Have you ever been flipping through the channels on a lazy Sunday and come across an Elvis movie marathon? Probably so. Do you ever leave the channel and consume them? No? Well, I do. Yes, Yes. I love Elvis Presley. I even have the Elvis XM satellite radio station preprogrammed in my car. I could listen to him sing all the time. His voice is right up there with Jason Mraz and Dan Auerbach (for me anyway). Not to mention, he once had incredible sex appeal.
One can't help but to love the cultural icon, King of Rock and Roll. He is a genre unto his own. Born in Mississippi, but will forever be apart of Tennessee history. I have never been to Graceland. I've come real close once, but my husband swears he will take me one day. I believe you can't have too much of a good thing.
My favorite Elvis movies? =) I can sit through them all, but I get really excited when I run into Clambake(yes, I know the ridiculousness of this movie). If you haven't seen it, well, it's about Scott(Elvis) who is from a rich family, but sets off trying to live on his own switching places with a ski instructor. He falls for a woman who only wants a rich man and she sees through Scott because she thinks he is just a ski instructor. (See, typical Elvis)
I also love the movie, King Creole(one of my fave songs too). I love this one because it's set in New Orleans, and it's in black and white. Black and white does wonders for Elvis. This movie also focuses on his singing and a career start for Danny(Elvis) who starts singing in the "King Creole" club for money to support his father and sister.
I also got really pissed off that HBO didn't include "Bubba" in True Blood. For those of you who have not read the Sookie books, Bubba is an implied character. Harris only implies that Bubba is Elvis, she never says it outright, but you just know. Bubba was turned into a vampire during his "unfortunate overdose" by an overzealous fan. It resulted in a not so ideal state of mind for a vampire. He has to be baby sat, and loves cat blood. In other words, he is a little off his rocker. I thought it was brilliant, and he should have been featured in True Blood, because Bubba was also one of the 33 male characters I chose to be memorable, but didn't put him in my list.
Okay, enough about Elvis. Another one of my little dirty secrets is Cary Grant. *squee* Unlike Elvis, Cary stayed handsome throughout his life.
Cary in his prime.
Cary, an old fart, but he is still handsome.
Since this guy died two years after I was born, how did I ever develop this interest? I came across Cary watching old Alfred Hitchcock films. I do must say Suspicion was the one. Who doesn't love that movie? If you haven't seen it, it's about a gambling man who is broke marrying a woman in hopes of living off her fathers money. All in all, it comes down to, Lina(Cary's wife) becomes suspicious(it was more like paranoid to me) that Johnnie(Cary) wants to kill her for her life insurance. You know Hitchcock, gotta love him. Other Hitchcock films he has performed in: To Catch a Thief, Notorious. A whole list of movies can be found on his wiki page. He has played in movies with Katherine Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Joan Fontaine, and Grace Kelly.
My absolute favorite movie featuring Mr. Grant, me being me, of course it's Arsenic and Old Lace. It is a film that was produced after a run on Broadway. The inspirations of this movie is why I love it. I love true crime and two separate incidents helped inspire this film. Amy Archer-Gilligan was a nursing home owner in the early 1900's who was accused of murdering elderly men in her care with arsenic. A book recently was published last year, The Devil's Rooming House by M. William Phelps. It is a highly entertaining true crime read about Amy Archer-Gilligan and the goings on in her home. MUST READ for any true crime lovers. The other inspiration for Arsenic and Old Lace were the Black Widow murders. These two women are comparable to Abby and Martha in the movie. The Black Widows were hit and run murderers, killing two homeless men for the insurance policies taken out on them. I frequently watch this movie as I have it on my DVR, I can recite the words.
My favorite line from Arsenic and Old Lace: "Madness runs in my family, it practically gallops!" Haha... too true.