The Daily F Bomb, Sunday 2/24/13

by: Floja Roja

Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 08:21:24 AM EST



Good morning! It's Sunday, and it's also Oscar day. Once upon a time I used to try to see every single nominated film (I never actually succeeded), but these days I rarely go to films, even with the coolest theater in all of L.A. right down the street. However, thanks to the magic of "For Your Consideration" DVDs, I actually managed to squeeze in a few this year. Hell, I'd watch it anyway, and follow it on Twitter, because it's fun.

Anyway, the questions today are all movie related.

Interrogatories

What is your favorite drama of all time? What is your favorite comedy of all time? What is your favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy/FX film of all time? What is your favorite musical of all time? What actor and actress to you can do no wrong? What is your favorite song that you were introduced to in a movie? And a special bonus question for movie geeks: Fave costume designer (I know not all of you will be able to answer this).

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On This Day

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar.

In 1803, in Marbury v. Madison, the Supreme Court established the principle of judicial review.

In 1821, Mexico declared its independence from Spain.

In 1863, Arizona was organized as a territory. They are still pretty territorial these days. Maybe they should all just spray along the border instead of building a fence.

In 1868, the House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempt to dismiss Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; the Senate later acquitted Johnson.

In 1920, the Nazi party was founded (under the name of the German Workers Party).

In 1945, American soldiers liberated the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese control during World War II.

In 1981, Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Britain's Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.

In 2006, NASA said 2005 was the warmest year in more than a century of record-keeping.

Born on This Day

1463 - Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italian humanist (d. 1494)

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1500 - Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1558)

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1836 - Winslow Homer, American artist (d. 1910)

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1863 - Franz Stuck, German painter (d. 1928)

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1874 - Honus Wagner, American baseball player (d. 1955)

1885 - Chester Nimitz, U.S. admiral (d. 1966)

1885 - Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Polish writer and painter (d. 1939)

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1890 - Marjorie Main, American actress (d. 1975)

1914 - Weldon Kees, American poet, musician, artist (d. 1955)

1914 - Zachary Scott, American actor (d. 1965)

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1921 - Douglass Watson, American actor (d. 1989)

1922 - Richard Hamilton, English painter (d. 2011)

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1922 - Steven Hill, American actor

1928 - Barbara Lawrence, American actress

1938 - James Farentino, American actor (d. 2012)

1942 - Paul Jones, English singer (Manfred Mann and The Manfreds)

1942 - Joe Lieberman, weasel

1944 - Nicky Hopkins, British musician (d. 1994)

1945 - Barry Bostwick, American actor

1948 - Tim Staffell, English singer (Smile)

1950 - George Thorogood, American singer and guitarist

1954 - Plastic Bertrand, Belgian singer and songwriter

1955 - Steve Jobs, American computer pioneer (d. 2011)

1962 - Michelle Shocked, American musician

Died on This Day

1732 - Colonel Francis Charteris, known as "The Rape-Master General". (b. 1675)

1825 - Thomas Bowdler, English physician and editor, famous for "Bowlderizing." (b. 1754)

1930 - Jacobus van Looy, Dutch painter (b. 1855)

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1970 - Conrad Nagel, American actor (b. 1897)

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1982 - Virginia Bruce, American actress and singer (b. 1910)

Did someone send out the Bat Signal?

1990 - Malcolm Forbes, American publisher (b. 1917)

1990 - Johnnie Ray, American singer (b. 1927)

1994 - Dinah Shore, American actress and singer (b. 1916)

1998 - Henny Youngman, English-born comedian (b. 1906)

2006 - Octavia Butler, American author and MacArthur Foundation Fellow (b. 1947)

2006 - Don Knotts, American actor (b. 1924)

2006 - Dennis Weaver, American actor (b. 1924)

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Good morning! (2.00 / 17)


One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

Morning (2.00 / 15)
I want a gigantic poster of that Richard Hamilton painting for my living room.  I have lots of questions about it.  Need it in my house to figure it all out.

What is your favorite drama of all time? What is your favorite comedy of all time? What is your favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy/FX film of all time? What is your favorite musical of all time? What actor and actress to you can do no wrong? What is your favorite song that you were introduced to in a movie? And a special bonus question for movie geeks: Fave costume designer (I know not all of you will be able to answer this).

