I love movie soundtracks. I love to be gobsmacked by music. Today, I was gobsmacked by the film score for Mary Poppins Returns by Marc Shaiman. So I wrote him a letter: Dear Mr. Shaiman, Thank God I ended up working late tonight, because driving home I heard you on the radio—on Jim Svejda’s show… Continue reading Thank you, Marc Shaiman
Went to see Midnight in Paris, which is a lovely profiterole of a film. I liked it, but then I generally like Woody Allen. Some of the traditional Woody Allen themes are present: -Can a man be in love two women at the same time? -Shoulda/woulda/coulda: At least one character deals with a "what if"… Continue reading Woody, Again
It's not often that one can give a film two-thumbs-and one-whole-heart-up, but I can with this one (four-chamber, wholeheartedly). The film is El secreto de sus ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes), winner of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign film. Link to IMDB page here. Photo credit: Sony The strengths and vagaries of… Continue reading El Secreto de sus Ojos
You. I don't know who you are, but I have been writing to you since my earliest days of writing in a diary. Reading back, I see that I invariably address you, the other, the someone out there. I still don't know who you are exactly, but I recently heard that good writing is typically… Continue reading Remember me? I used to blog here.
Watching the Pasadena City Council meeting last night brought this to mind. I'll let 'Dormitas' do the heavy lifting. Extra Credit (I recommend turning it up to 11).
The Visitor - It was good. I recommend it. Really, I should be working right now and can't possibly provide a decent movie review. Oh, alright, here's a mini-synopsis: A widower-college professor attends a conference in New York City and finds a couple (Tarek and Zainab) living in his pied-a-terre. The couple thinks they have… Continue reading Movie Review: The Visitor
A coupla years ago, it became fashionable to say "Hey" instead of "Hi." I always felt self-conscious saying "Hey." I'm not from the south. I'm not in my 20's. I feel good saying, "Hi!" When I hear "Hey" I think of this scene from To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout has just spotted Mr. Cunningham standing… Continue reading Greetings