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I speculate that he would have been a scoundrel no matter what his financial status, since he had the DNA of scoundrels. I've seen nature dominate nurture many times. You can't outrun your genetics.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2018 on Trump on a bar stool at Lance Mannion
Funny, the only reason I saw it was for Matt Damon. The fracking plot didn't interest me that much, but I expected it to be more dramatic. It wasn't. It could have been a lot better. Damon helped write the script, so I expected it to be sharper, funnier. The final speech he does in the gym is pretty lame. I can barely abide watching Rosemarie DeWitt, and when I saw her appear at the bar as the potential love interest, I nearly shut off the movie. Uggh. Couldn't stand her in Mad Men, loathed her in United States of Tara and cringe when I see her accidentally in some movie. I have no idea why she has an acting job. Aaack. We will have to disagree here. On the other hand, I always enjoy McDormand, and Damon & she had a great connection, as you mention. It's just an Ok movie, because it could have been SO MUCH better.
Wait wait, he did it!
I grew up with the soundtrack of Gordon MacRae doing this (as well as Carousel) and didn't think anyone could touch him. But Jackman has a younger, more maverick sense about him and in some ways is better. Never thought I'd ever say that. I'd love to hear him do the Soliliqy from Carousel, which is a brilliant, challenging song not many can pull off.
Here's another example of Hugh Jackman's great skills live:
I am a huge aficionada of musicals, musical theater, Broadway, Rogers & Hammerstein, Gershwins, Lerner & Lowe, Sondheim, etc. etc. I am not a big fan of this soundtrack. It's ok. It beats the hell out of any Gawd-Awful Andrew Lloyd Weber (which is the fourth circle of Hell). It's not that great. Some of the songs are pretty good. I also thought "Cats" was both forgettable and annoying, "Phantom" was spectacular theatrically but the music was boring (and bad). Les Miserables is, as you suggested in your first entry, such a great story, even mediocre (overplayed) music can't ruin it. Plus, it's a strong cast. Interesting that you are so inspired by this movie!
I'm late to the party on "Seven Psychopaths" but I wanted to comment on it he movie. I waited to read your review until I saw it. So...I have to say I agree and disagree with you in this movie. First, I enjoyed it a lot because I saw it as a spoof. As a playwright I could appreciate how funny the entire discussion throughout the movie about the screenplay (and ideas for it), plus the hilarious realization that Billy became "Jack of Diamonds" in order to create an inspiration for Martin's screenplay. Hilarious. Inspired! I could see doing that! I have suggested things to create the catalyst for a play or story. (Not killing people, but still.) I agree with you that this was Walken's best work recently. He was really good. I saw the movie as written for all the screenwriters, playwrights, frustrated novelists good, bad and unknown out there.
Here's Jackman's Oscar opening from 2009. I loved him in this.
I have to second the comment by Ken H. above regarding Jackman's musical talent. If you want to see what he's capable of, just watch his Oscar opening when he hosted a couple of years ago. And that was LIVE. He's great. Once again, I loved the book, have yet to see any adaptation of it either theatrically or on film, and not sure I ever will. Some books need to be left alone. (See also, Karenina, Anna!)
Years ago, 2002, 2003, I read RW blogs that were not entirely insane, like they are now. I read a thoughtful essay on the 2nd amendment that almost converted me from an anti-gun person to one who understood the premise of their argument. However, I am unapologetic about blaming, in part, the parents of these children (Columbine, Sandy Hook) for owning assault weapons or ignoring all the obvious signs that their kids were disturbed, sociopathic or plotting murder. I'd have to be in a coma not to see this in one of my children.
Toggle Commented Dec 25, 2012 on Dear Gun Nuts, Uncle Sam needs you! at Lance Mannion
This is such a great entry, Lance. I haven't seen any iterations of "Hitchhiker" although I read the series of books (my favorite was "Restaurant at the End of the Universe" which I read on a plane from California and laughed out loud so much, people kept turning around to stare at me). The first time I saw Martin Freeman was in "Love, Acutally" where his role as a body double for sex scenes was sort of silly. Like you, I love Freeman as Watson in the new Sherlock. In fact, I love the new Sherlock best of all, even better than the Downey/Law versions. I read the Hobbit/LotR series three times, 30 plus years ago. Believe it or not, we had a college English course in the late 70s that studied Tolkein. (I Took it. pun) I'm eager to see the movie Hobbit, since the cartoon version was so horrid. I sat through all three LoTR, of course, which could have gone on another 10 hours, if it covered more of the books. Great stuff.
Doesn't "Prufrock" have the greatest damn lines to use as headlines, quotes, wry asides and perhaps as my epitaph?
