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 Actor Chronicles – Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren has had a long and varied acting career. She has played characters that range from Elizabeth II to a young girl living in the outback in Austrailia with her grandmother, who poses nude for a painter, who awakens her sexuality. She is one of the most versatile actresses in cinema history Born Helen…

Ford Mustang: The Forgotten About Cultural Icon – Part 1

Car Mania struck the United States in the latter 1940s. World War II had ended and, for the most part, everyone’s attention turned homeward bound. Young men were coming home to resume the lives they lived and the activities they liked to pursue. One of the most popular of those activities is the car. Of…

The Song of Jennifer McReynolds (Update)

There is a girl. Every day, you may pass her by Not see her or just look the other way How tragic for you Not too see The reason for day and night She is the words The reason and inspiration She is the only babe The Committee and our deposed leader Thomas The Swan…

LBJBR’s Actor’s Guide: William Powell

If you know who William¬† Powell is, dear readers, then you are among the lucky few. A case could be made that Powell is one of the greatest actors of all time. While neither handsome nor an imposing figure, Powell commands the screen like no other, save maybe Spencer Tracy. Powell’s suave charisma, debonair charm,…

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…