Drama:  of all time?  Jeez, that is tough....I loved Phillip Seymour Hoffman in capote.  That book has been important to me and I thought the way that movie was done and Hoffman in particular was great.
Comedy:  Three Amigos.  Not kidding.  I love that movie.
Sci-fi:  Star Wars and LOTR
Musical: tough one...I am still a sucker for The Sound of Music. But I cannot understate the importance of Grease to my childhood self.  Am going to see Book of Mormon in April, so maybe that will get a spot.
Actor:  Paul Newman
Actress:  Cate Blanchett
Song:  Ms. Misery by Elliot Smith from Good Will Hunting.  
Costume designer:  whoever did the costumes for cate in Elizabeth



I loved the costumes in Elizabeth! (2.00 / 13)
That film was one of the best looking films ever made. Still my hands down favorite film on Elizabeth.

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

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Answers for Feb 24 (2.00 / 13)
What is your favorite drama of all time?

The Princess Bride.

What is your favorite comedy of all time?

Blazing Saddles.

What is your favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy/FX film of all time?

Although (or perhaps BECAUSE) I love print SF, I tend to find movie SF almost unwatchable. I'll say 2001.

What is your favorite musical of all time?

Singing in the rain was lots of fun.

What actor and actress to you can do no wrong?

I'll go with Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep.

What is your favorite song that you were introduced to in a movie?

I don't remember where I heard which song first.  

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter


Princess Bride is a drama? (2.00 / 14)
I hope my laughter was not inappropriate. ;-)

Songs like "Over the Rainbow" and "As Time Goes By" are inextricably associated with films.

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne


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Princess Bride is comedy? (2.00 / 14)
INCONCEIVABLE!

:=)

I think of it as a drama with funny bits.

LIAR! LIAR!

I think of it as a comedy with dramatic bits

LIAR! LIAR!

Or is it a kids' movie that adults like?

As for inappropriate laughter.... Mary Tyler Moore, the clown's funeral episode.


"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter


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Chuckles the Clown (2.00 / 12)
A classic.

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

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Jack Nicholson story (2.00 / 13)
I heard that Jack Nicholson was at a party when a very attractive woman came up to him and said

"Mr. Nicholson, would you like to dance?"
and he looked at her and said
"Wrong verb".  

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter


Morning From Sunny North Carolina (2.00 / 14)
It is really pretty here in Winston Salem. Sun shining and just a little crisp.

What is your favorite drama of all time? Hamlet
What is your favorite comedy of all time? The Wrong Box
What is your favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy/FX film of all time? Lord of the Rings trilogy
What is your favorite musical of all time? Oliver
What actor and actress to you can do no wrong? Liam Neeson and Cate Blanchett
What is your favorite song that you were introduced to in a movie? A Time for Us from Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet
And a special bonus question for movie geeks: Fave costume designer (I know not all of you will be able to answer this)Ngila Dickson
.

"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde


Ngila Dickson... (2.00 / 10)
Lord of the Rings? Didn't she do the costumes? (I didn't look it up.)

If she did, wow. Just the Elvish stuff was gorgeous, not to mention the rest of the characters/entities.


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Good morning! (2.00 / 13)
What is your favorite drama of all time? Chariots of Fire

What is your favorite comedy of all time? Blazing Saddles

What is your favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy/FX film of all time? Close Encounters of the Third Kind, followed closely by ET

What is your favorite musical of all time? The Sound of Music. Followed closely by All That Jazz. When I'm with my daughter--Mama Mia

What actor and actress to you can do no wrong? Paul Newman

What is your favorite song that you were introduced to in a movie? Somewhere Over the Rainbow and When You Wish Upon a Star

And a special bonus question for movie geeks: Fave costume designer (I know not all of you will be able to answer this). The people that did costumes for Gone with the Wind. I love Scarlett's dresses!

Peace, Hope, Faith, Love


Sci-fi (2.00 / 8)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Ah, I forgot about this one.  Really great!

I'm lucky.


