About the Blog..

My blog title, Ossessione, American Style, is taken from a movie by Count Luchino Visconti, who borrowed the plot of his astonishing debut film, Ossessione, from James M. Cain's novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice. Unfortunately, Visconti never paid for the rights and his film was not shown in the U.S. until many years after its release. The star of the movie, Massimo Girotti, would be People's "Sexiest Man Alive" many years running had the zine been around at the time. We first see him as a truck driver in a filthy sleeveless athletic undershirt, another of my obsessions: remember Paul Newman in an a-shirt (e.g. Hud or Cool Hand Luke)? Nowadays, they cheapen this garment who confuse it with something tank troops wore in World War I. The a-shirt is an undershirt, usually with thin bands over the shoulders; a tank top is a shirt without sleeves, akin to a "muscle shirt," only with wider bands over the shoulders. But, I digress....)

The purpose of this photo/comment column is to present a record of my obsessions. These are wide-ranging and diverse. This blog is not intended to be pornographic. The only pornography today is in politics.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Thomas McDonell

Now this is my idea of eye candy!  This is my PC wallpaper for the time being.  He comes from a very artistic family, Manhattanites.  His dad worked for Sports Illustrated and his brother is a novelist.  Thomas's break out performance is in Prom, a surprisingly uncloying Disney fantasy on that urban legendary rite of passage, and how different couples manage to get together for the Big Night.  The plot mechanics are poorly contrived and we've seen it all before in a different context (Carrie even did it as horror), but the cast is cute and there's a quasi-bisexual subplot of a nerdy boy not wanting his good-looking best pal to get a date with a girl, but every scene McDonell is in he steals even without a lot of lines.  There is a seething sullenness about him that is just beneath the surface. In the above photo the seeming resemblance to Ralph Macchio is coincidental, a play of light and makeup. It is interesting that McDonell will star with Johnny Depp in an upcoming flick.  If I were Johnny Depp, I wouldn't want to parade my old ass around a movie set with a hot young stud like McDonell standing in the wings, rather in the manner of Anne Baxter (only, in this case, it is STEVE Harrington).  The director of Depp's Don Juan DiMarco, surely one of the worst bores ever released, said Depp had taken "the mantle" from Brando. Maybe so, but McDonell may take it from Depp.

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