A Streetcar Named Desire – 100 Best Movies

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The next movie I tackled on my list of 100 Best Movies is A Streetcar Named Desire.

A Streetcar Named Desire Plot Summary (Spoilers):

streetcar-named-desire-title-still-smallA Streetcar Named Desire begins with a train chugging through New Orleans. A woman named Blanche Dubois, played by Vivien Leigh, boards a streetcar named Desire and takes it to an apartment complex called Elysian Fields. She is looking for her sister Stella, but Stella has gone bowling with her husband.

Blanche locates her sister at the bowling alley and is very excited to see her. The pair have drinks. Blanche seems like a bitch, taking frequent digs at her sister, and she talks non-stop, like a meth head.

Back at Stella’s place, Blanche continues to shit all over Stella’s house and lifestyle and talk a mile a minute. Blanche tells Stella that she is “not well.” Blanche then starts in on a guilt trip about Stella leaving home, resulting in all the responsibilities of looking after the home place falling on Blanche. Blanche reveals that Belle Reve is lost and blames it on the expense related to the deaths of their family members falling to Blanche, who earned only a teacher’s salary. Blanche claims to have taken a leave from her teaching job due to her frazzled nerves.

Stanley2Stella’s husband Stanley Kowalski, played by Marlon Brando, arrives home and Blanche practically drools over him. When Stanley asks Blanche about having been married, she seems very disturbed. She tells Stanley she married young, but her husband died.

Stella encourages Stanley to be nice to Blanche. However Stanley is more concerned with what happened to Belle Reve, seeing as how according to the Napoleonic code, he’s entitled to a share of the proceeds if Blanche sold the place. Stanley rifles through Blanche’s belongings, insisting that her clothing and jewelry are too expensive for Blanche to have purchased on a teacher’s salary. Stanley is convinced that Blanche is trying to cheat her sister and him out of money, by claiming Belle Reve was lost.

Stanley accuses Blanche of cheating her sister and Blanche swears she never has. Stanley is not convinced, so Blanche shows him all her papers, though she becomes distraught when he grabs for what she claims are love letters from her dead husband, who she apparently hurt in some way. Stanley tells Blanche that he’s just looking out for his family and that Stella is pregnant, in spite of Stella’s previous request that he not mention the baby to Blanche.

poker gameStanley hosts a poker game for several of his buddies. Blanche flirts with Mitch, one of Stan’s poker buddies, played by Karl Malden. After losing a hand, Stanley flies into a rage, throwing a radio through the window and busting up the house.  His rage results in a fist fight between the poker players and Stanley beating his wife. Stanley’s buddies try to sober him up in the shower, but he runs them off. After his friends leave, Stanley immediately regrets what he did to Stella.

StanleyStella and Blanche are holing up with the upstairs neighbor. Stanley iconically shouts “hey Stella!” Outside the building, trying to get his wife to come back home. The neighbor threatens to call the police, but Stanley persists and Stella comes downstairs. Stanley sobs on his knees and Stella comforts him and then begins to kiss him. Stanley carries her into the bedroom and Blanche follows, but then leaves after she sees what they are up to.

The next morning, Blanche questions Stella about returning to Stanley after his violent outburst. Stella says Stanley was ashamed of his behaviour and anyway, he’s always been violent and she finds his behavior thrilling. Stanley overhears Blanche trying to talk Stella into leaving. Stella insists she does not want to leave Stanley. Blanche compares Stanley to an animal and urges Stella not to hang back with the brutes, but when Stanley returns, Stella enthusiastically embraces him.

Several months down the road, Stanley confronts Blanche about a man named Shaw, who claims to know her from a seedy hotel. Blanche denies it.  Concerned about what people have been saying about her reputation, Blanche questions Stella about what she has heard. Stella denies having heard anything untoward about Blanche. Blanche tells Stella that with her beauty fading, she has had to resort to tricks, like a paper lantern over a lightbulb, to attract men. Blanche now has her sights set on Stanley’s poker buddy Mitch and hopes to get a marriage proposal from him.

dateDuring her date with Mitch, Blanche tells Mitch about the death of her husband. She tells him that her husband had been depressed, but she didn’t recognize it until he shot himself. Blanche blames herself for her husband’s death, since she was critical and unsupportive of him, calling him weak. When Mitch talks about being lonely after his mother dies, Blanche tells him she knows what it means to be lonely and suggests the two of them need each other. Mitch proposes to Blanche.

