2,000 POSTS DONE!, so I am posting less frequently, but will still be adding news, comments and photos.. As archived, its a ramble through my movie watching, music and old magazine store and discussing People We Like [Loren, Monroe, Vitti, Romy Schneider, Lee Remick, Kay Kendall, Anouk & Dirk Bogarde, Delon, Belmondo, Jean Sorel, Belinda Lee; + Antonioni, Hitchcock, Wilder, Minnelli, Cukor, Joni Mitchell, David Hockney etc]. As Pauline Kael wrote: "Art, Trash and the Movies"!
Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.
Sunday, 23 December 2012
That dance, that song, that show
Britain's dance contest STRICTLY COME DANCING has finished for another year, with a terrific win by Louis Smith and professional dancer Flavia Cacace. He is
the Olympic silver medal winner but did not look particuarly happy or
bothered dancing, but finally got into it as the competition progressed. Flavia is a goddess and a terrific professional dancer, her argentine
tango is amazing, as she is currently showing in MIDNIGHT TANGO on show in London, as per previous posts, here (Dance label). All
their dances are great but this one is delightful. After being lumbered
with the amusing Russell Grant last year, she finally got a young guy
she was able to mold into a great dancer. Kimberley Walsh of Girls Aloud and her partner Pasha were also sensational. YouTube has all the clips. Last year's winner Harry Judd was also terrific.
Its that time when seasonal shows abound, probably all shot in the summer. We recently saw not one but 2 Michael Buble ones: Home for Christmas, and Home For the Holidays. We also got Rod Stewart's christmas show, recorded at a castle in Scotland, Buble was in that one too - and there is a Chris Isaak one one later today, which should be interesting, and yes, Buble turns up there too ...
Thanks to modern technology Buble was able to join Bing in a rendition of THAT song that always gets one a wee bit emotional. Perhaps its because my father liked Bing so much .... but it certainly conjures up that mythical christmas of "sleighbells in the snow" as much as ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE ... Buble and Crosby look a better team though than Bing and Bowie back in 1972 ...
seasonal saccharine christmas shows were all of a muchness with Michael
Buble making almost as many appearances as actress Sheridan Smith who
was everywhere - in PANTO, in MR STINK, on the Jonathan Ross Show, she is even in the new QUARTET
with Dame Maggie ..... nobody though could top Sir Stephen of Fry, whom
the papers gleefully pointed out would be on television 181 times
between Christmas and new year - in endless re-runs of his quiz shows,
and various other programmes and movies he had been in. Thankfully I
avoided them all apart from the trailer for a new crime thriller he
somehow fitted in.
of the music shows for me was Chris Isaak's, maybe from 2008? - he
still looks (and sounds) terrific - particularly in that green flashy
suit. Michael Buble and Stevie Nicks helped out and "Rudolph The Red
Nose Raindeer" never sounded better!