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*contains spoilers The tragic life of actress and model Anna Nicole Smith (1967-2007 multiple drug overdose) is probably not meant to be celebrated but this cult personality made one movie which encapsulates herself and Marilyn Monroe on steroids and I mean low budget steroids. That film is the still disappointing Skyscraper (1996). Smith only made…

Read more The Cult of Performer Anna Nicole Smith in Skyscraper (1996) Part One

*contains spoilers Female Trouble is not as funny nor as outrageous as Pink Flamingos or his other contemplation of ostracism and criminality Desperate Living (1977) but it still contains full frontal male nudity or that other visual sin, an aging and naked female body. The shock factor has made way for social commentary about the…

Read more The Filthy Genius of Director John Waters and THAT actress Divine (Part Two)

*contains spoilers And now for something completely different… Beyond the unisex toilet where whatever wants to go as well as being a part of or watching Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) while the rest go over the rainbow… We have the original midnight movie cult of director John Waters (1946-) and transvestite actress…

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*contains spoilers The two films Peerce made following The Sporting Club were A Separate Peace (1972) which is based on the latent homosexuality amid the athleticism and secret societies of American selective boarding schools in the novel by John Knowles (1926-2001). Writer Gore Vidal (1925-2012 pneumonia) in the later period of his self-mythologising claimed to…

Read more The Cult Movies of Director Larry Peerce and The Bell Jar (1979) Part Two

*contains spoilers This is a semi-autobiographical article about losing your virginity through an act of adultery, the concept of love in the Clint Eastwood movie Breezy (1973) and my nerdy brush with Clint himself many years ago after growing up admiring him as a two-fisted role model of masculinity to an apparently clean-cut kid… It…

Read more The Evolution and Revolution of Love and Clint Eastwood’s Breezy (1973) Part One

*contains spoilers This year of 1941 and the others are symbolised in Return to Peyton Place with the placement of cars. Selena drives an old 1941 series convertible just when the original movie was set, while the outsider Scandinavian ski instructor played by Gunnar Hellstrom (1917-2006 natural causes) drives a 1960 Renault which is a…

Read more The Genius of Writer Grace Metalious and Return to Peyton Place (1961) Part Two