The scene shifts to Mitch and Stanley fighting about Blanche at work. Stanley has been trying to convince Mitch not to marry Blanche, by telling him about Blanche’s past. Stanley tells Mitch to go ahead and marry Blanche, but to hurry up and get her out of his house.

Stanley tells Stella the same thing he’s been telling Mitch, that Blanche was run out of two different towns for her promiscuous behaviour and mental instability and that she lied about quitting her teaching job. He claims Blanche was fired for getting mixed up with a 17-year-old boy, whose father complained about her.

Birthday PartyMitch doesn’t show up at Blanche’s birthday party. Stanley gets pissed when Stella chides him for eating like a pig and being disgusting and greasy and he starts smashing things again.

Stanley gives Blanche a bus ticket as a birthday gift and she runs away sobbing. Stella is furious and confronts Stanley. The fight ends when Stella tells Stanley to take her to the hospital.

MitchMitch shows up at the apartment and confronts Blanche. She eventually admits to him the truth of her past. Mitch kisses Blanche, but refuses to marry her, saying she’s not clean enough. An enraged and possibly deranged Blanche orders Mitch out of the house.

Blanche follows Mitch into the courtyard and screams, prompting passers-by to ask if she’s OK. Blanche retreats into the house and closes all the shutters and douses all the lights.

Vivien Dress UpThe scene shifts to Blanch dressed up in an old gown and a rhinestone tiara and conversing with people who aren’t there. Stanley returns from the hospital. Stella is still at the hospital, awaiting the baby. Blanche tells Stanley she has received an invite from an old flame to go on a cruise. She also tells Stanley that Mitch returned with a box of roses, seeking her forgiveness, but that deliberate cruelty is not forgivable. Stanley at first, pretends to believe Blanche, but then calls bullshit on Blanche’s lies, mocks her and then leaves the room to change into his pajamas.

rapeBlanche attempts to make a phone call to Western Union with the message that she’s caught in a trap. Stanley returns and Blanche tries to leave, but he stops her. Stanley pursues Blanche and she threatens him with a broken bottle, but he overpowers and then rapes her.

The scene shifts to poker night. The baby is sleeping and Stella is worried about Blanche, because she won’t eat and she has things all mixed up in her mind. Refusing to believe Blanche’s story about Stanley, Stella tries to trick Blanche into willingly leaving with a man and a woman from the nut house, but when Blanche realizes the man is not her old flame come to take her away, Blanche runs back into the house, saying she forgot something.

strangersWhen Stanley rips down Blanche’s paper lantern she loses her shit and the old woman from the nut house tackles her. Mitch becomes angry and tries to punch Stanley. Mitch blames Stanley for making Blanche crazy. Blanche convinces the doctor to ask the woman to release her and then takes his arm, saying she has always depended on the kindness of strangers.

Stella weeps as her sister is taken away and tells Stanley never to touch her again. When he hollers for her, she grabs the baby and runs up stairs, vowing she will never return to him again. The movie ends with one last shot of the outside of the apartment building.

A Streetcar Named Desire Commentary:

A Streetcar Named Desire is an engrossing, but somewhat depressing film. When Blanche Dubois shows up broke and desperate at her sister’s place, she’s a hard person to like.

Blanche is constantly ragging on her sister. She insults Stella’s appearance, implies she’s fat, calls her husband a common Pollock and is constantly running down Stella’s home.  In addition to the barrage of criticism, Blanche also seems very manipulative and full of shit.

As the movie progresses and Blanche’s lies are stripped away, she begins to become a somewhat more sympathetic character. Her alleged affair with a 17-year-old student is pretty skeezy, and she brings part of her problems on herself by living a life full of lies and manipulation, but I can’t help but feel for her. She is obviously very insecure and lonely, feeling her only value to the world is her physical beauty, which she sees as fading as she ages. She tries to fill the void in her life through her affairs with various men and that only brings more societal scorn down upon her.

