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Jan 26 2015

Beauty vs Beast: Legend In Blue Jeans

Jason fromMNPPhere,eyeing the white-out weather outside the window of my office as I write this to you from New York City - everybody stay safe on the East Coast over the next couple of days!It's apparantly gonna be a biggun,this storm.I know,here,I'll give you something to keep you warm - Paul Newman!

It's the 90th anniversary ofPaul Newman's birth today.A few years back I'd have wagered he'd still be around to celebrate this one with us - he retained his youthful glimmer right up til the end - but it wasn't to be.His death was one that hit me hard -- he was "The Legend"of my youth,still going strong,still beautiful and affecting.But hey his lifetime love the great Joanne Woodward is still around,so let's all send our happy movie memory vibes her way.And so today's "Beauty vs Beast"is for Paul,and my favorite performance of his...

Paul Newman is totally a beast in this movie - drunken,boorish,and an attempted rapist to boot - but all that said it's still a major struggle slapping him with anything but "Beauty.Beauty.BEAUTY."Ya know?Ya know.(See the episode of TFE's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"series devoted to this movieright here.)

PREVIOUSLYLast week we got lost inthe picket-fence nightmareof David Lynch'sBlue Velvet,pitting Dennis Hopper's PBR lover against Isabella Rossellini's dewy-lipped songstress - well turns out y'all love the sultry way Dorothy suffers,as she sauntered away with 70% of the vote.SaidMike in Canada:

"Team Dorothy all the way.I'm always looking for her in my closet."

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Reader Comments (17)

HUD.I'm a sucker for a bad boy blond with a twinkle in his eyes.

January 26,2015 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

This one isn't fair.Push.

January 26,2015 | Unregistered CommenterSawyer

Neal is so damn sexy in this.That earthy sexiness that seems to have vanished from American cinema.Someone write a part as sexy as this for Kate Winslet,the best at bossom emoting.

January 26,2015 | Unregistered CommenterMurtada

Who am I to disagree with Joanne Woodward?

January 26,2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

dang this is hard.Both are giving their best performances.I may have to abstain because I can't choose.

January 26,2015 | Unregistered Commentertom

Tom - never abstain!Vote Hud from your laptop and Alma from your mobile

January 26,2015 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Newman,a great beauty no one took seriously until he surprised them all by becoming a great actor,always gets my vote.

January 26,2015 | Unregistered CommenterSan FranCinema

Paul Newman was such a BABE!ugh,and a tremendous talent.

January 26,2015 | Unregistered CommenterT

One must never ask me to oppose Paul Newman.Never!!!!!

January 26,2015 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

As gorgeous as Newman is Hud is such a bastard I just couldn't go with him.Didn't feel too bad about that since Alma is so kickass and Patricia Neal so great playing her.

Sending many happy movie memory vibes Joanne Woodward's way but I just read an article yesterday,not in the National Enquirer,that she's been ravaged by Alzheimer's disease and apparently may not be with us for long.Very sad.

January 26,2015 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

I've voted for Team Alma.Paul Newman may be very handsome but Hud doesn't deserve anyone's votes and he's so selfish he won't thank you for yours.Alma,on the other hand,makes washing dishes seem like the sexiest thing on screen.And I love that Patricia Neal won Best Actress,rather than Best Supporting Actress,for this - it's a perfect example,I think,of a role with a small amount of screen time but which is a lead because of its status within the film.

January 26,2015 | Unregistered CommenterEdward L.

Do not make me choose!You cannot make me choose!But if I have to,Alma.I adore this film,and the as amazing as the whole cast is,Neal has always been the revelation for me.Somehow this woman knew this character.There's not a false note to the performance.Alma is what she is.Wary,hopeful,and just sexy as hell.Love,love,love this performance and movie from top to bottom!

January 26,2015 | Unregistered CommenterVal

what is PBR?

January 27,2015 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Hud is one of the sexiest films that I've ever seen.Neal and Newman are fire.

Team Alma,as that performance was kind of revelatory to me.

January 27,2015 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

Mark - PBR = Pabst Blue Ribbon,Frank Booth's beer of choice in Blue Velvet

January 27,2015 | Unregistered CommenterJA

Hud - I like it rough!

January 30,2015 | Unregistered CommenterRobMiles

Team Alma

January 30,2015 | Unregistered CommenterYavor

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