Wednesday, July 30, 2008

So What's with All the Abba Songs, Tonio?

Yes, I know. Abba is hardly the hippest musical group out there and they recorded more than a few songs that even I have trouble defending. But like most successful pop groups, when they're good, they're very good. And though there was a time when I liked to pretend that I never listened to this group, I feel more honest admitting my fondness for them than pretending otherwise.

Besides, the older I get, the more disgusted I get with the need to seem fashionable. All too often the current fashion has little to recommend it beyond the fact that it is the current fashion.

You don't always pick the art that speaks most to you, and it seems silly to pretend that the art that speaks to you doesn't really speak to you. Okay, maybe it seems a tad pretentious to classify Abba songs as art, but I feel silly pretending that their songs don't count as art. Or that there wasn't a time when I welcomed their presence on the radio.

It could be mere nostalgia responsible for this feeling. But I don't wax nostalgic over every musical group I heard while I was growing up, and there are many -- Van Halen, Journey, KISS -- that I would rather not hear from again.

Besides, when I listen to Abba, I just don't think of Abba. I think of all the things that went on when I was listening to Abba: my parents' divorce, my high school days, my first job, etc. And if that makes me weird, well, then I'm weird.

Anyway, if Abba's music doesn't speak to you, then it doesn't speak to you. But that doesn't mean it doesn't speak to other people apart from you. And I'm glad it does.

But then I'm biased.

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Pop Song of the Week: “Knowing Me, Knowing You”

Yet another Abba song. A song that seems especially poignant to me because I first heard it when I was going through the aftermath of my parents' divorce. It is supposedly an upbeat song, but “upbeat” is in the eye -- or ear -- of the beholder in this case.

I hope you like it:

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Movie Quote of the Week

I'm gonna win, all right. I'm gonna get on that motherfucking show and I'm gonna win because I'm overwhelmed with more useless goddamn information than any human being on this fucking planet.
--Rosie Perez, White Men Can't Jump (1992)

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Movie Song of the Week: “Money”

Did those folks in the Weimar Republic know how to live or what?

As you might guess, this is the song from the 1972 movie Cabaret that inspired that week's Pop Song of the Week. It's not quite as dark as later versions of this song would be, but it's dark enough. Good thing we're not in a recession right now, right? Er, right?

I hope you enjoy it:

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All the New Movies That I Have Seen

1. Casino Royale (2006).

An attempt to restart the James Bond franchise that works surprisingly well. Daniel Craig is the best 007 in years and the movie actually makes it seem as if the writers were making as much of an effort as the stuntmen. Here's hoping that this film is a sign of good things to come.

2. Hancock (2008).

What was Will Smith thinking? What were his writers thinking? And what was with the “interracial sex is a bad thing” subtext? That was the last thing I expected to find in a movie released in 2008 America.

The movie starts off in a promising fashion with Smith playing a superhero who really does not want to be a superhero. But then halfway through the movie, the whole thing goes awry and whatever promise the initial premise had is jettisoned in favor of a shamelessly awkward backstory and a ridiculous-even-by-comic-book-standards subplot.

Smith has done better.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Pop Song of the Week: “Money Money Money”

No, I'm not fixing to install a Paypal feature; I'm posting a video for yet another Abba song. Director Lasse Hallström once said this was his best video of all the videos he did for Abba. I don't quite agree, but it is easy on the eyes and I appreciate his allusions to Cabaret. And Anni-Frid looks so poignant in that black dress and hat. From one angle, she even looks like Donna Noble. From another, she looks like the Flick Filosopher.

Let's hope that last part was a coincidence.

I hope you enjoy it:

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Not EVE, EV-A!

Yes, I finally saw the latest Pixar movie and believe me, that magician's bunny was fun-ny. And oh, yes, the other movie, WALL·E, was excellent too.

Not much I can add to what has already been written about it except to note:

1. The “female” robot's name is spelled “EVE” yet the title robot pronounces it “EV-Ah.” As in Eva, the Spanish name for Eve. Coincidence or what? It would be nice to think that in the future even the robots would be Hispanic, but hey I'm probably pushing it. Still the trigger-happiness on the part of EVE does seem to tie in with the old Hispanic stereotype. And I'm quite sure I saw WALL·E carrying a knife during one part of the movie. And of course he never once showed his birth certificate or his green card when he got on board that ship...

