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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 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 The British playwright Joe Orton (1933-1967 murdered) had the shortest of careers in the mid-1960s before his long-time lover Kenneth Halliwell (1926-67 sleeping pill overdose) hit him nine times on the forehead with a hammer in their London bedsit and then committed suicide. It is a part of the legend of Orton that…

Read more The Cult of Playwright Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane