Pfeiffer Blogathon – Frankie and Johnny (1991)

Happy 60th birthday to Michelle Pfeiffer!

And thanks to Paul S.  – a dedicated lover of Meg and Michelle – for a kind reminder. Here’s to Pfeiffer Blogathon!

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Michelle is Hollywood’s classic blonde bombshell that won me over with many of her eclectic roles – the very deranged Selina Kyle (Batman Returns), the very challenging Laura Alden (Wolf) and of course, the very secluded Frankie – the protagonist of my review.

Frankie and Johnny (1991) is a movie I’ve watched time and time again, and will probably continue watching time and time again. It triggers my interest every single time because it’s not another sappy romance, but rather a long shot love affair between two heroic underdogs. Middle-aged Johnny meets younger Frankie in a local New York diner he just started working in as a cook. Strongly infatuated with Frankie, Johnny manipulates every single attempt to woo the reluctant waitress and hits a brick wall every time. Frankie is very cautious when it comes to men. After a series of bad relationships she’s now deeply accustomed to the quiet life of her one-bedroom apartment and a VCR she can’t even work.

Directed by Garry Marshall (Happy Days, Mork & Mindy, Pretty Woman), the 1991 movie was originally adapted from Terrence McNally’s two-character off-Broadway play, ‘Frankie and Johnny and The Claire De Lune’ set in a one-bedroom apartment.

Marshall’s intelligent and very well crafted version confines the lovers in Frankie’s small New York apartment in the last sequence, with into-the-night dialogues, intimate gestures, fathoming each other’s fears and a final serene truce. Spoiler! Claude Debussy’s Claire De Lune hits the final scene at Johnny’s request when he’s right on the verge of giving up his courting. Frankie comes out of her bathroom offering a toothbrush as a white flag and the two brush and brush and brush away, in love and in a perfect position to start their lives together happily ever after.

Much like in Pretty Woman, Garry Marshall shows that the process of finding one’s knight in shining armor is a lot more problematic than it used to be. No side comes into this convergence with a clean slate and it’s definitely not your Disney fairy tale – Frankie’s traumatic relationships, Johnny’s failed marriage and jail time – which results in a very successful and often humorous warm romance.

The rest of the cast is wonderful, an ensemble of simple characters who support a very realistic urban story; Nathan Lane as Frankie’s gay neighbor, Jane Morris as old and bitter co-worker Nedda, Kate Nelligan as Frankie’s free-spirited bestie, and Hector Elizondo as cafe owner and Frankie’s boss. 

Pfeiffer and Pacino already proved they can manipulate a very convincing on-screen couple. 25 year old Michelle’s big break was in 1983 classic ScarFace as Tony Montana’s love interest. You might recall the iconic hot Miami club dancing scene?

In 1991 the duo reunites for a rather mellower motion picture, but good ol’ Pacino never stops being A Pacino. Still very much loud and strong-willed.

FYI, 5 days ago, DailyMail announced another reunion for 35th ScarFace anniversary celebration.

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Curly Times On the Big Screen

As a proud owner of a big curly head, I have decided to dedicate an especially stylish post today for curls in cinema. Over the years I had seen some inspirational hairdos on T.V and some wacky ones too. I’ve collected a few photos from several films I love watching, me and my big hair, and as I tend to do sometimes (especially this week) I ranked them. Top ten curly hairstyles on the big screen, here we go! …Bear with me here… next week I’ll go back to my usual film and music thoughts and reviews. I’m in a ranking mood this week.

For my #10 I chose Annabella Sciorra as Leonora (Mr. Wonderful, 1993)

I kind of dig that puffy hairdo, but it’s too dark and the bangs is a definite no go, as I see it.

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#9 goes to Bette Midler as Mary Rose Foster (The Rose, 1979)

I like this hairstyle, but not on Bette Midler. She’s excellent in the film, though!

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#8 goes to Nicole Kidman as Dr. Claire Lewicki (Days of Thunder, 1990)

Nicole is beautiful with her golden locks. No other reason for putting her as my number 8, except I just liked other hairdos better.

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#7 goes to the gorgeous Michelle Pfeiffer as Angela de Marco (Married to the Mob, 1988)

Anything looks good on Michelle! But still… other hairdos. Sorry.

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#6 goes to Barbra Streisand as Esther Hoffman (A Star Is Born, 1976)

Defiantly not better then Michelle’s, but just soooo funky!! That perfectly round hairdo takes a lot of courage to put on. It was the 70’s, though…

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#5 is for Julia Roberts as Hilary O’neil (Dying Young, 1991)

Always so classy and elegant with her flowing red hair. A pretty woman, or not?

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#4 goes to Afro Chic Beyoncé Knowles as Foxxy Cleopatra (Austin Powers in Goldmember, 2002)

Did I say FUNKYYY?

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#3 goes to, and with most respect, Jennifer Beals as Alex (Flashdance, 1983)

I want this hairdo! It’s absolutely amazing and I love it! If you’ll need me, I’ll be at the hair salon.

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#2 goes to Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Gina Montana (Scarface, 1983)

I guess it’s all that 80’s mafia disco glam that got me into it, but I think this hairstyle is an 80’s winner! And she looks amazing! I’ll go out one night looking like this. I must!

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And finally to my #1! I am most delighted to give it to Patricia Quinn as Magenta

(The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1975)

Magenta is a long live female model of mine. From wardrobe to make-up to crazy hairstyle, I adore this character. Next Halloween guess who I’m going as…

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“I’m lucky, he’s lucky, we’re all lucky! Ha, ha, ha…”

 Oh, yeah… and this is me.

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Gotham’s Greatest

In light of the new T.V. series Gotham, I had, what I’d like to call, a Batman thread of thought. I came up with a question: who is my favorite villain in all Batman movies? You know, I have been a great follower of the entire Batman movie series, and never actually pondered upon this important matter. Time to make up my mind!

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The Joker (Jack Nicholson), Batman, 1989

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Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer), Batman Returns, 1992

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Oswald Cobblepot (Danny DeVito) Batman Returns, 1992

The Riddler (Jim Carry), Batman Forever, 1995

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Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), Batman Forever, 1995

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Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman), Batman & Robin, 1997

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Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger), Batman & Robin, 1997

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The Joker (Heath Ledger), The Dark Knight, 2008

Who, you ask? well, it’s really really difficult to choose. Their all magnificent maniacs with a sad story to tell. However, my winner is

 Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman!

Pfeiffer’s playing the role of Selina Kyle, a lonely and frustrated secretary. When Kyle reveals her boss’s evil plan of building a power plant and stealing all the electricity from Gotham city, she’s being pushed from the edge of a window into total insanity. With a stitched leather suite, fake nails and a deadly grin, Catwoman is out to concur whom ever her nine hearts desire, especially Batman.

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I am Catwoman. Hear me roar.

Everybody needs a villain. Who’s your favorite?