee hours, the girl decides it's time for an escape attempt.

Look who's awake pondering the meaning of his life. The girl will be grateful in a minute.

Oh no.

Look who was sleeping on the stairs.

Is that the sound of a struggle?
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