The Oscars celebrated its 85th show this year. That’s a lot of movies to choose from for Best Picture. Usually, the Best Picture winners are not the first movies I run out to see. When I go to the movie theater, it’s to see the mind blowing special effect movies, like Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Life of Pi… I save the other movies for home.
Also, Best Picture winners tend to be ‘serious’ and sometimes too self-important. You don’t see comedies elected or winning Best Picture as in the past. I think the last comedy to win was Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” back in 1977. I like to watch a movie which will leave me feeling good, not depressed. I appreciate well-acted movies, but I like to smile and laugh while watching good acting!
So it’s no surprise that one of my favorite Oscar movies is the 1950’s classic “All About Eve”. It’s a comedy and drama rolled into one wild ride of witty dialogue and pitch perfect acting. I didn’t know it was based on a book until I read it this morning! The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr.
The story is described as an “elegantly bitchy backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up in the dressing room of Broadway mega-star Margo Channing (Bette Davis), weaving a melancholy life story to Margo and her friends. Taking pity on the girl, Margo takes Eve as her personal assistant. Before long, it becomes apparent that naïve Eve is a Machiavellian conniver who cold-bloodedly uses Margo, her director Bill Sampson (Gary Merill), Lloyd’s wife Karen (Celeste Holm), and waspish critic Addison De Witt (George Sanders) to rise to the top of the theatrical heap. Also appearing in All About Eve is Marilyn Monroe, introduced by Addison De Witt as “a graduate of the Copacabana school of dramatic art.”
And who can forget the memorable line spoken by Margo Channing, standing on the staircase holding a martini glass: “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”
Abel Green from Varity said it best: Mankiewicz’s flair for dialog is so perfected that all three actresses shoot fireworks whenever they open their mouths.
All About Eve received 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Thou shall not kill.
For archangel Razi-el, he had no choice. He would break God’s commandment again if it were to save Uri-el from a demon’s talons. Yet even God’s most trusted archangel cannot avoid punishment. No longer Razi-el, he is now Izar, a Protector sworn to kill for the angels.
When a Protector kills an angel, Izar is summoned to work alongside Uri-el to capture the killer. Izar is shocked when his bloodlust spikes hot for the archangel. He knows better than to go after forbidden fruit. Refusing to give in to temptation, he ignores his body’s tempestuous arousal for Uri-el until a heated argument turns his blood into molten lust.
As they rush to find the killer, their passion plays into the demon’s plan. Izar will have to make a choice between life and death if he is to save Uri-el again.