Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Melody Haunts My Reverie . . .

Don Siegel was an interesting filmmaker. Not only did he direct the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) and make a good war movie with Steve McQueen (Hell is for Heroes, 1962), but he also took the usual Clint Eastwood western and gave it a slight heavenly twist in Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970).

Then he took Clint out of his usual milieu and into weirder territory -- check out The Beguiled (1971), for instance, which paved the way for Eastwood's contemporary woman stalker film, Play Misty for Me (1971).

Siegel's birthday was yesterday. Today we celebrate Sylvia Plath and Roy Lichtenstein, among others. Lichtenstein (real name) was one of the biggest Pop Art dudes, and he's pretty funny.

Han Hye jin on a Vespa -- she turned 26 today. Is it me or does 26 seem very young these days? There's a reason for the French Rule -- rule out a meaningful social relationship with anyone under half your age plus seven. The cultural gap is just too wide. Example: a 40-year old should stick with someone 27 or older, preferably 30 or over. But oh, some of the mismatches I've seen! Anyway, the rule kicks in at about age 22, so the bottom line for 22 would be 18.

Today's Rune: Breakthrough.


JR's Thumbprints said...

"The Beguiled" is one of my personal Clint Eastwood movies. A sort of "Boxing Helena" reversal of genders, only not a dream.

Charles Gramlich said...

I've liked almost all of Don siegal's movies.

Bubs said...

That rule is interesting. For me, (were I to suddenly suffer a massive brain injury and dump MizBubs) the magic number would be 29 or 30, which sounds about right. Certainly anything younger than that and I'd feel like an old pervert. Still, half one's age? Whew. I can't imagine.