by Patrick Bromley
It's been my tradition for the last few years to program these hypothetical 24-hour movie marathons every week during the month of March. However, this March -- much like the last six months before it -- got away from me, and it never came to pass. The one marathon that almost made it to publication was this one centered around famous movie blondes. These are not "favorite" blondes, mind you. After all, I'm already married to my favorite blonde. No movie star can touch her. These are the ones I thought would make for a fun and/or interesting marathon. I also didn't deliberately set out to exclude iconic movie blondes like Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, or Mamie Van Doren, but the more I began programming without any of their movies in the lineup, the more I thought it might be interesting to not go with the most obvious picks. Don't get me wrong: this list is still full of thudding obviousness. You have come to expect no less.
10 am - Vivacious Lady (1938, dir. George Stevens)
Noon - The Real Blonde (1997, dir. Tom DiCillo)
2 pm - Blade Runner (1982, dir. Ridley Scott)
4 pm - Bird on a Wire (1990, dir. John Badham)
6 pm - Vertigo (1958, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
8:15 pm - Femme Fatale (2002, dir. Brian De Palma)
Lost Highway or Hitchcock's Vertigo does (it wasn't really intentional, but this and Vertigo would make an insanely good double feature). Rebecca Romijn is icy and effective as the titular femme fatale, a woman who tries to get away with double crossing her partners after pulling a spectacular heist. I know there are people who hate this movie (Entertainment Weekly named it one of the worst movies of 2002), but for me it's De Palma's last masterpiece -- a movie about both the acts of making and watching movies on opposite sides of the screen.
10:30 pm - Night of the Demons (1988, dir. Kevin S. Tenney)
12 am - They're Playing With Fire (1984, dir. Howard Avedis)
2 am - Amuck (1972, dir. Silvio Amadio)
3:45 am - So Sweet...So Perverse (1969, dir. Umberto Lenzi)
All the Colors of Giallo. She's in, like, a third of them it seems. This will be new to me, so I'm excited to watch it under these very unusual conditions.
5:30 am - Sullivan's Travels (1941, dir. Preston Sturges)
7 am - Point Break (1991, dir. Kathryn Bigelow)
9 am - Risky Business (1983, dir. Paul Brickman)