The contrast between Blanche and Stanley is an interesting one. Blanche sees herself as refined and gentile, a woman of taste and high-class, while Stanley is a brutish, belligerent man who at times doesn’t seem to do much more than grunt and break things.

Neither end of the spectrum is presented in a particularly positive light. Blanche is an elitist snob, looking down her nose at others, while Stanley is a bully, wife-beater and rapist. Both characters basically live down to the stereotypes.

Stella also falls into the stereotype of the abused spouse who keeps threatening to leave, but always returns. When she learns Stanley raped her sister, she chooses to believe Blanche is lying, because she can’t bring herself to either leave Stanley or live with him, admitting that she knows he is a rapist. Stella claims she will never return to Stanley at the end of the film, but I suspect she probably did.

Blanche’s mental condition already seems fragile by the time she moves in with Stella and Stanley. The rape by Stanley seems to push Blanche over the edge, resulting in her being committed to a mental institution.

The exceptional performances by the cast combined with an interesting and thought-provoking story, based on the play by Tennessee Williams, make this my favorite of the 100 Best Movies I have watched thus far.

God Only Knows – 100 Best Songs

Next up on my list of the 100 Best Songs of all time, is God Only Knows by The Beach Boys.

I’m not much of a fan of The Beach Boys. There’s just something about their overall sound that does not appeal to me. This song really isn’t an exception.

I found it to be rather sleepy sounding and the lyric, which seems to basically be about how life wouldn’t be worth living without the singer’s lover, wasn’t that interesting to me.

I’m sure the people who think this is one of the greatest songs ever have their reasons, but it wouldn’t make my personal list.

On The Waterfront – 100 Best Movies

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The next movie I tackled on my list of 100 Best Movies is On The Waterfront. On the Waterfront was also the Best Picture winner at the 1954 Academy Awards, so this movie is the first I’ve ticked off my Best Picture Winners list.

Some Like it Hot Plot Summary (Spoilers):

On the Waterfront Opening SceneOn the Waterfront begins with a group of men exiting a union lodge on a dock by a large ship. The scene transitions to an apartment building in the city. A man in a plaid jacket, named Terry Malloy and played by Marlon Brando, summons a man named Joey to collect a missing pigeon that flew into Terry’s coop. Joey agrees to meet on the roof. Some men are waiting on the roof for Joey and toss him off the roof when he arrives. Terry expresses surprise at Joey’s fate, saying he thought they were just going to beat him up a little.

When the police attempt to question the residents of Joey’s building about his death, most of them refuse to talk, but one woman tells them Joey was the only longshoremen with the guts to talk to the crime commission investigating the union. Terry learns from the union bosses, lead by a man named Johnny Friendly, that Joey was killed for “squealing” about their mob-connected, dirty dealings on the docks.

On the Waterfront PoliceThe next day at the docks, the crime commission agent questions Terry about the activities of the labor union, but Terry refuses to talk. After the union rep hands out all the day’s assignments, the workers who didn’t get a job riot and the rep throws a bunch of tabs on the ground, which they all scramble and fight each other for. Terry picks one up. Joey’s sister Edie, played by Eva Marie Saint, tries to take it from him. Terry gives up the tab, when he learns who she is and she gives it to her father, who is a longshoremen, like her brother was.

Father Barry, the local priest, encourages the workers to stand up to the mob, who do the hiring on the docks and control the union, and organizes a meeting at his church. One of the union thugs approaches Terry and tells him Johnny wants him to infiltrate the meeting and report back.

DuganAt the meeting, Father Barry tries to guilt the workers into fessing up about Joey’s murder, but they refuse, saying they “don’t rat.” The meeting is interrupted by a smashed window and a group of union thugs raising a ruckus outside the church. The workers flee, but some are beaten by the thugs. The beatings cause a worker named Kayo Dugan to change his mind about standing up to the mob, as long as Father Barry swears he is in it with Dugan until the end. Terry helps Edie escape the church and then clumsily flirts with her.

