Friday, April 20, 2018

Trailer of the Week: Salt

Oh, no! Angelina Jolie's character was accused of working for the Russians while pretending to work for the USA. Why does that sound familiar?

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Fiddler on the Roof 2018

"Rabbi, is there a proper blessing for the current U.S. President?"

"A proper blessing for the current U.S. President? May God bless the President... and keep him far away from us."

* Cue laughter.*

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Pop Song of the Week: "Russians"

Just when I thought a particular song was out-of-date, some politician had to go and prove me wrong.

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Movie Song of the Week: "I Have a Dream"

The Dream Girl Cometh.

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Quote of the Week

I write the way I do because (not though) I am a Catholic.
--Flannery O'Connor

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Trailer of the Week: Friday the 13th (1980)

Because it's that day.

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Movie Quote of the Week

It's not bad enough to have Friday the 13th, we've gotta have a full moon too. We keep statistics. We have more accidents, more rapes, more robberies, more homicides, more of everything when there's a full moon. It upsets people. Makes them nuts.
--Ronn Carroll, Friday the 13th (1980)

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TV Quote of the Week

I think all I have... all any of us have, are the results of all the choices that we've made. And at the end of the day, we just hope... that we made the right one.
--David Duchovny, The X-Files, "Nothing Lasts Forever"

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Poema de Mi Id: Parte VI

“The Mask”

I have worn a mask for ages.
So long I have forgotten
What my true face looks like.

Perhaps I was born with my mask.
Perhaps it was attached in my cradle.
I do not know; I never asked.

Life is easy behind the mask,
But life is hell without it.
My face exposed to the merciless crowd.

No, I'm glad I wear it.
Keeping my face hidden from
The sneers and frowns of my fellow man.

Alas, someday, I fear
I shall fall in love.
Then the real test will come.

Will she love me or
Will she love the mask
She thinks is me?

That is the question
That I must ask myself.
But I dare not.

For I have fallen in love
Before, only to find myself
In love with another's mask.

When I tried to peel it off her,
I found nothing beneath it
Save another mask and another...

Many masks I peeled away,
Until, at last I came to a
barren skull.

Then I realized right there and then
That the girl I loved had worn her mask
So long that she had lost her face.

And should the day ever come
When I too would have to unmask,
Then, I fear, I'll share her fate.

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Monday, April 09, 2018

Pop Song of the Week: "If Your Kisses Can't Hold the Man You Love "

One of my favorite versions of an old Sophie Tucker tune.

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Movie Song of the Week: "One Last Hope"

Hey, who among us would not want to have a Jewish satyr as a personal trainer? Especially if he was voiced by Danny De Vito?

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Quote of the Week

How are we meant to feel about art that we both love and oppose? What if we are in the unusual position of having helped create it? Erasing history is a dangerous road when it comes to art -- change is essential, but so, too, is remembering the past, in all of its transgression and barbarism, so that we may properly gauge how far we have come, and also how far we still need to go.
--Molly Ringwald, "What About 'The Breakfast Club'?: Revisiting the Movies of My Youth in the Age of #MeToo," The New Yorker, April 6, 2018

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

R.I.P. Stephen Cozzi

Jill Cozzi of the Brilliant at Breakfast site has always been one of my favorite bloggers on the Internet as well as one of my favorite critics on the old Cinemarati site so I was more than a bit saddened to learn a few years ago that her husband Stephen had passed away and that she was now a widow.

I was a bit embarrassed to comment on it when I first heard about it since so much time had passed since the last time I visited her site. But as time went on, it seemed far better for me to try to say something than to say nothing at all.

Besides, Jill has always treated me in a civil manner even when I didn't deserve it and I still remember the kind words she wrote to me on the Cinemarati site after my father died. I can't pretend I know what it is like to lose a spouse but I do like to think I know something about grief.

In any event, I wish the best for Jill Cozzi.

And, of course, I'd like to think that her late husband has been -- and will be -- missed.

P.S. Upon re-reading the last post on her site, I suddenly remembered that Ms. Cozzi also lost her parents a few year back. I'm sorry for this loss as well -- and for not remembering it earlier.

Then again, when it comes to grief, it's better to risk saying the wrong thing than to say nothing at all.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Pop Song of the Week: "Too Young to Fall in Love"

No, this is not an excerpt from a recent Matt Damon film but I would not be surprised to learn that the makers of said film were inspired by this video.

For that matter, I was surprised to see Liv Tyler making an appearance in this video, but given the fact that it was made in the mid-1980s, it was more likely that her character was being played by someone who just looked like her.

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Movie Song of the Week: "I'm Number One"

At long last a musical number that explains the complex relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. And it was made before Trump even thought of running for President.

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Quote of the Week

The combines can never squeeze the small independent bookseller out of existence as they have squeezed the grocer and the milkman.
--George Orwell, "Bookshop Memories"

My Comment: Heh. Irony.

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