2. Could WALL·E and EVE be the robotic equivalent of Candide and Cunégonde? That ending did seem a bit Panglossian.

3. That title robot, WALL·E, looks so much like the robot in the old Short Circuit series that I was actually surprised to find out that the movie was good. Sure, it's a Pixar movie and Pixar movies are always endowed with the essence of quality -- but this could have been the one movie that proved an exception to that rule. Gracias a Dios, it didn't.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Nonsequential Links I

Links to items that I found interesting. (My comments in non-hyperlinked parentheses.):

In the same spirit of my younger self then, I am going to offer posts on this blog that I consider educational for men such as those ignorants who helm the nation's film studios, gatekeepers who seem to think of Latin women as maids, whores, nannies, gang members -- and little more than that. Oh, wait, welfare mothers and crack whores. Forgot those. (You go, Alisa!)

In my more optimistic moments, I think that perhaps this is a case of ultimately the living (those keeping their jobs) may very well envy the dead (those of us being jettisoned). (Here's hoping Ms. Cozzi finds a job quite soon, if she hasn't already.)

I believe that some discussion of Hitler’s bold move to occupy the Rhineland is relevant here because it gives the lie to the oft-repeated cliché that the Olympic Games exert a “moderating effect” on regimes bent on internal oppression, external aggression, or civil war.

Today is a good day to remember that it is not just Mexicans or Latinos that are not legally in this country but Europeans, Asians and Africans, too. And a good day to remind people that it isn’t as simple as “getting in line” to come to the United States.

You don’t often hear the words “Disney” and “dystopia” in the same sentence. Not until now, that is.

Guys, really: There's not ONE mention of oil, carbon footprints, fossil fuels or global warming. None. The big "eco-disaster" is LITTERING. Are you really going to seriously tell me that "don't litter" is now an unacceptably partisan message for a CHILDREN'S FILM?

All right then--since they were some of the few Communist intellectuals in the world who were NOT subject to arbitrary arrest and imprisonment, shouldn't they have been using their freedom to save a few writers in Russia? Shouldn't there be something in the KGB file to identify them as a DISSIDENT Communist cell? (Okay, this essay is obviously not a recent one, but it still makes a valid point.)


Movie Quote of the Week

You know, if we were a Zola novel right now, we would be just symbols of society's decay, and that's so fucking obvious. But if we were a Flannery O'Connor short story, you know what? There is no telling which one of us might find redemption in a place like this.
--Eric Stoltz, The Waterdance (1992)

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Yet Another Political Message from Robert E. Howard

When I overthrew Numedides, then I was the Liberator -- now they spit at my shadow. They have put a statue of that swine in the temple of Mitra, and people go and wail before it, hailing it as the holy effigy of a saintly monarch who was done to death by a red-handed barbarian. When I led her armies to victory as a mercenary, Aquilonia overlooked the fact that I was a foreigner, but now she can not forgive me.
--Conan in Robert E. Howard's "The Phoenix on the Sword"

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Movie Song of the Week: “'Cause I'm a Blonde”

It's summertime and it's the time for beach songs and novelty tunes.

Fortunately, this number sung by Julie Brown in the 1988 movie Earth Girls Are Easy qualifies on both counts.

I hope you enjoy it -- even if you are a blonde like my sister. (And no, I'm not posting this to get back at her or any other blonde in my life. Seriously, I'm not.)

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Pop Song of the Week: “Take a Chance on Me”

Yes, I know. It's not fashionable to like Abba. But then it's not fashionable to like a lot of the songs I listen to.

And quite frankly, I think this video is nice. True, it's not as artistically sophisticated as more modern videos but it's memorable in its own way.

Besides, Swedish film director Lasse Hallström got his start making videos like this one, so one can't really argue that they're too bad.

Anyway, with the Mamma Mia movie being released this month, I've gotten in the mood to listen to some Abba songs, and this is one of the better ones.

Plus, Anni-Frid (the redhead) is very cute. (Especially when she starts working those eyes of hers.)

I hope you all enjoy it:

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Science Fiction Quotes of the Week

Poul Anderson, “Journeys End”
Poul Anderson, “The Last of the Deliverers”
Isaac Asimov, “Dreaming Is a Private Thing”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation
Alfred Bester, “Fondly Fahrenheit”
Alfred Bester, “Hobson's Choice”
Robert Bloch, Sneak Preview
Anthony Boucher, “Robinc”
Ray Bradbury, “The Rocket Man”
John Brunner, The Shockwave Rider
Arthur C. Clarke, “The Nine Billion Names of God”
Philip José Farmer, Venus on the Half-Shell
Leo Frankowski, The Fata Morgana
Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers
Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
Dean Koontz, The Good Guy
C. M. Kornbluth, “Shark Ship”
C. M. Kornbluth, “The Marching Morons”
Henry Kuttner, “Absalom”
Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore, “Vintage Season”
Richard Matheson, "Born of Man and Woman"
Thomas More, Utopia
Ray Nelson, “Time Travel for Pedestrians”
Chapman Pincher, Not with a Bang
Richard Ben Sapir, The Far Arena
Richard Ben Sapir, The Far Arena
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Robert Silverberg, “In Another Country”
Robert Silverberg, “Trips”
S. M. Stirling, Conquistador
William Tenn, “Child's Play”
Harry Turtledove, WorldWar: Tilting the Balance
Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth
Howard Waldrop, “All About Strange Monsters of the Recent Past”
H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds
Connie Willis, Doomsday Book
Connie Willis, Doomsday Book
Connie Willis, Remake