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A little history on Marbury v. Madison for you non-lawyers: (2.00 / 14)
Chief Justice John Marshall had been Adams' Secretary of State at the end of the administration when the confirmations of "midnight appointments" came through from the Senate.  Marbury was being appointed to a magistrate position in DC.  His and a number of other appointments had not been sealed and delivered to the designees by the Secretary of State (can anyone say "conflict of interest", Mr. Marshall)in the press of business (one of those appointments -- which was sealed and delivered -- was that appointing Marshall as CJ).  So, Marbury sued to force the new Secretary of State, James Madison, to deliver the writ of appointment.
Marshall was in a quandry.  The Jefferson Administration fully expected him to come down in favor of Marbury, and was very publicly planning to ignore him and his decision, thus, effectively, diminishing his power.  So, he pulled a hat out of the rabbit.  His ruling was that Marbury was entitled to the appointment, but that the Congress, by increasing the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court in the Judicial Act of 1790 to cover the writ sought here, had exceeded its authority.  Under the Constitution, Congress can only change the appellate jurisdiction of SCOTUS.  Its original jurisdiction (the ability to hear cases as the first court to try the case) was limited to "all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party".  Since a law cannot trump the Constitution, and, since the Courts are the arbiter of these things, the law must fall.  Marbury cannot get his appointment (which made Jefferson happy), and the Court secured for itself the role of the final arbiter of the Constitution.

Now, as to answers:
What is your favorite drama of all time? Casablanca
What is your favorite comedy of all time? His Gal Friday
What is your favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy/FX film of all time? LotR (all three)
What is your favorite musical of all time? Singin' in the Rain
What actor and actress to you can do no wrong? Al Pacino and Katherine Hepburn
What is your favorite song that you were introduced to in a movie? As Time Goes By
And a special bonus question for movie geeks: Fave costume designer (I know not all of you will be able to answer this). C'mon.  It ought to be known as the Edith Head Award.



I am for the individual over government, government over big business and the environment over all. -- William O. Douglas


You have good taste (2.00 / 10)
but Adrian was better than Edith Head! ;-P

I love early Pacino, but find he started overacting a lot, starting with Scarface and getting worse from that. I have younger friends who didn't get the adulation unti they saw Dog Day Afternoon or Godfather 2.

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne


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I was going to say Adrian, but... (2.00 / 10)
...Orry-Kelly's career was more substantive, IMO. Still, Adrian is my sentimental favorite. What movie lover doesn't delight in the fashion show sequence in The Women? :-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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I'm going to throw in an esoteric nominee... (2.00 / 10)
Couldn't really be considered the "best" costume designer, but I absolutely loved what Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest (the witchy aunts) wore in Practical Magic.

Judianna Makovsky was the designer. I would wear those clothes in the real world...


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Loved Al Pacino as Roy Cohn (2.00 / 9)
in Angels in America, though, as an example of "late" Pacino.  

I'm lucky.

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I love dog day afternoon (2.00 / 9)
Made my husband watch it.  He didn't love dog day afternoon.  Don't you hate it when you are so sure someone is gonna love it as much as you then they go "meh"?

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Well, your husband is just wrong! :-) (2.00 / 8)


I'm lucky.

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Yes. (2.00 / 8)


One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

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Another great! (2.00 / 9)
His Girl Friday

One of the all-time greats!

I'm lucky.


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That Stuck painting is really moving (2.00 / 13)
To some of us everyday is National Tortilla Chip Day.

Great read Floja Roja and nice descriptor of Joe Lieberman.


I need coffee (2.00 / 12)
But I'll take a stab at the questions first:

What is your favorite drama of all time?  Free Willy (? Dunno, couldn't think of any, browsed a list of Drama movies and remembered I really liked this one, so sure, it'll do.)

What is your favorite comedy of all time?  While You Were Sleeping / The Cutting Edge

What is your favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy/FX film of all time? The Original Star Wars trilogy / Fifth Element

What is your favorite musical of all time?  Not really into musicals.  Does the Disney version of Sword in the Stone count?

What actor and actress to you can do no wrong? Gary Oldman and Sandra Bullock

What is your favorite song that you were introduced to in a movie?  Any of the Disney ones.  Colors of the Wind, Hakuna Matta, Under the Sea, etc etc etc


As for Disney songs, (2.00 / 8)
I think it's hard to beat the stuff from The Jungle Book, performed by Phil Harris and Louis Prima.

I'm lucky.

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Been a long time since I saw The Jungle Book (2.00 / 8)
Saw it as a kid at a drive-in theater.  Don't think I've seen it since, come to think about it.  May have to add that to my Netflix queue.  :)

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It's a tough choice, but... (2.00 / 12)
...I think I'll have to go with Orry-Kelly, with Edith Head and Adrian nipping at his heels.

