Saturday, May 30, 2009

Viva Sonia Maria Sotomayor

After seeing how often supporters of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez played the "let's support the guy because he's one of us" card with Hispanic Americans, I must admit I'm kinda wary of any Hispanic politico or politica seeking higher office.

And yet part of me wants to believe that Sonia Maria Sotomayer -- the Puerto Rican judge recently nominated by President Obama to replace retiring Supreme Court justice David Souter -- would make a great addition on the U.S. Supreme Court for reasons not related to her ethnicity.

So I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Please don't prove me wrong, Dios...

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Movie Quote of the Week

I came across time for you, Sarah.
--Michael Biehn, The Terminator (1984)

(Muchas gracias to Shanna Swendson for the reminder.)

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TV Quote of the Week

You know how it is; you put things off for a day and next thing you know, it’s a hundred years later.
--Peter Davison, Doctor Who (The First Series), “Arc of Infinity”

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Trailers of the Week

A Christmas Carol (1938)
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
A Night to Remember (1958)
A Simple Plan (1998)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
Airplane! (1980)
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
All About Eve (1950)
An Unmarried Woman (1978)
Angel Face (1952)
Asylum (1972)
Bachelor Mother (1939)
Back to School (1986)
Backdraft (1991)
Batman Returns (1992)
Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
Beach Party (1963)
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Bulworth (1998)
Cannibal Girls (1973)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Day of the Dead (1985)
Dear Dictator (2017)
Dracula (1931)
El Dorado (1966)
El Mariachi (1992)
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
Family Plot (1976)
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Flashback (1990)
Fly Away Baby (1937)
"Forrest Gump" (1949)
42nd Street (1933)
Frankenstein (1931)
Friday the 13th (1980)
Fright Night (1985)
George Washington Slept Here (1942)
Giant (1956)
Gojira (1954)
Grease (1978)
Green with Envy (2011)
Halloween (1978)
Harold and Maude (1971)
Head (1968)
Hell Is for Heroes (1962)
Hidden Figures (2016)
Horror of Dracula (1958)
Howard the Duck (1986)
Husbands (1970)
Jaws (1975)
Last Night (1998)
Leprechaun 2 (1994)
Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)
Lucas (1986)
Lucy (2014)
Machete Kills (2013)
Massacre at Central High (1976)
Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
Munster, Go Home! (1966)
My Family (1995)
Network (1976)
Norma Rae (1979)
Nosotros los Pobres (1948)
On the Town (1949)
Ordinary People (1980)
Pieces of April (2003)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Portrait of Jennie (1948)
Primary Colors (1998)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Remember the Night (1940)
Roberta (1935)
Salt (2010)
Scream (1996)
Secret Ceremony (1996)
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (2009)
She-Wolf of London (1946)
Ski Party (1965)
Snow Day (2000)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Superman (1978)
Tarantula (1955)
Teenage Cave Man (1958)
Telefon (1977)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
The Birds (1963)
The Bodyguard (1992)
The Boyfriend (1971)
The Bride Wore Black (1968)
The Candidate (1972)
The Crazies (1973)
The Crusades (1935)
The Formula (1980)
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)
The Godfather (1972)
The Good Fairy (1935)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
The Great Race (1965)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
The Invisible Woman (1940)
The Jetsons: The Movie (1989)
The King of Kings (1927)
The Lady Eve (1941)
The Libertine (2004)
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
The Longest Day (1962)
The Night Walker (1964)
The Others (2001)
The Parallax View (1974)
The Pirate (1948)
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
The Spirit (2008)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
The Swimmer (1968)
The Time Machine (1960)
The Tingler (1959)
The War of the Roses (1989)
Theatre of Blood (1973)
Them! (1954)
13 Ghosts (1960)
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Torchy Runs for Mayor (1939)
Tovarich (1937)
Viva Zapata! (1952)
Watership Down (1978)
Wings (1927)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Quote of the Week

If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; but if you really make them think, they’ll hate you.
--Don Marquis

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Random Thoughts

All generalizations are wrong -- including this one.