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TV Quotes of the Week

Christopher Shea, A Charlie Brown Christmas
Christopher Shea, A Charlie Brown Christmas
Tracy Stratford, A Charlie Brown Christmas
Hilary Momberger, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Hilary Momberger, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Joan Cusack, A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002) (TV Movie)
Edy Williams, Adam-12, “Venice Division”
Alfred Hitchcock, Alfred Hitchcock Presents,“Revenge”
David Boreanaz, Angel, “Not Fade Away”
David Boreanaz, Angel, “Not Fade Away”
David Boreanaz, Angel, “Smile Time”
Danny Mora, Angel, “The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco”
Adam West, Batman, "Batman Displays His Knowledge"
Julie Newmar, Batman, “Catwoman Goes to College”
Burt Ward, Batman, "Give 'em the Axe"
Burgess Meredith, Batman, “Hizzoner the Penguin”
Victor Buono, Batman, “The Curse of Tut”
Adam West, Batman, “The Duo Is Slumming”
Adam West, Batman, “The Purr-fect Crime”
Paul Rhys, Being Human, “Serve God, Love Me and Mend”
Russell Tovey, Being Human, “Ghost Town”
Dylan Moran, Black Books, “Fever”
Rod Steiger, Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater, “Slow Fade to Black”
David Boreanaz, Bones, “The Boneless Bride in the River”
David Boreanaz, Bones, “The Man in the Morgue”
Emily Deschanel, Bones, “The Witch in the Wardrobe”
Candice Bergen, Boston Legal, "Breast in Show"
William Shatner, Boston Legal, “Legal Deficits”
James Marsters, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “After Life”
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Blood Ties”
Tom Lenk, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Conversations with Dead People”
Anthony Stewart Head, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Grave”
Nicholas Brendon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Inca Mummy Girl”
Adam Busch, Clare Kramer, George Hertzberg, Harry Groener, Juliet Landau, Mark Metcalf, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Lessons"
Mark Metcalf, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Lessons”
Michelle Trachtenberg, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Lessons"
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Never Leave Me”
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Pangs"
James Marsters, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Pangs”
Emma Caulfield, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Sleeper"
Anthony Stewart Head, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Some Assembly Required”
Allyson Hannigan, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Tough Love”
Susan Sullivan, Castle, “Deep in Death”
Peter Falk, Columbo, “The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case”
Danny Pudi, Community, “Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas”
Danny Pudi, Community, “Remedial Chaos Theory”
Ian Gomez, Cougar Town, “When a Kid Goes Bad”
Herbert Siguenza, Culture Clash
Alexandra Moltke, Dark Shadows
Michael C. Hall, Dexter, “An Inconvenient Lie”
Christian Camargo, Dexter, “Born Free”
Michael C. Hall, Dexter, “Dexter”
Michael C. Hall, Dexter, “Let's Give the Boy a Hand”
James Remar, Dexter, “Si Se Puede”
Michael C. Hall, Dexter, “The British Invasion”
Michael C. Hall, Dexter, “There's Something about Harry”
Peter Davison, Doctor Who (The First Series), “Arc of Infinity”
Jasmine Breaks, Doctor Who (The First Series), “Remembrance of the Daleks”
Colin Baker, Doctor Who (The First Series), “Revelation of the Daleks”
Nicholas Courtney, Doctor Who (The First Series), “Terror of the Zygons”
Louise Jameson, Doctor Who (The First Series), “The Sun Makers”
Arthur Darvill, Doctor Who (The Second Series), “Curse of the Black Spot”
Hugh Quarshie, Doctor Who (The Second Series), “Daleks in Manhattan”
Jacqueline King, Doctor Who (The Second Series), “Partners in Crime”
David Tennant, Doctor Who (The Second Series), “The Christmas Invasion”
Sophia Myles, Doctor Who (The Second Series), “The Girl in the Fireplace”
John Simm, Doctor Who (The Second Series), “The Sound of Drums”
David Tennant, Doctor Who (The Second Series), “Tooth and Claw”
