Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Mommie Dearest


Ermagerd, it's Tuesday and today we get to talk about Mommie Dearest, which is like the tackiest most awesome biopic ever released in the history of cinema.  I'm serious when I say this, but this movie could be the greatest movie of all time, if it weren't so clearly one of the worst.  It's just so iconic and epic in it's legend, and everything you've heard (good and bad) about it is absolutely correct.  It's such a bizarre film in that it's so absolutely awful and understanding of it's own awfulness that it becomes so...amazing!

So, thank you Nathaniel for making this a part of Hit Me With Your Best Shot!

I don't always want to gravitate towards to obvious scenes in a film when it comes to these things, because I find it fun to look for less notable shots, but because I've been thinking a lot about cinematic moments lately (yes, I'm plugging my own blogathon), I kind of felt compelled to go with one of those here.

We all know the scene...the infamous scene:


I don't care what you say, but that is cinema.  I'm still not sure if it's good cinema, but it's cinema.

I could just leave it at that, since that scene, that shot, is perfection, but there is another shot that struck me a little stronger, possibly because it was so eerily representative of what was about to come.  So, my choice for Best Shot is:


You can just feel what is about to happen...you can see it through those dead eyes...this monster that was created out of a legend, and whether we are prepared to take in all the crazy or not, we are alerted to it's presence and we should count that as fair warning for the crazy train we have just boarded.

28 comments:

  1. What a great movie moment. Whether or not is good cinema is debatable, but it is, without question, memorable. So much so, people who have never seen the movie, or may not have even heard of it and know where it's from, know this moment. Great choice.

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    1. I can't count how many times I have heard people utter that phrase...and I'm highly suspect that most of them have actually seen the film :-P

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  2. That's a great pick, the volcano preparing to erupt. The movie really is a mess but Dunaway's kabuki maniac performance is brilliant. Talk about total commitment. It's a shame it so completely gutted her career.

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    1. LOL, there are so many days when I think she should have won an Oscar for this!

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  3. I love this movie because it is so over the top high camp-you can't get any better. The sad thing is that I think Ms Crawford was this over the top. She definitely suffered from major OCD and had insecurities that books could be written just about her maladies. One can't help but love that hanger scene. You pick a great Best Shot. Now I feel the need to go on my hands and needs a scrub every inch of my floor...oops that feeling has past:)

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    1. It's scary to think that this was THAT woman...but...like...it almost doesn't seem shocking.

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  4. I'm kinda afraid to see this movie, ahah, I mean THAT face looks so scary! For some reason I didn't know this was about Joan Crawford, is that terrible or what?

    Btw, I'll be posting my Perfect Cinematic Moments entry later this week, it's been fun working on the list ;-)

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    1. Oh, yes, it's about Crawford, and infamously so! You should see this...it's tacky delicious!

      And I can't wait to see your list!

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  5. I love this movie. lol It's so campy and insane. I do feel a little bad for Faye Dunaway though, who apparently thought this film was going to be brilliant.

    My favorite part will always be little Christina going "Jesus Christ." (I can't believe the Razzies nominated that poor kid. She was fine)

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    1. Bahaha, I'm not sure how anyone in their right mind could think this was a good idea, career wise, and yet it's probably the role Dunaway will always be most famous for :-P

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  6. I love this movie. It makes me SO much better about my failings as a mother. :-P

    Seriously, it's pretty bad, but as Brittani said, it's splendidly campy and insane. I was in junior high around the time the book was released, and we were all talking about it. It was quite a sensation, because this was before tell-all memoirs about dysfunctional families became commonplace.

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    1. I've always been tempted to read this book...despite all the dispute over it and controversy over the 'facts'...it seems like it would be a great read!

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  7. Man... I can't help but fucking love this film. Especially for that scene. For me, it's like this. What Faye Dunaway did with this film is exactly what Al Pacino did for Scarface. They just went for it, not afraid to go over the top, and have a ball with it. What is more amazing about it is the fact that I don't see Faye Dunaway in that film. It was as if Joan Crawford came back from the dead to play herself in the most insane way.

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    1. LOL, you're so right! It's uncanny how deep she went there.

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  8. This movie is so cray cray! I think a lot of us are going to choose this scene.

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  9. Nice choice. Ha, this movie is so bad it's brilliant, but it's still SO bad!

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    1. Yup...like...worst movie ever level and yet...so amazing!

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  10. i do love her face when she sees that wire hanger - it's like the record needle skipping and things are about to get real...

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    1. It is...it's like that calm before the storm...you just know...but you are never ready for what is about to come!

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  11. great choice. and 50% of us went with some short or other form this scene.

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    1. LOL, it figures...but you can't blame them...that scene (in like every single moment/shot) is utter perfection!

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    2. LOL!!!!! I just read that comment on your blog from Coco Hits NY!!!! So awful and yet...so hilariously true!

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  12. I... ummmmmmmmm... still don't know how to feel about this movie. It made me incredibly uncomfortable, and not just because of how crazy it is. I certainly don't think it's GOOD, but I also don't think it falls into the realm of so-bad-it's-good either, at least not completely, and outside of a few scenes it's not really camp. It's just a completely confused film, which makes sense as I can imagine Christina Crawford was a completely confused person, but it's SO exploitative of not just Joan but Christina as well that it just seems ill-advised. I guess it makes sense that someone would want to make a film out of it, but... I don't think anything good could ever have come from it.

    Of course, I say all of this not having read the source material, so I could be totally off base.

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    1. ANYWAY (sorry itchy trigger finger lol)... this scene more than earns its reputation, and I LOVE Dunaway's face in this shot. It's a perfect shot.

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    2. LOL, and I completely agree with everything you said, and yet that is the power of this movie...like...every bad thing or good thing said about it is 100% on point.

      This film becomes all things to all people, which in effect makes it holy and so it must be from god...the cinematic god.

      :-P

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