Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Peter O' Toole & David Letterman in London, 1995

My friend Mary and I were talking about one of my heroes, Peter O'Toole, and it gave me a great excuse to run this legendary interview from the Late Show's 1995 London stint.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Another Favorite Scene: DEATH BECOMES HER

I've been enjoying sharing my all-time favorite scenes with you, so here is another one I love, a classic: Bruce Willis and Meryl Streep, both at their brilliant best, in Robert Zemeckis' underrated Death Becomes Her, written by Martin Donovan and David Koepp.

If Martin Donovan's name sounds familiar, it's because he's also a very gifted actor you've seen many times.  If David Koepp's name sounds familiar, it's because he has written and/or directed a ridiculous number of legendary films, including a personal favorite of mine, Ghost Town.

And what can I say about Robert Zemeckis?  He'd be my hero even his only films were the (for me) life-changing Back to the Future trilogy. (Or my guilty pleasure, 1941, co-written with Bob Gale and John Milius) 

When I went to college film professors all seemed to teach the Psycho shower scene shot-by-shot. It was to film class what Silas Marner is to high school English.  Except Psycho is great and Silas Marner is... well... not. (In fact, I think Silas Marner, Pilgrim's Progress, and other moldy classics have done more to turn young Americans off to reading than eyestrain. Please tell me they give you better books in high school today. Er, but I digress.)

My point is I hope that someone somewhere is teaching this Death Becomes Her scene shot-by-shot, because it's pure genius.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Another Favorite Scene: Groucho Marx Goes to War on False Pretenses

I've posted this clip before, but as one of the best scenes ever written and performed, it's always worth watching again (and again).  It's from the Marx Brothers masterpiece Duck Soup and it is such a great illustration of something we all do on occasion -- I call it "worrying on spec" -- as well as a fair depiction of Bush Administration foreign policy.

Here's how much this scene has influenced my life: as My Friend Mary can confirm, to this day, whenever the phone or doorbell rings I instinctively mutter, "More bad news."

Monday, April 04, 2011

After SNL, Elton John Plays "The Bitch is Back"

And I have to include the "Knights of the Realm" sketch, because I could watch Tom Hanks as Michael Caine all day.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Every Parent Should Watch This: Martin Bashir Shares One Story of Bullying

When I watch ABC's What Would You Do? I am often moved to tears by the courage and decency of average people who witness bullying of all kinds and step in and do something about it.  If you ever see anyone being bullied -- even a child being bullied by his/her parent, don't be afraid to speak up.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Super Bowl-esque Anthem Fail, a Cheesehead Hat, Chick Hearn, Supermodels, and George Will Hit in the Head by a Cinderblock

All in the same Duckman: "Vuuck as in Duck." It's one of the Duckman episodes I'm proudest of. (Warning: this video has ads in some really intrusive spots, but hey, what can we do?)

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Friday, February 04, 2011

Stephen Colbert, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Christiane Aman-Purr

I've always wondered: When Fox News personalities say incredibly stupid things, and Stewart and Colbert and everyone else who thinks and reasons points it out, do the Fox News idiots ever react to it?

I now know the answer: Bill O'Reilly said the stupidest thing I've seen in years on Fox News (the tides thing) and he responded with something even stupider. Thank God for Stephen Colbert, seen here making it one of the funniest things I've seen in years.

And then, just because they're funny, enjoy Stephen spotlighting Hannity's ignorance (Did he double down on it, too?) and a Groundhog Day appearance by Christiane Aman-Purr.