What Cool Used To Be

Marlon Brando's screen test in "Rebel Without A Cause" (1955)

Last week my brother,Tom, forwarded an email to me in which the subject box read, What Cool Used To Be. After viewing the photographs and reading the captions, I suddenly felt the desire to share it with you guys.

Thanks, Tom!

It's funny how as we get older, we often look back on each decade and think about how certain things were much cooler then. I remember my grandparents doing it; my parents doing it; now I'm doing it. And I'm certain that the generation of today will one day look back and say, "It was much cooler back then."

But don't you find it ironic how especially when it comes to things such as fashion, design, and even music, they seem to reinvent themselves? The present often borrows from the past because let's face it, some things will always remain cool.

Please enjoy some cool glimpses from the 40's, 50's, and 60's...

Gorgeous necklines of the 1950's

Clint Eastwood with actresses Olive Sturgess and Dani Crayne in San Francisco (1954)

The original way to "text" in class (1944). Ha!..I love this one!

Teenagers and their first car (1950's)

This is how teenagers dated in the 1950's

High school fashion feature in Life Magazine (1969)

Sophia Loren

A young boy stealing the show, back when middle school kids knew how to dance (1950)

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip at the horse races (1968)

Audrey Hepburn at a premiere on September 14, 1953

Paul Newman boating in Venice during a film festival (1963)

The definition of old school cool. Cary Grant in the 1950's.
What a handsome man he was!

Have a cool Monday, y'all!

Update: Hey everyone! Just wanted to let you know that I won't be posting on Friday because I've had a very busy week at work, plus, I have this weekend off (yahooo!) and will be taking an eagerly anticipated day trip out of the city on Saturday. I'll be back to posting on Monday. Have a faaaaaaabulous weekend! X

Movie Review: French Kiss

Last summer I shared a post on my five favorite romantic comedy films in which one of my longtime blogging friends, Mary @ Mary Says, mentioned something in her comment about the film, French Kiss, with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. And being such a big fan of them both, I couldn’t believe I had never seen the 1995 film.

Well, last weekend I went to F.Y.E. and purchased the DVD. And I have to say, I am so glad I did and that it's now part of my film collection because I thoroughly enjoyed it. So thanks for the recommendation, Mary!

But what I found perplexing after doing some online research was that the film got very mixed reviews when it was first released; several of which were overall negative. And to me, I couldn’t understand it because I thought the film was absolutely delightful, showcasing the diverse talent of both leading actors. Not only did I love the comedy, but I also enjoyed the gradual buildup to the romance.

Meg Ryan had me laughing so hard that I found myself rewinding several of her scenes to view them again. And when Kevin Kline first appeared in the film, I didn’t even know it was him because not only did he not resemble himself, but his French accent was so authentic that I thought it was someone else.

French Kiss is about Kate (Meg Ryan) who flies to France to confront her straying fiancé Charlie (Timothy Hutton). On the plane she meets Luc (Kevin Kline), an unshaven French jewel thief who hides a diamond bracelet in her luggage and then must follow her halfway across France to get it back. As an excuse he pretends to help her win her man back - but along the way, of course, they fall in love, and we have to wait until they figure that out.

Now, because I’m someone who is very apprehensive about flying, I could so identify with Kate’s phobia. OMG…I literally could not stop laughing at the scene on the plane to France. Meg Ryan was so freakin' funny, I had tears rolling down my face.

Here are some photographs from various scenes in the film...

In this scene, when Kate overlooks that she's lactose intolerant, her intestines go into painful spasms after eating copious amounts of French cheese. HILARIOUS scene!

Kate: "Spasm!...spasm!"

If you haven't already seen the film, this clip won't make much sense. But I had to share it because of the brilliant way Meg Ryan delivers her lines; imitating Kevin Kline's character. This scene is one that I rewound over and over again, and laughed until I thought my sides would split...


These last collages are from scenes toward the end of the film...

Concluding of course, with a French kiss...

So, if you're ever in the mood for a superb romantic comedy, I can highly recommend, French Kiss.

I leave you with the trailer...

Avoir un grand week-end!
*translation: Have a great weekend!