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The newest Production of "The Music Man"

The Music Man by Meredith Wilson is one of the great musical to come out of the 1950ths. It starred Robert Preston and Barbara Cook on Broadway. A big movie also with Robert Preston but with Shirley Jones doing Marian was produced. This was in 2003 and stars Matthew Broderick. That's the problem. Matthew Broderick looks like a kid. Harold Hill should be played by an older man. I must add the production is good. River City looks good. The townspeople are well done. The supporting ro

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Horton Foote

He died today.(March 4) He was 92. His most famous work was the screenplay for To Kill a Mockingbird. The movie starred Gregory Peck and won Peck his only Oscar. His screenplay Tender Mercies won Robert Duvall his only Oscar. His screenplay for A Trip to Bountiful won Geraldine Page her only Oscar. Doing a Horton Foote screenplay was a good career move for an actor.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Paul Harvey

Paul Harvey died yesterday. (2-28) He never retired from broadcasting although with the death of his wife he had stopped broadcasting. One of the obits about him noted that he opposed the war in Cambodia and may have been responsible for Nixon pulling out.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Johnny Cash

Yesterday (Feb 26) was Johnny Cash's birthday. He was one of best singers of his generation. He had one of the great show business romances. He was a true cross over singer bridging both country and pop. '

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

The Wire A Further look

I finished the last episode of the first season. This is such a well done show. It is also very depressing. Most of the actors are not known to me although since I have watched the show I am seeing some of them in movies and on other shows.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

The Duggers

This is a TV show about an Arkansas family with eighteen children. They are Christian fundamentalist. This and the number of children would have some people reaching for firearms. Even the children are well behaved but not "Stepford" kids. The Duggers have strong values which they believe in and act on. There are a lot worst thing in this world.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Slumdog Millionaire and the Oscars

I've seen only one of the winners, Heath Ledger for "The Dark Knight". Has anyone seen Slumdog Millionaire? It sounds like a nice movie. Years ago I made a point to see all the Oscar nominees before the broadcast but I haven't done that since "Titanic" won.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

The Changeling

I just finished this movie. It is a very interesting story. The best moment was when the police captain said that the Joline character wasn't thrown into the insane asylum but escorted.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

The Wire

Let me begin by saying that "The Wire" is not for everyone. There is a lot of cussing, sex, and gratuitous violence. If you offended by these things don't watch. The show was an HBO mini-series that ran for four years set in Baltimore. It shows the inter-action between the police and drug dealers. More to come.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

What do the rich do with their money?

This morning I was listening to a writer for the New Yorker on a news show. The reporter was opposed to tax cuts for the rich. He seemed to be against tax cuts for the rich because the rich won't spend while middle class and poor people will. I think his view is rich people all have bank vaults like Scrooge McDuck had in the Donald Duck comic books and swim in their cash and coins. I hope some day this writer learns that rich people buy things and even hire people to do things for them.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

The Naked City

This is the first police procedural film. It is the ancestor of the Law & Order's and CSI. People did not know they were being filmed because a hidden camera. It's a very good story. Worth Seeing!

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

February 3, 1959. The Day the Music Died.

February 3rd, 1959 is the day Buddy Holly, J P Richardson and Ritchie Valens died in a single engine plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. This event was one of the early tragedies in Rock& Roll history. At least two movies have been made about the event. The song American Pie is of course probably the most memorable thing about the event.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

21

This movie based about some MIT students who counted cards in Vegas. Counting cards is not illegal but is extremely frowned upon. Good performances by all the major and unknowns doing a good job as the students. Don't plan to count cards.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Psyche and The Mentalist

Psyche and the Mentalist are both shows that have detectives who are very good observers. People watching them think they have esp. Of the two show I like The Mentalist more. Simon Baker projects a wonderful benevolence. Psyche while it has the wonderful Dule Hill as Gus. The lead James Rodale just comes across as brash. I must it is nice to see TV shows that debunk esp rather than giving the character super powers.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

The Latest Monk

As the reader of this blog I know I posted some dumb comments about the show Monk. I wanted to draw reader's attention to the latest episode which has the wonderful actress Gina Rowlands in it. She is wonderful. The show continues to be beautifully written. All of the regular cast is good.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

I Pledge Video

This is a video pproduced by Ashton Krutcher and Demi Moore. It includes people from Hollywood making pledges. It could have been done in Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Gypsy's Closing

The musical Gypsy which has had a revival has closed. This one was with Pattie La Pone. La Pone played Momma Rose Gypsy's mother. I think musical actresses who reach a certain age get to do Momma Rose. Pattie was very good and won a Tony.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb