Monday, November 30, 2009

movie star Monday: Buster

Shadowing sequence from
Sherlock, Jr.(1924)...

Not just another handsome leading man....

Saturday, November 28, 2009


35 years ago tonight was John Lennon's last live performance. It was with Elton John at Madison Square Garden. A half-serious bet between the two brought Lennon to the stage that Thanksgiving night. Lennon agreed to appear on stage with Elton if Whatever Gets You Thru The Night hit #1.

It did, and here's what happened...

Elton introduces Lennon. Somehow I think the crowd already knew Lennon was in the building. And they do the #1 hit...

Then, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds...

And the final performance introduced by Lennon...I Saw Her Standing There

Monday, November 23, 2009

movie star Monday: Bacall

Newly Oscar-ized Lauren Bacall
worth a whistle...


Saturday, November 21, 2009

50 favs of the 21st

Stolen Swiped from The Sheila Variations, and with a few movies added on the border between 2000-01, here's my list of 50 favorites from the first decade.
Just for no particular order...

1)Lost in Translation
2)A Prairie Home Companion
4)Bend It Like Beckham

6)Moulin Rouge!
7)The Station Agent
8)The Visitor
9)The Hours
10)In The Shadow Of The Moon
11)Best In Show

15)Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
16)House of Flying Daggers
17)Whale Rider
20)Million Dollar Baby
21)Spirited Away
22)The Queen
23)American Splendor
24)The Tao Of Steve
26)The Triplets of Belleville
27)Little Miss Sunshine

30)Finding Neverland
31)My First Mister
32)Girl With A Pearl Earring

34)Hearts In Atlantis
35)Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
36)A Mighty Wind
37)Freaky Friday
38)A Love Song For Bobby Long
39)Herbie:Fully Loaded
40)Match Point
41)Over The Hedge
42)For Your Consideration

45)The Cat's Meow
46)The Incredibles
48)The Tracey Fragments
49)Batman Begins
50)Small Time Crooks

Monday, November 16, 2009

movie star Monday: March, 1954

2-time Oscar winner Fredric March having
fun with What's My Line?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

sartorial quote

“A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten all about them.”
~Hardy Amies

easy way to forget, alright...

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Did you cry on your first day of school? I don't think I did, but I remember the sealed windows in the classroom were dirty and small and too far up next to the ceiling to escape through.

When I backed out of the driveway with weighted car for college I did cry. Just a little bit. More so because it was the first time my mom lived alone. And my dog, Muffin, I am told, paced for a couple days and didn't eat. It might have been a ploy for my return, and I like to think of her as my little sister then.

Monday, November 9, 2009

shhh, it's a poem

Thursday, November 5, 2009

odd fact known by few

In this extraordinary clip of a mail train from 1903 we see how PFF originated by its inventor Zebadiah "Bud" Reed. Post cards were systematically dropped and picked at the same time!

Today, as you all are well aware, the method has been simplified and streamlined by his great great niece. Although it is said she sometimes dreams of shoving vagabonds off speeding trains with postcards flying every which way.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

and this is my friend, Mr Laurel

Oliver Norvell Hardy, along with his friend, might be the only movie stars ever to use their real names in the films they made together. I certainly can't think of anybody else.

Looking quite dapper...

As silent comics go, I always rated Stan second only behind Buster. Check out some of his early solo short films if you get a chance.

Mr. Laurel would constantly work and re-work gags, whilst Mr. Hardy would leave the movie lot promptly at the end of the day to hit the golf course. But I guess that was only fair, since Ollie seemed always to be the victim of habitual pratfalls. And then there was that direct eye contact Ollie had with us signaling total hilarious exasperation.

"If anyone at my Funeral has a long face,
I'll never speak to him again."

~Stan Laurel
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