Archive for the ‘movies’ Category


Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Who is this guy?

Is he a Dude wannabe?

No, it’s Ralph-pronounced-Rafe Finnes (his little brother is Joe, pronounced “Joe”; and no, they do not have a brother named Dalph-pronounced-Dave), preparing for an upcoming role.

Unfortunately, the part Ralph-pronounced-Rafe got is Charles Dickens, since there is no sequel to The Big Lebowski in the works, and, besides, only this guy is The Dude.

Maybe Ralph-pronounced-Rafe could make it to the next Lebowskifest (Seattle, August 10-11). All he needs is a bathrobe.

For those of us who remember The English Patient, here’s a tear-jerking moment,

Blogging on more serious matters shall resume shortly.

And now for an al fresco moment

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

starring the fabulous Alan Bates,

Saturday tango, CNN version

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Nice article on CNN by Migdalia Romero, author of Tango Lover’S Guide To Buenos Aires: Insights And Recommendations,

Dancing to the music of love in Buenos Aires

The prelude to tango begins at the moment that two people stand face to face and listen silently to a few notes of the music, before settling in on the embrace and beginning to dance.
Tango is a dance that stresses elegant walking and close attention to the music. More than anything, if you are new to it, just enjoy the scene. Notice the subtle movements of the dancers, the ways in which they negotiate small spaces and crowded dance floors, and the delicate way they accomplish the seductive invitation to dance.

Master Card has a nice ad on tango tourism,

The ad was filmed on location at Confitería Ideal, also the location of the El flete number of The Tango Lesson,

Sally Potter chose a magnificent group of milongueros for that particular number, among them the brilliant Omar Vega (now deceased) and Carlos Copello.

La Ideal is a great place to dance and to watch dancers. Don’t miss it, if you go to Buenos Aires.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Love theme from one of my favorites, Cinema Paradiso,


Rep. Allen West at #CPAC UPDATE

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Congressman Allen West stopped by Bloggers’ Row and answered our questions,

Among his remarks,
“If your policies (i.e., the Obama administration’s) have failed, the only thing you can rely on is the politics of envy and divisiveness.”

“I am about economic freedom, not economic dependency.” Asked about his interview in the film Runaway Slave, “we’ve got to get more people off the economic plantation.” Here’s a link to the film, Runaway Slave. I attended a preview last night, and recommend it.

Here’s Allen West’s speech at CPAC,

And video of him at Bloggers’ Row

Video of the full Bloggers’ Row session,


The Artist gets 10 Oscar nominations

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Finally, a movie I liked gets an Oscar nomination,
Oscar Nominations Announced: ‘Hugo’ Leads with 11, ‘The Artist’ 10, ‘Moneyball’ and ‘War Horse’ 6 Each, Jonah Hill 1

Including best actor for Jean Dejardin, whose Douglas Fairbank’s face dances on a Gene Kelly body, and best supporting actress for Berenice Bejo.


The Artist: The best movie you haven’t seen yet

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Maatkare reviews The Artist,
‘The Artist’ Review: Ode to Classic Hollywood Crushes Soulless Modern Films

A fun movie, starring Jean Dujardin, who looks like someone mixed Douglas Fairbanks’s genes with Gene Kelly’s with great success

If you like the Turner Movie Classics and Kevin Brownlow’s Hollywood, you’ll like this

And yet, the movie transcends mere pastiche. In one scene, Bejo wistfully interacts with Valentin’s empty tailcoat in the most chaste yet erotic movie moment in recent memory. In another, Bejo luminously ascends a flight of stairs clad in white as Valentin descends, dressed in somber gray, in the iconic Bradbury Building (seen in “Blade Runner” and many more), a perfect melding of themes and production design.

There are even some noir undertones.

Oh, yeah, I even love the dog.

Go see it.



Monday, September 5th, 2011

Patricia Bosworth has published a book on Jane Fonda’s life, and The Daily Mail has an excerpt:

She supposedly confided during a feminist consciousness-raising session, ‘My biggest regret is I never got to f*** Che Guevara.’

The ridiculousness of a “feminist” saying that her biggest regret in life is that she didn’t get to have sex with some guy is beyond parody.

But not to worry. Jane got to boink a lot of other guys, and married Tom Hayden, a communist who took her for all $he wa$ worth.

And Fidel’s still around!

Che’s dead, but here’s one for Stacy’s Rule Five,

Che t-shirt not included


The Evolution of Nicholas Cage’s Hair

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Even funnier, but NOT SUITABLE FOR WORK, Nicholas Cage Loses His Sh**.


Watching The Bandwagon

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

TCM is playing The Bandwagon, which has my most favorite pas de deux ever,