Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday's Forgotten Books, Friday, February 24, 2017






Todd Mason will be the host for today and next Friday as we take a break here. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Fifty Years Ago: 1967 Oscars

Always interesting to see which Oscar winners have stood the test of time. A Man for all Seasons is such a typical Hollywood Oscar winner. But who remembers it today? Actor: I would have voted for Michael Caine or Richard Burton. Supporting Actor: Matthau is as good a choice as any.  Actress: Taylor was pretty good here. Sandy Dennis was perfect in her role. Mike Nichols got robbed. Interesting at this point in time they had categories for black and white and color films for categories like cinematography. 1966 was not a particularly strong year, was it? I think we have much better films this year than that one. Unless there are gems not on here.

 Actor

Winner

Paul Scofield

A Man for All Seasons

Nominees

Alan Arkin

The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming

Richard Burton

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Michael Caine

Alfie

Steve McQueen

The Sand Pebbles

Actor in a Supporting Role

Winner

Walter Matthau

The Fortune Cookie

Nominees

Mako

The Sand Pebbles

James Mason

Georgy Girl

George Segal

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Robert Shaw

A Man for All Seasons

Actress

Winner

Elizabeth Taylor

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Nominees

Anouk Aimee

A Man and a Woman

Ida Kaminska

The Shop on Main Street

Lynn Redgrave

Georgy Girl

Vanessa Redgrave

Morgan!

Actress in a Supporting Role

Winner

Sandy Dennis

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Nominees

Wendy Hiller

A Man for All Seasons

Jocelyne Lagarde

Hawaii

Vivien Merchant

Alfie

Geraldine Page

You're a Big Boy Now

Directing

Winner

A Man for All Seasons

Fred Zinnemann

Nominees

Blow-Up

Michelangelo Antonioni

A Man and a Woman

Claude Lelouch

The Professionals

Richard Brooks

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Mike Nichols
Foreign Language Film

Winner

A Man and a Woman

France

Nominees

The Battle of Algiers

Italy

Loves of a Blonde

Czechoslovakia

Pharaoh

Poland

Three

Yugoslavia

Music (Original Music Score)

Winner

Born Free

John Barry

Nominees

The Bible

Toshiro Mayuzumi

Hawaii

Elmer Bernstein

The Sand Pebbles

Jerry Goldsmith

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Alex North

Music (Scoring of Music--adaptation or treatment)

Winner

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Ken Thorne

Nominees

The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Luis Enrique Bacalov

Return of the Seven

Elmer Bernstein

The Singing Nun

Harry Sukman

Stop the World--I Want to Get Off

Al Ham

Music (Song)

Winner

Born Free

Born Free in "Born Free" Music by John Barry; Lyrics by Don Black

Nominees

Alfie

Alfie in "Alfie" Music by Burt Bacharach; Lyrics by Hal David

Georgy Girl

Georgy Girl in "Georgy Girl" Music by Tom Springfield; Lyrics by Jim Dale

Hawaii

My Wishing Doll in "Hawaii" Music by Elmer Bernstein; Lyrics by Mack David

An American Dream

A Time For Love in "An American Dream" Music by Johnny Mandel; Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster

Best Picture

Winner

A Man for All Seasons

Fred Zinnemann, Producer

Nominees

Alfie

Lewis Gilbert, Producer

The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming

Norman Jewison, Producer

The Sand Pebbles

Robert Wise, Producer

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Ernest Lehman, Producer

Writing (Screenplay--based on material from another medium)

Winner

A Man for All Seasons

Robert Bolt

Nominees

Alfie

Bill Naughton

The Professionals

Richard Brooks

The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming

William Rose

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Ernest Lehman

Writing (Story and Screenplay--written directly for the screen)

Winner

A Man and a Woman

Story by Claude Lelouch; Screenplay by Claude Lelouch, Pierre Uytterhoeven

Nominees

Blow-Up

Story by Michelangelo Antonioni; Screenplay by Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra, Edward Bond

The Fortune Cookie

Billy Wilder, I. A. L. Diamond

Khartoum

Robert Ardrey

The Naked Prey

Clint Johnston, Don Peters

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Winner

George Bagnall

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Winner

Robert Wise

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Forgotten TV: THE GILMORE GIRLS

Okay, this is the show I watch if I need some comfort TV. Or even if I don't. And if I had to pick a favorite episode I would pick the first one because it introduced almost all of the important players and it also introduced a style of dialog that was different from other TV shows. It must have taken some searching to find two actresses who could fire off these sentences as well as these two.






