Kaycee’s Klasic Films – Anjelica Huston

Siobhan Kennedy-Clarke’s classic film reviews
Our fictitious reviewer Siobhan (KayCee) didn't have much of an education but she's passionate about films

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Hollywood is full of beautiful women and the real world is full of women who wish they looked like them I think you’ll agree that’s true. It’s different for men because they can have character roles in movies and then become really big when they get older and looks don’t matter so much.

But for the ladies no one wants to look at a non-stunning girl see I’m not talking about revolting like a witch with a spiky nose and rotten teeth I’m talking about you and me the average women in the street. Sure, we get along okay and there are potential partners out there who think we’re beautiful because they love us but generally speaking it’s easier if you look like Marilyn Monroe.

But once in a while you come across a woman who breaks the rules and manages to get cast in good roles in spite of the fact that when she sees herself in a photograph, she must think, “Why is this funny looking woman always in my pictures?”

I’m writing about this because last night I watched a film in which Anjelica Huston was the only adult female. She had a cameo they call them a brief appearance but since almost every film has to have a woman for people to lust after she must of been it.

Anjelica’s mother was a ballerina and her father was John Huston, a director, and her grandfather was Walter Huston an actor. So I guess showbusiness was in her blood. She started off as a model so obviously somebody thought her looks were unusual but not unattractive and so did Jack Nicholson who she was with for a long time.

She is a kind of role model for girls who aren’t what we would call normal-pretty it’s not having that perfectly proportioned face and body its how you carry yourself and a lot of it is to do with appearing to be happy with yourself. If you’re giving off the kind of feeling that says “Don’t look at me cos your eyes will get dirty” you’re putting a nail in your own coffin. You don’t have to be cocky either mind you or you’ll make a fool of yourself just be confident your all woman and your as good as anyone else okay that’s enough of Kaycee the guru what do I know about it.

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Dead sexy: Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams

So Anjelica has had a decent career with films like The Postman Always Rings twice (with Jack), Prizzi’s Honor and The Grifters and if your wondering the one I mentioned with the cameo was Seraphim Falls with Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson. She was Morticia in The Addams Family (extremely sexy I reckon) and she did a couple of Woody Allens.

Two others who have flown the flag for the woman of character are Judi Dench and Barbra Streisand. Somebody once said of Judi “She’s not beautiful but she can play beautiful” by play they mean act and that’s what I was talking about she dresses well holds her head up and gives it some serious dignity. Being the first female M in James Bond she had to be tough and believable in that way but you also got the feeling that Bond quite fancied her and if they did get together for a night he might learn a thing or two.

As for Barbra she’s such a character that if she wanted you to think she was once an Olympic hurdler and Miss World you’d believe her.

It’s a short list because like I said at the start the film world is full of pretty little things no disrespect to them but there is room for other types too not just Nicole Kidman and Michelle Pfeiffer  there’s hope for us all.

 

Kaycee’s Klasic Films – James Bond

Siobhan Kennedy-Clarke’s classic film reviews

 

Today I’m gonna be looking at not just one film but a whole load stretching back to before I was born. I don’t know if you’d call it a series because those usually happen on TV but these all feature the same character even though they change the actor now and then like they do in Doctor Who. Same idea really they want someone who suits the time the film’s released.

I’m talking about James Bond of course everybody likes the Bond films but what I didn’t know until recently is that the man who wrote them Ian Fleming was a sort of spy himself and based the character on things he’s done and seen. Lucky bleeder eh all those women.

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Bond with (l-r) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Late-night Snack. Dirty sod

There was a time when they cut down on the love scenes because some people found them offensive so Timothy Dalton when he did a couple of the films didn’t get half the nookie that Sean Connery got.

The people who objected were mainly women I think but the sort of mouthy cows who don’t like to see people enjoying themselves what’s wrong with a bit of a jump as they call it. Just because you know James Bond’s only going to bonk them once it’s only a film and anyway things have moved on and you don’t want to marry every bloke you have sex with.

You wouldn’t want to stick with him anyway because he’s never at home he’s always out in some foreign country and if he did stay in with you and have a takeaway pizza there’d be bullet holes in the coffee table and blood all over your new settee cos somebody come looking for him.

I know everybody says Sean was the best Bond and Daniel Craig is the best actor of them but I’m quite partial to Roger Moore he was funny he was and never seemed to take it serious. He is also the only one to get mentioned in an Amy Winehouse song so she must of liked him as well. It’s in You Know I’m No Good off Back to Black she goes “by the time I’m out the door you tear men down like Roger Moore”.

If you’d of bumped into him as Bond you’d of had a nice bottle of champagne and a bit of a laugh before it all went tits up just after you did. And the women get killed in Bond films too the writers don’t care so it might of been your last posh dinner and your last shag but at least it was one to remember.

Favourite film I don’t know there all good really but I like Skyfall funny enough because I don’t know there’s plenty of Judi Dench as M and she’s very good plus it’s partly set in Scotland which makes a change from all the exotic locations.

I know that contradicks all I said about the actors I like and the humour and that but you kind of feel you know him a bit better after seeing where he comes from I felt quite romantic and if he’d of tried it on with M I would of been quite happy but I suppose that’s a bit far fetched. Mind you I’ll still be up for it at her age with a bag over me head like. Why not my mum’s still at it and she’s ancient.