Anyone else wonder how many drivers respond to the presence of traffic enforcement cameras at certain intersections by automatically speeding up every time they approach such an intersection?

Everyone wants to be an aristocrat and no one wants to be a peasant. Yet a society that contains nothing but aristocrats can't possibly endure.

Everyone involved in a dispute likes to believe that the other guy started it.

The valuable one's contribution to society is, the less attention one gets from Hollywood.

Logic and reason would seem to indicate that calling someone stupid or evil is not likely to convert them to one's particular point-of-view. Yet many atheists who supposedly believe in logic and reason often respond to religious people by calling them stupid or evil. And of course religious people do the same thing to atheists as well.

The less likely one is to have known someone who experienced a revolution, the more likely one is to call for one.

The more privileges one has, the more one is likely to complain about one's setbacks.

The same person who complained about the elder generation in his youth will inevitably complain about the younger generation in his senior years.

If you want to see what most people really think about the importance of law and order, just see how they respond to a traffic ticket.

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Pensamientos Acerca de Televisión

House M.D.: “Under My Skin”

Best use of a Specials song since "Ghost Town" was used in Shaun of the Dead.

And that's all I have to say about that.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Trailer of the Week: Torchy Runs for Mayor (1939)

I recently saw 1933's Mystery of the Wax Museum and 1936's Gold Diggers of 1937 and as a result, I'm on a big Glenda Farrell kick. I have yet to see any of her Torchy Blane movies, but if this trailer is any indication, it's no wonder that her character inspired the creation of Lois Lane.

As you might guess, I really want to see this movie and I pray it comes out on DVD.

In the meantime:

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Movie Quote of the Week

A keyboard. How quaint.
--James Doohan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

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TV Quote of the Week

Mind your own business, Mr. Spock, I'm sick of your half-breed interference. Do you hear?
--William Shatner, Star Trek, “What Are Little Girls Made Of?”

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Busby Berkeley in Spanish

Desfile de Candilejas -- Footlight Parade
La Calle 42 -- 42nd Street
Música y Mujeres -- Dames
Vampiresas de 1933 -- Gold Diggers of 1933
Vampiresas de 1935 -- Gold Diggers of 1935
Vampiresas de 1937 -- Gold Diggers of 1937

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ten+ Movies I Could Watch Again (and Again)

"Borrowing" an idea from one of my favorite bloggers, here's a list of movies that I can watch over and over again. (Of course, this list could very well change next week.):

1. Airplane!
2. Men in Black
3. The Unbelievable Truth
4. The Lady in Red (The Pamela Sue Martin flick. Not the Gene Wilder film.)
5. 42nd Street and the rest of my Busby Berkeley holy trinity
6. Shall We Dance (The Fred Astaire version, of course. Not the Jennifer Lopez version.)
7. Raiders of the Lost Ark
8. Modern Times
9. Time After Time
10. The Shop Around the Corner

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Pensamientos Acerca de Películas (Thoughts About Movies)

Bandidas Perdidas
Big Hollywood Turn Me Loose and Set Me Free
Christmas -- The Holiday That Never Ends
Dreaming of Jeannie with the Light Blonde Hair
I Heart Ginger Rogers
I'm in the Movies... Sorta...
Make It a Biblioteca Night!
Movie Lists
Movies for Christmas
My Love Life Explained in One Movie Still
No Mexicans in Outer Space
Nobody Expects the Spanish Armada!
Quinceañera Wins at Sundance
So Should I Be Upset That This Movie Was Never Released in Local Theatres?
So What's Up with All the Old Movies, Tonio?
Special Edition DVDs I'd Like to See
The Clarissa Complex
The Seven Deadly Sins of Hollywood
The Unified Field Theory of Film Criticism and Other Myths
This Is Depressing
Thoughts on the Movie Lists: Parte I
Trick or Trek
Wait a Minute
What I Learned at the Video Store Today
Why Good People See Bad Movies

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Thoughts That Are Not So Random

