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Roles for Women Though Bette Davis’ Eyes

Bette Davis and those Eyes

Bette Davis and those Eyes

by Sandra Olmsted

   When I teach film, I show Going’ Hollywood in the ‘30s because it laments the passing of the Golden Age of Hollywood for the lack of women stars and the lack of the really good roles for women. There’s truth to that observation and maybe, just maybe, good roles for women are coming back. By good roles, I mean complex leading roles portraying not just good girls but also bad girls because bad girls made many a Golden Age movie star.
   Playing the bad girl or rather very strong and complex characters made the talented actress Bette Davis a big star. Three recent films have roles for women that Bette Davis might have wanted.
   In The Mummy, Sofia Boutella’s role as the antagonist Ahmanet is the type of role Bette Davis would wanted to play although Davis would have insisted that Ahmanet’s motivation for her anger and the actions which cause her to be entombed as a form of eternal punishment had been further developed. The script did give Boutella a solid structure for her character’s motivation.
   Although once anointed to be the next and firs female pharaoh, Ahmanet’s throne is stolen when her father’s new wife delivers a male heir. Ahmanet kills her half brother and stepmother to maintain her path to the throne and is punished for it by eternal damnation and imprisonment. Before getting judgmental, remember dynastic monarchies the world over are littered with bodies for similar and lessor reasons.

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Looking Back At Teams Falling Short

By Jim Wieners

While Incarnate Word Academy Girls Basketball, Hazelwood (Central) Boys Lacrosse Club and McCluer South-Berkeley Girls Track and Field won the sports championships other High School Sports teams, shall we say, come up a bit short of accomplishing their mission.

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Hated to See Predators Lose, But Pleased with U.S. Soccer vs Mexico

Randy Gardner

Randy Gardner

by Randy Gardner

I am very saddened today as to the loss of the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Finals. It was very hard to watch. Honestly, I think the team got the axe a bit. They got a goal called back early and they could never recover.

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A Salute To ‘16-17 Prep Champions

By Jim Wieners

High School Sports for the 2016-17 school year ended June 3 in Missouri and even though state champions were rare, we will honor the ’16-17 champions.

INCARNATE WORD ACADEMY BASKETBALL – Although it had been dominated in the past by Volleyball and Soccer Incarnate Word Academy, an all-girls school in North County, now has command of Basketball, Metro Women‘s Athletic Association and Missouri Class Four Champions. IWA, last March won their eighth state title and now holds the Missouri State High School Activities Association record for most state titles in that sport

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A Boomer’s Journal: The More Things Change … Well, the More Things Change

Tom Anselm

Tom Anselm

by Tom Anselm

You’ve probably heard the adage, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” And I guess that is true in some respects, such as the silliness of politics, the disregard they have for the voters intelligence, and the inevitably of war. But there are other parts of this here journey called life that just don’t meet that standard.

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Happy 150th Birthday, O Great Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Kraus House in Kirkwood

               by Pat Lindsey

The exterior of the Kraus House in Kirkwood designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Pat Lindsey photos

The exterior of the Kraus House in Kirkwood designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Pat Lindsey photos

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