When Edie returns home, her father tells her he is sending her back to school. He also tells her Terry is the brother of Charley the Gent, the right hand man of Johnny Friendly, and that she should stay away from him, but Edie thinks Terry isn’t like his brother. Edie tells her father she’s grateful for what he’s done for her, but that she’s going to stay and find out who killed Joey.

On the Waterfront EdieEdie goes snooping around the roof where Joey was killed and discovers Terry tending his pigeons. The two of them go out drinking and dancing. Edie questions Terry about Joey, but he claims not to be able to help and then warns her to quit pursuing Joey’s killers, because it isn’t safe. Terry gets served with a summons to appear in court.

Edie tries to get Terry to admit that Johnny and Charley were responsible for her brother’s murder and then accuses Terry of being part of it. Edie calls Terry a bum when he wont confess. Terry again warns Edie to go back to school and forget about Joey before she gets hurt.

Johnny confronts Terry about not keeping an eye on the church meeting. Terry says nothing happened at the meeting, but Johnny tells him Dugan met with the crime commission and ratted out Johnny’s operation. He also scolds Terry for romancing Edie and orders him to get rid of her. He declares that Dugan needs to be muzzled and tells Terry he’s going to be pulled from his cushy job in the loft and put back in the hole as punishment for his bungling.

Father BarryDown in the hole, Terry tries to pull Dugan aside to warn him, but Dugan blows him off. The union rep arranges an “accident” that results in Dugan being crushed by falling cargo. Father Barry once again tries to rouse the workers against the mob by comparing Dugan’s murder to the crucifixion of Jesus and anyone who stands by in silence to the Roman soldiers. Some of the men turn hostile and begin throwing things at the priest and telling him to go back to his church. Father Barry continues to try to incite the workers against the mob. When one of the men tries to silence the priest, Terry knocks him out. Edie finds Terry later and makes out with him on the roof.

Terry confesses to Father Barry that he set Joey up to be murdered, though he insists that he thought they were only going to lean on him a bit, not kill him. The priest encourages Terry to come clean with Edie and to rat out Johnny and Charley in court. Terry tells Edie about his role in her brother’s death and she is mortified.

The man from the crime commission approaches Terry on the roof. He asks Terry about a boxing match he lost and Terry tells him he threw the fight as a “favor” and missed out on a title shot as a result.

Johnny’s minions report that they saw Terry talking to the crime commission. Charley tries to take up for his brother and blames Edie and her father for mixing him up. Johnny tells Charley to take Terry on a drive and try to straighten him out on the way and if he can’t, to kill him.

ContenderCharley takes Terry for a ride and tries to buy his silence by offering him cushy new high paying job. Terry tells his brother he is thinking about testifying. Charley pulls a gun on Terry and pleads with him to take the job and keep his mouth shut. Terry confronts his brother about pushing him to take dives for the gambling money and tells him he coulda been a contender, instead of a bum, if only Charley had looked out for him, instead of using him. Charley tells Terry he’ll tell Johnny he couldn’t find him. He gives Terry the gun, tells him he’s going to need it and then drops him off. However, Johnny was having Charley watched and the union thugs are immediately on the case.

On the Waterfront KissTerry busts into Edie’s place and in spite of her protests that she doesn’t want him, she gives in and admits she loves him when he kisses her. The union thugs call Terry out, saying they have his brother. Terry goes to meet them and Edie follows. They narrowly escape being run over by a truck and then discover Charley’s dead body hanging in the alley. Edie begs Terry to leave with her and go somewhere they can live in peace, but Terry vows to “take it out of their skulls.”

Terry goes looking for Johnny, gun in hand, but finds him gone. Father Barry arrives and tells Terry to get rid of the gun and fight Johnny by testifying in court, instead of trying to kill him.

Terry testifies against Johnny in court. Johnny tells Terry he just dug his own grave and promises him he’ll never work on any waterfront again.  After the trial, Johnny gets dumped by his mob affiliate and faces indictment. Terry gets the cold shoulder from his friends and discovers his pigeons have been killed by a young boy who used to idolize him. Edie pleads with Terry to leave the waterfront to get away from Johnny.

