Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Song of the Week: "Joan Crawford"

One would think that they would play this song more often during October but apparently they don't. At least not in Dallas.

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Comic Book Image of the Week

This is one of my favorite scenes from Cemetery Girl: Book One: The Pretenders, the new graphic novel from Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden. (The art was done by Don Kramer.)

The character in this scene is, of course, the title character of the graphic novel. Her name is Calexa Rose Dunhill -- or at least, that is the name she gives herself. I could say more but you know, spoilers...

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Monday, October 20, 2014

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Wanda Jackson!

AKA Wanda Lavonne Jackson.*

Born October 20, 1937.

She is one of my all-time favorite country singers. I still remember the day I heard one of her songs playing in the music area of a now-deceased bookstore. It took me a while to get accustomed to her twang but once I did, I could not help wondering why I had ever had an issue with the type of singers who sang with twangs. Ignorance, I suspect.

Of course, it doesn't hurt that she is also a favorite singer of Rosie Flores, who is also one of my favorite singers.

Plus I love the way Ms. Jackson wears that red dress in the above photo.

* Birth name.

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Quote of the Week

Blind faith in your leaders, or in anything, will get you killed.
--Bruce Springsteen, intro to his cover of Edwin Starr's "War"

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Wow! Better Than Sharknado?

Spied at a local DVD store last October.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fantasy Quote of the Week

It was night in the lonesome October.
--Edgar Allen Poe, "Ulalume"

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Science Fiction Quote of the Week

How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form? His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! Great god, His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscle and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion, and straight black lips.
--Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

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Iconos de Cine (Werewolves I)

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Friday, October 17, 2014

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Julie Adams!

AKA Betty May Adams.

Born October 17, 1926.

She is most famous for starring in The Creature from the Black Lagoon, but I also like her in some of the bit parts she has done since then as well. Besides, The Creature from the Black Lagoon was one of the first movies I ever stayed up late to watch on my parent's television set and while I would be dishonest of me to pretend that I did so for Ms. Adams's sake -- at the time, I was way too young to appreciate her -- I must confess that the sight of her did not exactly keep me away from that movie when I was older.

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¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Rita Hayworth!

AKA Margarita Carmen Cansino Hayworth.

Born October 17, 1918. Died May 14, 1987.

She was one of the most famous Latina stars of her time even though few audience members in her time probably knew she was Latina. She was born the daughter of a Spanish flamenco dancer and a showgirl of Irish and English descent.

As a brunette, she played some minor roles but she did not become a real star until after she became a redhead for the title role of the 1941 movie The Strawberry Blonde. Ironically one of her most famous roles after that involved being the second most famous pin-up girls of World War II, this despite her photo being shot in such a way that she might easily look either brunette or auburn depending on one's bias. Then again, her most famous role -- her title role in Gilda (pictured above) -- was that of a redhead. Fortunately, actresses no longer have to dye their hair to get such recognition today. Just ask Winona Ryder and Zooey Deschanel.

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¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Jean Arthur!

Born October 17, 1900. Died June 19, 1991.

She is one of my all-time favorite comic actresses. I even love the sound of her voice, which manages to be distinctive even in an age when almost every actress had a distinctive voice.

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Movie Quote of the Week

But society faces momentous decisions. Decisions about the right to die, about abortion, about terminal illness, prolonged coma, transplantation. Decisions about life and death. But society isn’t deciding. Congress isn’t deciding. The courts aren’t deciding. Religion isn’t deciding. Why?

Because society is leaving it to us, the experts. The doctors.
--Richard Widmark, Coma (1978)

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TV Quote of the Week

Will you just stop shouting already?
--Clare Kramer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "The Gift"

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

R.I.P. Elizabeth Peña

American actress Elizabeth Peña -- most famous for such films as La Bamba, Lone Star, Tortilla Soup and The Incredibles as well as for such TV shows as I Married Dora and Shannon's Deal -- finally stopped worrying about her acting career on October 14 at age 55.

She will be missed.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Mi Hermano del Medio!

Today is my middle brother's birthday.

We have not spoken in a long while -- his choice, not mine -- but I still hope he has a happy day.

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