Matt Smith, Doctor Who (The Second Series), "Vampires of Venice"
Kylie Minogue, Doctor Who (The Second Series), “Voyage of the Damned”
Fran Kranz, Dollhouse, “A Love Supreme”
Alan Tudyk, Dollhouse, “Briar Rose”
Felicia Day, Dollhouse, “Epitaph One”
Reed Diamond, Dollhouse, “Epitaph One”
Eliza Dushku, Dollhouse, “Ghost”
Fran Kranz, Dollhouse, “Haunted”
Olivia Williams, Dollhouse, “Haunted”
Eliza Dushku, Dollhouse, “Omega”
Stacey Scowley, Dollhouse, “The Left Hand”
Rebecca De Mornay, ER, “Greene with Envy”
Laura Cerón, ER, "Night Shift"
Nathan Fillion, Firefly, “Jaynestown”
Jackie Vernon, Frosty the Snowman
Eva La Rue, George Lopez, “George Gets Assisterance”
Don Adams, Get Smart, “Island of the Darned”
Kristin Chenoweth, Glee, “The Rhodes Not Taken”
Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy, “Freedom”
Chad Allen, Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!
Bruce Campbell, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, “My Fair Cupcake”
Jack Coleman, Heroes, “Cautionary Tales”
Milo Ventimiglia, Heroes, “Distractions”
Zachary Quinto, Heroes, “Eclipse -- Part I”
Ali Larter, Heroes, “Godsend”
Hugh Laurie, House M.D., “Black Hole”
Hugh Laurie, House M.D., “Bombshells”
Hugh Laurie, House M.D., “DNR”
Italia Ricci, House M.D., “House Divided”
Olivia Wilde, House M.D., “House Divided”
Hugh Laurie, House M.D., “Saviors”
Hugh Laurie, House M.D., “The Socratic Method”
Hugh Laurie, House M.D., “Three Stories”
Boris Karloff, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Boris Karloff, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Nicholas Amer, I, Claudius, “A God in Colchester”
Margaret Tyzack, I, Claudius, “A Touch of Murder”
Derek Jacobi, I, Claudius, “Fool's Luck”
Derek Jacobi, I, Claudius, “Fool's Luck”
Siân Phillips, I, Claudius, “Queen of Heaven”
Ian Ogilvy, I, Claudius, “Waiting in the Wings”
Martin Sheen, Inside the Actors Studio
Christopher Marquette, Joan of Arcadia, “No Bad Guy”
Darren McGavin, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, “Demon in Lace”
Simon Oakland, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, “Legacy of Terror”
Darren McGavin, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, “The Devil's Platform”
Darren McGavin, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, “They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be...”
Tom Mison, Lost in Austen (2008) (TV Mini-Series)
Jonathan Harris, Lost in Space, "The Space Trader"
Jon Hamm, Mad Men, “Christmas Comes But Once a Year”
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men, “The Good News”
Christina Applegate, Married... with Children, “Old Insurance Dodge”
Don Johnson, Miami Vice, “Free Verse”
Byrne Piven, Miami Vice, “Free Verse”
Perry Lang, Miami Vice, “Trust Fund Pirates”
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family, “Disneyland”
Sarah Hyland, Modern Family, “Lifetime Supply”
Nadine Velazquez, My Name Is Earl, "Barn Burner"
Jaime Pressly, My Name Is Earl, "Got the Babysitter Pregnant"
Nadine Velazquez, My Name Is Earl, “Number One”
Lisa Wilhoit, My So-Called Life, “So-Called Angels”
Henry Darrow, Night Gallery, "Cool Air"
Bradford Dillman, Night Gallery, “Pickman's Model”
Bradford Dillman, Night Gallery, "Pickman's Model"
Louise Sorel, Night Gallery, “Pickman's Model”
Clint Howard, Night Gallery, “The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes”
Joanna Pettet, Night Gallery, “The House”
James Read (II), North and South
Kristanna Loken, Painkiller Jane, “Toy Soldiers”
Aubrey Plaza, Parks and Recreation, “Sister City”
Frank Cady, Petticoat Junction, “Pop Goes the Question”
Lauren Holly, Picket Fences, “Pageantry”
Grant Show, Point Pleasant, “The Lonely Hunter”
Juliet Aubrey, Primeval
Lucy Brown, Primeval
Ben Miller, Primeval
Robert Llewellyn, Red Dwarf, “Camille”
Henry Gibson, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Jean Smart, Samantha Who, “The Car”
Judy Reyes, Scrubs “My Identity Crisis”
Courteney Cox, Scrubs, “My Saving Grace”
John McGinley, Scrubs, “Our Drunk Friend”
Kate Hodge, She-Wolf of London, "Nice Girls Don't"
Kate Hodge, She-Wolf of London, “She-Wolf of London”