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

And Travis Banton... (2.00 / 11)
and Howard Greer, and Bernard Newman (the Astaire-Rogers flicks).

I admit to being a sucker for the GOWNS. Not so much the costume flicks (which never even tried for authenticity until recent decades) or the everyday clothes (though I admit that is an art).

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne


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I agree with you, but... (2.00 / 10)
...don't tell me you don't love the designs for the costume flicks of the classic film era, even if they saw the past through their own era. :-) The Olivier Pride & Prejudice was pretty wonderfully done, as was Norma Shearer's Marie Antoinette. This bit from Wikipedia sums Old Hollywood up nicely, I think :-)

Adrian (costume designer) visited France and Austria in 1937 researching the period and buying antique lace,fabric and accessories. Although much artistic licence was taken, he studied the paintings of Marie Antoinette, even using a microscope on them so that the embroidery and fabric could be identical. Fabrics were specially woven and embroidered with stitches sometimes too fine to be seen with the naked eye. As early as September 1937 the MGM studio manager raged at the amount of money being spent on the costume materials and labour for the film. The attention to detail was extreme, from the framework to hair. Some gowns became extremely heavy due to the amount of embroidery, fabric and precious stones used.Ms. Shearer's gowns alone had the combined weight of over 1,768 pounds, the heaviest being the 108 pound wedding dress which used over 500 yards of white silk satin. Originally slated to be shot in color, many of the gowns were specially dyed. The fur trim on one of Ms. Shearer's capes was therefore sent out to be dyed the exact shade of her eyes.


There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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Marie Antoinette was amazing (2.00 / 9)
I don't recall the P & P clothes. I'd have to re-watch, and as Jane Austen it doesn't work at all, so I could find myself getting annoyed. ;-)

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

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Here's a link... (2.00 / 8)
...to images from a google search for garson pride and prejudice. The costumes aren't really authentic to Jane Austen's period (they look more like the 1830s to me), but they are visually stunning IMO.

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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disembodied head is (2.00 / 10)
disembodied.

sky half blue half cloudy. clouds winning :-(

okay must scramble myself to church now.  


I am not much of a movie geek, but here are a few answers: (2.00 / 12)
What is your favorite drama of all time? Chariots of Fire

What is your favorite comedy of all time? Tootsie

What is your favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy/FX film of all time? 2001: A Space Odyssey

What is your favorite musical of all time? West Side Story

What actor and actress to you can do no wrong? Denzel Washington

What is your favorite song that you were introduced to in a movie? Officer Krupke and the theme from Chariots of Fire


got a busy, busy Sunday ahead (2.00 / 11)
Going to church in a minute, where we will celebrate our 2nd anniversary of being a Reconciling Congregation. That's the movement in the Methodist church where we say "Yo, GLBT people - come in this house! You are invited, we like you just fine." Ok, I may have Texan-ed that up a bit, but you get the idea. There are now 5, count 'em, 5, Reconciling congregations in Austin. Texas. Equality is coming in like the tide, it will happen.

Then I'm working at a fundraiser for a candidate for county judge (not like a judge judge, more the chair of the county commissioners). And I'll be seeking contributions to the Hill Country Ride while I'm there.

Then I'll come home & make smoothies to eat next week for breakfast & watch Oscar arrivals, then Walking Dead & Talking Dead.

whew

What is your favorite drama of all time?  "favorite" hard to pick. "best" - Citizen Kane
What is your favorite comedy of all time? the newsroom one with Holly Hunter - what was the name of it? more of a dramedy, I guess

What is your favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy/FX film of all time? Firefly

What is your favorite musical of all time? West Side Story

What actor and actress to you can do no wrong? anyone from the Whedonverse, Denzel Washington, Nathan Fillion (yes, I know he's included in the Whedonverse, but - Nathan Fillion)

What is your favorite song that you were introduced to in a movie? I dunno

And a special bonus question for movie geeks: Fave costume designer (I know not all of you will be able to answer this). I'll take the easy way & say Edith Head

We have done the impossible & that makes us mighty - Firefly


AD, are you referring to Broadcast News? (2.00 / 11)


I am for the individual over government, government over big business and the environment over all. -- William O. Douglas

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yep, that's the one (2.00 / 11)
not real big on comedies, can't think of one I've seen recently. But I loved that one

We have done the impossible & that makes us mighty - Firefly

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mmm, Firefly .. mmm Nathan Fillion ... (2.00 / 8)
good series/move.  Love Zoe & Kaylee too, for that matter.  Hell, all of them really.  Even Jayne in his own way.

