Friday, January 13, 2017

Film Friday

Demi Moore likes my blog.

This is the final post of my blogging anniversary series.

All the feels:


World Art Day:



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tuesday Ten

It's been a year since this blog's first post.  Here are ten posts I've chosen to spotlight for reasons even I can't comprehend.

Short story:

A French Tuesday Ten:


Celebrities reading poetry:

Short story:

Flash fiction and a strange essay-type piece:

Yale, Yiddish, YouTube, etc.

A review of Junky, by William S. Burroughs:

Short story:

Poem, perhaps:

Monday, January 9, 2017

Music Monday

When Katy Perry discovered my blog.

It's been a year since this blog's first post.  I shall spend the week annoying people with links to old posts.

From Black History Month:

From International Guitar Month:

Thursday, January 5, 2017

An Elliptical Contest: Round One

As indicated in an earlier post, this year's contest is going to be more organized than last year's.  It will also be more activity-oriented.

For Round One, do something for the first time.  Post a description in the comments section or in your own blog with a link in the comments section. Your entry will be rated on creativity / originality, degree of difficulty, and whether it's something worth doing or not.  Feel free to attach an explanation of why you chose what you chose.

3 points for the winner
2 points for second place
1 point for a qualified entry  

Deadline: 11:59 PM, January 31

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 Contest Winners

Tex is the winner, with 3 points.  Her prize will be mailed soon. 

Birgit finished in second place.  She scored the most points for a non-U.S. resident.  If she doesn't contact me soon, I will try to contact her about prize arrangements.

If I do a 2017 contest, it will be more organized.  But the prizes won't be any bigger.  LOL.  

Monday, December 26, 2016

2016 in Review - Answers Posted

This will be the last chance for points in 2016.  Three points for the first person with a perfect score.  Two points for the person with the most correct, if there is no perfect score. Deadline: 11:59 PM, December 31, California time.

1.  In January, this U.S. city was declared to be in a federal state of emergency due to contaminated water.  FLINT, MICHIGAN

2.  In June, the UK voted to leave the European Union.  This was called...?  BREXIT

3.  In August, the Summer Olympics were held where?  RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
4.  Bob Dylan unexpectedly won which major award?  NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE
5.  Who placed third in the 2016 U.S. presidential election?   COLIN POWELL

6.  In January, the former Davy Jones died.  To what did he change his name to avoid confusion with the lead singer of The Monkees?  DAVID BOWIE
7.  In March, this former FLOTUS died.  NANCY REAGAN
8.  In April, Prince died.  Name his two most famous backing bands.  THE REVOLUTION AND THE NEW POWER GENERATION
9.  In June, Muhammad Ali died.  What was his name before converting to Islam?  CASSIUS CLAY
10.  In November, Leonard Cohen died.  Which of his songs has been covered by Jeff Buckley, K.D. Lang, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Bono, and Bon Jovi? HALLELUJAH


Friday, December 16, 2016

Film Friday

The Amazing Spider-Man:  Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Denis Leary.  Peter Parker becomes a costumed vigilante and dates the cool girl.  Decent job from Leary.  Stone was better in Easy A.  The villain was silly.  Okay movie, but that's about it.

The Loves of Hercules:  Mickey Hargitay, Jayne Mansfield, Massimo Serato.  Hercules travels to Ecalia to avenge the murder of his wife.  He then is smitten by Queen Dianira.  Adventures ensue.  Mediocre acting, lame script.  Hargitay was the 1955 Mr. Universe, so he at least looks the part.  Mansfield's acting was really bad here, and her sex appeal was downplayed, so I have to wonder why she was cast in the part.  Serato's decent as the primary villain.

Clash of the Titans:  Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson.  Perseus must find a way to defeat the Kraken or Argos is doomed.  This could have been better than it was.  There should have been fewer, but better-developed characters.  It could also have been longer.  Good job by Arterton as Io.   

Knife in the Water:  Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz.  A married couple encounter a hitchhiker and take him along on their sailing trip.  Director Roman Polanski's first and only Polish feature film.  Niemczyk reminded me of Jerry Orbach.  Umecka was a hot one.  It's mostly three people on a boat, so some viewers might be bored.  I think it's worth watching, as long as you don't send any money Polanski's way. 

Batman:  Adam West, Lee Meriwether, Burgess Meredith.  This is in the style of the TV show. So it's campy and light, not the serious, dark Batman of the recent films.  The Penguin, The Catwoman, The Joker, and The Riddler team up to take over the world.  Plenty of funny bits.  Meriwether's excellent as Catwoman.  West, Meredith, and Cesar Romero (Joker) do decent work.  The Riddler (Frank Gorshin) seems kind of superfluous.  Not impressed by Burt Ward as Robin.  

Dog Days:  Maria Hofstatter, Christine Jirku, Viktor Hennemann.  The lives (mostly problems) of residents of suburban Vienna.  Some brutal stuff, so not for the faint of heart.  It's a bit uneven.  I wish some of the stories had been developed more, and others had received less focus.  I can't recommend it, though I won't say it's worthless.    

Rachel Getting Married:  Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Debra Winger.  A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.  I think the first half or so was better than the second half. It tried too hard to be p.c.  There's a drawn-out dance sequence that almost had me hitting the fast forward button.  But Hathaway is excellent as Kym, the MC.         

Casino Royale (1967)David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress.  With Barbara Bouchet, Deborah Kerr, Orson Welles, Joanna Pettet, Woody Allen.  A James Bond spoof, with emphasis on the title story.  There were five different directors.  Sellers quit before his part was finished.  Some good acting and attractive women, but it should have been better.

However, this does mean I've seen all the Bond films.  Including the short shown during the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony and the 1954 TV version of Casino Royale.        

Under the Tuscan Sun:  Diane Lane, Sandra Oh.  American writer gets divorced and moves to Tuscany.  It's a fun little movie.  Good for Lane fans. Nit-pickers might not like it.

Hannah and Her SistersMichael Caine, Barbara Hershey, Dianne Wiest, Woody Allen.  Written and directed by Allen.  The personal and professional lives of New Yorkers, with emphasis on Hannah, her two sisters, her husband, and her ex-husband.  I liked the film more when Hannah's sister Lee (Hershey) was in it.  I found Hannah (Mia Farrow) to be kind of annoying.  I didn't like the ending.  So it's not Allen's best work, but it's a decent film.