Sunday, February 28, 2021

The Weekly Clean-Up


-  Some weird stuff going on with the mail lately.  Got something from Massachusetts way after it was sent.  Somebody in New York claimed he sent something, but I never got it.  Sent a couple PWEs out before Valentine's Day - one for a trade and one as a birthday gift, and I'm not sure if either was received. 

-  Read a book of interviews with directors.  John Woo, John Waters, Joel Coen, George Romero, etc.  It's a decent read, but not special.

-  Lawrence Ferlinghetti passed.  I've read a few of his poetry books.  But he's probably more famous   for City Lights bookstore and fighting the censors to publish Allen Ginsberg's Howl! 

    -  A poem is a mirror walking down a strange street.

    -  Silence hung like a lost idea.

    -  We have seen the best minds of our generation

        destroyed by boredom at poetry readings

    -  Think long thoughts in short sentences.

Bet a Dodgers fan they won't repeat as World Series winners.      

Friday, February 26, 2021

Film Friday: The Elliptical 100 (2)


Saddle up dem hosses.  

Directed by George Roy Hill.
Released in 1969.

William Goldman won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Based on a Michael Blake novel.
Directed by Kevin Costner.
Released in 1990.

It went over budget, so Costner paid a sizable chunk himself.

Based on McCabe, by Edmund Naughton.
Directed by Robert Altman.
Released in 1971.

Features three early Leonard Cohen songs.

Based on an Alan Le May novel.
Directed by John Ford.
Released in 1956.

Natalie Wood played Debbie, the kidnapped girl.  She played Maria in West Side Story.

Based on a novel by Jack Schaefer.
Directed by George Stevens.
Released in 1953.

They needed 116 takes for one scene.

Based on a novel by Charles Portis.
Directed by Henry Hathaway.
Released in 1969.

John Wayne's only Oscar-winning performance.

If I could save only one:  McCabe and Mrs. Miller.  Though I think The Searchers is the best of the group.   

Last Week's Answer:  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  Jon and Brett Alan (who mistakenly believes Brodeur was better than Roy) each earned a point. 

This Week's Question:  There has been a Warren Beatty sighting.  For what other film is he on the list?

Monday, February 22, 2021

Scoring from My Dealer


So I purchased a few singles.  Let's get to it...




-  Three-time Cy Young Award winner.

-  Two-time Vezina Trophy winner solo; three times with Michel Larocque.  

-  Scored 50 goals in six consecutive NHL  seasons.

-  Three-time Vezina Trophy winner.

-  Five-time NHL points leader.  

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Drop the Puck!

I did baseball, basketball, and football.  So I might as well do a hockey team.  I'll go two deep.

First Team

Left Wing - Bobby Hull

Center - Wayne Gretzky

Right Wing - Gordie Howe

Defense - Bobby Orr

Defense - Doug Harvey

Goalie - Patrick Roy 

Second Team

Left Wing - Ted Lindsay

Center - Mario Lemieux

Right Wing - Maurice Richard

Defense - Ray Bourque

Defense - Eddie Shore

Goalie - Terry Sawchuk

A bit disappointed to see the same few teams repeated so much.  I certainly didn't plan it this way.  Also - no Flyers.  Bobby Clarke (loaded position) and Bernie Parent (not dominant long enough) have the best cases probably.  Maybe Eric Lindros.                

Chris did a series of all-time teams for each franchise.  It's quite informative.                                          

Friday, February 19, 2021

Film Friday: Introducing the Elliptical 100


So I'm going to try this little blog series.  It's not trading cards or sports, but at least you'll be warned in the title whenever it shows up.  

I made a list of 100 movies I recommend, then I broke it down into categories.  Each Friday, I'll post one or two categories.     

Books and Plays

Based on a play by Tennessee Williams.  
Directed by Richard Brooks.  
Released in 1958.  

-  Taylor cancelled flight plans due to illness.  The plane crashed, killing all the passengers, including her husband. 

Based on a novel by Graham Greene.
Directed by Neil Jordan.
Released in 1999.

-  There's more God talk in the book.  The film has Julianne Moore.  Pick your poison.    

Based on a novel by Jim Thompson.
Directed by Sam Peckinpah.
Released in 1972.

-  Apparently Ali MacGraw was at the theater, watching a Steve McQueen movie, and she decided she wanted to be in a movie with him.

Based on a novel by Andre Dubus III.
Directed by Vadim Perelman.
Released in 2003.

Based on a novel by Judith Guest.
Directed by Robert Redford.
Released in 1980.

Based on The Big Con, by David Maurer.  
Directed by George Roy Hill.
Released in 1973.

-  Credited with a revival of Scott Joplin's popularity.  

Based on D'Entre Les Morts by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Released in 1958.

-  Vertigo is not a fear of heights.  It's a type of dizziness.

-  Barbara Bel Geddes has a significant supporting role.  She played the female lead (Maggie) in the original Broadway production of Cat On a Hot Tin Roof.

Based on a Jerome Robbins play.
Directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise.
Released in 1961.

-  WSS is a remake of Romeo and Juliet.  But the song list is loaded and I wasn't going to have zero musicals on the list.  

-  There was a lot of dubbing for the singing, and I'm not really comfortable with it.         

If I could save only one:  Vertigo

Question of the Week:  What other Paul Newman / Robert Redford collaboration is on the list?   Each correct answer gets a point.  


Thursday, February 18, 2021

Black History Month

Here's my all-time black MLB team.

Catcher - Roy Campanella


First Base - Willie McCovey


Second Base - Jackie Robinson

Third Base - Bill Madlock

Shortstop - Ernie Banks

Left Field - Rickey Henderson

Center Field - Willie Mays

Right Field - Tony Gwynn

Designated Hitter - Hank Aaron

Starting Pitching

#1 - Bob Gibson

#2 - Ferguson Jenkins

#3 - Vida Blue

#4 - Dwight Gooden

#5 - Dave Stewart

Closer - Lee Smith


John Roseboro

Joe Morgan

Derek Jeter

Ken Griffey Jr.

Andre Dawson

Here's Fuji's version: