The Helen Mirren Files – ‘Age of Consent’

Age of Consent remains a fascinating film of contradictions. The 1969 film, based on the autobiography of the Austrailian painter Norman Lindsay, starred James Mason as painter Bradley Morahan. The Australian painter has lost his muse. On a sparsely inhabited island in the Great Barrier Reef, he finds in a beautiful young girl named Cora,…

LBJBR’s Acting Profile -Steve McQueen

What can one say about Steve McQueen that the phrase “Steve McQueen: King of Cool” doesn’t already cover? Not much. Granted, much like James Dean and Kurt Cobain,  McQueen’s legend has passed into mythology and, more than likely, far surpassed the actual, but so what? He’s Steve – freaking – McQueen. Born in Beech Grove…

Sex Symbol of the 1930s – Jean Harlow

How do we, as a modern audience approach judgement of an actress such as Jean Harlow. Granted, despite everyone’s lofty opinion of ourselves, life varies only in the cosmetic and inconsequential. Computers and technology haven’t advanced. Elon Musk and  Stephan Hawking can bullshit us as much as they like. We are still the problem. No…