Tuesday, January 17, 2017
WATCH "UMBRELLAS" ON TCM TOMORROW NIGHT(WED) 7 P.M WEST COAST TIME AND YOU'LL SEE DAMIAN CHAZELLE'S INSPIRATION FOR "LA LA LAND." HE DID A BRILLIANT JOB, BUT LET'S REMEMBER JACQUES DEMY, WHOSE IDEA IT WAS IN THE FIRST PLACE. I'M GLAD "LA LA LAND" HAS BROUGHT ATTENTION BACK TO JACQUES. I HATE IT WHEN PIONEERS ARE FORGOTTEN.
If you watch "la La Land" carefully, you'll see a shop in the background of one of the dance numbers that says, "Parapluies." That means "umbrellas" in French and was Damian's inside joke.
Monday, January 16, 2017
I DON'T CARE WHO'S BEING INAUGURATED. WHAT KIND OF WORLD DO WE LIVE IN THAT A PERFORMER RECEIVES DEATH THREATS FOR PERFORMING AT A GOVERNMENTAL FUNCTION??????
THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS AND DISGUSTING. THESE PEOPLE WHO THREATEN SHOULD LOOK IN THE MIRROR. THAT WILL SHOW THEM THE ANSWER AS TO WHAT'S WRONG WITH OUR WORLD RIGHT NOW
YES, PEOPLE, I CAN'T STOP WATCHING THE NEW NETFLIX "ONE DAY AT A TIME COMEDY SERIES.
- I DIDN'T CARE FOR THE ORIGINAL WITH BONNIE FRANKLIN.
- I CANT STAND BEAT, BEAT, PUNCHLINE SITCOMS.
- I CAN'T STAND SITCOMS WITH CHILDREN.
YET, HERE I AM...AND SO SHOULD YOU BE.
This 2017 version, still executive produced by Norman Lear and now with (director) Pam Fryman and with new producers and developers Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, is laugh-out loud funny. That hasn't happened to me in years.
Let's talk about stars Justina Machado and Rita Moreno--
I first noticed Justina in "Six Feet Under," and never forgot her. Her acting in that show was gifted and authentic. What a dramatic talent, I thought. Then Justina continued to work in movies and TV, but in "One Day at a Time," she lights your TV screen on fire. What a brilliant comedienne AND, thanks to a deep character and good writing, her dramatic talents are on display as well. And, boy, can she dance!
Now pair that with Rita Moreno an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony-winner)..
Rita is an 85-year-old-going-on-20-year-old who has found the part of a lifetime at this age--or almost any age. To watch her is sheer joy. The mother-daughter scenes between Justina and Rita are brilliant, moving, and funny at the same time. Wait til you see her making breakfast. That's all I can say.
As is typical with Norman Lear, who did shows about issues before anyone else, it still happens here, whether it is equal pay or does God exist----but it's sooooo funny.
I also want to mention how much I like the children, played by Isabella Gomez and Marcel Ruiz. They are so good, I might even watch if they had their own show.
So......I am as shocked as you reading this about my love for a 70s sit-com reboot that I never liked before.
And, what's so great, is that I totally forgot that they changed the cast to Latinos. Funny is funny, and that's the whole point.
"GOD LIVES NEXT TO THE BIG DIPPER. HE HAS HALF A DUPLEX WITH A SWIMMING POOL," was actually one of the lines that came out of Jude Law's mouth as the Pope. I get that some of the camp is intentional. I always support that. What I can't stand is the pretentious, precious ponderous dialogue said by Jude as well as Diane Keaton as Sister Mary. I have no idea how Diane can keep a straight face and say those lines.
The script is laughable. The direction and cinematography is totally a steal from all the "Godfather movies"---tons of close ups of face in candelight surrounded by infinite black backgrounds. Jude Law acts like he's a zombie in every scene. I think I'm going to have to rewatch "The Talented Mr. Ripley" as an antidote.
And the score!!!!! It is just as silly...with drum beats, pulses under dialogue that are hilarious, too. Good Lord.
So far, I'll keep watching, but if I stop laughing, I'll press delete.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
I MAY BE CRYING ALL THE TIME RIGHT NOW, BUT I STILL CAN GET ANGRY.
No matter what you think of Mariah Carey (and her voice can be astounding), to have a singer keep telling a network and production company that her earpieces are faulty and she can't hear---REPEATEDLY BEFORE SHE WENT ON--- and that tech crew NOT fixing it when they said they should, is appalling and unprofessional. Stars travel with their own earpieces but it is up to the sound company to make them work. How dare ABC and Dick Clark do that! Shame on them. I think she should sue.
She handled it well, telling the audience the truth. "I can't hear anything. I need my monitors."
There is one caveat. She said on stage, "We missed the tech rehearsal." If that's true, everyone is at fault. That needs to be cleared up.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
THIS PAST TUESDAY I SPENT THE AFTERNOON VISITING WITH DEBBIE AT HER HOUSE.
I tried to visit her every three weeks. On this Tuesday's visit, she wanted to talk about death. It wasn't the first time, and it's never unusual for someone who is 84 1/2 to want to talk about it. We talked a long time. It was very much on her mind. It was a private conversation and will stay that way, but it felt good to both of us.
As I got up to leave she said, "It's almost New Year's. I'll see you right after. I love you."
"And you know how much I love you," I replied.
We smiled at each other and I turned and started to walk away. After about four steps I was seized with the feeling that I would never see her again. It was fleeting, but I made sure I turned around and made eye contact with her before I left. Thank God I did, and thank you God for giving me the gift of being with her the day before Carrie was supposed to come home.