Annabelle Weenick, She-Wolf of London, “She-Wolf of London”
Scott Fults, She-Wolf of London, “The Juggler”
Scott Fults, She-Wolf of London, “The Juggler”
Anderson Knight, She-Wolf of London, "The Juggler"
Peter Cellier, She-Wolf of London, “What's Got Into Them?”
Rachel Griffiths, Six Feet Under, “Life's Too Short”
Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek, “Amok Time”
Michael Ansara, Star Trek, "Day of the Dove"
Lee Bergere, Star Trek, "The Savage Curtain"
William Shatner, Star Trek, “What Are Little Girls Made Of?”
William Shatner, Star Trek, "Who Mourns for Adonais?"
Kate Mulgrew, Star Trek: Voyager, “Spirit Folk”
Lake Bell, Surface, "Episode 15"
Danny De Vito, Taxi
Thomas Dekker, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, “Earthlings Welcome Home”
Lena Headey, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, “Pilot”
Carolyn Jones, The Addams Family, “Halloween with the Addams Family”
Carolyn Jones, The Addams Family, “The Addams Family Splurges”
Kelly Rutherford, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., “And Baby Makes Three”
John Pyper-Ferguson, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., “Pilot”
Peter Wyngarde, The Avengers, “A Touch of Brimstone”
Diana Rigg, The Avengers, “Never, Never Say Die”
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory, “The Closure Alternative”
Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory, “The Tangerine Factor”
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory, "The Thanksgiving Decoupling"
Karyn Parsons, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, “Hilary Gets a Life”
Bill Bixby, The Incredible Hulk (1977) (TV Movie)
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, "We Just Decided To"
Darren McGavin, The Night Stalker (1972) (TV Movie)
Rainn Wilson, The Office (U.S.), “Business Trip”
Leslie David Baker, The Office (U.S.), “Costume Contest”
John Krasinski, The Office (U.S.), “Customer Survey”
Paul Lynde, The Paul Lynde Halloween Special
Patrick McGoohan, The Prisoner, “Checkmate”
Tommy Knight, The Sarah Jane Adventures, “The Day of the Clown: Part 1”
David Tennant, The Sarah Jane Adventures, “The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith: Part 2”
David Tennant, The Sarah Jane Adventures, “The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith: Part 2”
Nancy Cartwright, The Simpsons, “Sideshow Bob Roberts”
Kelsey Grammer, The Simpsons, "Sideshow Bob Roberts"
Dan Castellaneta, The Simpsons, "Treehouse of Horror VII"
John Larch, The Twilight Zone, “It's a Good Life”
Collin Wilcox, The Twilight Zone, “Number 12 Looks Just Like You”
Suzanne Lloyd, The Twilight Zone, “Perchance to Dream”
Betty Garde, The Twilight Zone, “The Midnight Sun”
Betty Garde, The Twilight Zone, “The Midnight Sun”
Frank Overton, The Twilight Zone, “Walking Distance”
David Duchovny, The X-Files, "Fire"
Gillian Anderson, The X-Files, “How the Ghosts Stole Christmas”
Ken Kirzinger and Sonny Surwiec, The X-Files, “Ice”
David Duchovny, The X-Files, “Pilot”
William B. Davis, The X-Files, “Talitha Cumi”
Gillian Anderson, The X-Files, “The Rain King”
Kristen Johnston, 3rd Rock from the Sun
Fifi D’Orsay, Thriller, “The Grim Reaper”
John Barrowman, Torchwood, “Day One”
Burn Gorman, Torchwood, “End of Days”
Eve Myles, Torchwood, “End of Days”
Stephen Moyer, True Blood, “The First Taste”
Anna Paquin, True Blood, “The First Taste”
Sarah Lafleur, Ugly Betty, “Curveball”
Lindsay Lohan, Ugly Betty, “Granny Pants”
Ana Ortiz, Ugly Betty, "Hello Goodbye"
Ana Ortiz, Ugly Betty, “Something Wicked This Way Comes”
Gordon Jump, WKRP in Cincinnati, “Turkeys Away”
Lynda Carter, Wonder Woman, "Beauty on Parade"
Maria Grimm, Wonder Woman, “Formula 407”
Tyron Leitso, Wonderfalls, “Barrel Bear”
Caroline Dhavernas, Wonderfalls, “Wax Lion”
Peter Vere-Jones, Xena: Warrior Princess, “A Solstice Carol”
Renée O'Connor, Xena: Warrior Princess, “Forget Me Not”
Nigel Hawthorne, Yes Minister, “A Question of Loyalty”
Nigel Hawthorne, Yes Minister, “The Economy Drive”
Nigel Hawthorne, Yes, Prime Minister, “Power to the People”
Nigel Hawthorne, Yes, Prime Minister, “The Grand Design”
Nigel Hawthorne, Yes, Prime Minister, “The Smoke Screen”