It was only after my brother died that we (siblings, not my parents) realized that he exhibited many traits of Asberger's syndrome. The problem with our recognizing it earlier was that he was also born profoundly deaf. My mother had Rubella when she was expecting him. We always attributed his social awkwardness with his handicap; yet there were many socially skilled and well-adjusted deaf people in the deaf and hearing community that were not isolated, detached, obsessive or as misfitting as my brother. He seemed to get worse as an adult: more detached, less willing to assimilate. His Asberger's, not his deafness, was probably the reason he died young. He refused to seek treatment or tell anyone about his cancer. He knew he was gravely ill and never let us know. Perhaps now we are better educated and will recognize the signs and be more aware, more vigilant toward people with this condition.
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2012 on Asperger’s un-diagnosed at Lance Mannion
Excellent review; a good example of why you cannot compare original source (book) to movie adaptation. Having been a big fan of the book (and of Russian authors/novels in general), I suspect I would not enjoy this movie. Better to let people who have not loved Russian literature go see it.
After a little more thought I know why I turned this off (having not read the book, which probably represents the vast majority of the movie audience) - it was right after they mention that it was the 75th annual Hunger Games, and I thought, WHAT? You mean this miserable farce has been going on that long? The population of the Districts, having once had enough spirit to rebel, is now subjecting themselves to poverty, squalor and serving up their kids every year to a slaughter? While the other half of their world lives in modern affluence? Surely you jest. I couldn't possibly care less if you think I can even accept that premise in the first place.
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2012 on No appetite for The Hunger Games at Lance Mannion
I turned it off after an hour. I just lost interest. I didn't care about any characters, the movie did not explain (at least not soon enough) why the society was divided thus; presumably the book is much better. I think the movie failed to make me curious or invested. And, generally, I am pretty easy to amuse. I found the whole thing just weird and pointless.
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2012 on No appetite for The Hunger Games at Lance Mannion
I never really gave this any thought because I am so rarely in situations where there are all women and one man. So, it is funny to learn your POV. On the flip side, I have very often been the only girl in a room of boys, pretty much my entire career as well as among customers/clients (except in my most recent incarnation), and that scene is much more perilous than you being shoved aside by a soccer mom reaching for kale. A solo woman surrounded by men can go one of a few ways: she can be treated with condescending deference (which isn't the end of the world); she can be ignored; she can be hassled, or she may hold her own and be treated as an equal.
Continuing with the theme of "yesterday's gone" or trying to recycle failed history, Romney's foreign policy advisors are all maniac neocons from PNAC and the engineers of the disasterous decade. They have probably assured Romney that they will handle the FP issues, and he can just be CEO. And don't forget Norquist's frank admission that all the R's want is a sentient set of hands, or something to that effect. I don't think even most of the least informed people in the electorate have forgotten Dubya, the response to 9/11, or Dick Cheney and his cronies. Romney shows a shocking lack of imagination.
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2012 on Not. A. President. at Lance Mannion
There is also the Mormon factor. I know from asking fundamentalist Christians among family and friends how they can square their faith with voting for a Mormon and each of them, to a person, said they are sitting out. While they can't vote for Obama (for whatever various reasons), they can't vote for Romney. I would unscientifically estimate that this will effect 10-15% of the fundie Xian vote expected by the GOP.
The irony of the Republican ideology cannot be lost on anyone with even a passing acquaintance with American History or, for that matter, a genealogist (amateur or otherwise). I spent the better part of 2011 tracing my family roots, and I discovered that the majority came from Germany or France in the 1700s to escape religious persecution; notably from the Catholic Church! This voyage, especially in 1700s, was no luxury cruise. Many immigrants did not survive. Then, once they got here had to survive hardship, disease, Indians, and various wars (Revolutionary, War of 1812). Some of them bought up a lot of land, cheap, but mainly built things! They cultivated the land, built churches and schools, cemeteries, farms. They worked on oil rigs, orchards, steel mills; they raised a bunch of kids and reported their family to every census taker from 1790 on. If they acquired wealth, it was through hard, hard labor and luck and the good genes to survive. This fantasy of "take our country back" begs the question: back from whom? Or back to what?
I grew up listening to the Broadway soundtrack with Carol Channing and while I think Barbra is unbeatable in a lot of roles, she doesn't quite do Dolly justice. In fact, the movie is just not that good. However, the music is so great, it's hard to ruin Hello Dolly. My favorite songs are "It Only Takes a Moment" and "Put On Your Sunday Clothes"... I think "Wall-E" reintroduced Sunday Clothes to a whole new generation.
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2011 on Dolly! at Lance Mannion
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