Friday, September 08, 2006

Curmudgeon in the Wry 329

Friday, September 08, 2006---769 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 27 seconds (time frittered away)
Offending readers one issue at a time since 2001.
Almost completely free of original ideas.
Often wrong…but never in doubt.
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Rave:
Adolphe Menjou
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Currently reading: “The Procane Chronicle” by Ross Thomas (1971)
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On the Victrola: Bob Dylan’s “Modern Times”---easy to hear why this one debuted at #1. Just !@#$%&* wonderful!!!
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Rave: If you purchase and donate a pound of coffee to the troops at Starbucks, your drink is free. Gets my vote!
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Rave: Turner Classic Movies’ tribute to Glenn Ford on Sunday (9/10) will show a half dozen Glenn Ford films including a great Western with Randolph Scott (The Desperados”).
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Rave: Andre Agassi's swan song at the U.S. Open was magnificent theater, and his Thursday night match against 21-year-old Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus was as good as any sporting event I've seen in a long time.
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Rant: Judging from the clips I have seen on the Imus in the Morning show, it appears to me that Katie Couric cornered the market on Botox before her debut on CBS.
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Rave: The Bob Dylan
“Modern Times” iPod television spot is quite a treat.
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Guilty Pleasure: The “Beat the Press” segment on the Tucker Carlson Show…especially when he nails Nancy Grace. Of course, she is so hideous----and such an easy and obvious target, it is like shooting fish in a barrel. To his credit, he does not skewer her every day….though well he could.
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Rave: Major Sean Drummond is a nonconformist, cynical and self-deprecating JAG lawyer…a wonderful character with wit, charm, smarts.
Before JAG, he was a member of super secret covert “outfit” in the US intelligence community.
In Brian Haig’s “Secret Sanction” Drummond is assigned to what appears to be a straightforward case. Someone has committed a massacre of 35 Serbian troops who were led by a brutal, sadistic warlord.
The army brass fears this will get attention on a par with Vietnam’s My Lai massacre.
Once in Tuzla Air Base in Bosnia-Herzegovina, what appears to be a giant cover-up/conspiracy greets Drummond and his legal team.
NSA, CIA, Green Berets, Drummond’s mentor (two star general Clapper) and on up to the Commander-in-Chief are possible members of the whitewash.
The pace is fast, the dialogue electric, the characters real and fully fleshed out. It is muscular legal thriller…perhaps John Grisham in army fatigues.
Each clue unearthed leads to another seeming dead end…but Drummond is relentless in finding out what really took place.
The journey to the dénouement is a breathtaking voyage and the ending will take you by surprise.
A winner on many levels!
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Rave: The AMC special
"Bond Girls Are Forever" was just great. 007 is as recognizable a pop culture icon as there is and the Bond Girls were a major part of the experience.
It is hard to imagine that it was 44 years ago that Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder first stepped out the gleaming Bahamian waters in that wonderful bikini with her conch shells. She and Honor Blackman remain my favorite Bond Girls.
And, there has only been one true James Bond----and that is Sean, Sean Connery.
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Rant: Shouting into your cell phone is unnecessary. It’s a TELEphone, not a MEGAphone.
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Rave: Every time I see a
Steve McQueen movie, not only do I marvel at what a great actor he was, but that he the classic scene stealer. And, he did it in such subtle ways.
Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Yul Brenner, Faye Dunaway, Richard Attenborough and a host of others, all had their pockets picked by McQueen’s shrewdness.
And, the movies were always the better for it!
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Truism: You don’t have to be older to dislike hip hop. However, minimal intelligence, taste and self-respect are prerequisites.
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Rant: Katie Couric had all that time to get ready and still couldn’t figure out how to say good night.
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Hmmmm: The great irony of the U.S. loss to Greece in the World Basketball Tournament is that the American players put on a dunking exhibition before the game, while at the other end of the gym the Greek players were shooting free throws.
Then the U.S. team shot 59 percent from the free-throw line.
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Truism II: Mark Twain thought polygamists were being rather selfish until he saw their wives. Then he realized they were doing mankind a favor.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.
Thunder on.

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