Monday, April 17, 2017

Funny Face | Kay Thompson In HD

I recently decided to buy a new television.The thought of buying a new telelvion hadn't crossed my mind since the last time I purchased one... in 2007. This has nothing to do with what I wanted to write about, but I had no idea how inexpensive televisions have become. I decided on a 55 inch 1080 HD tv... I see no use for 4K. This was all so exciting not just because I was getting a new, larger television... but because this meant I had the chance to see some of my favorite films bigger and clearer than ever!

That being said, the first film I decided to watch was 1957's Funny Face. It has always been one of my favorites. Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, fashions by Edith Head, visuals by Richard Avedon, tunes by George Gershwin... what more could you ask for? Oh yeah... and to top it off it is a musical that centers around the fashion & photography business, two of my favorite things on this planet. This film may have been made 30 years before I was even a thought in my parents mind, but it was made for me. Believe it or not... it was.

Look at me, getting off topic again. The whole meaning behind this post is simple. I have seen this film more times than I can remember, but watching it in full HD made it feel like I had never seen it before. So there I am, laying on the sofa, watching the movie... and BAM! Out of the blue (no pun intended), I am hit with Kay Thompson's striking teal colored eye shadow. Beautifully winged. Beautiful in tone. Simply beautiful. Most people comment on Audrey's makeup in this film, let's not get started on those eyebrows, but if you pass Kay's look over, that would be a mistake. From that moment every scene she was in was stolen by her eye makeup. It was all I could look at. I do not know how I didn't notice it before, but thanks to this new television... I look forward to finding details I never noticed before in all of my favorite films.

Side Note: Unfortunately, I can not find a single good photo of Kay in the film to show her teal fantasy... you'll just have to look out for it next time you watch the film.


Here are a few other entries I've written about Funny Face and it's actors:  

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Feud: Side By Side

I still find it hard to believe that there is a top notch television show during prime time that focuses on two of my favorite actresses of all time! I've always been a huge fan of Ryan Murphy because he created Glee and American Horror Story, but he blew me away with this creation. I haven't been this excited about a television show since Smash. I believe Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon are doing an amazing job as Joan and Bette. They get a thumbs up from me.

This past week's episode focused on the 1963 Academy Awards and what would be a huge turning point in the career of both ladies. I was so pleasantly surprised to see them include Bette's December 1962 appearance on the Andy Williams show where she sang "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane." Susan really did her homework here because the movements and the accents in her voice were spot on. To top it off, the way the show recreated the awards evening all the way down to the monologue just made my little Old Hollywood loving heart melt.

I want to give two thumbs up to Ryan Murphy and his team for bringing this to life. Let's hope this will get audiences interested in looking a little deeper into the careers of these two amazing woman. It isnt all about wire hangers and places looking like dumps. A life without witnessing the magic that is Joan Crawford and Bette Davis is a life I would never want to lead.

I found these two side by side comparison on YouTube... just in case you haven't been watching.