Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

Strut that *ss!

October 21, 2011

Okay, sorry, but this post was inevitable. It is conceivable that some of you haven’t seen this video, and I have no right to deprive you of its contents. The year is 1995, and somewhere in Huntsville, a random guy shows up and starts arguing with a TV reporter:

I think he’s angry about not having a car. But that can’t be it, because he’s all ready to walk to a town 38 miles away. Why don’t you walk to Gunnerville? What’s he’s really angry about is, other people aren’t tired! In fact they have so much energy they strut their ass! And, um, apparently, that’s a chauvinistic pig attitude that Clinton’s got. Either that, or the guy is just not coloring with all 64 crayons.

Then, the brilliant Gregory Brothers turned this crazy rant into a surprisingly catchy song:

What next? The Disney version of course:

Mimi

October 18, 2011

Okay, one more of these, a funny little tune which has nothing to do with the rest of the musical. The Princess Jeanette’s icy “Thank you,” cracks me up every time I watch this. (It’s true, Maurice Chevalier’s character’s name is “Maurice” and Jeanette MacDonald plays “Jeanette.” Now that’s good casting.)

Isn’t It Romantic?

October 17, 2011

(continued from yesterday’s post)

The theme of music being a bit like a living creature is repeated in a later part of Love Me Tonight, when Maurice sings a liitle tune that quickly spreads all over Paris and throughout the countryside. Watch for the songwriter in the middle, he truly believes he has “written” it! There are some brilliant rhymes in here, like energetic/poetic, custom/trust him … and Maurice’s idea of a romantic scene is hilariously chauvinistic. The song culminates in the first appearance of the leading lady, the operatic Jeanette MacDonald.

The tailor in this film is sort of an inspiration for my character Gaston at LiL. I can see Gaston watching this musical over and over, thinking that he’s quite a bit like Maurice.

Love Me Tonight

October 16, 2011

The opening sequence to one of my favorite (and the most underrated) film musical of the 1930’s. Love Me Tonight starts out with a brilliant opening sequence of Paris awakening, and it just keeps getting better from there, with music from the incomparable Richard Rogers and lyrics from the ingenious Lorenz Hart, wonderful performances from Maurice Chevallier and Jeanette MacDonald and funny quips from the great Myrna Loy and Charles Ruggles.

The opening sequence finds music in the simple noises of everyday city life. Enjoy!

Turtle Boy

October 11, 2011

 

Irene was bad

August 28, 2011

… however, maybe the media overreacted a teensy tiny bit.

New Yorkers are pretty tough though. And if all the reporters can stand out in the hurricane, maybe it’s not so bad.

Many A New Day

November 16, 2009

Well, it seems like every ten or fifteen years my heart gets put thru the meat grinder again.

But I’m still alive. Each day is a victory.

“I’ll snap my fingers to show I don’t care
I’ll find me a brand new dress to wear
I’ll scrub my neck and I’ll brush my hair
And start all over again”

Be Optimistic

January 14, 2009

We’re sorry, this video is no longer available

December 6, 2008

The problem with putting videos on my blog is, eventually YouTube will just give you a black screen with the words “We’re sorry, this video is no longer available.” Okay, let’s ignore the fact that this message is entirely machine generated and machines don’t experience sorrow, but I know you will, once you click on the link and get that message.

I do too, ’cause first off I wonder how many months this stupid thing has been sitting here on my blog flashing everyone that dumb message about phony machine generated sorrow instead of serving up a nice lil movie like it’s sposeta.

Anyway, I spent a little time tidying up around here, and (with possible exception of the Cyndi Lauper video) all of ’em should be working now. The busted ones have been flagged as “private” so if by some miracle they start working again, I’ll be able to restore them easily.

Unfortunately, any brilliant comments and observations you may have made on these videos have to be spirited away too, which is the saddest cut of all. Dang it, I love it when people comment, and now I’m caught in a situation where I have to put them away where no one sees ’em.

In future, I guess I ought to download any videos to my hard drive and if they vanish from YouTube, upload ’em there again. Wish I thought of that before they deleted that great old Dippity Doo commercial, that one was a gem.

dippitydoo

Grace under pressure

May 30, 2007

Picture this: you’re 22, you’re competing for the title of Miss Universe, and people are treating you like this (take special note of the two gallant males in this video):

God bless you, Rachel Smith, you’ve got more class than anyone in the room.