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 Long Good Friday

That's right, hawkeye, it's badly written, spelled and punctuated. It's how a lot of people write these days. And it's a spoof.

Long Good Friday

Yes old as the hills again but what can I say it’s a classic and that’s what the title of the series says Klasic I’m not sure if that’s the right speling but who cares. And what is a classic well its not something that came out last week probably I don’t know how most 13 year olds find enough music to put on their iPods because they haven’t listened to that much in their life never mind really good stuff.

TLGF looks dated now because its from the 70s so its all long hair and funny suits. What I really like about it is Helen Mirren she’s the classiest British actress of her time and when I first saw this I wanted to be her. Not necessary with a little bad tempered bloke like Bob Hoskins as Harold Shand a gangster but imagine someone with his money and power but looking like I don’t know Pierce Brosnan. He’s in it funny enough Brosnan in a small part as an IRA guy nasty piece of work who stabs one of Bob’s guys in a swimming pool he’s gay and Pierce pretends to be gay to get close to him and then knifes him not very nice is it?

See Bob’s gang has been running the London underworld and he’s about to do a deal with an American gangster something to do with the docklands which were disused at the time before they all got done up posh. And as soon as the Yank turns up Bob’s people start getting killed and there’s bombs in restaurants and cars and he doesn’t know who’s doing it. “Who’s having a go at me?” he goes and the American’s not impressed.

Helen is his girlfriend a posh classy bird who gives glamour to his operation I guess. And one of his closest friends fancies her too well every man in England fancied her at that time and probably still would now my Dad thinks she’s the sexiest thing since sliced bread not that that’s sexy but you no what I mean.

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All together now, guys: “Phwoaarrr! I would! Not many!” In your dreams, gentlemen, in your dreams.

Lots of people you recognize in it too if you watched British TV then there’s Charlie from Casualty he’s filled out a bit haven’t we all and Denzil the black guy from Only Fools and Horses he gets his buttocks slashed by a minder called Razors that’s not nice either is it but really it’s not that scary film.

So you gradually realize it’s the IRA that’s doing all the bad stuff because I suppose they want to be the ones that profit out of the docklands I don’t know that’s just my interpration and nothing really gets sorted out you just get the feeling it’s not going to be the piece of cake Bob thought it would.

Sometimes films do that they just leave you hanging somewhere and nothing is decided but its all about giving you an enjoyable time for 90 minutes or two hours or whatever and this one just keeps on rocking all the way through.