Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Curmudgeon in the Wry 332

Tuesday, September 26, 2006---571 Words---Average reading time: 1-minute, 47 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: Kim Novak
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Currently reading: “The Hostage” by W.E.B. Griffin.
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On the Victrola: “The Hawk in Paris” by Coleman Hawkins. (1956)
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Quote: “Football is violence punctuated by committee meetings.”---George Will.
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Rave: I really enjoyed the second episode of “Studio 60 on Sunset Strip.” I know where I will be Mondays at 10 PM until college basketball gets back on the tube.
Shame on me for missing the pilot!
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Rant: It is a sad commentary on the times when “Jackass #2” is #1 at the box office. Louis B. Meyer is turning in his grave.
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Rant: Another Hollywood remake gets flushed as “All the King’s Men” opens at #7 with a meager $3.8 million take.
When will Hollywood learn the value of an original idea? If you remake it, it must have added value…it must be better than the original.
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Speaking of remakes: Coming soon to theater near you is the 2006 version of “Twelve Angry Men.”
There are not twelve actors in Hollywood today as good as the least talented of the original twelve jurors!
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Hmmmm: This year’s MTV Video Music Awards show ratings were down by 28%!
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Idle thought: Why is it that, when teams predict how soon an injured football player will return, estimates range from two to four, or four to six weeks? You almost never hear of a guy coming back in three to five weeks. Why is that?
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Quote: “Just because you mumble, doesn’t mean you are Marlon Brando.”---Otto Penzler.
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Rave: Diana Krall’s “From This Moment On” salutes the timeless standards.From the Gershwins to Johnny Mercer---Jobim to Irving Berlin---Cole Porter to Rodgers and Hart, the selections in this collection are flawless.She makes the songs her own with her stylish simplicity, sophistication, elegance and grace.Ms. Krall’s √©lan and confidence give the songs a freshness that makes you feel that you are hearing them for the first time.In fact, “From This Moment On” by Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer’s “Day In, Day Out” and “Exactly Like You” by McHugh and Fields sound like they were written especially for her.Never did I think anyone could co-own (or even sublet) “Come Dance With Me” from Frank Sinatra, but Diana Krall does something extra-special with it.A compilation of “whoop dee doo” songs performed in a polished and refined manner.It is quite possible that Diana Krall is the Ella Fitzgerald of our day.
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Pop quiz: Did you realize that eight of the 12 Major League Soccer teams participate in the playoffs? No need to answer if you didn't even know there was an MLS.
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Rant: The PC book says that we can’t just profile spinach. We have to pull all vegetables off the shelves
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Quote: “The daily point spreads printed in most newspapers testify to the ubiquity of gambling, and, vociferously as the N.F.L. and the N.C.A.A. oppose gambling, they also owe a great deal of their popularity to it.”---James Surowiecki in The New Yorker Magazine.
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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.

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