Thursday, June 22, 2017

Beware Of Closet Case Danger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                              As adults, we have to teach children about Stranger Danger.  But both children, and adults, should be aware of Closest Case danger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                               There is no more dangerous person alive than a Closet Case Gay!  As an example here, we have Glenn Drew, the perp of the "Cold Case" episode, " The Brush Man."

                                Roy W. Dunn was the title character.  He gets to know the people on his route very well, some maybe a little too well.  He becomes concerned about the Drew family, sensing, with his salesman instinct, that something is not right, there.  It turns out Glenn physically abuses both his wife, Diane, and son, Kevin, because, in this pre-Stonewall age, he cannot be out and proud.  Or, rather, he chooses to conform to societal norms, living a hypocritical life style, but taking it out on everyone around him.  And when son Kevin spots Daddy in the park with another man...and then tells Roy....well, there goes Roy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                 Fortunately, there are no statues of limitation to murder, so, decades later, Glenn gets his!  Monte Markham plays the older Glenn, and he still conveys that self-righteous, conforming hypocrisy.

                                   But it is William Ragsdale's performance as Glenn, in 19967, that paints the real picture.

                                   "The Brush Man" is not quite one of the great "Cold Case" episodes, but pretty darn close!!!!!!!!!!!!  Since we are talking about Closet Case Danger, the first question is how does one spot one of these types????????????

                                     Darlings, it is all about exaggeration.  Now, as campy as "Boys Beware!" was, the exaggerated posturings of the perps in that film should have clued the victims in to their homosexuality.  But that was the point; the victims are so na├»ve, they do not see through the exaggeration; a kid today, forget it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                       Closet Cases do the reverse.  Instead of flaming up, they try and present such a portrait of being straight that it is over play.  Look at Glenn Drew.  Pouchy and paunchy when young; no exercise, no athleticism.  Always looking over his shoulder.  Always having a deer-in- the headlights look in the eyes.  Always criticizing those around him, who may have an interest in non-conformist things, like literature, or the arts.

                                          As much as I hated Glenn, I had to hand it to William Ragsdale for his brilliant and accurate portrayal of a man caught in this position.  Of course, if Glenn had had the guts, as many gay men did, he would not have married.  And--I cannot emphasize this enough--if he was able to marry and consummate, then he should have stayed where he was.  He made his bed, he made his conformist choice, now live with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                           This is why I despise Closet Cases.  Like straight adulterers, they think they can have their cake and eat it, too.  But because men who cheat with women is still more a society norm, the gay alternative is still looked, in some circles, even today, as one to be ashamed about.  Yes, darlings, there are still Glenn Drews out there!  Get rid of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                             Girls, if what I have described sounds like anyone you know, or your friends might know, steer clear.  Closet Cases take down everyone in their path.

                                              These bastards should be made to dance en pointe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Deliciously Nasty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                            The sacred name of Patricia Highsmith has been attached to this novel, by Katie Kitamura, but I thought more of John Lanchester's sadistically delightful "The Debt To Pleasure," which was nastier than this.

                                             The book's title is double edged.  An unnamed female narrator--hey, I have not seen that, since "Rebecca"!!!!--has separated, martially, from her husband, though the couple have not told anyone.  Meanwhile, the husband, named Christopher, has fled to Greece, on the pretext of researching a book.  Wife follows him to Greece--and can't find him?  Where is Christopher?  What happened to him?  How? And by whom?

                                               The book reads like a terse novella, and for those who are familiar with Highsmith, or Lanchester's work, what happened to Christopher is not surprising.  The question that stays in my mind is how the opportunity came up.  That is something I will be pondering for a long time.

                                                  There was some "Gone Girl" buzz surrounding this book, which drew me to it, though it is far more subtle than Gillian Flynn's novel.  And nasty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                   That sense of delicious nastiness, from first sentence to last, is why readers should be encouraged to read this.

                                                     Hardly a ringing endorsement of marriage, darlings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Was Medea The First Bitch????????????????????

                                  I am right on time this week, with the Bitch Of The Week column, and the winner is one who has long had it coming.....Medea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                   As I was pondering writing this post, I had to wonder--was she actually the first bitch?  What about Jocasta?  Or Eve?

                                   Some might say Eve, because she sent mankind on its downward spiral by eating that apple.  The most famous fruit eater, next to Snow White!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                     Now, Jocasta having sex with her own kid---that IS pretty bad!

                                     But Medea takes the prize, for committing infanticide!  Murdering her two sons, just to spite Jason!

                                      You can debate whether or not she was the first Bitch, but there is no denying she is this week's winner of the Raving Queen Bitch Of The Week Award, and, technically speaking, the first Family Annihilator, a crime often attributed to men!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                       That Medea was some piece of work!  I am sure her punishment was swift!

                                        And I personally don't believe she was as homely as Judith Anderson!!!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday, MERYL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                       What better way to start the day, the one I consider to be the longest of the year, than by wishing MERYL STREEP a Happy Birthday?  The Divine MERYL is 68 today, and we should all look as good, upon reaching that age!