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that's the code word (2.00 / 1)
in ELCA-lutherans, and i think presbyterians, and maybe episcopalians too.

"reconciling"

congrats on the anniversary!  


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Good actual morning, morning people! (2.00 / 11)
I'm up before noon!  Woo hoo!

Movies...

Once upon a time I used to try to see every single nominated film (I never actually succeeded), but these days I rarely go to films, even with the coolest theater in all of L.A. right down the street.

I once tried to see as many of the nominated films as I could on one Presidents' Day weekend.  It was exhausting.  It was the year of Titanic, or else I probably would never have seen that.

Film questions!!!!!!

What is your favorite drama of all time? What is your favorite comedy of all time? What is your favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy/FX film of all time? What is your favorite musical of all time? What actor and actress to you can do no wrong? What is your favorite song that you were introduced to in a movie? And a special bonus question for movie geeks: Fave costume designer (I know not all of you will be able to answer this).

Cries and Whispers

Play It Again, Sam

Galaxy Quest

There are many too many great actors and actresses from too many eras to pick one!  From the "Classic" era, I'd say Myrna Loy and maybe Melvyn Douglas.  From "my" era, Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges.  Let's throw Toshiro Mifune in there somewhere.  I've left out so many greats.  Henry Fonda.  James Stewart.  Barbara Stanwyck.  Jean Arthur.  Must... stop.

This one is a little tongue-in-cheek, but the first thing that came to mind was a western starring Roy Orbison(!) called The Fastest Guitar Alive, which featured a guitar with a gun barrel that protruded from the box.  The film had a lot of songs, but I'll pick Rollin' On.  Now, you owe it to yourself to seek out this flick!

Well, I don't know who designed what, so I'll just reply with the old one-liner:  Edith Head gives good wardrobe.

I'm lucky.


Oops, missed favorite musical! (2.00 / 9)
Cabaret, I guess.

I'm lucky.

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Of the 'modern' musicals, (2.00 / 9)
...those post-dating the golden era, I like Chicago better than Cabaret, though that's also very, very good. And it's funny that they are both based on stage musicals by Kander & Ebb. :-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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I liked "Chicago" as well. (2.00 / 6)
I thought it had the look of a classic to it.  Add to that my thing for Renee Zellweger, and you've got a winner!

I have no idea what the critics said, or say now, about it, but I think it deserves a long life.

I'm lucky.


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:-) (2.00 / 7)


There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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I saw "Play it again, Sam" on the (2.00 / 8)
Broadway stage (with Woody!), and never quite got into the movie.  Oh, it was good, but I always felt that it lost something in the translation from stage to screen.

I am for the individual over government, government over big business and the environment over all. -- William O. Douglas

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Galaxy Quest! (2.00 / 7)
that movie was so great!

We have done the impossible & that makes us mighty - Firefly

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Commentary (2.00 / 9)
Turns out Walmart refuses to stock that "offensive" Prince album we wanted to buy. They do have a great selection of assault weapons, though

That really sums up just about everything, doesn't it?

1463 - Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italian humanist (d. 1494)

OK, I gotta catch up on this guy.  As soon as I'm done with Lucretius.

1885 - Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Polish writer and painter (d. 1939)

Anjelica Huston's head on a pike?

1942 - Paul Jones, English singer (Manfred Mann and The Manfreds)

Uh huh, it was the Manfreds!

I'm lucky.


Tom Russell 'Roll the Credits, Johnny' (2.00 / 9)

Good morning.....I've been listening to Tom Russell again and this song just takes me to the movies.

"Let's sing those love songs from the old movies in our hearts"

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives


I won't be watching the Oscars™ tonight. (2.00 / 8)
Haven't seen a single new movie this year, so I'm not really "invested." Instead, I plan to sit quietly in the dark and mourn the absence of Downton Abbey.

