betsy blair


Superhero Aesthetics // X-Men Pt.2

A new generation of mutants is emerging, that much is certain, and when they emerge, they will need teachers, people who can help them overcome their anger and show them how to use their strange gifts responsibly. They will need us.



Directed by Delbert Mann
Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky (adapted from his own television play)
USA, 1955

Watched on 12th February 2013
Second viewing

With Valentine’s day coming up, being single as per usual, what better film to watch? The eponymous Marty, played brilliantly by Ernest Borgnine, is (along with Jack Lemmon’s C. C. Baxter in The Apartment) one of the most accurate portrayals of loneliness on screen. Some of it rings so true that it hurts to watch. But that’s part of why I love it.

Sooner or later, there comes a point in a man’s life when he gotta face some facts, and one fact I gotta face is that whatever it is that women like, I ain’t got it.

But if things can work out alright for Marty, maybe they can work out alright for us too. See, dogs like us, we ain’t such dogs as we think we are.