A Broken Window Is Always a Pane
A Death in the Family: Parte I
A Death in the Family: Parte II
A Message to Philistines
A Modern Mantra
Abandon All Metal, All Ye Who Enter Here
America, C'est les Autres
Belated New Year's Resolutions
Big D's Fine But It Ain't Home. Detroit's Home But It Ain't Mine No More
Bringing Glass Into It Again
Confession of the Week
El 4 de Julio
“Even Old New York Was Once New Amsterdam...”
Hay Moros en el CostCo
Holiday? What Holiday?
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the South
I Am So Easily Assimilated
It Isn't a Choice; It's a Spectrum
Lamenting the Lucky
Le Matérialisme, C’est les Autres
Lethal Legacy
Let's Go Shopping
Mitos de Amor (Myths of Love)
More “News”
Pensamientos Acerca de Amor (Thoughts About Love)
Pet Peeve of the Week
Pleasant Thoughts About Diabetes
Questions I'll Probably Never Get Answered
Reglas del Internet (Rules of the Internet)
Reglas del Mundo (Rules of the World)
Sermon of the Week
Skin Color
Sociological Irony of the Week
Stereotypes? What Stereotypes?
Stories We're Not Supposed to Tell
Thank Goodness I Got That Window Fixed
The Americana Paradox
The Best Gift I Ever Received
The Difference Between Smart People and Really Smart People
The Iceberg Theory of Selfhood
The Weekly “News”
Things You're Not Supposed to Mention If You're a Mexican-American
Things You're Not Supposed to Mention If You're a White Non-Hispanic
This Week's Grandpa Simpson Rant
Thoughts About Sex
Thoughts on a Winter Day
Today's Happy Thought
2012 Is the New Y2K
What Do You Say?
Whatever Happened to Labor Day?
When You're Poor, You Wait...
Where Have All the Puritans Gone?
Why Do I Remain a Catholic?
Why I Am Not a Chicano
Why I Like the South
You Can't Log Onto Home Again


Friday, May 15, 2009

Movie Quote of the Week

Why is it everyone in the world eats grapefruit when there are so many bananas running around loose?
--Jean Arthur, Whirlpool (1934)

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TV Quote of the Week

Uh-uh, I said classic sci-fi errors. Now, you’re just attacking good storytelling.
--Fran Kranz, Dollhouse, “Haunted”

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

She's a Night Nurse and Proud of It

In many ways, 1931's Night Nurse is the type of movie critics love to ridicule. Never mind that it has memorable dialogue and memorable characters, it dares to have a sense of humor about it so obviously there must be something wrong with it.

The film starts off with a wild ambulance ride and then goes on to show us a busy city hospital. We peek at several characters in the hospital including a pair of expectant parents in the maternity ward and a Chinese family in the midst of a bilingual argument. Then we stop and focus on one character in particular: Barbara Stanwyck's Lora Hart.

Miss Hart wants very badly to become a nurse but she does not have enough academic credits to please the crusty nursing supervisor, Miss Dillon. She manages to gain the attention of Dr. Arthur Bell (played by Charles Winninger), the hospital's chief of surgery, and suddenly Miss Dillon warms to Miss Hart and agrees to let her start as a probationary nurse.

Miss Hart gets paired up with a fellow probationer (played by Joan Blondell) and even attracts the attention of a smarmy intern. But it is not until she graduates as a nurse and gets her first long-term assignment that she meets her most serious challenge.

Miss Hart starts working as a night nurse (hence the title) for two young girls, Nanny and Desney Ritchey. Both girls are allegedly under the care of a Dr. Milton Ranger yet they both show signs of starvation. The widowed mother never comes to see them and Hart has the girls to herself for the night. But she soon finds out that that is not an ideal situation.

On her first night in the house with the girls, she discovered Mrs. Ritchey to be passed out in a room across the hall. When Ms. Hart gets hassled by one of the mother's male callers, a mysterious bathrobe-clad figure (played by Clark Gable) steps in and punches out the creep, only to punch out Miss Hart as well when she tries to summon the police. This figure is Nick the Chauffeur, and it is one of the few roles I have seen thus far in which Clark Gable plays an out-and-out villain.

