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 – The Fabulous Baker Boys

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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Michelle Pfeiffer is one of my favourite actresses and this is the film that showed me how good she is. Up to that point I thought she was just a pretty face (nothing wrong with a pretty face but you know) and because she became famous around the same time as Kim Basinger and Kim’s  funnier than she is I thought she was a bit dopey. Maybe that’s just me being bitchy and I suppose it must be hard for a beautiful young woman to be taken serious I wouldn’t know because I’m not that gorgeous myself haha before you say it.

Anyways the Baker Boys are real life brothers Beau Bridges and Jeff (phwoarr) Bridges and they’re a piano duo doing all this cheesy cabaret material in second rate clubs and their career is dying so they decide to try a different angle and get a singer.

Beau is married with kids and is the responsible one but Jeff is single and lives alone with his dog and he’s a charmer who has his way with as many women as he can find nothing wrong with that neither as long as he don’t hurt people and we don’t hear about any exes in the film so we don’t know but you kind of think so. Too handsome for his own good you know the type girls thinks he’s god’s gift to women but you’d still unwrap him in a hurry if he was a gift to you. He’s also a frustrated jazz player doing this with his brother to make a living but he hates it really.

They audition a load of no hopers including Susan Sarandon whose just doing a cameo and apparently she can really sing she does this operatic bit at the end of her song.

Michelle Pfeiffer is the last one and she’s late but she’s the best they’ve seen so they give her a go. Sure enough the punters like her so the club owners do too and it’s all going well. Then at Christmas/New Year they’re playing this fancy hotel out in the hills and they’re in rooms next door to one another and Jeff and Michelle start sneaking into the bathroom to sniff each other’s cologne or perfume and you can tell something’s going to happen then Beau has to go home because one of his kids is ill or something and Jeff and Michelle do a real sexy show and then get sexy in private.

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We’re going to do this one on the piano: Michelle bends the rules a bit

You think it’s going to end in tears but because she’s a bit unemotional (used to be an “escort”) and he’s so couldn’t-care-less it doesn’t really but they don’t get together either. The real emotional bit at the end is with the brothers cos they are very different and they don’t enjoy the life together but given their own space as they say they’re happy enough.

I don’t know who thinks these stories up I suppose the writer was watching some cabaret act one night and thought it must be a weird life and took it from there and of course if you throw a sex bomb in there you get explosions.

It’s a cool film quite funny some good lines and that romantic what do they call it tension I guess that keeps you thinking will they won’t they.