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Movie Quotes of the Week

Francis De Wolff, A Christmas Carol (1951)
Michael Hordern, A Christmas Carol (1951)
Yareli Arizmendi, A Day Without a Mexican (2004)
John Lund, A Foreign Affair (1948)
Chico Marx, A Night at the Opera (1935)
Groucho Marx, A Night at the Opera (1935)
Groucho Marx, A Night at the Opera (1935)
Helen Westcott, Adventures of Don Juan (1948)
Charlotte Henry, Alice in Wonderland (1933)
Kathryn Beaumont, Alice in Wonderland (1951)
George Sanders, All About Eve (1950)
George Sanders, All About Eve (1950)
Deborah Kerr, An Affair to Remember (1957)
Richard Gere, An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Irene Dunne, Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
Ashley Jensen, Arthur Christmas (2011)
Larry Sellers, Assassination (1987)
Geoffrey Bayldon, Asylum (1972)
John Hoyt, Attack of the Puppet People (1958)
Will Wright, Bambi (1942)
Adam West, Batman (1966)
Michael Gough, Batman Forever (1995)
Michael Keaton, Batman Returns (1992)
Winona Ryder, Beetlejuice (1988)
Peter Sellers, Being There (1980)
Rod La Rocque, Beyond Tomorrow (1940)
Charles Winninger, Beyond Tomorrow (1940)
Tom Laughlin, Billy Jack (1971)
Delores Taylor, Billy Jack (1971)
Margot Kidder, Black Christmas (1974)
Crystal Lowe, Black Christmas (2006)
Alex Karras, Blazing Saddles (1974)
Arnold Moss, Border Incident (1949)
Cuba Gooding Jr., Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Pete Postlethwaite, Brassed Off (1996)
Patrick McGoohan, Braveheart (1995)
Paul Dooley, Breaking Away (1979)
Celia Johnson, Brief Encounter (1945)
Gene Kelly, Brigadoon (1954)
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Brimstone (1949)
Paul Newman, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Joel Grey, Cabaret (1972)
O. J. Simpson, Capricorn One (1978)
Chris Evans, Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Piper Laurie, Carrie (1976)
Dominique Minot, Charade (1963)
Joey Lauren Adams, Chasing Amy (1997)
Barbara Stanwyck, Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
Burgess Meredith, Clash of the Titans (1981)
Elizabeth Taylor, Cleopatra (1963)
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Conan the Barbarian (1982)
John Goodman, Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
Julia Roberts, Conspiracy Theory (1997)
Summer Bishil, Crossing Over (2009)
Bette Davis, Dangerous (1935)
Jesse Del Gre, Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Ken Foree, Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Ken Foree, Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Hart Bochner, Die Hard (1988)
Emma Cleasby, Dog Soldiers (2002)
Martine Beswick, Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)
Martine Beswick, Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)
Groucho Marx, Duck Soup (1933)
Julie Harris, East of Eden (1955)
Vincent D'Onofrio, Ed Wood (1994)
Sarah Jessica Parker, Ed Wood (1994)
Douglas Wilmer, El Cid (1961)
Nicol Williamson, Excalibur (1981)
William Devane, Family Plot (1976)
Ginger Rogers, Fifth Avenue Girl (1939)
Mary Kornman, Flying Down to Rio (1933)
Anne Francis, Forbidden Planet (1956)
Bebe Daniels, 42nd Street (1933)
Jay Jackson, 4 Clowns (1970)
Peter Cushing, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)
Roddy McDowall, Fright Night (1985)
Patrick Swayze, Ghost (1990)
Alice Krige, Ghost Story (1981)
Louis Jordan, Gigi (1958)
Gerald Mohr, Gilda (1946)
Glenda Farrell, Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
Hulk Hogan, Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Tony Randall, Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Bill Murray, Groundhog Day (1993)
Harry Hayden, Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
Harry Hayden, Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
Charles Cyphers, Halloween (1978)
Donald Pleasence, Halloween (1978)
Jadeen Barbor, Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
Anthony Quinn, High Risk (1981)
Cole Hauser, Higher Learning (1995)
Cary Grant, Holiday (1938)
Alan Dexter, I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)
Warren William, Imitation of Life (1934)
Wilhelm von Homburg, In the Mouth of Madness (1995)
Jim Broadbent, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Jonathan Winters, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
James Stewart, It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Maximilian Schell, Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Glenda Farrell, Kansas City Princess (1934)
Jeff Bridges, King Kong (1976)
Kelli Garner, Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
Alec Guinness, Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Arthur Kennedy, Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Daniel Craig, Layer Cake (2004)
Sara Forestier, Le Nom des Gens (2010)
Elizabeth Peña, Lone Star (1996)
James Coburn, Looker (1981)
Hugh Grant, Love Actually (2003)
Carole Lombard, Love Before Breakfast (1936)
John Barrymore, Marie Antoinette (1938)
Norma Shearer, Marie Antoinette (1938)
Angela Bettis, May (2002)
John Wayne, McLintock! (1963)
Guy Pearce, Memento (2000)
Harry Holman, Meet John Doe (1941)
Eve Arden, Mildred Pierce (1945)
Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Lois Smith, Minority Report (2002)
William Frawley, Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Alvin Greenman, Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Philip Tonge, Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Frances McDormand, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
Charlie Chaplin, Modern Times (1936)
Paulette Goddard, Modern Times (1936)
Ewen McGregor, Moulin Rouge (2001)
Melvyn Douglas, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
James Stewart, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Loren Dean, Mumford (1999)
Toni Collette, Muriel's Wedding (1994)
Bonita Granville, Nancy Drew: Detective (1938)