The next morning, Miss Hart tries to tell Dr. Ranger about the situation at Mrs. Ritchey's house, only to be scolded for acting like a troublemaker. In frustration, Miss Hart takes her concerns to Dr. Bell, and allows herself to be convinced to go back to Dr. Ranger and work undercover until she has evidence of wrongdoing.

Along the way, she makes the acquaintance of a golden-hearted bootlegger (played by Ben Lyon) whom she met while she was a probationer. Nick the Chauffeur finds out about her plans, things get serious, and of course, complications ensue.

Is this a good movie? Well, I liked it, and not just because Ms. Stanwyck and Ms. Blondell show more skin in this film than Ms. Stanwyck showed in any of the Hays-code movies in which she played an actual stripper. The dialogue is snarky, the 30s outfits Ms. Stanwyck wears are cute, and the plot actually resolves itself in an unexpected manner. The movie does stress the difference between ethics and humanity a bit much but never in a pretentious manner and I enjoyed it even when its humor came close to being unintentional.

If I had to pick the most memorable character in this flick after Ms. Stanwyck's, it would probably be a toss-up between Blondell's wise-cracking nurse and Mr. Lyon's good-hearted bootlegger. But I also have a soft spot for Charlotte Merriam's performance as Mrs. Ritchey, which is perhaps the best Harlow imitation I have ever seen done by anyone save Ms. Harlow.

Mrs. Ritchey is the type of dysfunctional mother audiences love to hate and it says something that her character manages to linger on in my mind for so long despite having some of the silliest dialogue in the movie. She laughs, she gets drunk, she shares her drinks with a dog, and she gets jealous. She talks down to Miss Hart in one scene but never even comes close to dominating her. I guess the saddest part about the Mrs. Ritchey character -- apart from the way she is so oblivious to her daughters' fate -- is the fact that I actually have known some real-life mothers who would make her seem like Mother of the Year. But that is a topic for another day.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Pensamientos Acerca de Televisión

The Office (U.S.): “Cafe Disco”

I'm a sucker for scenes of cute girls dancing. Especially the way they're done in this episode. And I especially like how the writers show the same scenes viewed from the perspective of a young delivery man, who is quite naturally intrigued by the sight. When I was his age, I would have been intrigued, too, for the same reasons.

There are other reasons to like this episode, but those are the main ones.

I must confess that this series is the one show currently on the air that I keep going back to most often whenever I need a break from worrying about work. And yes, I am aware of the irony of that.

But, hey, we can't all be into 30 Rock.

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Pensamientos Acerca de Televisión

Dollhouse: “Briar Rose” and “Omega”

Todd VanDerWerff makes a better case for Dollhouse in a recent post on The House Next Door site than I could have ever come up with on my own. Among other things, he explains the reasons why so many people like me have such a love-hate relationship with a series that has been so exasperating this season that by all rights it should be provoking little more than strong indifference.

On one hand, it's hard to pretend the ideas employed by the series and the questions posed (What is a human? What is free will? If you download a copy of a person's mind into another body, is the resulting person really real?) aren't intriguing.

On the other, it's hard to ignore the frequency with which such ideas and questions are squared off with predictable plots and characterization.

And whom do you root for on a series in which the good guys seem almost indistinguishable from the bad guys? Isn't there enough evil in the world without giving us yet more depravity to deal with?

It doesn't help matters that both Caroline (the original personality of the character played by Eliza Dushku in this series) and Echo (the personality that has evolved in Caroline's body since the original personality was evicted) are all too often written as thinly disguised versions of Faith, the bad girl character Ms. Dushku played on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As much as I liked Faith on her original series, I'd just as soon not see her again in another series. And yet the show's writers keep bringing her back again and again.

Oh,well. At least the show's two-part finale was satisfying. It answered some questions and posed some more. At least one character -- apart from Caroline and Echo, of course -- should be returning if the series gets a second season and I pray that this particular character doesn't turn into Dollhouse's equivalent of Sylar, the exasperating supervillain on Heroes of whom even my middle brother -- who used to be the definite Heroes fan -- has grown tired.

We'll see.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Pensamientos Acerca de Televisión

Torchwood: “Out of Time”

On the brighter side, the Brits appear to be doing their best to give us some dependable storytelling.

