Lately I have been obsessed with Myrna Loy. For those of you who are not film buffs like moi, Myrna Loy was a famous actress in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. She is in at least three of my favorite films (Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, The Thin Man, and The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer) and she had moxie up the proverbial wazoo. I love her little voice and her subdued sex appeal. She was just all woman. My Myrna Loy fixation came just in time to save me from boredom when I was sick last week. I stayed home for hours on end watching some of my favorite classic movies: Mildred Pierce, It Happened One Night, Bringing Up Baby, The Thin Man (and some of its sequels), Leave Her to Heaven – just to name a few. Nothing in life makes me happier than watching some good classics.
I broke the streak today and decided to watch a new film – The Social Network. Or as people call it – The Facebook movie. No cute dialogue or witty banter here. The film documents the rise of the uber nerds who created Facebook and the problems that ensued. I was immediately reminded of how much I loathe rich, young college kids. It’s the same reason I have a problem reading a lot of F. Scott Fitzgerald books. I just can’t put my sympathy towards people who love money and squash the spirits of their fellow man. I just can’t. Watching the movie made me really happy I never had that “typical” college experience. I never lived on a campus. I never lived in a world where “what my major” was mattered, and I never had friends who cared how much money I would ever make. Just not my style. The film tried to show the founder of FB as a dork who just wanted to be cool, and the money just followed. I don’t know if I buy that or not. But what I do know is that the money did follow.
I miss old Hollywood movies and even though I wasn’t alive for it, I miss old Hollywood. Actors like Myrna Loy might not have survived in this day and age. Thanks to things like TMZ and Facebook, gossip is now considered news. Celebrities have become a commodity. We look to them not just for fashion or hairstyles, but for political opinions and lifestyle choices. I would love to have a little more mystery surrounding my favorite movie stars, and even my friends. I have a few friends who go on Facebook daily and ask mundane questions like: What should I cook for dinner? If you can’t figure that out, you have got much bigger problems. People all of the sudden care what little twats like that Snookie person has to say, and they want to know what Tim Gunn thinks about the war. I don’t know, but I doubt Myrna Loy ever had to put up with such nonsense. And I know she wouldn’t have Tweeted.