Monday, November 14, 2011
A Very Gabby Birthday to Us!
Werth: Happy First Birthday, Wise!
Wise: Happy First Birthday to you, Werth!
Werth: Just think of it: last year at this time we were putting the finishing touches on our very first Film Gab, "Be Gentle. It's Our First Time." We were stressing out over our movie choices, our punctuation, whether to use the papier mache head pic—
Wise: And if anyone would bother reading it.
Werth: But here we are one year and 22,000 page views later.
Wise: 22,000 views. Wow. I wonder how many people are just tuning in for the gratuitous sex and violence.
Werth: Funny you should say that because one of our most popular posts has been "Gab in the Buff."
Wise: The internet does seem to encourage nudity.
Werth: People looking for Porky's I get, but I was surprised by how many people were looking for the skinny dipping pics from A Room With a View. Never underestimate the power of nude British lads.
Wise: Or the power of one word. "Stressed-out Gab" has been very popular apparently because people like to search the internet for postings about stress.
Werth: Gaslight and Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte are the perfect cures for someone who is stressed enough to have to look it up on the internet.
Wise: The "Stressed is Desserts spelled backward" pic seemed to calm some of them down. And speaking of desserts, no first birthday party would be complete without some cake, and audience favorite "Let Them Eat Gab" is full of sweet treats.
Werth: Like Jamie Dornan in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette.
Wise: A tricorne hat makes everything more delightful.
Werth: Something not as edible is comic centenarian Estelle Winwood whose presence in Murder by Death in our "April Gab's Day" post certainly drew lots of attention.
Wise: Who knew she had such a rabid fan club? With all these popular postings, I feel like we should remind folks about some of the less popular posts.
Werth: The ones with Coke-bottle glasses, zits and braces?
Wise; Exactly. "12 Step Gab" points out how fun movies about boozehounds can be, especially when they're played by a cinema legend like Meryl Streep in Postcards from the Edge, or by a tiny, hairy British comic like Dudley Moore in Arthur.
Werth: I have to say that one of my favorites of our less-loved children would be "Re-Maker's Mark." I really enjoyed comparing Todd Haynes' Mildred Pierce with Kate Winslet to Michael Curtiz's with Joan Crawford.
Wise: We all know you want to stage a mudwrestling match between the two Mildreds.
Werth: And your piece about The Shop Around the Corner is a great reminder of how current Hollywood still mines classic Hollywood for material.
Wise: Well I'm very excited to continue mining Hollywood for more Film Gab.
Werth: And we hope all of you readers will continue to join us as we grow out of diapers and start walking. What's your favorite Film Gab from our first year?