I must confess that up until this episode, I've generally had a lukewarm attitude toward Russell T. Davies's Doctor Who's spinoff, Torchwood. Yes, it was good for a Doctor Who fan like me to see Captain Jack Harkness again, and yes, it's good that he is very good at delivering snappy lines, and yes, his employee Gwen Cooper is a most excellent female character--for the most part. But all too often, this show seems so bound and determined to prove that it's an adult show and NOT DOCTOR WHO that it actually gets quite irritating.

I suppose if your idea of the ideal sci-fi show was a cross between Men in Black and The X-Files that was co-written by David E. Kelley, then this would be your perfect show. But for those of us who get our notions of adult science fiction from the Holy Trinity of Ellison, Heinlein and Farmer, it's... not quite as interesting as it could be. And this from someone who actually liked Men in Black and The X-Files.

This episode, however, was different. It starts off with a deceptively simple premise: three people depart from a newly landed plane and when Jack speaks to them, he discovers they departed from the year 1953. Which, of course, raises the question: what does Captain Jack and his Torchwood staff do with them now?

Since the trio first came to our present time via a time rift that may or may not re-appear in the same place, going back isn't really a realistic option for them. However, integrating the temporal refugees into present-day society isn't that easy an option either. Almost every one of the trio suffers from some form of culture shock. Sometimes in a good way. (The trio came from a time of rationing into a time of materialistic plenty.) Sometimes in a bad. (The trio were originally believed to have been lost at sea in the 1950s and almost all their kinfolk are dead or senile.)

It's not giving anything away to note that of the three refugees -- a middle-aged veteran, a thirtysomething female pilot and an eighteen-year-old girl -- each end up coming to terms with the present in a different fashion. And for a change, there is no big bad alien arbitrarily inserted into the episode to distract from the way things play out.

I guess I should find it ironic that the one episode out of Torchwood's first ten episodes that I really, really, liked was a show dealing with people from the 1950s. After all, Torchwood is a show that prides itself on being a twenty-first century show in its very intro. And yet I liked that the show managed to take a genuinely scientific premise -- time travel -- and deal with it in a very mature fashion without feeling the need to use the characters from the 1950s for cheap laughs. And when I think how few modern science fiction movies in the US would have resisted a similar temptation, I find that especially amazing.

Of course, the episode does make me wonder what would happen if the shoe was ever on the other foot and one of us here in the present was stranded in the Britain of the 1950s. But perhaps that premise will be explored on a future episode.

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Pensamientos Acerca de Televisión

Heroes: “An Invisible Thread”

I was going to post something about every Heroes episode that aired this season, but I kinda lost interest after the season finale and it's not like the episodes were inspiring my best thoughts anyway.

I wish I could say that the third season of this series was an improvement over the second, but no, not really. If anything, it seemed even more disappointing than the last season because neither the writers nor the characters seem to have learned anything. And the entire show seemed to have lost direction altogether.

Moreover, the writers appeared to have lost interest in any character on the show who is not Sylar or Noah Bennett. Even Claire Bennett -- whom I had thought to be a popular character -- is not getting all that much decent dialogue and don't get me started on the increasingly tiresome Petrelli brothers, Peter and Nathan.

While I had liked to think that former writer Bryan Fuller's return to the show was going to improve things, all it really appeared to have changed was to produce yet more emphasis on everyone's favorite supervillain Sylar. Indeed, even when the show has an inspired idea, it appears to refute said idea by the next episode. Has Sylar reformed? No, he didn't. Does Angela Petrelli tell all? No, she doesn't. Does Hiro get his powers back? No, not quite.

And most insulting of all, so-and-so is killed. But wait, another character -- who just happens to have shape-shifting powers -- is being hypnotized to take his place. Never mind that such a twist doesn't make any sense to anyone who's not a staff writer desperate to prevent the loss of a single cast member. (And, btw, just where were these staff writers when they killed off one of my favorite supporting characters earlier this season?) That's what the writers decided and that's what we're going to get.

