A Movie A Day #324: The Housekeeper (1987, directed by Ousama Rawi)

Eunice Parchman (Rita Tushingham) has always had a secret.  She is dyslexic.  When she was in school, the kids made fun of her for saying, “god” instead of “dog.”  When she grew up, her cruel father threatened to send her to a special school so that she could learn how to read.  Eunice suffocated him with a pillow and then moved to America, where she was hired as a housekeeper.  Eunice is a good housekeeper except she can not read any of the directions that her obnoxious employers leave for her.  When she befriends a religious fanatic (Jackie Burroughs) and accidentally overwaters her employer’s prized orchids in the same week, it can only lead to one thing, a shotgun rampage.

When I was growing up, The Housekeeper (also known as A Judgement In Stone) used to show up regularly on television.  As far as I know, it is the only horror film to have been inspired by dyslexia.  Eunice is so paranoid about people discovering that she can’t read that she is willing to murder to protect her secret.  It does not help that, in America, she works for the Coverdales, a family that is so obnoxious that they probably would give her a hard time about being dyslexic.  The film takes its time to get going but Rita Tushingham gives a good performance and all of her victims are so annoying that it won’t upset anyone when Eunice takes her revenge on them.  The best part of the film is the performance of Jackie Burroughs as an insane religious fanatic who brags about her sex life at a revival meeting.

Rockin’ in the Film World #13: Elvis Presley in KID GALAHAD (United Artists 1962)

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Let’s face it – with a handful of exceptions, most of Elvis Presley’s  post-Army 1960’s movies are awful. They follow a tried-and-true formula that has The King in some colorful location torn between two (or more!) girls, some kind of vocational gimmick (race car driver, scuba diver), and a handful of forgettable songs. KID GALAHAD is one of those exceptions; although it does follow the formula, it’s redeemed by a stellar supporting cast, a fair plot lifted from an old Warner Brothers film, and a well choreographed and edited final boxing match.

The movie’s very loosely based on 1937’s KID GALAHAD, a boxing/gangster yarn that starred Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, and Wayne Morris in the role now played by and tailored for Presley. He’s a young man fresh out of the Army (how’s that for typecasting?) who returns to his upstate New York hometown of Cream Valley…

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Here it is! The Trailer for Avengers: Infinity War!

Here it is, friends and lovers!

It’s the first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War!

Remember how we all got chills when we heard James Spader saying, “I’m going to show you something beautiful…” during the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer?  That’s how I feel when I hear, “There was an idea…” at the start of this trailer.


Music Video of the Day: Daydreaming (2016, dir by Paul Thomas Anderson)

Since Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, Phantom Thread, had a pretty good showing with the National Board of Review yesterday, I figured that I would pick his video for Radiohead’s Daydreaming for today’s music video of the day.

(Raidohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood has, of course, composed scores for many of Anderson’s films, including Phantom Thread.)

As for the video itself, it follows Thom Yorke as he randomly wanders from location to location.  Is he dreaming?  Is he traveling through time?  Is he in a building that just has an extremely odd layout?  I guess any solution could be true.

Supposedly, this song was inspired by the end of Yorke’s relationship with Rachel Owen.  (Tragically, Owen herself passed away only a few months after this video was released.)  Supposedly, if you listen to the song backwards, Yorke appears to be singing, “Every minute, half of my love.”  Interpret that however you want.  It’s Radiohead, after all.

It’s always interesting how Radiohead can be both so consistently compelling and so consistently depressing at the same time.

On that note, enjoy!