notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

When asked who the most attractive person he worked with was, he replied calmly, "I am".

How cool is Tony Curtis? I only recently discovered the answer:

Ice cold.

During my horror movie marathons last month, I was mesmerized by his portrayal of Albert DeSalvo in The Boston Strangler. Then I watched him own the screen in Sweet Smell of Success on DVD earlier this week. Granted, those are the only two films I've seen from his impressive filmography (The Defiant Ones, Trapeze, Some Like it Hot), but I think I'm in love. Shame on me for not discovering this charismatic star earlier. In the two performances mentioned above, he's got a little bit of that Brando thing: naturalistic, totally into the role, and able to play despicable people while still managing to charm the pants off you. I'm eager to check out more of his work.

In the meantime, watch Sweet Smell of Success if you haven't already seen it. It recently started being included on various "top 100 films of all times" lists, and I can see why. Great acting, great direction, excellent script...and you'll feel dirty after watching it. One of those rare classics from the 50s that still manage to feel fresh, it's a simple story about complex ideas: love, sex, greed, morality, and (of course) success. Definitely check it.