Wednesday, April 13, 2011

March Poll Results + Look-a-likes

Sorry that I am a bit behind on posting these results, but here we go:


As you can see, younger Jimmy was the winner. I found this a bit surprising, especially considering all the iconic post-war roles he was in—including his work with great directors such as Alfred Hitchcock. But I also think his persona is slightly less serious in the ‘30s and ‘40s, so that may account for his pre-war popularity. Then again, there are some that just prefer films from that era better. And just so you know, I voted for ‘30s and ‘40s Jimmy myself. :)

After my last Classic/Contemporary Celebrity Look-a-like post proved to be quite popular, I have been saving a folder of stars that I think resemble each other. Now maybe I’m the only one that thinks these people look similar. Granted, they are not great physical resembles, yet it’s just something about them that recalls the other star. Let me know what you think. And feel free to say that they look nothing alike. We all see things differently!

First up we have David Niven and Crispin Bonham-Carter (from 1995’s Pride & Prejudice). They both have similarly shaped noses, faces, and mouths, and curly-ish hair.

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Next up is Catherine Denueve and Amy Adams.

Granted, Denueve is in a class of her own, but I can’t help thinking that something about their face shape and noses seems similar.

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I couldn’t just pick one photo of each!

In this photo you can see how both have a slight dent in their chins.

So what do you think? Do either of these pairs look remotely similar to you?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Marty (1955)

April 3, 2011

48. Marty (1955)

Starring Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti, Augusta Ciolli, Joe Mantell, Karen Steele, Jerry Paris

Directed by Delbert Mann

Plot: “A touching story about two lonely people who have almost resigned themselves to never being truly loved.” (from IMDb)

This film was okay. Some parts I didn't like (a few of Marty’s ‘friends’ are very degrading) but the story overall was kind of nice. The themes it explores—loneliness, aging, self-acceptance—are ones that most of us can relate to (I know I can!). It was sweet to see the genuine relationship blossom between the two awkward protagonists. Some subplots are left unresolved, but I suppose that just makes it more realistic. This wasn’t my favorite movie ever, though I did enjoy it. If for nothing else, Ernest Borgnine's touching portrayal makes it worth watching.

I’m used to seeing Borgnine play tough guys, but this role definitely proved he had range.

According to IMDb, many scenes were filmed on location in the Bronx.

Borgnine won a Best Actor Oscar for his role in this film.

Betsy Blair, who plays Clara, was Gene Kelly’s first wife.

Marty and his mother (played by Esther Minciotti)

P.S. I just have to mention that I thought the whole thing with Mickey Spillane was hilarious—and so perfectly acted. I tried to find a YouTube clip but to no avail.

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