Bad Girls We Love: Joan Collins in Everything

Normally, I select one character to spotlight in the Bad Girls We Love posts, but this time I’m throwing all the love at one legendary actress who has made a career out of playing the bad girls we love: Dame Joan Collins, or Joan Fucking Collins, as her fans affectionately call her. Or maybe that’s … Continue reading Bad Girls We Love: Joan Collins in Everything

Queen Bettie: Attack of the 50 Foot Bettie

With this ongoing series celebrating the historical, cultural, and artistic importance of Bettie Page, I’m trying to honor the legacy of a real, honest-to-goodness icon. There aren’t many of those, truly, in our popular culture. What I’m really doing with these posts is celebrating Bettie’s legacy as an artist and not so much delving into … Continue reading Queen Bettie: Attack of the 50 Foot Bettie

“Exquisite romantic pain”: Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Martin Scorsese’s masterful 1993 adaptation of Edith Wharton’s heartbreaking novel The Age of Innocence, which traces the tragic, Gilded Age romance between Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Countess Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer). No surprise there, as it’s quite possibly my favorite Scorsese film—which always shocks fans of Goodellas … Continue reading “Exquisite romantic pain”: Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence