Monday, May 08, 2023

Remains of the Day (05/08)

Various: In memory of Raquel Welch (RIP), I finally watched "Myra Breckenridge" over the weekend. Sure it's as "bad" as I'd heard, but that doesn't mean I didn't love every second of it -- above all Roger Herren (1945-2014) as Rusty, for obvious reasons. (BTW: You haven't lived until you've seen Raq's impersonation of Mae West HERE!) This is part of my ongoing effort to see hundreds of films I feel like I "already should have." Recently I watched "The Girl Most Likely To" (Stockard Channing) and "The First Nudie Musical" (with Cindy Williams and Bruce Kimmel, who played Adam in the original "Tabatha" pilot!). And last night I watched "Starting Over" (Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh, Candice Bergen and Frances Sternhagen), with "An Unmarried Woman" and "It's My Turn" up next in my proverbial hopper. Not all of of these are necessarily things that I have heard are great, rather cultural touchstones I've known about my whole life but never got around to seeing. "The Apartment" and a slew of Hitchcock films probably started this kick a couple years ago, before I got distracted. But my capacity for watching movies has increased recently, so I'm trying to strike while the iron is hot.  

TMZ: Does this mean Kroy Biermann and his Speedo collection are on the market?

Manspread Monday: Tighty-whities edition

MN: Lloyd Cole new single ("Warm by the Fire") and tour dates


Jaradon said...

Roger Herren never made another movie- the scene in which Myra sodomizes his character is a lot more erotic in the Vidal novel

Ray said...

The Myra film version may deserve some kind of special Razzie award for the "Worst Film Based on a Great Novel" (with a dishonorable mention for that horrendous Demi Moore version of "The Scarlet Letter). The novel is a vaultingly entertaining verbal thrill ride of a wit and irony and the only book I've deliberately read four times. Lines like "Had a pair of sheers been handy I would have made a steer of him on the spot" kept me coming back again and again. And there's the immortal first sentence, "I am Myra Breckinridge whom no man will ever possess." The movie version, alas, is just plain bad, and yet where else could one ever hope to find two world-famous female sex symbols, Raquel and Farah Fawcett, in bed together with nary a male in sight? That's something you don't see every day.