On the Waterfront Beaten TerryTerry confronts Johnny at the docks and gets his ass kicked by Johnny’s minions. Father Barry and Edie come for Terry and Johnny orders the workers, who had been watching the brawl between Terry and Johnny, to get back on the job. The workers refuse to work, as long as Terry is not allowed to work. Johnny claims Terry can’t even walk. Edie’s father pushes Johnny into the water.

Some of the workers find Terry and urge him to walk up to the docks to demonstrate to Johnny that he is no longer the boss of them. Father Barry and Edie help Terry to his feet and he staggers out to the docks. The boss calls the men, including Terry in to work, in defiance of Johnny’s orders and the movie ends with Johnny shouting threats as the garage door closes behind the workers.

On the Waterfront Commentary:

On the Waterfront WorkOn the Waterfront is my favorite of the movies on my 100 Best list that I have watched so far. The performances by Brando and Malden were extremely compelling. The story was interesting and of course the good guys won in the end. Presumably, anyway. We don’t really know what happened after the film closes.

The iconic “I coulda been a contender!” speech actually made me a bit misty eyed, even though I’ve heard it before. I am a firm believer in the value of organized labor. So, it’s always disappointing to me, when the subject of how corrupt many labor unions have been and still are comes to surface.

When workers don’t organize, they are at the mercy of their employers, who hold pretty much all the cards, but unfortunately, too often the power of the workers has been siphoned off and corrupted, so they ended up at the mercy of a different set of thugs and no better off.

The message of On the Waterfront about standing up for what’s right in the face of incredible personal consequences is one I can appreciate, but I also found the film to be an enjoyable experience in terms of pure entertainment.

Gimme Shelter – 100 Best Songs

Next up on my list of the 100 Best Songs of all time, is Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones.

Much like All Along the Watchtower, Gimme Shelter is a song that evokes imagery of the Vietnam War era. The message of the song is essentially, “make love, not war.”

While I do like the message of the song, what really makes this song one of my favorites, is the driving rock beat, with a touch of psychedelic overtones, the raw emotion of the lyric and vocal and Jagger’s pure rock swagger.

It’s a song that both makes me want to dance and start a revolution. Unfortunately, the message is just as relevant today as it was back in the late 60’s.

Some Like it Hot – 100 Best Movies

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The next movie I tackled on my list of 100 Best Movies is Some Like It Hot.

Some Like it Hot Plot Summary (Spoilers):

CasketSome Like It Hot begins with two dour looking gentleman riding in a hearse with a flower draped casket. The hearse is being pursued by police, who open fire on the vehicle. The two men return fire. The police shoot some holes in the casket, which begins leaking some sort of liquid. The men in the hearse open the casket to reveal it is full of whiskey bottles and the movie’s setting is revealed to be prohibition era Chicago.

A federal agent infiltrates the funeral parlor the vehicle they were chasing fled to and discovers it is a front for a speakeasy. A couple musicians, played by Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, in the band spot the federal agent putting on his badge and decide to high tail it out of the speakeasy, before it gets raided.

The police raid the speakeasy and chaos ensues. The two musicians, named Jerry and Joe, sneak out via the fire escape. The guys are flat broke and now won’t get their paycheck for playing at the speakeasy. They try betting their overcoats on a dog race and lose.

They try to find some work at an agency, but come up empty, until Joe’s pissed off girlfriend, Nellie, tells him there is a client looking for a sax and a bass for a three-week, all-expenses paid, gig in Florida. Jerry and Joe rush into the office only to find that the client needs two females under 25 to fill the positions.

Jerry tries to talk Joe into dressing in drag and taking the Florida gig, but Joe thinks he’s nuts. They get offered a gig on the U of I campus that they accept instead. Neither of them has a car and the gig is 100 miles away, so Joe talks Nellie into loaning them her car. The guys head over to the garage where Nellie’s car is and interrupt some mobsters playing poker. Before they can get the car, the game is raided by the mobsters who owned the speakeasy, who are pissed at the poker playing mobsters, because one of them, named Toothpick Charlie, ratted the speakeasy mobster, named Spats Colombo out to the feds.

MassacreSpats’ crew shoots Toothpick’s crew dead, while Joe & Jerry try to hide behind the car, but they are discovered. Spats gives the order for Joe and Jerry to be shot, but they are saved when the gunmen are distracted by a surviving poker player trying to get to the phone. Jerry and Joe escape while the gunmen finish off the poker player.

