Saturday, December 29, 2012

"Wanda's One Night Stand"



Funny, funny stuff..and just the care needed for the winding down of the
holiday season and the year!

Have a chuckle, chill out, don't get wound up, and just remember

to try not to take it all so seriously; It's all kind of a joke, but as long
as you're in on it, it can't be all bad!

Just own your business and your circumstance, Wanda-style!

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Looking Forward to a Liitle "Deception" (Winter TV & Films)



I'm so immensely thrilled that the world didn't end last night, despite the
best efforts of Republicans, gun-owners, and religious nuts...Oh My!
(What's that? They're traditionally all the same ? Well, it still sounds good
as a bastardized movie quote. Anywho...)

The above trailer for NBC's new drama, "Deception" has me hooked and
looking forward to a mid-season replacement. Hopefully it's as good as it looks
and stays on the air, since there's a hole in my life where NBC's cancelled
"Awake" used to be! (Note to self; don't enjoy shows that are too well-done
or intelligent; they have a short shelf life.)

Also on my 'Must See' list is The Following on Fox with Kevin Bacon


For the Holiday movie season, I'm excited over Cirque Du Soleil and their
full length "Worlds Away" 3-D experience,

the best-cast movie of the year, it seems,  Hyde Park on Hudson, with the
powerhouses Laura Linney, Bill Murray, and Olivia Williams (yay!)...


I'm also anxious for what has to be the most perfect follow-up to a
movie of all time, This is 40...dove-tailing out of the scene-stealing
perfect-chemistry couple from 'Knocked Up,' Paul Rudd and Leslie
Mann! Also starring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Segal, Albert Brooks,
and more inspired casting. Looks like Judd is getting back to his
mainstay, great character pieces.

Of course there's the spectacle and dramatic musical offerings of
Les Miserables which will need to be prepared for with water and
tissues, but there's just something brutally effective about the power
of song to convey emotion... and this cast--Whew!

Of course, I can hardly stand to go to a theatre anymore with people
being so asinine, but if I can find an empty matinee, I'm all over it.

And I'm also happy to still be alive because I would like to actually
get laid once more before dying. But since there's a better likelihood
I'll see this films, I'll put my energies behind that dream!

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Friday, December 21, 2012

My Favorite 'Holiday' Movies

Probably my fave, between the songs and
the starkness. Spectacular performances.

Even though more 'Hallmark' than I
typically like, it has a good message.
Good story about growing up.

Just stupid-ass funny, which we all
definitely need.

Definitely a great movie, and the heartsick
longing of a world at war, a family separated,
are unfortunately always topical.

Just a fun, dorky, light, chick flick with
some good performances (esp. Ghost of Christmas Past!)

The Real Deal of X-Mas flix, it's the
third in the trilogy for the Friday franchise!
"Stop selling that snatch for Jesus!"
Classic!

My fave of the old claymation, what with all
the politically-charged message and the diversity
bit. Anything with loners, underdogs winning, and
lonely folks coming together works like a charm!

Hilarious...complete with a great Carol
Kane performance, Annie Lennox music,
and all the cheese you can eat!

Yeah, it's always on a list because it really
is that good. The ending is unbelievable,
but the need for it to be true is what affects
people so deeply, and it's the hopefulness
Capra understood so well.

The most-maligned film of all time!
Yes, it's saccharine...yes, it's corny..
but it's a good catharsis for real feelings
and the cast can't be beat...a lot of my
favorites are in this!

The only religious-themed movie (not counting 'Ultimate Gift,'
which is only peripherally such) on my list, but it's well-done.
It presents a world of people as they really are, not idealized
versions, and the message isn't 'beat you over the head'
annoying. Good flick.

Pure crazy and hilarious...awesome cast.
Anyone who's ever been in a bad relationship can
totally relate!

Just a fabulous movie, period,
but since the setting is what it is...perfect!

Okay, so not actually a Christmas movie, but between
the setting and the magic, and the perfect analogy
for what's wrong with religion, I consider it a
great Holiday film!

Still brilliant, even 3 decades later.
I don't care who you are, this
shit is funny!