                                         There is no stopping her, and I don't see any signs of her giving up acting, yet.  So, everyone wish MERYL a Happy Birthday, and do something celebratory in her honor.  Wonder what MERYL herself will do???????????

                                           May we all live to see her live, on stage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                           Meanwhile, have a great day, MERYL, on this, the longest day of the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

This Is The Day, When Time Plays Tricks On Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                Today is, indisputably, the First Day Of Summer.  I hope you are ready for it, and all it entails, and that the Summer of 2017 is memorable to all in the most positive ways imaginable.

                                   Now, I was always taught that Summer begins on June 21.  But that the longest day of the year is actually June 22, which also happens to be the Divine MERYL's birthday.

                                   Yet, some out there feel today is the longest day, and they start shortening from here!

                                     Can someone please tell me what is correct?  Otherwise, I will lean to the 22nd, because of the MERYL factor!  Of course, she would have to have been born, on a magical day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                       To start the season off properly, here is Freddy Cannon's 1962 classic, "June July, And August!"

                                        Let the good times role, darlings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Novel Is The Real Thing, Darlings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                    Baby boomers of a certain age, who were in their mid to late teens, back in 1971, may recall a film called "The Beguiled."  It was the beginning of Clint Eastwood's transition from an action figure into a serious actor, and later director.  The original had not only a Gothic grittiness, highly accurate of its time and place--rural Virginia, post Civil War--but a dream cast, consisting of, in addition to Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, Pamelyn Ferdin, and, oh my God....Darleen Carr!!!!!!!!!!!!   That's right, girls!!!!!!!!!!!  Sister of Charmian!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                     Now, Sofia Coppola, who did pretty well by "The Virgin Suicides," is going to present a remake of this film, with a cast featuring Nicole Kidman, Kursten Dunst, and Elle Fanning!!!!!!!!!!!  And Colin Farrell, in the Eastwood role.   Sophia has the casting idea right, but, from what I have seen of the visuals, she is going for a "Picnic At Hanging Rock" approach that may turn this tale on its head.  I will cover the movie, of course, when I see it, but I will not be doing that till early next week, because, this coming Monday, BAM is showing the original, which I have only seen in pieces, so I want to get the benefit of comparing both versions.

                                      As for the novel, it is deliciously nasty, in a subtle sort of way.

                                      The recipe for "The Beguiled" is simple.

                                       Take one part "Lord Of The Flies," by William Golding.

                                       Take one part of "We Have Always Lived In The Castle," by Shirley Jackson.

                                         Add a Southern Gothic setting, in the nineteenth century.

                                         Combine with a reputable girls school.

                                          Mix, and VOILA!  "The Beguiled!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

                                         Depending on how one interprets things, this story could be viewed in two ways--as a male castration fantasy, or a darker exploration of feminine psychology.  Sexual tensions and repressions run rampant in this, though I could not find any evidence of lesbianism.

                                           The story is simple--a Yankee deserter is found by one of the girls in the woods, near the school.  She goes for help, the women respond, but, as the soldier's stay lengthens, tensions and repressions erupt and boil over, and the table is turned, on both sides!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                             If not for the remake of the film, Mr. Cullinan's novel would be all but forgotten.  One reason for this is its fatal flaw.  The author chooses to write each chapter from the viewpoint of each woman in the school.  The problem is, while his narrative is driving, he lacks the skill to write in different voices, so that all the chapters sound the same, when they shouldn't.  This flaw, I believe is what cost the novel the status it should have.

                                               His insights into feminine psychology are so diabolical I had to wonder, at times, if they bordered on the misogynistic.  But I will leave that for the reader to decide.

                                                 Girls, I am telling you, had I read this novel when I was of the age, I would not have wanted to go to Miss Porter's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                   And if you think Mean Girls are a product of our times, wait till you meet the young ladies of the Farmington School For Girls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't Let This Scum Out Of Jail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                  As some of you may know, Paula Zahn is back on the air, and while her hair, attire and delivery have not improved, her material has.  The portrait of Christopher Righetti, who, as a stocky, rather homely teen, trolled malls in Washington Township, New Jersey, until he succeeded in murdering and raping Kim Montelaro on August 31, 1976, speaks of a serial killer in the making.

                                  That he had been seen on other occasions by women fortunate enough to have escaped him, trolling, stalking, going so far as to say to older women, "Want to get together?," speaks of trouble.

                                   What's the matter, you dick, too ugly to get a date?  You look even worse forty years later.

                                     And you know something?  I have a hunch Kim may not have been the first.  If an investigation is done, going back to Righetti's earliest trolling days, and missing girls turn up, chances are they ran into him.

                                      I would never recommend this slime for parole.  Having tasted the fruits of serial killer-dom, he is just salivating, and, should he go free, you can bet it will happen again.

                                       Jersey has enough problems!  It does not need this guy added to the mix!

                                       Keep him locked up, dolls, so you can all stay safe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!