Blog Post with Everything but Yul Brenner!
Sorry for the zombie blog of late. I guess I wasn’t kidding when I said I was going to blog every single episode of Homicide: Life on the Street and the Law & Order crossover episodes.
Current Obessions and all that jazz
I just finished Martin Gottfried book All His Jazz: The Life and Death of Bob Fosse, which is the most comprehensive book a person with only a mild fascination should bother to read. Still I love rubberneck style biographies. It makes me feel as though I’m doing something other than sitting on my Click Clack, drinking a chilled beverage in comfy pants and an oversized t-shirt.
LCD Soundsystem’s third album This is Happening is shutting down my iPod. This is the first new music I’ve bought in years. I mean I’ve picked up a few retro gems, but not actually an honest-to-gosh new release. I feel so hip and modern.
It’s nearly time for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, my pre-summer favorite movie. Netflix keeps teasing me by dangling the movie’s instant view “coming soon” goodness. I can’t wait. It’s not summer until I watch my boys go the cowboy way.
The Write Stuff: I’ve written elsewhere you might have missed
Ooh I Hear Laughter in a Can Walking Hand in Hand with the One I Love – I take down the canned laughter industry one faux ha ha at a time.
– Generally speaking, placing the adjective “canned” in front of any noun rarely denotes the presence of a high quality product. [canned laughter] Many folks feel comfortable scoffing at canned chicken, spaghetti, apologies and ham, while the most egregious example of a noun modified by “canned” – laughter – barely registers as offensive.
Failed Movie Adaptations Now with 100% Less Bonfire of the Vanities – Three failed film adaptations off the beaten track.
– Really Tropic of Cancer was bad? I am shocked by this development. Are you trying to tell me a soft core treatment of a novel by Henry Miller, which moves the novel’s events to the 60s and stars Rip Torn is bad? Wow, that’s quite a grasp of the obvious. That said, I’m not completely sure I trust your analysis, so please indulge me as I read a dozen lists – picked randomly by google – telling me the exact same thing. Folks, there is a great untapped pool of awful film adaptations. Why keep analyzing same 20 or 30 films we’ve all come to agree are TERRIBLE?
The Curious Case of Detective John Munch – All about the intriguing world of John Munch. Just like the title says.
The Bluest Ink – I road test a bunch of different blue pens and tell you why several of them stink.
Hawaii Five-O Gets a Reboot – My thoughts on the upcoming CBS reboot of the beloved classic cop show.
– If it sounds like I’m equivocating; I am! I love the original, but I also love the idea of seeing a lot more Asian faces on television – provided we’re not going the M*A*S*H or The Courtship of Eddie’s Father route. If we’re talking about the Fontanaverse/Simon style of characterization where there are many, many different characters for whom their racial identity presented as a shared trait rather than shared ideology, then I’ve got to get behind this project without hesitation.
I am in the middle of doing a whole mess of writing related stuff, while also trying two manage three blogs! Stay tuned for in depth analysis of season six of Grey’s Anatomy!