Saturday, December 12, 2009

Happy Hanukkah! Flash Mob to the Tune of Hey Now!

Usually it is the dancing and performing that make Flash Mob so entertaining but here it is the rewritten lyrics of Hey Now to Han nu kkaahh that keeps me watching.

Dedicated to my ex and first and forever love, Ross.


Thanks to Understanding Stan for the two images above.
Thanks to Tipp'n The Scales.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Last Kiss by John Lustig


5 FOR / 5 MORE FOR: THE BLIND SIDE

I saw this movie the day after seeing Precious and considering that at the core of both movies is an abused, neglected, and invisible teenager who survives with the help of other, they are completely different.

The Blind Side is the dramatization of the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home, taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher's presence in the Touhys' lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. As a football player and student, Oher works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle.

5 FOR:

  1. Sandra Bullock - after just 5 minutes you know everything about her character, what she'll do, why she'll do it and how she'll do it. Not because the character or her acting is one dimensional but because it is so clearly written as are the characters around her.
  2. Yes, this movie is as much about Leigh Anne Tuohy as it is about Michael Oher and it may be "white washed" but it is a true story, you know how it ends but it is the trip that is so enjoyable.
  3. I was smiling during the entire movie except for when I was fighting back tears. 
  4. Make sure you watch the credits when they show actual family photos. You can see in the photos what a force of nature Leigh Anne is.
  5. Sean Jr (SJ) - this kid is a scene stealer and oh so fun to watch.
5 MORE FOR:

  1. Tim McGraw (Sean Sr) - not the sexy, hairy chested, black hat wearing, looks so hot in his tight jeans and boots singer who you just want to have hot sweaty sex with but the sweet, sensitive, handsome, good humored lover/father we all want to bring home to mom.
  2. The new blue print for what christian republicans should be and do.
  3. Kathy Bates - LUV Her! She has the funniest line in the movie.
  4. The Tuohy's are the Ozzy and Harriet of the new millennium.
  5. The power of can be done and what needs to be done.
I know not everyone will enjoy this movie as much as I did, which is a shame, but to the films credit, I never thought, "That didn't/can't happen." I found no holes in this movie which is very rare for me.

Tomorrow - Brothers with my Jakey who we see in nothing but a towel in the first 5 minutes!



Thursday, December 10, 2009

Cyndi Lauper & Lady Gaga for MAC AIDS Fund!

Cyndi & Gaga were named the newest faces of the M.A.C AIDS Fund for the “From Our Lips” campaign. Thanks Wicked Gay Blog

I love Cyndi and saw her perform at Jones Beach Theater in 1984. I have seen her at least 10 times, twice from the first row and as recently as September 2009. Here's two little know favorites of mine. Enjoy!


5 For / 5 AGAINST: PRECIOUS

Life is hard. Life is short. Life is painful. Life is rich. Life is....Precious.
You know the story. Precious, set in Harlem in the late 1980s, the movie focuses on a teenager known as Claireece Precious Jones who endures unimaginable hardships in her young life. Abused by her mother, raped by her father, she grows up poor, angry, illiterate, fat, unloved and generally unnoticed. Precious fantasizes about having a light-skinned boyfriend and about herself as a thin, white girl.

5 FOR:
  1. Great acting from the ensemble cast. 
  2. Positive but realistic portrayal of a lesbian couple.
  3. No typical hollywood ending.
  4. Acts of physical violence and abuse are depicted in flashes and quickly replaced by Precious's rich, fun but all too short fantasies.
  5. All characters have complex stories and contributions. I did not recognize Lenny Kravitz as Nurse John but I he was sexy as always. Mariah proves she can act, at least in this role.
5 AGAINST:
  1. It is not a true story, unlike The Blind Side, so all of Precious's pain and suffering including becoming HIV positive, in 1987, becomes questionable (unbelievable) and weakens the impact.
  2. Not as depressing as THE ROAD but a heavy (no pun intended) movie to live through. 
  3. I saw the same anger in Mo’Nique's acting as I do in her standup and was expecting more or maybe something different because of all the reviews/interviews. Her last scene is her best.
  4. You can wait to see on DVD.
  5. No #5.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Good news and bad news about my Christmas decorations


First, the good news. I truly out did myself this year with my Christmas decorations. I had more people come screaming up to my house than ever. Great stories.

Now the bad news.  I had to take the decorations down after just two days because the police advised me that they would cause traffic accidents --  they almost crashed themselves when they drove by. Then there was the complaint from a 55 year old lady who almost killed herself when she jumped out of her car and then grabbed the ladder and climbed it. She was not happy and she was not the only one to try. 

Ultimately, I took the decorations down because my yard couldn't take all the people and cars. I have numerous tire tracks where people drove up my yard. I think I made him too real but it was fun while it lasted.


FOR ME TOO!


Last Kiss by John Lustig



6 DEGREES: MEREDETH TO ADAM

6 DEGREES:
  1. Meredeth is on Bridget Loves Bernie 
  2. BLB is canceled because viewers objected to the inter-religious marriage
  3. Adam is on American Music Awards
  4. Adam performances are canceled from ABC show because viewers objected to gay dancing
  5. Meredeth and Adam are gay

I remember loving Bridget Loves Bernie and watching it every week with my family. I remember we were all crushed when it was canceled. I will always remember Merideth Baxter for being on that show. I remember Meredith Baxter becoming Meredeth Baxter Birney after marrying co-star David Birney. I do not remember anything else about the show. Nothing. Nada. Then I read this on Wiki:

Bridget Loves Bernie is an American television comedy program created by Bernard Slade, based loosely on the premise of the 1920's Broadway play and 1940's radio show Abie's Irish Rose. It starred Meredith Baxter and David Birney as the title characters, and ran for one season, from 1972 to 1973 on CBS.Baxter and Birney married in real life after the program went off the air.
The series was regarded, at the time, as somewhat controversial since the premise featured the marriage between a wealthy Irish Catholic teacher (Bridget) and a Jewish cab driver (Bernie) whom she met at a bus stop. With a primetime slot between All in the Family and The Mary Tyler Moore Show on Saturday nights, the situation comedy was ranked fifth in the ratings among all shows for that television season. CBS executives decided to cancel the show in response to hate mail from viewers who objected to the inter-religious marriage depicted on the series. It was the highest-rated television program ever to be canceled.
Supporting cast members included Audra Lindley, David Doyle, Harold J. Stone, Ned Glass, and Bibi Osterwald. Lindley and Doyle played Bridget's wealthy parents, Walter and Amy Fitzgerald; while Stone and Osterwald played Bernie's more down to earth parents, Sam and Sophie Steinberg, who owned a delicatessen above which Bridget and Bernie lived, with the Steinbergs. Glass played Bernie's uncle Moe Plotnik. Actor Robert Sampson played Father Michael Fitzgerald, a Catholic priest, who was Bridget's brother, and was more sympathetic with his sister's marriage.
OMG! Mrs Roper was married to Bosley!

AMAZING!

I saw this over at Bill in Exile and had to share it. Each trick/stunt/shot is more amazing then the next. You think, "he'll never top that and I can stop watching." But you can't.

Near the end I realized that this guy and others like him see the world around him differently and with different possibilities. I think that this is what makes his work so amazing. It is not just athletic it is art.

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