Both Die hard 1 and 2 are great popcorn
movies that keep you on the edge from start to
finish, and sport Xmas themes in each.
We all wish we'd have a chance to be John
McCain and have an excuse to shoot up
a bunch of crazy bastards about
this time of year!

Another nice, easy, feel-good romantic comedy
when you're in the mood to zone out and get
caught up in fantasy. Damn, Bill Pullman
looked his best right here!

Another super action flick with plenty
of surprises and kick-ass, plus a good
story about identity, politics, and more.

Heh heh. Neil Patrick Harris has his candy cane
pointed at my face! Ho ho ho!
Crazy good times...let the 'inappropriateness'
commence! Only for those tolerant of the
'politically incorrect.'
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I'm definitely more a fan of the lewd and lascivious,
with a love of raunchy humor and turning tradition
on its ear, but I do also like some of the heartfelt
stuff. Not as much as when I was young and innocent, but...

There are also some great TV shows that handle Christmas
right; 'Happy Endings' is hilarious, so were all of 'In Living
Color' Christmas themed eps.  Anything David Kelly does
with holidays is spot-on (Ally McBeal, Picket Fences, L.A. Law,
etc.) and Ryan Murphy always puts the proper schmaltzy
and rebellious spin on things!

Stock up on the good stuff, and let the movies be
your company! The end results are likely to be
much merrier! Peace~

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

That's How You Do It!


Last night's "Law & Order: SVU" was a
phenomenal piece of television.

It began with a bang; a masterpiece lead-in which
set up the storyline, incredibly edited and
emboldened by a brilliant song choice
("I'll Take Everything" by James Blunt.)
I just can't say enough about the masterful
use of song and editing complimenting
the acting and filming!

(Actually, hearing that decrepit old theme
song following the intro was kind of a mood killer.
Probably should have done away with the regular
theme song, although I know that's anathema to
diehards. Still, it belies the seriousness of the
show, and was dated when it first appeared.)

Anywho; a fantastic episode, with all the
usual cast greats (I love the new dynamic!)
and special guests Patricia Arquette and
Anne Meara.

If they don't receive award nominations
(as the entire episode should, too!)
it will be a true sex crime...cuz someone
sure will be getting screwed over!


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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Liz and Dick


No, I'm not going to unload any more crass
and rabid comments about Miss Lohan.
Everyone else has been quite wrapped up in all of that!

I actually didn't expect much, and figured most viewers
were of the same mindset, coming to the 'biopic' with
a sort of morbid curiosity about how bad it would
be, and wanting to see what they expected to be
another Lindsay train wreck.

But I rather imagine many went in eyes-open expecting
a cheesy, over-the-top, 'Dynasty'-style campy romp
that would amuse and titillate!

And certainly more than a few fans of 'Desperate Housewives'
and 'True Blood' and other shows, tuned in to see THIS:


Or perhaps more accurately, THIS!

The luridly Hawt (and accomplished) Mr. Bowler
can do no wrong, and though I have yet to see
more than clips, I am sure he held his own in
the 'Liz & Dick' craptacular.

Now, if you'd like to see a great biopic,
check these out!

Albert Finney as Churchill in "The Gathering Storm"

Firth and Rush in "The King's Speech"

Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf in "La Vie En Rose"


And if you happen to want to know dirt on Elizabeth
Taylor, or you want to see a stunning actress in action,
or perhaps to see a true mirror into Liz and Dick's real
life insanity, just rent "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

It's too close for comfort.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Fright Night (1985) Complete Movie



THIS...is a good vampire movie (in case you were born in the last
20 years and don't know!)

Just follow the links to the remaining parts...worth the effort!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Dystopian Futures


And, really...are there any other kind?!?

So, there have been a plethora of future-based
films, and smartly, everyone always assumes
it's all going to pot!

Anyway, these are my faves for the genre.
Probably forgot one or two...
you can only focus on tomorrow being
a crap-fest for so long, don'tcha know!































They run the gamut from fun and quirky
to maudlin and dark, but there's a bit of a gem
in all of them!

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