Are there any more enticing words than "Your order has shipped"?
Actually, yes: "Original Cast Recording"
The order I am about the receive from Amazon contains [i]Broadway's Lost Treasure's Vol. III[/i], a collection of performances from Tony Award broadcasts. This one includes, among others, a number from the 1968 flop, [i]How Now, Do Jones[/i] (you think I make these titles up?) choreographed by Michael Bennett and led by Tony Roberts.
The other item from Amazon is actually a Christmas gift. That's right, Rodolfettes, I'm one of those people who starts Christmas shopping in December. Go ahead and hate me. I mean for a new reason.
On a completely unrelated note: Paul, please don't buy any hummel figurines before Christmas.
Why isn't Chicago included when films get a limited release? We're the third largest city in the country, dammit!
So I haven't reviewed last week's [i]Veronica Mars[/i] and probably won't before tonight's ep. So that's another goal of steady reviewing that's down the tubes. The Garbo collection may follow. I haven't reviewed either version of [i]Anna Christie[/i] and it's been a couple of weeks. Stupid day job. Stupid bipolar disorder.
I got a part-time gig reviewing films for a website. Sadly, it doesn't pay but at least I get my name out there. The reviews are the same as the ones here, except the ones I do here have those personal touches we've all come to know and love. They only allow one review per film and somebody got to a few of them before I joined and naturally did everything all wrong. Robert Wise [i]did not[/i] co-choreograph [i]West Side Story[/i]!!!
I'm reviewing [i]Proof[/i] for said website. I loved the play and had been looking forward to the film for ages. And now that I [i]have[/i] to review it: writer's block.
Last night, despite being exhausted and grumpy from work, I managed to do two loads of laundry, bake a banana bread and watched [i]The Hucksters[/i]. I didn't even turn on my computer when I got home and that's usually step one.
[i]The Huckters[/i] is from 1947 and stars Clark Gable, Deborah Kerr, Ava Gardner, Syndney Greenstreet, Adolphe Menjou and Keenan Wynn. It was directed by Jack Conway, who did the delightful movie with William Powell and Myrna Loy and Jean Harlow and Spencer Tracy that was included in the MGM Classic Comedies boxed set but whose name escapes me at the moment and I don't want to look it up because that's cheating. But don't be fooled: [i]The Hucksters[/i] is boring as hell. It doesn't know if it wants to be a satire, a dark comedy, a romance or a straight-up drama, but at least it doesn't succeed on any level. There are occasions of brilliance: Menjou is terrific in a bitter monologue about how he achieved success and Wynn was hilarious as a hack comedian, but the only truly positive thing I can say is that the film inspired the title, of not the plot, if the Porky Pig/Daffy Duck cartoon, "The Ducksters."
Now [i]that's[/i] comedy.
[color=navy]Update: [i]Libeled Lady!!!![/i] It only took me 8 hours to remember.[/color]