Tag Archives: Bette Davis

Bette and Joan

My 8 re-caps of Feud for the Times are here. It was such a fun assignment. Sorry to see it end.

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For the NY Times: ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ Episode 8 Recap: “You Mean All This Time We Could Have Been Friends?”

My re-cap of the emotional finale of Feud for the New York Times. I’ve been pretty clear all along with my reservations about the point of view of a lot of this series, but I’ve also been extremely interested in … Continue reading

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For the NY Times: ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ Episode 7 Recap: Feminism 101

My re-cap of the 7th episode of Feud: Bette and Joan is now up at the New York Times. One more episode to go!

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Happy Birthday, Bette Davis

“I was thought to be ‘stuck up’. I wasn’t. I was just sure of myself. This is and always has been an unforgivable quality to the unsure.” – Bette Davis From James Baldwin’s The Devil Finds Work, an indispensable work … Continue reading

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March 2017 Viewing Diary

The Goddess (1958; d. John Cromwell) Written by Paddy Chayevsky. Starring Kim Stanley and Lloyd Bridges. Stanley plays a character clearly based on Marilyn Monroe, rather extraordinary when you consider Monroe was still alive. It’s a brutal movie about stardom … Continue reading

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NY Times re-cap: Feud: Bette and Joan, episode 4 “More, or Less”

My re-cap of episode 4 of Feud is now up at the NY Times.

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NY Times re-cap: Feud: Bette and Joan, episode 3 “Mommie Dearest”

“Not you-OUU BITCH!” is, so far, my favorite line reading of 2017. My re-cap of episode 3 of Feud is now up at the NY Times.

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Feud: Bette and Joan: Episode 2 re-cap for The NY Times

My re-cap for Episode 2 of Feud is now up at the NY Times.

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Feud: Bette and Joan: Episode 1 re-cap for The New York Times

I’m so happy to be making my debut in The New York Times with re-caps for Feud, the new FX series created by Ryan Murphy, about the legendary feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. There’s so much to discuss … Continue reading

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James Baldwin on Bette Davis

From James Baldwin’s The Devil Finds Work, an indispensable work of not only film criticism but cultural commentary and observation. Here is Baldwin on the impact seeing Bette Davis on the screen for the first time made on him as … Continue reading

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