Archive for the ‘entertainment’ Category

Saturday night tango: Matteo & Patricia

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Dancing to Duerme, mi amor by Carlos Di Sarli

No one does a better molinete.

Dancing the hemispere

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Couple dances the length of the Americas
Watch as this young couple travel from Alaska in north America to Ushuaia in Argentina, dancing all the way

I’m sure Rafa and Noelia were inspired by the ever-effervescent Matt Harding,

Movies: Schultze, and Caviezel as the Count of Monte Cristo

Sunday, September 21st, 2014


The Showtime Family cable channel is playing Schultze gets the blues, a delightful movie I reviewed nearly nine years ago>. Here’s my review,

Minimalism comes to life in Schultze gets the blues.

The story starts when Schultze and his two friends Manfred and Jürgen are pushed into early retirement from the salt mines and receive salt lamps as retirement gifts. Schultze spends his retirement days playing the polka on his accordion, gardening (and polishing his garden gnomes), watching his friends fight over chess, riding his bicycle to get around, visiting his mother at the nursing home, and enjoying a beer or two. At the nursing home he meets whiskey-drinking Frau Lorant, who wants him to take her to the casino.

Then he listens to a Zydeco tune on the radio and his life changes completely.

Schultze’s played by Horst Krause, who bears more than a passing resemblance to Curly Howard, if Curly wore eyeglasses and a fedora, and had a deep voice. Not that Shultze is a man of many words.

Director Michael Schorr’s touch is light, slowand I mean slow –, and makes for a very very funny movie. Schultze is a lucky everyman (I was told once that Schultze is a way to refer to a “generic German” guy, and probably not very complimentary, but have never wanted to find out on my own) who manages to break away from his everyday rutine, and, as Amazon reviewer Donald Liebenson said, “While Schultze’s journey comes to a downbeat conclusion, the film manages to end on a lovely grace note”. That note will make you laugh, too.

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I recently watched the 2002 version of The Count of Monte Cristo through Amazon Instant Video.

I read Alexandre Dumas Sr.’s novels and all of Arthur Conan Doyle’s books at the age girls read Nancy Drew’s mysteries (which never really caught my imagination), and have, over the years, watched many of the film and TV interpretations of their works. I’ve watched the 1934 Robert Donat, the 1975 Richard Chamberlain, and the 1999 Gerard Depardieu in the title role as the Count of Monte Cristo (or, as Prince would put it, the sailor formerly known as Edmond Dantes). All were different and good (as long as you suspend belief enough to think 13 years at the Chateau D’If could not decrease Depardieu’s avoirdupois), so Jim Caviezel’s Dantes would complete the set.

I loved the enjoyable, fresh, luscious production, and the very moving performances by Caviezel and Richard Harris. Don’t miss the Count’s grand entrance,

Why the game should stand tall

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

My latest article, Why the game should stand tall, a review of the excellent When the Game Stands Tall, is up at Da Tech Guy Blog. Go read it, and hit Pete’s tip jar.

Beethoven goes salsa

Monday, September 15th, 2014


Sunday morning #rumbita

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Finnish Rumbita attracts internationally

Thursday night tango: Natacha Poberaj & Vladimir Khorev

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

dancing to Recuerdo,

En español: Barbara Padilla

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

The 2d place finalist of America’s Got Talent, Barbara Padilla, interviewed in Spanish by Jaime Bayly,

She has a new CD out today, available through Amazon. I’d like Andrea Bocelli’s agent to sign her up.

Thursday night tango: Michael Nadtochi & Eleanora Kalganova,

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Michael Nadtochi & Eleanora Kalganova, dancing to
No hay tierra como la mía,

5 lessons Hillary could learn from Isabel

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

What can the former FLOTUS learn from the first season of Spanish TV series Isabel? find out at Da Tech Guy blog!