Saturday, June 25, 2016

So No One Told You Life Was Gonna Be This Way, or Thoughts on Bridget Fonda in Single White Female

These days you can’t even adopt someone without them being a psycho with movies like Orphan (2009), but way back in the 90’s the theme was still being developed.  I am certain that Single White Female (1992) was pitched as Fatal Attraction (1987) with roommates.  The fear of inviting a stranger into your home, where you are most vulnerable, and where you let your guard down and then that stranger turns out to be a psycho?  That was box office gold for director Barbet Schroeder of Barfly (1987) and Reversal of Fortune (1990), especially when he cast Bridget Fonda, 3rd generation Hollywood royalty, who made her film debut in Easy Rider (1969).
Peter’s daughter, Henry’s granddaughter, and Jane’s niece, plays Allie Jones, a pre-Craigslist, pre-Internet software designer in New York.  Jennifer Jason Leigh, who just staged a succesful comeback with The Hateful Eight (2015) is Heddy Carlson, whose transformation from an awkward 80’s John Hughes wallflower to a sleek 90’s New York yuppie is one of the highlights of this movie.
It’s a professional movie with great performances, quality direction, and a soundtrack by Howard Shore.  Watch out for Stephen Toblowsky, Ned Ryerson from Groundhog Day (1993) as a creepy client of Allie’s and Steven Weber who’s currently hamming it up in iZombie playing the type of character that made him so popular, the handsome selfish boyfriend.
Bridget Fonda was a familiar face in the 90’s, starring in The Godfather III (1990), Singles (1992), the La Femme Nikita (1990) remake Point of No Return (1993) Jackie Brown (1997) and the giant alligator movie Lake Placid (1999). If we can trust Wikipedia, she passed on Ally McBeal and basically retired after Kiss of The Dragon (2001).  I’d be happy to hear about a comeback but you know how unkind Hollywood can be towards an aging actress and there’s always another Jennifer Lawrence waiting in the wings.  Didn’t you learn anything from All About Eve (1950)?

my first novel? thanks for asking:) I wrote a 4 book supernatural martial arts series concerning the ongoing feud between a group of kung-fu killer witches in san francsico’s chinatown.