I am trying to place that look. I believe it's at the end of the movie but it's been years since I saw Sunset Blvd. There's actually a reason for that. A writer insulting Judy Holliday. He insulted her, trashed her and her talent. He insisted it should have been -- Best Actress Oscar that year -- Gloria Swanson's win, not Judy Holliday's.
Now, reality, Gloria Swanson was never a star. She was Joe Kennedy's mistress and then that petered out and so did her silent film career. She had a tiny comeback which included the classic Sunset Blvd, but she wasn't a great talent. A better argument can be made that Swanson's nomination cost Bette Davis the Oscar for All About Eve.
But Judy Holliday actually was funny in the film she won her Academy Award for -- Born Yesterday. That film still has a lot to say and, if you doubt that, you should make a point to see it. There's nothing wrong with being funny. Holliday was a very gifted actress -- and she was creating the Broadway role she'd already been applauded for. Gloria, by contrast, wasn't a star, was in a film that did not make the entertainment world look 'sparkling' and 'wonderful.' She was never going to win. But she may have knocked Bette Davis out of the running and kept Davis from winning for what has to be her strongest role.
"TV: Can we get a reboot on the reboot?" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
But it's all about the T&A for Kona. And that's a new element that wasn't in the original. For the bulk of the original show's run, women were guest stars or secretaries -- like the always groovy Susan Dey whose H5-0 guest spot we were noting in 2005. By making a woman part of the core team, an ugly dynamic becomes more apparent -- even if no one seems to want to acknowledge it.
As in the original, Steve and his sidekick are played by Anglo Whites. And they're running things -- even the governor of the state is played by an Anglo White. They're running the missions, they're running everything -- even the native people of Hawaii. And if it were just Chin Ho, you might not catch on to that. But when you have Chin Ho sidelined time and again and you've also got Kona so far removed she's not even sidelined, she's stuck in the stadium, you start to wonder why the remake wasn't called Hawaii Five-O: White Man's Burden?
And that's part of the Big Ugly the reboot brings to the small screen each *Monday* as it closes out CBS' prime time line up. The state hoped the show would boost tourism and maybe it will? Despite the fact that it makes everything look flat and uninteresting, despite the fact that the season's main plot is that gangs have infiltrated the islands, despite the fact that Hawaii is portrayed as a lawless -- including the lawless police as Greg Felton (Dissident Voice) has pointed out. But we keep coming back to the fact that Anglo Whites make up only 24.3 percent of Hawaii's population and yet they dominate this show.
It's like a bad dream. And those two words really do describe the reboot as you watch the new Steve McGarrett push suspects off roofs, hold their legs and threaten to let go, as you watch one washed out backdrop after another and realize that even postcard 'art' is beyond this show. Thus far, only David Lynch's Twin Peaks has ever really utilized imagery, space and time in any way resembling dreams or the work of Jean Cocteau. And while no one expected that from Hawaii Five-O, they had every right to expect something visually attractive.
Many, many moons ago, we used to watch Hawaii Five-O. Rebecca, C.I. and I. Especially C.I. and me because we'd be on the road speaking out against the war. We'd be at some motel or hotel and there would be the TV. The Susan Dey episode, by the way, is a classic.
But I was curious about the new show, the reboot, after reading their piece and the link to Greg Felton's they provide took me to his piece. So tonight I made the point of actually watching TV and it was so much worse than either Ava and C.I. or Felton conveyed. This is just an ugly little show. I do agree that Scott Caan owns the show. If it were up to me, I'd kill off Steve McGarrett in a big to do to push up ratings and then make the show about Kona, Chin Ho and Danny.
I'm sorry to just talk movies and TV tonight but it was a long day. Not to mention that any strength I had was then sapped by that bad, bad H50 remake.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):