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  1. Chicken-fried steak, along with fried chicken livers and a tall glass of buttermilk with crumbled saltine crackers on top, will always remind me of my mother!
  2. I have read that a lot of the events in this film have been dramatized to make the story more exciting to watch. I was a sophomore in high school during the hostage crisis. I was taking a creative writing class at the time, and we were required to keep a journal and write something in it every night. I still have that journal, and a good number of my entries are about the hostage crisis. I watched reports about it on the news every night, and it clearly was upsetting to me. Years later, I took my teenage daughter to the theater to see this film, and she found the story fascinating. She knew nothing about this part of American history.
  3. When my children were very small, we went to Hawaii every winter and ate a lot of poke. Ahi was the most popular, but we also consumed a lot of tako. Both of my kids preferred tako. I was always the one who wanted to buy some tuna.
  4. I agree with your conclusion that Norah oversimplifies the concept of love and is, in fact, describing infatuation. As I have thought more about this film, and my assessment of it, I believe I was too dismissive. If Mildred was a little less awful and if Philip displayed a little more backbone, I might have been more emotionally invested in the outcome of their romance. But she was horrid and he was such a doormat. That was the hurdle I had trouble getting over.
  5. I originally included pre-code in my title for this post because "Of Human Bondage" is frequently referred to as that. The film seems to fall into a gray area. According to an article I read, the film was released on June 28, 1934, and the Hays code became strictly enforced on July 1, 1934. However, the movie didn't go into wide release until July 20th, so it was subject to the newly enforced code after all. The print held by the Library of Congress (used for the Blu-Ray release) shows the Code certificate at the start, which you posted above. I don't want to give too much of the film away for those who haven't seen it yet, but I can see elements of pre-code and post-code in this movie. ***SPOILERS FOLLOW*** For example, paintings of nude French models are shown and discussed, and premarital sex and an out-of-wedlock birth occur, which implies pre-code. References to prostitution, however, stated outright in the book, are vaguely hinted at in the film, and a case of syphilis is changed to tuberculosis, which is more in line with post-code standards.
  6. Yes, I have heard that one, too. Check out number three on this list.
  7. My friend, who was born, raised and now lives on the island of Hawaii pronounces it po-kay. So that's what I have always called it. There is a fresh fish shop in the Ferry Building in San Francisco that carries "poke mix" from Hawaii with recipes printed on the back. There is no accent over the "e" on their packaging. It includes Hawaiian salt, ogo (seaweed) and chili pepper. They recommend adding sliced green onion as well. I usually buy a few of these packets and keep them on hand, and when I get the chance to buy some nice, fresh fish, I am poke ready.
  8. "Of Human Bondage" is widely regarded as the film that made Bette Davis a star. Because I have been watching the FX series "Feud: Bette and Joan," and the finale of that miniseries is tonight, I wanted to see a young Ms. Davis portray the crass Mildred Rogers. I cannot say that I liked this film very much, but I am glad I saw it. If you have Amazon Prime, you can stream it online without any additional charges. To borrow one of Davis' lines from the movie, "I don't mind" it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it, either. However, if you are at all interested in film history or Bette Davis, you should watch this movie. "Of Human Bondage," is W. Somerset Maugham's story of the club-footed Philip Carey, a would-be artist and a wanna-be doctor who falls in love with the vulgar little waitress, Mildred Rogers, played by Davis. The film is based on the 1915 novel of same name, which the Modern Library ranked No. 66 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Mildred is one of the most unlikable characters I have seen on film. Carey is played by Leslie Howard, a popular actor in the 1930s, best known for his role as Ashley Wilkes in "Gone with the Wind." Carey is an uncharismatic and weak-willed leading man, who time and time again comes back for more abuse from the psychopathic Mildred. The bondage of which the film speaks is the way humans become attached to one another, even when that love is unrequited. A central theme is that in a romantic relationship, one person is doing most of the loving the while the other is simply reaping the benefits of being beloved. This is a topic that could have made for an interesting psychological drama, but the film falls short. The movie is slow paced and dated. Davis' acting makes the film, and often feels ahead of its time, but her performance is marred by her uneven cockney accent. I don't mind slow moving, melodramatic films. One review I read said the film is dull and slow because it was made in the early stages of "talkies," and the pacing is more like a silent movie. I am not sure I buy into this. Some of the best films I have seen were slow-paced, romantic and silent, including 1919's "Broken Blossoms," and "The Lodger," from 1927. What elevates these films above "Of Human Bondage" is the chemistry between the actors and the likability of the characters they portray. Still, I am happy I saw "Of Human Bondage" and witnessed Davis' bold, brash performance as cruel and manipulative Mildred. She did not receive an Academy Award nomination for her performance. So many people thought she deserved not only to be nominated but to win, they wrote in her name for Best Actress. As a result, despite not officially being on the ballot, Davis came in third.
  9. I won't say anything to spoil this film for anyone, either. Just watch it! I do have to add, however, that I am NOT a science fiction fan, and I loved this film.
  10. I don't remember exactly what happened in that restaurant scene, but I have now watched all of the episodes that have aired, and there are a handful of moments when the pair seem more like allies than enemies. Is that the scene where they talk about their fathers? The series depicts them as two aging actresses facing nearly identical challenges, but the baggage from their pasts won't allow them to mend their fences. I find myself rooting for them to get along. What a powerful force they can be when they join together instead of tearing each other down. As for Sarandon, yes, she grew on me right away. I think she is perfectly cast as Davis. I saw her on a talk show where she discussed the role. She said the male-run studios of that era pitted women against one another, and they had to fight each other to advance their careers and succeed. Once women began participating in writing, directing and producing, that changed, she said, allowing women to join together instead of ripping each other apart. Sarandon also said Davis approached her when she was a young actress, just starting her career, and asked if she would play her in a project. Sarandon said her agent declined, thinking the part wasn't suitable for her at that time.
  11. A point they frequently bring up in the FX Series "Feud: Bette and Joan," is that Bette was "robbed" of Best Actress honors that year because Anne Baxter pushed to be nominated in the Best Actress category rather than Supporting Actress." That feels like life imitating art, because that would be something Eve would do! I also find it interesting that Anne Baxter was chosen for the role, in part, because she resembled Claudette Colbert, who was being seriously considered for the role of Margo. The idea was that Eve would gradually look more and more like her idol as the film progressed. I think that would have been a nice touch. But then we wouldn't have had Bette Davis uttering that unforgettable line, "Fasten your seatbelts: It's going to be a bumpy night." I find it fascinating that you included that screen shot of the three actresses with Addison DeWitt. I actually paused on that scene as well while watching the film because I thought it perfectly captured the personalities of the three women, as well as their "agendas" for Addison DeWitt. I am so glad I saw this film.
  12. I was mistaken. The "Kiss Me Deadly" reference was in the fourth episode, not the pilot. Having recently enjoyed so many films from this era, I am finding this series fun to watch. It is kind of like reading the X-Ray tidbits that appear alongside an old film you stream on Amazon. There have been several references to "All About Eve," for example, a film I just watched last night and thoroughly enjoyed. The wrangling that goes on between the directors, the producers, the studios and their stars in fascinating. I find that aspect more interesting than the catfight storyline. Really, the premise is more about the challenges aging actresses faced in that era than anything else. I also like that the Bette and Joan story is just one season. It feels like less of a time commitment, and the writers aren't tempted to drag out the storyline. As for how factual it is, there are several "Feud" fact checking pieces being written that address what is real and what has been enhanced for dramatic effect.