I would be so surprised if this show had much of an audience next season. And, sorry, trying to bribe me with the image of a naked blonde at the end of this episode is not going to make me change my mind about this show, guys.

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Mother's Day Was All Greek to Me

I was actually able to take time off Sunday to celebrate a decent Mother's Day with my own mother and my siblings. We went to a Greek restaurant in Mesquite -- not exactly Detroit's Greektown but as close as we were going to find in this part of Texas -- and enjoyed ourselves immensely.

I even had a chance to sample Greek coffee for the first time. As much as I liked the food and service, though -- and I liked them a lot -- I doubt I'll be sampling Greek coffee a second time. The drink was too thick and powdery and I'm not really a big coffee drinker anyway. I did appreciate, however, the good humor our waitress showed in dealing with my family. Waitresses can't get enough praise for the way they put up with all the things they have to deal with in the course of their duties and yet it seems like the last cultural item that acknowledged this was the comic strip "Tina's Groove."

After our meal, my siblings and I took my mother to a movie. For some reason, she had her heart set on the new Star Trek movie, which surprised me since she never seemed to be a big fan of any of the various Star Trek series. I guess this mean I'll probably need to retract all the snarky comments I have been making about the movie as of late.

Anyway, it took a while to find a showing we could get into -- apparently going to see it on opening weekend and expecting to get in at the last minute were two very incompatible ideas -- but we finally got in and we all enjoyed it. At least my mother and my three siblings did.

I kinda enjoyed it but I can't really pretend I'm in a big hurry to see it again. And that's all I'm going to say about that.

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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Mother's Day Movie Quote of the Year

Oh Penelope, you forgot to put away your rollerskates.
--Elsa Lancaster, The Big Clock (1948)

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Ten More Movies Not to Rent for Mother's Day

1. Bambi (1942)
2. Beowulf (2007)
3. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
4. The Grifters (1990)
5. The Savage Is Loose (1974)
6. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
7. The Omen (1976)
8. The Others (2001)
9. The Rapture (1991)
10. The Final Conflict (1981)

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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Movie Quote of the Week

Oh, don’t be embarrassed. You can’t show me a thing. I just came from the delivery room.
--Edward J. Nugent, Night Nurse (1931)

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TV Quote of the Week

It's strange to have a creation out there -- a deeply mutated version of yourself, running loose and screwing everything up. I wonder if this is how parents feel.
--Michael C. Hall, Dexter, “The British Invasion”

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Yet Another Reason to be Proud I'm Half-Polish

No, seriously.

I know I don't talk about my maternal ancestors in Poland half as much as I talk about my paternal ancestors in Mexico, but every so often, an item comes along which makes it almost impossible for me to forget my Polish roots.

And, of course, such an item is this.

Considering how often I've voted for the Democrats in this country, I should consider that item to be scandalous, but I can't help but consider it evidence of yet another Polish tradition for me to live up to.

If not proof that it's good to be the king.

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

I hope you all have a good holiday.

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Book of the Week (Libro de la Semana)

I just started reading Stephanie Elizondo Griest's 2008 book Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines this week and so far it is pretty good. Of course, the plot -- a young American woman of bicultural descent decides to travel to Mexico, the land of her maternal ancestors, in order to get in touch with her roots -- seems almost tailor-made for a Hispanic half and half like me, but we'll see.

I am curious about the author's previous book, Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana. Perhaps I'll feature that in a future post.

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Trick or Trek

Oh, rats. All weekend long, I was thinking about how much the trailers for the new Star Trek movie reminded me of The Muppet Babies -- and for that matter, of all the similar "baby"-oriented cartoons that were popular when Muppet Babies was on the air.

And before I could write about it, someone beat me to it. And probably wrote about it better, to boot.

Yes, I know. It's not like those trailers haven't been around for a long while. But still...

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Saturday, May 02, 2009

TV Quote of the Week

Since when do you pass on the swine?
--Hugh Laurie, House M.D., “Saviors”

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Friday, May 01, 2009

Fantasy Quote of the Week

The name matters little if the nature does not change.
--The Traveler in Black in John Brunner's “Imprint of Chaos”

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