In this episode, we learn that Rory wants to go to a school that will help her fulfill her dream to go to Harvard and that means hitting up her estranged grandparents for tuition. Never too saccharine, never too dark, the perfect tonic for our times. Looking at the update this year was a bit troubling though. Somehow their habit of mocking everyone grew tiresome. So I will stick with the originals.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Things That Made Me Happy

THE SALESMAN is a terrific Iranian film by the director who made THE SEPARATION and ELLE.
It had a big twist 2/3 of the way through which should entice genre lovers. So happy to have access to foreign films.

Tai Chi which I am absolutely rotten at but it makes my back feel great. And love the women who struggle through it with me: Lainie, Suzie, Betty, Mary Ellen.

Yonana is my new machine that makes a delicious sorbet- like dessert using only frozen fruit. The magic is in the frozen but ripe bananas It is easy and only has the calories of whatever fruit you choose.

ABSTRACT is a new show on Netflix, which highlight artists across fields who create amazing art including shoes!

Ann Patchett has always been a favorite of mine since BEL CANTO. This is her latest, which I am enjoying.

So happy to open the windows today. I know it is a sign of just how horrible the climate is but....

Friday, February 17, 2017

Troublesome/Evil Children Day on FFB



On the theme of evil children, my idea was to review THE BAD SEED, which I bought. But my terror of the story, based on the Patty McCormack movie, gave me a nightmare the first night. So I read THE EVIL FRIENDSHIP instead. Thanks to those who took the time to see out an evil child.

Here are some of the evil children we may have overlooked.

THE EVIL FRIENDSHIP, Vin Packer (reviewed by Patti Abbott)

This novel is based on the Parker-Hulme case in Australia in the sixties. There has been a movie (HEAVENLY CREATURES) and a non-fiction book and lots and lots of discussion about it over the years.

Two girls, given to flights of fancy and a budding lesbian relationship, kill a mother that gets in their way.

When one of the girls' mother decides to take her to America after the breakup of her marriage, the two hatch a plot that she will instead stay at her friend's house. When this doesn't work out, the two girls murder the recalcitrant mother that won't fall in with their plan.

This novel excels at creating the atmosphere of a school where close relationships are the norm. It also excels at showing how lonely girls could perhaps drift into a relationship that was not mutually desired. They bond over their fear and.mistrust of men, parents, and school mates. Their parents relief that they have found a friend allows them to overlook the sinister nature of the relationship. I am not talking about its lesbian aspect but rather the unleashing of a murderous plot.

The movie is able to romanticize these events a lot more than the book. It is a sad little story indeed.

Thanks to Jeff Meyerson for sending this book my way.

Bill Crider, ELEGY BEACH, Stephen Boyett
Jerry House, BAD RONALD, John Holbrook Vance
George Kelley, KING LEAR, William Shakespeare
B.V. Lawson, DEATH OF A MYSTERY WRITER, Robert Barnard
Todd Mason, THE LITTLE MONSTERS et seq. edited by Roger Elwood and/or Vic Ghidalia; stories by Jerome Bixby, Kit Reed, Damon Knight, "Matthew Gant" (Arnold Hano) and C. M. Kornbluth
J.F. Norris, THE SECRET KEEPER, Shirley Escapa
Matt Paust, THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE, Laird Koenig 
 James Reasoner, THE TWISTED THING, Mickey Spillane
TracyK, MILDRED PIERCE, James M. Cain

Sergio Angelini, PAINKILLER,  N.J. Fountain
Mark Baker, TRUNK MUSIC, Michael Connelly
Yvette Banek, SMALLBONE DECEASED, Michael Gilbert
Joe Barone, PRAYERS THE DEVIL ANSWERS, Sharyn McCrumb
Les Blatt, HALLOWEEN PARTY, Agatha Christie
Elgin Bleecker, DEATH WISH, Brian Garfield
Brian Busby, Helen Duncan
Martin Edwards, SOMEBODY AT THE DOOR, Raymond Postgate
Richard Horton, THE HELMUT OF NAVARRE, Bertha Runkle
Nick Jones, David Mazzucchelli
Margot Kinberg, THE HIDDEN MAN, Robin Blake
Evan Lewis, SHADOW COMICS 64-66
Steve Lewis, THE POISONERS, Donald Hamilton
THE RAP SHEET, Steven Nester, ANGELS, Denis Johnson
Kerrie Smith, WHAT REMAINS BEHIND, Dorothy Fowler
Kevin Tipple, JOE  POSNER'S PIPE DREAMS
TomCat, DEATH AT THE DOG, Joanna Cannan