Thursday, May 26, 2016

MY 50TH

that's me wearing glasses in the bottom left corner, at my 50th birthday party in the home I rented in Santa Monica, with some of my friends who were there, like actor Jeff Kober (China Beach at the time, Walking Dead more recently) hovering over me, his son Henry holding Jeff's finger, behind Henry is actor Michael O'Keefe (The Great Santini, Caddy Shack etc.) and behind me sitting on the floor is Christopher, then boyfriend of Sharon Stone, who is beside and slightly below him, with actress Jamie Rose (of  Falcon Crest, Lady Blue and Biker Chicks in Zombie Town fame) in the doorway talking to my daughter Caitlin...not sure who took the polaroid

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

THE MEDDLER

This is one of those 50/50 movies. If you go in expecting an hour and forty minutes of light entertainment with some good laughs and tender moments, you'll leave satisfied and smiling. If, on the other hand, you go in expecting a hilarious movie (as one critic called it) or a great drama, you'll leave somewhat disappointed.

The acting is mostly terrific, which is almost guaranteed for Susan Sarandon and J. K. Simmons. Rose Byrne is good too, but why can't movies and TV these days find "American" actors to play "Americans?"

Also, coming from and living in Jersey and having lived in New York, the accents that are supposed to be Jersey and Brooklyn in THE MEDDLER start out horrible. Though they do get better, or I became more accepting as the movie went on.

All in all, a nice little escape movie with, like I said, some good laughs and some moving moments, but one of Sarandon's lighter offerings.

[PS: I worked as an extra once by accident when I was starting out (thought it was a bigger role) in a pretty bad movie that was the first, or one of the first, starring roles for Sarandon, and she was a pain-in-the-butt diva on that set and didn't give a great performance. But she went on to become one of the greatest actors ever to grace a movie screen and an iconic movie star. Good for her.]

Monday, May 23, 2016

NEW FAVORITE OLD QUOTE

"...dig Michael Lally. There's also someone young and interesting."

—Allen Ginsberg (in a 1978 letter to Lawrence Ferlinghetti published in I Greet You At The Beginning Of A Great Career)


[PS: thanks to my old friend poet Simon Schuchat for hipping me to this and to my late friend Allen for calling me "young" at 36...]

Sunday, May 22, 2016

NICE GUYS

There's good actors in this movie. Including the stars: Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. But it's co-written and directed by Shane Black, which turns out to be the problem. How did these two seemingly talented and intelligent movie stars get involved with a script that is marketed as a comedy but at times goes beyond even the most extremely tasteless dialogue and action of what dishearteningly has become "the norm" by placing pornographic language in the mouth of an innocent young girl and placing her in pornographic and physically violent situations.

Women are so mistreated in this movie I'm surprised there wasn't a picket line of activist feminists outside the theater. Yes there were moments of comedy between the stars that had me laughing, and there were even moments of touching drama, though fleeting. But there was too much gratuitous female nudity and violence against females in a plot that seemed put together with duct tape, all making me wish I hadn't bought a ticket. But my teenage son enjoyed it (saying he hadn't expected much anyway). Your call.

Thursday, May 19, 2016