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Hulu on the Road

July 18, 2014 4 Comments

I have a mixed relationship with Hulu Plus. I do have an account, but I have a life that precludes spending much time watching TV. What works for me is to watch it for a month, binge on my favorite exclusive Hulu shows, and then freeze the account for the maximum amount of time, which I think is 3 months. I would not know it had returned if not for the PayPal notice telling me I have paid my dues. My Hulu month started last week, so I caught up on some Moone Boy and East Los High episodes for starters.

Now I am on holiday without a TV, and am perfectly fine with that. I did not travel to watch TV in another city. Since Hulu is my only option I have discovered there is more to the Hulu menu than I knew. Last night I watched a black and white movie in Danish with subtitles that was a heavy period piece about witch burning in the 1600’s and religion. The story is based on an event that really happened in Norway.  The cinematography was haunting and spooky, although primitive because of the age of the film. They wore amazingly great costumes in the film, everyone looking sort of like Martin Luther (the hat part, anyhow).  The movie was shot in 1943 (very interesting time in Europe) and is called Day of Wrath.  It opened my eyes to the vast collections accessible through Hulu.  I am going to purposely search the menu to find other interesting productions to watch as part of my holiday entertainment.  Maybe Hulu and I can have a much better relationship.  They have also added an option to allow you to play trivia before the show to avoid commercial interruption.  This is the most important upgrade to me because Hulu plays the exact same commercials on all the shows in a geographic area. I quickly tire of seeing the same ad 20 times a night.  At least by moving to another location I am seeing different ads this month.  Do you use Hulu, and if so, are there any tips about getting the best experience you can share with me?  Thanks, gentle readers.

Feminist Fatale

March 27, 2013 5 Comments

One of my gentle readers, Rick, brought the movie It’s Always Fair Weather to my attention in our discussion of the femme fatale archetype.  This 1955 production features some superb dancing, including Gene Kelly doing an early version of Stomp, tap dancing with trash can cover on one foot.  WWII changed social roles and put women into the workplace for the war effort.  After the war they were expected to be housewives without careers, and without support other than from the man of the house.  I can imagine how the most popular actresses who portrayed femme fatale roles must have envied by every housewife in America.  Who did not want to be Marilyn Monroe?  Cyd Charisse, dancing above, plays a powerful business woman in the movie.  She vamps a bit in her dance with the boxers, but she is only a warm up for the real feminist power performance.

The amazing dance number Rick pointed out from the movie is much more outlandish than Diamonds are a Girl’s Best friend or anything Marilyn ever did.  Midnight with Madeline is the funniest camp vamp tribute to this character stereotype I have ever seen.  Dolores Gray is over the top marvelous in this spoof (??) on Broadway musical style.  There had to be at least a few women who enjoyed watching her take control of all the guys in suits.  A romp through Hollywood history shows us that the femme fatale role can include socio-political meaning, and satire.  Thank you, Rick, for bring this to my attention.  It is classic.

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