Just kidding (sort of). I think there's a nice Poirot on tonight, and I do love David Suchet as the little Belgian. :-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


They should have repeats of the Oscars from years past when we cared about the movies and the stars. (2.00 / 8)
I have not seen a single new movie in about 10 years unless you count Pixar and Disney.

p.s. I don't consider myself deprived.  

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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In the past decade... (2.00 / 8)
...I think I've only seen three new movies: Chicago, Seabiscuit, and Dreamgirls.

Oh, wait, four. I also saw The Artist. But really, that's all, just four.

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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Is it because they don't interest you or because you can't find a date? ;) (2.00 / 7)
When I see movies advertised on TV, they all seem to be violence or horror or horrible violence. Whatever happened to fun romantic comedies like You've Got Mail or The American President? Of course, I did not see either of those in the year they came out. I think I saw them on Pay Per View or from a video rental place.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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You've Got Mail (2.00 / 7)
is preferable in the original Shop Around the Corner.

They still make Rom Coms, you just have to be paying attention. Actually, Silver Linings Playbook is a romantic comedy featuring two very bipolar people (and DeNiro's OCD dad is great).

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne


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Indeed it is. (2.00 / 7)
What a sweet movie! There's also a charming stage musical version, She Loves Me, as well as the movie musical In the Good Old Summertime, which isn't a great movie but has heart (and Judy Garland!). :-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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NOT shocking that Judy Garland would be mentioned here at some point today. (2.00 / 6)
Although I am laughing at this Wiki entry: Judy Garland as gay icon.

Was it really Wizard of Oz that solidified her status? I would have thought it would be one of her later films.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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It's partly because... (2.00 / 6)
...Wizard of Oz is itself iconic for gays. The notion of a land beyond the rainbow where one could find actual happiness and acceptance has a lot to do with that. Used to be that "Friend of Dorothy" was code for "gay," and was a way for us to recognize each other without tipping off the rest of the world.

Also, of course, WoO is great camp. :-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


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As for her later films, just pick one. (2.00 / 6)
They all have aspects that speak to the gay experience. One of my favorite songs ever is this magnetic performance from A Star Is Born, which has a very gay subtext indeed. :-)



There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


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Yes! A Star is Born. That is the movie that I thought was the start of her iconhood. (2.00 / 5)
I still think of Wizard of Oz as a kids movie. Maybe because I watched it when I was a kid.

She had an amazing voice, didn't she?

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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One of the few... (2.00 / 5)
...who could match her in expressiveness was this young singer, in one of the greatest duets of all time IMO.




There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


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Ha! Very cute!! (2.00 / 5)
"Oh I love you ... but don't stop hating me, I need the confidence".

I can tell that I should have had a Sassy Gay Friend years ago. Look at what I have been missing!!

This is my favorite Streisand. The songs that are BELTED OUT (at about 1:35 in this one) give me the thumperies.


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Boy, I still remember... (2.00 / 5)
...how this song knocked me out when I first saw the movie Funny Girl. And that was well before I knew I was queer. It's pure power, and today's so-called "divas" can't hope to equal such a force of nature as Babs - who, by the way, will be singing at the Oscars™ tonight. But I'll catch her later on YouTube. :-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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I think I saw the movie in the theaters with some friends. (2.00 / 4)
It came out in 1968 which would have been when I was a freshman in high school.  



Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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I was 13, and in love with musicals. (2.00 / 4)
That same year I played the title role in my school's production of Oliver!, and ended up winning the school's arts award at the end of the year. They say I was pretty good; all I know is that some man in the audience had a heart attack on opening night during my song 'Where is Love.' I don't know if there was a connection between the two events. :-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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Clearly it was a heart-stopping performance. (2.00 / 4)
That is what I was supposed to say, right?

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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LOL! (2.00 / 4)
I don't know if you were supposed to say it, but my inner 13-year-old is glad you did. ;-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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I prefer to go alone. (2.00 / 7)
I can sit where I want and I don't end up with someone who talks to me during the film.

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

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That is a good point. (2.00 / 7)
Talking can be done in much cheaper places than in a movie theater where you just paid $10 to get in.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Har™. Aren't you the funny one. ;-p (2.00 / 7)
I don't know when new movies stopped interesting me, but it's been a gradual development over the past few years. And this past year, of course, I've done very little going out of any kind.

