Entertainment, History, Movies and TV, Quote of the Day

“Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”

Disclaimer: I can’t be sure that’s true, because I’ve never owned any. But certainly, if I were to try and come up with my own undeniable truth in that regard, two of the items high on my shortlist would be flat, comfortable shoes and non-binding, full-fashioned, all-cotton underpants. But I digress; so before I head… Continue reading “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”

Culture, Entertainment, Movies and TV, Quote of the Day

There is Nothing Like a Dame!

I saw my first movie in the UK when I was five years old.  it was 1959, and Dad was on leave from Nigeria.  We were living in the family home in Droitwich, and Granny, Mum, and I went to Birmingham's West End Cinema to see a much-celebrated American import. Those were the days before… Continue reading There is Nothing Like a Dame!

Entertainment, Movies and TV, Music

Happy Birthday, Englebert Humperdinck!

https://youtu.be/kOcW9gZv68A Oh.  Wait.  Sorry.  Wrong Englebert Humperdinck. “Wut!”  I hear you exclaim in disbelief.  There’s more than one Englebert Humperdinck? Well, no….. The “real” Englebert Humperdinck, born September 1, 1854 was a German composer best known for his opera Hänsel und Gretel, based on the Brothers Grimm fairy-tale of the same name.  Like many of his… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Englebert Humperdinck!

Culture, Entertainment, Movies and TV

Fifteen Lives: My Thai Soccer Boys Story (Not a Movie Review)

Well, I just went to amazon.com in search of 2-door bypass barn-door hardware (as you do), and the first thing I came across was a huge ad for Ron Howard’s new movie, Thirteen Lives, which tells the story of the Thai soccer team trapped in the flooded cave, one which captured the world’s attention in… Continue reading Fifteen Lives: My Thai Soccer Boys Story (Not a Movie Review)

Entertainment, Movies and TV, Plain Speaking

Dear Amy Schumer (whoever you are)…

I was saddened to read this morning that you are “still triggered and traumatized” over Will Smith’s behavior on Oscar night.  (Apparently –whoever you are–you’re important enough that the mere utterance of such absurd drama queenery  causes media folks to snap to attention and report it.) So sorry that you’ve been victimized this way, and that… Continue reading Dear Amy Schumer (whoever you are)…

Animals, Entertainment, Movies and TV, Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day: Leo the Lion

We have an audio quote today, which occurs at the start of this short clip from White Shadows in the South Seas, MGM's first movie with a pre-recorded soundtrack, and the one in which Leo, the MGM Lion, roared for the first time. Here he is on July 31, 1928, speaking for himself: https://youtu.be/6pIfgwAlv0c There… Continue reading Quote of the Day: Leo the Lion

Culture, Entertainment, Family Matters, Movies and TV, Science Fiction

May the Fourth

Disclaimer, before I even start: I dread the first few weeks of May.  Every. Single. Year.  It’s one of those stretches of awful memory that many of us have at different times of the year, when it seems that regrets/trauma/cataclysm all pile on top of one another to render certain times insupportable and sometimes just… Continue reading May the Fourth

Love, Movies and TV, Quote of the Day, War

“Play La Marseillaise. Play it!”

Some years ago, I enjoyed a spirited argument  with a friend about a movie. I was strongly in favor; she was apathetic, to say the least. Some of you, like my friend, may not be fans. It’s possible you are offended by the many continuity gaffes. Perhaps you can’t get past the clunky, rather claustrophobic, sets. Maybe… Continue reading “Play La Marseillaise. Play it!”

Entertainment, Movies and TV

Question: Who Makes Those Casting Decisions, Anyway?

Answer: People mostly concerned about money and/or (increasingly) politics is my guess.  Case in point, the casting of Tom Cruise as Lee Child's anti-hero in the two "Jack Reacher" movies released a few years ago. I'm a fan of the books, and read them as fast as Child churns them out (pretty fast; the series… Continue reading Question: Who Makes Those Casting Decisions, Anyway?

Animals, Culture, Entertainment, Movies and TV

Desperately Seeking Peter Rabbit: Sony Pictures Misses the Mark

Following upon the heels of Netflix’s much panned Anne of Green Gables: Sturm und Drang (Not the title of the film, but you get the idea), in which her mean adoptive father dies of a heart attack after beating Anne senseless, a creepy man with suggestions of molester or pedophile almost kidnaps her before she is… Continue reading Desperately Seeking Peter Rabbit: Sony Pictures Misses the Mark