Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Quote of the Week

History is a muse you glimpse bathing between leaves. The more you shift your point of view, the more is revealed.
--Felipe Fernández-Armesto, Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Movie Poster of the Week

No, this is not meant to be the Flick Filosopher's biopic. In fact, she was still a little girl when this film was first released in 1973 and I doubt she was even in grade school back then.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Jennifer Lopez!

AKA Jennifer Lynn Lopez Rodríguez and J.Lo.

Born July 24, 1969.

Everyone's favorite Puerto Rican actress -- and a long-time favorite of mine though I must admit to rolling my eyes a bit every time non-Hispanics praised certain physical attributes of hers.

However, I did like her in Mi Family, Selena and almost every movie she has made that I have seen. I must admit that there were times when she tested my faith in her -- especially when she starred in Anaconda -- but still.

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¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Lynda Carter!

AKA Linda Jean Córdova Carter.

Born July 24, 1951.

She is an American actress who is the daughter of a father of English and Irish descent and a mother of Mexican and Spanish ancestry. She was best known to TV viewers in the late 1970s as Diana Prince aka the title character in the TV series Wonder Woman.

I remember having a big crush on her back in the day, and as this picture indicates, said crush can't be entirely blamed on her Wonder Woman outfit.

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¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Simón Bolívar!

AKA Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios Ponte y Blanco.

Born July 24, 1783. Died December 17, 1830.

He was one of the most influential people in the history of South America. Without him, much of the continent would still be part of the Spanish Empire. Unfortunately, his post-revolutionary life is not quite as Washingtonian as I might wish. Yet he still continues to play an influential role in South American politics today and two South American countries (Bolivia and Venezuela*) are named after him.

* AKA the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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Movie Quote of the Week

All knowledge is for good. Only the use to which you put it can be good or evil.
--Paul Williams, Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

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TV Quote of the Week

Old times only buys you one ticket and you cashed that yesterday.
--James Garner, The Rockford Files, "A Bad Deal in the Valley"

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Iconos de Cine (Swimmers I)

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Charisma Carpenter!

AKA Charisma Lee Carpenter.

Born July 23, 1970.

As I have noted before, she is apparently a mystery woman who is described on some sites as being of Mexican and Cherokee descent and on others as being Cherokee, Irish, Scottish and Spanish on her mother's side and French and German on her father's side. If that is not confusing enough, IMDB lists the latter description of her ethnic ancestry and then goes on to describe her as being of Mexican descent. She had admitted to speaking a little Spanish, though -- and more importantly, she does not deny her Hispanic ancestry though she is usually cast in white non-Hispanic roles.

She is best known for her role as Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel and she recently appeared in the 2012 movie The Expendables 2 and the TV series The Lying Game. She is probably the closest thing BtVS ever had to a full-time Hispanic character and of course, she played the snobby girl who rarely got along with any of the more popular characters on the show.

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Pensamientos Acerca de Televisión

The Neighbors: “Pilot”

There are undoubtedly many good TV shows to be derived from the fictional adventures of a group of aliens in the suburbs of modern-day America.

This is not one of them.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Edward Hopper!

Born July 22, 1882. Died May 15, 1967.

He was an American painter who specialized in urban and rural landscapes. More often than not, his paintings had a hint of sadness in them, if not of a story waiting to be told. His most famous work was the 1942 painting Nighthawks (seen below).

My late father used to have a book of paintings by him. He is not my favorite artist but my appreciation for his work has grown in the last few years. It does not hurt that he was one of the last American painters I have come across who actually believed in painting recognizable images. Then again, I was never a big fan of abstract art.

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Quote of the Week

I rarely wear clothes when I'm home by myself. I love making breakfast naked. But you've got to make sure the gardener's not coming that day.
--Kristen Bell

My comment:

Wait! Kristen Bell has a gardener?

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Monday, July 21, 2014

R.I.P. James Garner

American actor James Garner -- also known as James Scott Bumgarner (his birth name) and best known for playing Brett Maverick in the Western TV series Maverick and Jim Rockford in the detective TV series The Rockford Files -- closed his last case the day before yesterday at age 86.

He will be missed.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Carlos Santana!

Born July 20, 1947.

He is a Mexican-born musician who has become famous on both sides of the border thanks to his musical group Santana. He is supposed to be number twenty of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, according to Rolling Stone magazine. I myself am tempted to rate him a bit higher, but then I might be a tad biased.

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¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Diana Rigg!

AKA Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg.

Born July 20, 1938.

She is an English actress best known for her iconic role as Emma Peel in the 1960s TV series The Avengers. She also played Tracy Bond -- James Bond's girlfriend and spouse -- in the 1969 movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service. She has also appeared in such films as The Assassination Bureau, The Hospital and Theatre of Blood. Most recently she co-starred in the third season of the HBO series Game of Thrones as well as in an episode of Doctor Who entitled "The Crimson Horror". She also had her own sitcom on American TV back in the 1970s but for some strange reason, nobody seems eager to remember that. Except me, of course.

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