I will confess that now and then a new film comes out that I'm mildly curious about seeing, but usually the trailers satisfy that curiosity. And, as you note, there's always PPV (though I don't do that, not having cable or Netflix), or rental DVDs. A close friend gave me a nice birthday gift a couple of weeks ago, a $50 coupon to my neighborhood video place, which has a superb collection in every genre under the sun. And at a rental cost of $3 or $4 per, that's a lot of movies!

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


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That's a pretty good price! (2.00 / 7)
I have DirecTV and there are movies that can be viewed for $5.99 pretty much anytime I want to see them. I order them and they are downloaded to my DVR and I have x number of days to watch them. We did watch Brave which was great fun but would not be of Oscar caliber because it is a family movie. I have not seen anything else that interests me in the slightest on their list although I scan it once in a while ... hoping.

What I am waiting for is for someone to put the old movies on PPV so that I can revisit the old black and white movies that kept me up late when I was a teenager and young adult. I used to watch TV until the test pattern came on. Those were great movies: Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, Jimmy Stewart, Gary Cooper.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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My heart is with the old movies too. (2.00 / 6)
Mom, who used to sit up late at her sewing machine, would often wake me up at 1 or 2AM to watch the late movie with her, usually an old musical or classic comedy. That's how I first saw some of the great films of the '30s, '40s and '50s.

She'd always make me promise to get up and go to school on time the next morning, and sometimes I kept that promise. ;-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


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I often went to work tired. You only live once! (2.00 / 6)


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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ya mite wanna c slumdog millionaire,J/F!even i did.. (2.00 / 7)


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Ah, like the Major League Baseball channel (2.00 / 3)
plays "Vintage Games."  The Award Channel!

I'm lucky.

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Yes!! (2.00 / 3)
I should probably rush out and patent the idea.

Does anyone ever really watch the replay of a 10 year old baseball game in its entirety? I could see watching highlights like a stellar catch or a grand slam but baseball moves too slowly as a live sport. I "watch" baseball while reading my newspaper. You only need to glance up every 5 minutes or so to catch all the action.  

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Isn't football worse that way, what with... (2.00 / 3)
...all the endless time-outs and such? Or is it just that it bores ME more than baseball?

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

[ Parent ]
Perhaps it is a personal failing. :) (2.00 / 3)
I believe that a typical 3 hour football game is actually 10 minutes of action. But in between plays there is quite a bit of drama ... headphone tossing, incredulous looks of penalized players, shots of the players parents/spouses/pets/agents in the stands.



Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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I'm sure some fans watch classic games, (2.00 / 3)
but I'm not one of them.  For the most part, I lose interest in any athletic event that is over, even if I didn't see it.

I'm lucky.

[ Parent ]
there's a new Walking Dead tonight (2.00 / 7)
so I might watch the arrivals, to see the dresses, but I won't be watching the Oscars either. But it is fun to see the arrivals while I'm cooking next week's food.

We have done the impossible & that makes us mighty - Firefly

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Oh, I was wrong (2.00 / 6)
there will be some on Twitter talking about Walking Dead.  

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

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I love the story synch on the AMC website (2.00 / 6)
I always watch with my computer in my lap

We have done the impossible & that makes us mighty - Firefly

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I always watch the red carpet (2.00 / 7)
then I get sucked into the show. My assistant lent me copies of Lincoln, Les Miz, Silver Linings Playbook, and Argo, so that's about half of the best picture nominees. That will be the first time in ages I've seen any nominated for major categories. I usually have seen something in the costume, sound editing, or makeup divisions. ;-)

Besides, that is ALL that will be on Twitter tonight, especially without Downton.

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne


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Ha ha ha!! (2.00 / 4)
   I really want national same-sex marriage while the few people it will annoy are still alive. nationalmemo.com/obama-administ...
   - LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) February 23, 2013

And +2 for "Joe Lieberman, weasel".

So ... question: when would a Clematis NOT be pretty? "Your pretty Clematis pic of the day." seems redundant.

Have fun watching Oscars!  

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


Har™ @ redundancy. (2.00 / 4)
I had a group of friends who would always bring the board game 'Pretty Pretty Princess' to our big gay camping trips. As fun as it was (and we had a blast playing it), I always thought the name triply (or trippily) redundant. :-)



There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


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forgot to suggest h bogart+m mccambridge/! (2.00 / 2)


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