The pair duck into a cigar shop and Joe calls the agency, posing as a female musician. The scene shifts to Joe and Jerry, in drag, boarding a train to Florida. Jerry tries to chicken out on the platform, fearing they’ll never manage to pass as women, but when he sees a newspaper headline about the shooting, he changes his mind and they get on the train.

Sugar KaneJerry is excited about the prospect of being surrounded by women, but Joe warns him not to try anything. When the pair try to find a private spot to fix Jerry’s chesticles, they discover Sugar Kane, played by Marilyn Monroe, sneaking a drink. Jerry lusts after Sugar, but Joe repeats his warning not to pursue any of the women.

Sugar gets busted with her flask during band practice, but Jerry claims its his, to keep her from getting kicked out of the band. Jerry continues to lust after the girls and Joe continues to warn him to cool it. Meanwhile, their employers begin to suspect there is something “weird” about them and resolve to keep an eye on them.

When Joe finds out that Sugar is running away from her career playing in male bands because she can’t trust herself and has a thing for sax players, he starts to lust after her himself. Sugar, on the other hand, is tired of getting pumped and dumped by one sax player after another, which is why she joined a girls band. Sugar tells Joe she’s out to land herself a glasses wearing, yacht owning, millionaire in Florida.

Jerry & OsgoodJerry attracts the attentions of one of the elderly millionaires in Florida, while Joe gets hit on by a bellhop. Tired of getting pinched and pursued by men, Jerry wants to ditch the girl band and go find a gig with a male band, but Joe disagrees, saying the mob will be looking for them among the male bands. Jerry decides to stick it out, but accuses Joe of being motivated by his lust for Sugar.

Joe swipes his employer’s suitcase full of resort clothes and dresses in them so he can pose as a young glasses wearing, millionaire and try to seduce Sugar. Meanwhile Sugar spins her own tales to convince Joe that she’s really a society girl playing with the band for a lark.

BathtubJerry discovers Joe’s ploy and tries to expose him, in spite of Joe’s warning to keep quiet. However, Jerry’s ploy fails and Joe intimidates him into silence. Jerry’s millionaire pursuer, named Osgood Fielding III, calls the room and Joe answers the phone. When Osgood invites “Daphne” to his yacht for dinner, Joe accepts on her behalf. Joe hatches a plot to have dinner on the Yacht with Sugar, while he sticks Daphne/Jerry with a shore bound dinner date with the dirty old man, Osgood.

some-like-it-hot-tangoWith Jerry’s help keeping Osgood on shore, Joe manages to lure Sugar on to the yacht. When Sugar expresses concern that some men would try to take advantage of a woman they were alone with in the middle of the night on a yacht, Joe claims he’s not interested in girls thanks to a tragic accident with a former love, even though he “tries all the time.”

Joe tells Sugar if he ever found the girl who could “cure” him, he’d marry her. Sugar resolves to try and sets to smooching Joe. He keeps up the act. Sugar keeps trying. Eventually, Joe admits he’s enjoying Sugar’s efforts.

When Joe returns to the hotel the next morning, a giddy Jerry tells him he is engaged to Osgood. Joe tries to talk him out of it, but Jerry thinks he can fool Osgood long enough to wrangle a settlement out of him. Joe talks Jerry out of going through with the engagement, but stops him from returning the diamond bracelet Osgood gave him as an engagement gift.

SpatsSpats and his cronies show up in Florida, for a meeting with a higher level mobster named Little Bonaparte, and so does the federal agent who is trying to bust them. Joe and Jerry spot Spats and his crew in the lobby of the hotel and panic. They head back to their room and start packing. Jerry makes a plan to sell the diamond bracelet and flee the country, but Joe refuses to leave without saying goodbye to Sugar.

Joe calls Sugar and tells her he has to leave for South America on business and won’t be back because he is marrying the daughter of some business associate for the sake of his stockholders. To assuage his guilt, he decides to send her the diamond bracelet in a bouquet of orchids.

