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Ophelia removed "moody princes" from her interests.

My mind is numb.

7.24.2008



Via Moomlight I learned that at the Film Experience blog, there was a simple question posed:

What's your favorite number from a movie musical?


Pretty freaking overwhelming, eh? Why don't you just ask me what my favorite day is? Or my favorite page from a book? It's too much! I can't take it! I can take it. There were 61 comments on the post by the time I got there, and people listed some good scenes. I felt goosebumps numerous times as people described the powerful moments:

"Though the Prehistoric Man number from On the Town and the Nathaniel-mentioned Tom Dick or Harry from Kiss Me Kate (which must get extra points for the magnetic presence of the one and only Bob Fosse) are battling it out for my number-two spot, the Ann Miller number that will always, always be my favorite is Too Darn Hot, also from Kiss Me Kate. It really is too TOO darn hot. The fan! the gloves-removal! The look on Kathryn Grayson's face! The bongo-accompanied dance solo in front of the two-paneled mirror! I could never get enough." - Magaret

"The Trolley Song ("With my high starched collar and my high top shoes, and my hair, piled high upon my head...") They should prescribe this scene rather than prozac." - Billy D

"Moulin Rouge - yes, I know a lot of the songs we've heard before, but it's the way Baz uses them that turns chestnuts into unforgettable moments. Ewan breaking out in song in the Elephant and everything going quiet and still; the crescendo of tango du roxanne that sends chills down my spine; Nicole sniffling tearfully, pleading with her lover to turn back in the Come What May Reprise - and the suspense as he hesitates, hesitates...then the glorious finale...and then Baz pulls the whole thing out from under you yet again." - Janice


So many kindred spirits...it's wonderful. You can go yourself to see the ones I added to list (I decided not to do any repeats), but for my favorite scenes you can easily go to the 'musical' tag on my tag list and up will pop most of my favorites that are either available on YouTube or that I wrote about. I would love to sit here and write about them all again. Seriously. But as a bit of a teaser, I'll let you know that I am working on a MASSIVE post about An American in Paris. MASSIVE.

Alan Brown

7.22.2008



Walk A Mile In Her Shoes


This is a contender for coolest thing ever.

From Ms. magazine:

"The click-clack of high heels echoed in streets across the nation this spring as men marched in stilettos against rape, sexual assault and gender-based violence. Since its inception in 2001, the Walk A Mile in Her Shoes march has spread to over 80 cities, with proceeds donated to local rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters. "It demonstrates that men are willing and able to be courageous partners with women in making the world a safer place for everyone," says Frank Baird, founder of the Walk."

Here's the website, and below are some pictures!



City of Love + Rugby

7.20.2008



= FANTASTIC ad campaign.

Move over, Harry

7.15.2008

THINGS HAGRID THE HALF-GIANT
WOULD SAY IF HE SERVED JESUS CHRIST
INSTEAD OF HARRY POTTER.

By Hart Seely

"Blimey, jeez, it's be gettin' ter lunchtime, an' I could eat meself the back end of a Phil'stine. How 'bout doublin' up a quick pile o' loaves?"

"Budge up, yeh money-changin' lumps! This 'ere boy weren't meant ter be a blinkin' Muggle! Fer gawd sake, he's King o' the Jews!"

"Codswallop! All 'm sayin'‚ boy, is tha' yeh gots ta be eyeballin' tha' Judas bloke. When a disciple goes o'er to the dark side, they's nothin' tha' matters to 'em anymore!"

"Speakin' of cups runnethin' over, laddie, mine's be gettin' a mite dry. How 'bout changin' this 'ere water into somethin' a bit more, well, frisky?"

"Lilies o' the field? What lilies? The way yeh jabber on, yeh all mus' be pullin' straight A's in Professor Dumbledore's Exposit'ry Metaphors and Parables class!"

"Why, if a fellow wanted ta get away clean, Peter-me-lad, all they'd have ter do would be ta deny they ever even knowed Jesus. Uh-oh. I shouldn't eh told yeh that."

"Ah, go boil yer spleen, Pilate! Yeh stink-handed prune! Yeh've done me savior wrong, an' now yeh've gots ter pay!"


Bitcherel

7.13.2008

by Eleanor Brown

Read it here

Pride and Prejudice (1940)


Considering how familiar one might be with the BBC miniseries, the recent Kiera Knightley adaptation, and the actual book itself, the 1940 Pride and Prejudice could come off as, well, weird.  There are significant changes from the book in plot, dialogue, and characters.  Greer Garson's Elizabeth Bennet is less than exciting.  She often seems or acts just as silly as her sisters.  I found myself wishing for Jennifer Ehle to be transported through time into the role.  Not only is she a better Elizabeth than Greer, but then I could see her act with the legendary Laurence Olivier, who makes a wonderful Darcy.  Though I can't say he compares to Olivier's Heathcliff or Maxim de Winter.  Here he is with Merle Oberson in Wuthering Heights (1939):


a year of mornings

7.08.2008



Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes both woke up on December 7, 2006 and took digital photos of everyday objects on their kitchen tables and posted them on Flickr. The two women did not know each other, but noticed a striking similarity between their photographs. So they started a blog where every weekday they would post a new picture. The blog is called 3191--the number of miles between their homes in Portland, Maine and Portland, Oregon.

