Monday, June 18, 2012

In Remembrance: Susan Tyrrell (March 18, 1945 - June 17, 2012)



Susan Tyrrell made an appearance at the Silent Movie Theatre on February 16, 2008 after they showed her film Night Warning. It stands out as probably the most interesting Q&A I have attended in Los Angeles over the years. I go back to my archives to bring you my thoughts:

She was in a wheelchair and wore devil horns on her head. Even though I was way in the back, she was full of so much fervor that she almost seemed possessed . She talked about being nominated for her performance in John Huston's Fat City coming to Hollywood for the Academy Awards. From the way she told it, I thought she WON the award. It wasn't until several months later when I was looking at the list of best supporting actresses when I couldn't find Susan Tyrrell...

She has appeared in several other notable films including:
Andy Warhol's Bad
John Water's Cry Baby

Every role has been memorable and she remains among one of my top favorite actresses. May she rest in peace and may she never be forgotten.

Related links:
100+ Favorite Actors
25 Underrated Actors

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Top Four Films of May, 2012

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Dites-lui que je l'aime (1977)
A bizarre, crazy psycho-dramatic-romance, this film really showed the brilliance of Claude Miller, who unfortunately passed away earlier this year.

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She's Back on Broadway (1953)
Virginia Mayo wasn't always the biggest star, and she has a lazy eye to boot. However, she shines in this film with incredible power as a washed-up actress who must choose between the man she loves and reviving her career.

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I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951)
In a way, it was a little cheesy and over the top. Still it features a convincing and uncompromising federal agent who must pretend he's a communist in order to "catch the bad guys". Also directed by Gordon Douglas (She's Back on Broadway, Them!, So This is Love), he shows his versatility and his strength at displaying emotion from the actors as well as eliciting a reaction from the audience.

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The Steel Trap (1952)
A great heist movie with one thing most do not have today: a conscience. Joseph Cotten reunites with Teresa Wright (Shadow of a Doubt), playing her husband, in a tense drama. He plays a loan officer that discovers a loophole in the extradition laws and decides he wants to rob the bank he works for. This film recently premiered on TCM. Thank goodness! Hopefully, they will show it more often.