Frankie Thomas, Nancy Drew: Detective (1938)
Martin Potter, Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
Edward J. Nugent, Night Nurse (1931)
Greta Garbo, Ninotchka (1939)
Beth Grant, No Country for Old Men (2007)
Catherine Zeta-Jones, No Reservations (2007)
Roger Moore, Octopussy (1983)
Ernie Kovacs, Our Man in Havana (1959)
Robert Mitchum, Out of the Past (1947)
Adrian Martinez, Pieces of April (2003)
John Candy, Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Charlton Heston, Planet of the Apes (1968)
Robert Williams, Platinum Blonde (1931)
Zelda Rubinstein, Poltergeist (1982)
Gina Gershon, P.S., I Love You (2007)
Greta Garbo, Queen Christina (1933)
Duncan Lamont, Quatermass and the Pit (1967)
Barbara Shelley, Quatermass and the Pit (1967)
Tom Selleck, Quigley Down Under (1990)
John Rhys-Davies, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
James Dean, Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Natalie Wood, Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
Ginger Rogers, Roberta (1935)
Daryl Hannah, Roxanne (1987)
Humphrey Bogart, Sabrina (1954)
Paul Muni, Scarface (1932)
Skeet Ulrich, Scream (1996)
David Arquette, Scream 4 (2011)
Jennifer Lopez, Selena (1997)
Edward James Olmos, Selena (1997)
Tamara Taylor, Serenity (2005)
Hunter Ansley Wryn, Serenity (2005)
Arthur O'Connell, 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
Howard Da Silva, 1776 (1972)
Joseph Cotten, Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Kathryn Grayson, Show Boat (1951)
Bill Pullman, Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Ulrich Tukur, Solaris (2002)
Edward Andrews, Son of Flubber (1963)
Charlton Heston, Soylent Green (1973)
Cliff Robertson, Spiderman 2 (2002)
Emily Osment, Spy Kids 3: (Game Over) (2003)
Ricardo Montalban, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
James Doohan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Glenda Jackson, Stevie (1978)
Farley Granger, Strangers on a Train (1951)
Gene Hackman, Superman (1978)
Paula Kelly, Sweet Charity (1969)
Ricardo Montalbán, Sweet Charity (1969)
Liam Neeson, Taken 2 (2012)
John Neville, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
Murray Hamilton, The Amityville Horror (1979)
Marie Matiko, The Art of War (2000)
Fredric March, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Robert Carradine, The Big Red One (1980)
Elsa Lanchester, The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Vincent Price, The Comedy of Terrors (1963)
Burt Lancaster, The Crimson Pirate (1952)
Fred Clark, The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964)
Francis Bavier, The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
Jean Arthur, The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)
Phoebe Nicholls, The Elephant Man (1980)
Clea DuVall, The Faculty (1998)
Clea DuVall, The Faculty (1998)
Diane Keaton, The Family Stone (2005)
Robin Williams, The Fisher King (1991)
Marlon Brando, The Formula (1980)
Rita Wilson, The Glass House (2001)
Marlon Brando, The Godfather (1972)
Al Pacino, The Godfather: Part III (1990)
Enzo Robutti, The Godfather: Part III (1990)
Frank Morgan, The Good Fairy (1935)
John Barrymore, The Great Man Votes (1939)
John Barrymore, The Great Man Votes (1939)
Jack Lemmon, The Great Race (1965)
Dorothy Provine, The Great Race (1965)
Grant Williams, The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Elizabeth Peña, The Incredibles (2004)
Virginia Bruce, The Invisible Woman (1940)
Vin Diesel, The Iron Giant (1999)
Barbara Stanwyck, The Lady Eve (1941)
Charles Lung, The Leopard Man (1943)
Bette Davis, The Little Foxes (1941)
David Carradine, The Long Riders (1980)
Cecil Kellaway, The Luck of the Irish (1948)
Michael Caine, The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Danny Elfman, The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Danny Elfman, The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Claudette Colbert, The Palm Beach Story (1942)
Leslie Howard, The Petrified Forest (1936)
Ginger Rogers, The Primrose Path (1940)
Cary Elwes, The Princess Bride (1987)
Manny Patakin, The Princess Bride (1987)
Elias Koteas, The Prophecy (1995)
Vincent Price, The Raven (1963)
Jack Nicholson, The Shining (1980)
James Stewart, The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Bette Davis, The Star (1952)
James Cromwell, The Sum of All Fears (2002)
Michael Biehn, The Terminator (1984)
Edward Furlong, The Terminator II: Judgment Day (1991)
Vladimir Kulich, Antonio Banderas, etc., The 13th Warrior (1999)
Alan Young, The Time Machine (1960)
Alfonso Bedoya, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Christopher Cooke, The Unbelievable Truth (1989)
Julia McNeal, The Unbelievable Truth (1989)
Adrienne Shelly, The Unbelievable Truth (1989)
Eric Stoltz, The Waterdance (1992)
Edward Woodward, The Wicker Man (1973)
Ray Bolger, The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Claude Rains, The Wolf Man (1941)
Raymond Massey, The Woman in the Window (1944)
Cheech Marin, Things Are Tough All Over (1982)
Robert Redford, Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Pedro Armendáriz, Three Godfathers (1948)
Malcolm McDowell, Time After Time (1979)
Mary Steenburgen, Time After Time (1979)
Gloria Stuart, Titanic (1997)
Charlton Heston, Touch of Evil (1958)
Claudette Colbert, Tovarich (1937)
Claudette Colbert, Tovarich (1937)
Felicity Huffman, Transamerica (2005)
John Barrymore, Twentieth Century (1934)
Tom Cruise, Vanilla Sky (2001)
Martin Stephens, Village of the Damned (1960)
George Chakiris, West Side Story (1961)
George Chakiris, West Side Story (1961)
Maury Chaykin, What's Cooking? (2000)
Mariam Parris, What's Cooking? (2000)
Ann Weldon, What's Cooking? (2000)
Jean Arthur, Whirlpool (1934)
Rosie Perez, White Men Can't Jump (1992)
Joanna Cassidy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
Jan Rubes, Witness (1985)

