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Archive - Jan 15, 2011

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Bath Reflections

In a candle-lit bath, smoking and examining the bruise on my shin from my klutzyness with the snowblower, the bath scene in Klute came to me and then a flood of memory images of Jane Fonda on film.

Sneaking into Barbarella was one of the highlights of my high school years. A woman who could blow up an orgasmatron, I was hooked.  Barbarella was sequentially followed by They Shoot Horse Don't They, which bored me; and then Klute which floored me (in a good way).

The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T

Dr. Seuss' flamboyant The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T has a cult following which includes me.

Now a new 3 disc Soundtrack CD has just been released and I can't wait to hear it. NPR The making and talent within The 5000 Fingers is a fascinating story in its own right.

Film: Evening

Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Vanessa Regrave, Meryl Streep, Natasha Richardson, and Eileen Atkins, with these excellent actors on board, how could it flop?

Well, it wasn't because of the actors. The Susan Minot novel turned screenplay by Michael Cunningham lacked any sort of writing chops. The characters are drawn with crayon despite the skills of the actors. The storyline borrowed and re-used, the staging ridiculously stiff and corny, and the timing was just all wrong.