Sunday, November 26, 2006

May they all be white

Nothing says the Christmas season like 75 degrees in Texas. So when Turner Classic Movies aired White Christmas as part of their tribute to Irving Berlin, the DVR was programmed. I have a horrible obsession with this movie. First, it has a great title and the title song is sung by the incomparable Bing Crosby. Then you add Danny Kaye, one of the best comedic actors of his time and, at the time, bringing in just as much money as Bing at the box office. If there was ever poison in the vessel with the pestle, he could bring it to life. His crackly voice when paired with Vera Ellen are some of my favorite scenes. That and whenever he touches his life saving injury. Speaking of Vera, the choreography of her dances are extraordinary and every time she puts on those tap shoes, I want to get up and tap right along side her. Rounding out the cast is Rosemary Clooney. Sure, she can sing but her demeanor in this movie is pretty dull and almost detrimental. I would love to know the history of the cast working on this movie. A personal tradition during and between holidays, I can never get enough.

White Christmas (Paramount Pictures 1954) was directed by Michael Curtiz and was the first picture in VistaVision.

To my sister, a much devoted sister.

Remember me when

I love "Veronica Mars". The teenager, would-be private investigator has some of the wittiest writing on television today. The latest episode, "Lord of the Pi's", was a prime example of the all out, laughing on the floor, pop culture reference comments that the petite blond sprays at her friends and cohorts. I am so glad they had some father-daughter action because that was the highlight of the season. Tops the fake rape storyline by far. The only question I had was why did they dandilate the Dandy Warhols song, a favorite of mine before it was the show's opening song?

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Tony: Something Special

Not much surprises me on TV anymore. Production values for television shows are so high these days that we sort of take quality for granted. However NBC premiered "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" to my great astonishment. Although it is not hard to make Tony sound good, I mean come on, Tony is something special, but the visual impact of this show blew me away. Directed by Rob Marshall, of Chicago fame, this Target sponsored show was soft when it needed to be and sophisticated at all times, the epitome of class. I was happy with the narratives and learned that Percy Faith, a closet idol of mine, was Tony's arranger. Tony represents my favorite time in jazz, the time when melodies ruled and creativity abounded. With concentration on pure instrumentalists and less on electronics, how can one not get up and swing around to Tony's syncopated voice sounding as fantastic as ever? If you missed this one, you missed out.

some Order, please.

Not released until July 2007, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix teaser trailer makes its debut on the web today, in high definition. My least favorite of the books and yet still a page turning, all out laughing read, I am still excited about the movie. A basically unknown director and composer leading a highly familiar story and musical series. What could be more news worthy?

I have to say, I am not very happy with the clean cut Harry Potter. His hair is too short for the unruly mess that Rowling describes in her books. But if Harry can have blue eyes instead of green, I guess we live with his portrayal.

HP OOTP trailer in high def

Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Buckeyes and The Blue

In school, we read The Lantern, our school newspaper. During my first two years the paper would publish quotes and their source in the top right of the front page. My freshman year I remember distinctly seeing this:

"Go Bucks!" - too many to name

Ah the memories. Go Bucks, beat the blue.

Texas landscape

I miss the mountains. Every time I would visit my brother in Tennessee I would feel this rush of pleasure at the Smokies. As I would drive, the road was bordered by large forests of pine trees keeping secret the lives on the other side. In Texas, at least in the part that I live, there are no mountains. The scape is flat, teasing with its expanse. Along the road, the earth is spotted with single trees. It is beginning to grow on me, the romantic horizon along the road. But Texas will never fill this void I have for the grandeur of mountains.

Dancing away

My best friend, Diane was married to Todd last weekend. Along with the gorgeous colors and cold weather, the day was savored by friends and family alike. May they have happiness forever.
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Monday, November 06, 2006

How many of me?
LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Welcome back, Appa

Yes, Appa is back. Appa is a six legged, 102 year old flying bison on the animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. Avatar is a charming show with fully developed characters, intriguing plot, and witty writing. It combines, like many series involving magic, the four powers of earth, air, water, and fire. Aang, the main character and best friend of Appa, is the avatar, the one person who has the ability to control all four. Of coures, he only knows air, water, and now a little earth bending. The fire bending nation, is the enemy and Zuko, the prince of the nation is now an outsider and coming to life as his own person. It is fun to watch. My favorite, along with Appa, is Sokka, who has no powers. He is the life of the party, always after the girls, and continues to make me laugh. This show and W.I.T.C.H., another show about the four powers, are some of the best animated television currently airing in the United States. I am baffled by the amount of animated shows I watch compared with live action TV. It has to be thirty percent. Who knew?

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Final Mystery Project Update

It's finished. I can not believe it is finished. For eight months I have been working diligently for this present. I have to say, the final product is gorgeous. The yarn was amazing to work with and the pattern intricately beautiful. The only thing I have left is to put my tag on it and wrap it. There is only one problem with blogging and that is you can not touch anything. There are no words to describe the weight or softness of this bridal gift. It is a thing to cherish. One of my best efforts by far. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Halloween Galactica

I am not a fan of Halloween. It is way too difficult to figure out what to dress as and me and candy are a dangerous combination. Plus the TV becomes swamped with horror flicks, most of them so stupid that it is better just to turn off the tube for a while. So, glad it's over this year. But while I do not enjoy pictures of those dreadful pumpkin carvings or kids/adults in costumes, this toon is all it took to wash it all away. If you are not a Battlestar Galactica fan, become one. And if you are, this one will keep you laughing for at least a day.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Ben Folds at Stubb's BBQ

Only Austin would provide live entertainment at a BBQ joint. Truly, though, Stubb's is a major venue for bands, rock and indie alike. Ben makes an appearance this Friday. I am a huge fan of the pianist. He, in fact, makes my heart melt although I blissfully ignore the fact that he is from North Carolina. I have never seen him in concert but I am not a big fan of concerts in the first place. While thinking about booking tickets, the price made me frown. With fees I just was not willing to fork over the money for it. It's too bad, I was looking forward to hearing Ben sing to me.