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Pop Song of the Week: “Echo Beach”

It's summertime and thus time for summer songs. But, being the contrarian that I am, I can't resist posting the one summer song that never seems to get played on the radio except on very obscure stations: Martha and the Muffins' 1980 tune “Echo Beach.”

I liked this song so much that it was on one of the first CDs I ever bought. It's an odd song yet I like to think its message of furtive escapism is one that everyone can identify with. Even those of us who aren't office clerks.

It's a shame the song isn't more well known, but then I do tend to like most the songs that are rarely played on the radio.

I hope you enjoy it:

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Random Thoughts

All happiness is temporary. Fortunately, so is all sadness.

My late father used to talk about how we all write our own stories. Some of us choose happy endings and some of us choose sad endings. And some of us are at the mercy of an unsympathetic editor who continually rewrites our material.

All great writers have a bit of OCD in their makeup. And, I suspect, a bit of MPD as well.

I am not so great but I do contain multitudes.

Lego ergo sum. (I read therefore I am.)

We all play our roles. Our roles are many and the roles are one.

Someday I'll die and the world will end. For me, at least. The rest of the world will most likely still be here.

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TV Quote of the Week

Plenty of girls and bands and slogans and lots of hoopla, but remember, no politics. Issues confuse people.
--Burgess Meredith, Batman, “Hizzoner the Penguin”

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Laugh of the Week

The Muppets celebrate Independence Day as only the Muppets can. Yes, this bit is a little late, but who doesn't love the Muppets?


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Movie Quote of the Week

Don't you know that the greatest men in the world have told lies and let things be misunderstood if it was useful to them? Didn't you ever hear of a campaign promise?
--Claudette Colbert, The Palm Beach Story (1942)

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