The Last American Virgin (1982)

Dismissed by many as just another crass teenage sex romp not-so-secretly marketed to pervs a generation older than the stars on the screen, The Last American Virgin (1982), in truth, doesn’t disabuse anyone of that notion during its first half. Continue reading

West of Zanzibar (1928)

This is the SBBN entry for The Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon, hosted by In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood. Make sure to click here and enjoy all the fantastic entries! Poster art courtesy Jorday Jaquay on Pinterest. *** Lon Chaney was one of the biggest movie stars of the silent era, a master of disguise whose dedication to his craft was alternately admirable and obscene. Though a true pioneer in the art of movie make-up, his technique bordered on the ludicrous at times. It’s easy to respect his dedication in terms of body manipulation, a dedication that frequently caused him serious pain, but in our modern age, it’s hard to forget that Chaney’s grotesques were nearly always the result of a moral failing. That is, most of the disabled and disfigured characters he played were portrayed as people who deserved their fate because of some past deeds or inner ugliness. Further, these characters differed wildly in appearance, yet so often found themselves in the same basic situations, film after film, that his skill starts to feel, after the fifteenth film about a malformed malcontent pining for a lost love, like gimmick rather than substance. Lon Chaney, Mary Nolan, Warner Baxter and Lionel Barrymore. Photo courtesy George Eastman House, who label Kalla Pasha as “some guy with a beard.”   Some of this cinematic repetition, however, is surely due to Chaney’s frequent collaboration with horror director Tod Browning. For ten films, beginning in 1919 and culminating in 1929, Browning directed … Continue reading

SBBN Updates: Social Media Hangouts and Other Things of Interest

A new #SBBN post! Social Media Hangouts and Other Things of Interest: This was originally intended as an end-of-year update, then became a first-of-the-year update, then a do-it-in-March-I-guess-I-dunno update, and now a shit-it’s-almost-fall update. Trust me, we’re all lucky I’ve even gotten this far. Social Media Hangouts There are now dedicated blog-only SBBN accounts on various platforms that update every time there’s a new post. These are separate from my… View On WordPress