They took 236 of these images--always taken before 10am-- of their mornings and put them in a book called A Year of Mornings. The publisher says this:

"The intimacy of these photographs--discarded clothing, a view of a snowy day from the window, a tablecloth--combined with their striking similarities in color and composition defies the reality of their long-distance collaboration. While clearly kindred spirits, the two women have met in person only once."

On the blog I believe they are now doing a year of evenings.

the breather

by Billy Collins

Read it here.

John, you drank too much wine the other night. Not way too much, just enough to make me angry.

Have you seen the Jesus videos? You should.



They were created by a church named Vintage 21.

A Duet

7.07.2008

by Kevin McFadden

Read it here.

Is it just me?

7.06.2008

Or would John Lennon and Elton John's song "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" be a great SNL opening song?


replay.replay.replay.

7.02.2008



This first one is to Imogen Heap's "The Moment I Said It" featuring season 3 top ten dancers. Freaking unbelievable. It's choreographed by the supernatural Mia Michaels.



These are the top four dancers from Season 2 dancing to "SexyBack", choreographed by Wade Robson.

Gilda Radner

7.01.2008



I've only mentioned Gilda a small bit on the blog, but after reading the complete treasure of a book that is Live From New York, I of course want to write about her (and Lorne and Chevy and Dana and Eddie and Al and Chris and so forth...) much, much more.  But before you move on to some other post of more interest to you (or website for that matter), I want to share a story that Bill Murray tells in the book that I believe will touch you whether you've heard of her or not.  Gilda ended up dying from ovarian cancer, and here is Bill's account of a time they spent together towards the end of her life.  To give some perspective, Gilda was in the original cast of SNL and stayed for four more seasons.  Bill joined the cast in the second season, and he and Gilda worked together on countless occasions for the show, perhaps most memorably as the nerd couple Todd and Lisa.  Anyway, here's Bill's touching story:

Gilda got married and went away.  None of us saw her anymore.  There was one good thing.  Laraine had a party one night, a great party at her house.  And I ended up being the disc jockey.  She just had forty-fives, and not that many, so you really had to work the music end of it.  There was a collection of like the funniest people in the world at this party.  Somehow Sam Kinison sticks in my brain.  The whole Monty Python group was there, most of us from the show, a lot of other funny people, and Gilda.  Gilda showed up and she'd already had cancer and gone into remission and then had it again, I guess.  Anyway she was slim.  We hadn't seen her in a long time.  And she started doing, "I've got to go," and she was just going to leave, and I was like, "Going to leave?"  It felt like she was really going to leave forever.

So we started carrying her around, in a way that we could only do with her.  We carried her up and down the stairs, around the house, repeatedly, for a long time, until I was exhausted.  Then Danny [Akroyd] did it for a while.  Then I did it again.  We just kept carrying her; we did it in teams.  We kept carrying her around, but like upside down, every which way--over your shoulder and under your arm, carrying her like luggage.  And that went on for more than an hour--maybe an hour and a half--just carrying her around saying, "She's leaving!  This could be it!  Now come on, this could be the last time we see her.  Gilda's leaving, and remember that she was very sick--hello?"

We worked all aspects of it, but it started with just, "She's leaving.  I don't know if you've said good-bye to her."  And we said good-bye to the same people ten, twenty times, you know.

And because these people we really funny, every person we'd drag her up to would just do like five minutes on her, with Gilda upside down in this sort of tortured position, which she absolutely loved.  She was laughing so hard we could have lost her right then and there.

It was just one of the best parties I've ever been to in my life.  I'll always remember it.  It was the last time I saw her.


Part 4 in a 6,837 Part Series of Family Guy Musical References

Season: 5

Episode: 11

Episode Title: The Tan Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Reference: Peter is being a bully so he strings Joe up with rope and like a puppeteer shakes him around while he forces Joe to sing lines from "The Lonely Goatherd."



Ode-a-lay-hee, ode-a-lay-hee-hoo!

Ah, The Sound of Music.  Forever shaping our culture.  And our minds.

For all you Center Stage fans out there

It was weird (and yet not) to stumble across this:



Considering they're both professional ballet dancers I'm not surprised that they're both still dancing. Just that it's with each other! It's Ethan Stiefel and Julie Kent, who played Cooper Nielson and Kathleen Donahue in Center Stage (2000), one of my favorite dance movies. The above picture is from a dance they did together in 2005 called Afternoon of A Faun.