Joe and Jerry shimmy down the side of the hotel, but get spotted by Spats’ cronies. Spats figures out that they are the two witnesses to Toothpick Charlie’s murder and he and his thugs set out after them.

Anticipating the pursuit, Joe and Jerry hide until Spats and company leave their room and then sneak in through the window. They dress up as an old man in a wheel chair and a bell hop and try to sneak past Spats, but when Spats notices the bellhop is wearing heels, the jig is up.

somelikeithot-killercakeJoe and Jerry hide under the banquet table where Spats and his crew are seated at the meeting with Little Bonaparte. Pissed off by Spats murder of Toothpick Charlie, Little Bonaparte arranges for an assassin to hide in a giant birthday cake and pop out and murder Spats and his crew. Worst. Birthday. Ever.

Joe and Jerry flee the room after the murder, but Bonaparte spots them and orders his men to get them. Joe and Jerry change back into their drag outfits and escape the mob. Joe convinces Jerry to call Osgood and tell him he wants to elope, so they can hide out on the yacht.

Joe spots Sugar singing about being through with love and lays a kiss on her. Sugar thinks Joe is his drag persona Josephine at first, but eventually figures it out. The mob isn’t fooled and chases after him.

Joe and Jerry escape the mob and join Osgood in his boat. Sugar follows and gets in the boat. Joe tries to convince Sugar she doesn’t want him and confesses to being a lying, saxophone player, just like all her previous disappointing beaus, but Sugar shuts him up with a kiss.

Nobody's PerfectDaphne/Jerry tries to convince Osgood that the two of them can’t get married by listing reasons ranging from being a smoker to not being able to have children, but Osgood won’t be swayed. Finally, Jerry takes off the wig and admits he’s a man, but Osgood says “Well, nobody’s perfect” and the movie ends.

Some Like it Hot Commentary:

Some Like it Hot is billed as a romantic comedy and is considered by many to be one of the funniest films of all time. I have to admit, I didn’t find the film to be all that funny or romantic.

Some LIke it Hot DragIt had its moments. The suspension of disbelief required to accept that even the dimmest of people would be convinced by Jerry and Joe’s drag outfits for any length of time is a bit on the high side for me.

Probably the most interesting aspect of the film for me was the way it played around with the homosexual/bisexual themes. First, we have two adult men living together and acting very coupley at times, in spite of the fact that both of them, at different times are over the top with their lusting after women.

Sugar & JoeSecond, there’s Joe’s fake “I’m not interested in women, in spite of trying all the time,” act with Sugar. It’s seems like it probably is just a ploy to motivate Sugar to chase after him and miraculously cure him, but given the chemistry between Joe and Jerry, it’s easy to see Joe as a try hard playboy who keeps chasing skirts, because he’s in denial.

Finally, there’s the whole Osgood/Jerry relationship. I’m inclined to believe that Osgood was never fooled by Jerry’s drag get-up and is either gay or bisexual. Jerry also seems rather fond of Osgood, in spite of his initial impression of him as a “dirty old man” and his lust for Sugar. Though Jerry’s initial intent with Osgood probably is to try to get his hands on his money, Jerry seems to be genuinely fond of him and conflicted about his feelings for him by the end of the film.

Some Like it Hot probably wouldn’t make my personal list of 100 Best Films, but it does have some strong performances, interesting, for the time period, themes and funny moments.

Every Breath You Take – 100 Best Songs

Next up on my list of the 100 Best Songs of all time, is The Police’s ode to stalking Every Breath You Take.

The Police are another one of those “soundtrack to my childhood” artists. I remember hearing this song constantly on the radio when I was a kid and seeing the video on MTV.

In spite of the stalkery lyrics, which express the desires of a man, apparently obsessed with either a former lover or a woman (presumably), who never returned his affections, to obsessively “watch” the object of his obsession, this song has been a favorite of mine for a long time.

The lyric is creepy and the vocal is at times longing and at times menacing. The whole thing is backed with a signature bass beat and instantly recognizable melody.

While I’m certainly no proponent of stalking, the song evokes the emotion many of us have experienced of being completely obsessed with someone we can’t have, in spite of how much we might feel we were “meant” to be with them.