“Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars
for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul”
Marilyn Monroe first came onto my movie radar
whilst watching John Huston’s 1950 The Asphalt Jungle,
now granted she only had a minor role in the fillm but it
was a good performance and a launch pad for her career.
The 50’s was a whirlwind of endless success for Marilyn,
she was the pin up girl that everyone wanted a piece of,
every A-List actor & director wanted to work with her,
every man wanted to date her – she was and still is
Marilyn Monroe the Sexiest Woman Of All Time.
Marilyn Monroe brought an innocence & beauty to the screen
like no other movie actress – she won a Golden Globe for her
role as Sugar Kane in 1959’s Some Like It Hot and during
her successful spell in the 1950’s made over a dozen endearing
movies showing off her talent and that infectious smile of hers.
In 2010 we visited Marilyn Monroe’s star on the
Hollywood Walk Of Fame and her final resting place
The Westwood Memorial in L.A – i’m sure many reading
this have done the same – just our way of paying our
respect to one of the screen’s brightest stars
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Cast Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer
Naomi Watts, Damon Herriman,
Ed Westwick, Jeffrey Donovan, Judi Dench
Clint Eastwood’s movie about the life of
J. Edgar Hoover, flashes from his early days
setting up the Bureau of Investigation & his
latter years up until his death in 1972, when at
the age of 77 J. Edgar died of a heart attack.
This movie is not only about the FBI and Edgar’s
driving passion to eliminate the gangster element
in the early 60s, it’s also a look at the personal life
of one of America’s Iconic figures, who worked
under several US Presidents and was regarded by
many as the most powerful man in the world.
J. Edgar’s sexuality and his relationship with
his great friend Clyde Tolson played by Armie
Hammer is the driving force of Eastwood’s
picture, and although at the end of the movie
your still left with a lot of unanswered questions,
and maybe like most of Edgar’s secrets he held
we may never know the truth, I felt director
Eastwood handled it all in his stride, a true pro.
Overall this is Clint Eastwood’s best directed
movie since 2004’s Million Dollar Baby.
The acting was top notch, the makeup artists
work was incredible and the musical score
provided by Eastwood himself was gorgeous.
Directed by Tate Taylor
Cast Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer,
Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain,
Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen
Based on the novel written by Kathryn Stockett,
written & directed for the screen by Tate Taylor.
The Help tells the story of Eugenia “Skeeter”
Phelan & her relationship with two maids
in Civil Rights America in the early 1960s.
Skeeter played superbly well by the “Easy A”
actress Emma Stone takes it upon herself to
document the treatment of the Maids by their
rich white employers in the south, Mississipi.
Aibileen played by Viola Davis is the first of
the maids to open up to Skeeter, and she is
followed by Minni Jackson played by
Octavia Spencer, both maids help Skeeter
give a detailed account of life as a maid
fighting the stench of racism in 60s America.
Have you ever gone into watching a movie
and thought to yourself… umm I don’t think
this will be my type of movie & after the credits
at the end rise it’s like WOW that was so good.
Well The Help was one of them experiences.
The Help is a movie not to be missed, it’s
a fresh take on that era and its captured
perfectly by director Tate Taylor and his
wonderful Award Winning cast.