Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I Hate Fake Trumpet Playing in Movies

Fred Astaire portrayed a trumpet player in the 1940 film Second Chorus.  I have an irrational hatred of actors who do a carp job of fake playing an instrument as Astaire and his sidekick, Batman's Penguin, did:


 More horrible fake trumpet playing:


Conversely, Artie Shaw and his orchestra probably fake played their instruments to playback on stage, but did a better job pulling off synching their actions to the music since they at least knew real fingering:


The entire film:

To contrast, others find Astaire as one of the few redeeming aspects of this film:

However, I'm not the only person who finds bad fake trumpet playing annoying, from the PBS show "Theater Talk" episode discussing new Broadway play about the trumpet player Louis Armstrong "Satchmo at Waldorf":


The playwright, Terry Teachout, states:

"I never wanted an actor to pretend to be playing the trumpet. That never looks right."

and the entire "Theater Talk" episode:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Creepy Choreography ruins perfectly good Mozart music

Nederlands Dans choreography of Mozart's "Finale" of "Petite Mort" starts out w/classical version of "Let's Get Physical":

and morphs into half naked people jumping on each other:

However, dancers seem to enjoy whatever this is, according to youtube comments, so I must be a philistine:

Footnote, the Olivia Newton-John reference, whose video I find to be sophomorically amusing:

Friday, October 3, 2014

#NewYorkTimes Blasphemes against #ObamaMessiah

Staff at the New York Times better not eat almond flavored cookies after their September 14. 2014 crossword puzzle blasphemed the Leftist Messiah:

32 across clue "Obama caricature feature" and the answer = "Big Ears"

FYI, a complete list of clues and answers appears at

Back in the day, when Obama said jump, MSM yelled "How High?!!", or, more typically, when he said grovel, they replied "how low?"

Obama, when running for re-election, whined that he was allegedly bullied b/c of his big ears, from March 10, 2011 CBS News report "Obama: I was bullied for my big ears" with this rather prescient quote:

"'As adults, we all remember what it was like to see kids picked on in the hallways or in the schoolyard,' he said."
This quote implies Obama was always a bystander and never bravely intervened to defend victims of bullying, which explains how he runs US foreign policy today. Most lefty cartoonists dutifully laid off our thin skinned POTUS and eschewed graphically teasing him in any way. However, as of late, artists are lampooning his big donkey ears:

This is good, b/c as Newsweek Evan Thomas points out in Ken Burns recent documentary about the Roosevelts, it's bad for US presidents to have a cult of personality built up around them, at least if they're Republican:


MRC Kyle Drennen points out PBS's anti TR bias in his 9/16/2014 article "PBS Doc: Teddy Roosevelt An 'Imperialist' 'Killer' Who Glorified War" and includes a transcript of above clip:

"THOMAS: He comes back from war and he senses that he is what America wants to be. Out of Roosevelt's self-importance, but also fed by a real adulation, there emerges a kind of cult of Roosevelt. People simply worshiped this guy in a cowboy hat, this easterner who had become a westerner"
I suppose the TR cult of personality to which Evan Thomas referred was illustrated by the Simpsons episode "Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts":


Of course, Evan Thomas is the same idiot who thinks Obama is "Sort of god", from Kyle Drennen's June 5, 2009 Newsbusters article "Newsweek’s Evan Thomas: Obama Is ‘Sort of God’"

Thomas elaborated on Obama as God, patronizingly explaining: "He's going to bring all different sides together...Obama is trying to sort of tamper everything down. He doesn't even use the word terror. He uses extremism. He's all about let us reason together...He's the teacher. He is going to say, ‘now, children, stop fighting and quarreling with each other.’ And he has a kind of a moral authority that he – he can – he can do that." In response, Matthews wondered: "If there's a world election between him and Osama Bin Laden, he's running a good campaign." Thomas agreed: "Yes, he is." 
From The Daily Gouge, Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 article "The Press and Dr. Faustus"

One can only hope the same thing happens to the idol worshiping MSM as happened to the pagan idolaters of Moses' time @1:09:30 "The Ten Commandments"

or cued up to the golden calf scene in the Charlton Heston version:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

#Jeopardy the movie

Thought panel of Jeopardy on Fri 6/6/14 episode

had imdb doppelgangers.  Molly looked and acted like prissy Nellie Oleson girl from Little House on the Prairie:

According to random people on youtube, French people like evil Nell:

Thought Kathy looked and acted like Greer Garson's nerdy younger sister, Mary Bennet,  in Pride and Prejudice:

and Vince reminded me Farley Granger from "Strangers on a Train"

and the cast answering double Jeopardy questions:

Monday, September 29, 2014


Some clips from PBS Nature documentary on elephants, I think it was "Echo: An Elephant to Remember" but I could be wrong:

If and or when the above link breaks, b/c entropy is always increasing, here are a couple a kludgy clips of the GOP mascot hanging out doing elephanty things:




Unfortunately, some male elephants do mean things, like kill Mama RINOs:

But, playing an internet animal lawyer, the above linked article doesn't give entire back story or context. Perhaps, the male RINO attacked the female elephant and started the war, which would make this attack similar to Wounded Knee and still morally dubious, if random animals had morals...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

#TheGoodWife operatic interlude "O mio babbino caro"

I obviously disagree with this tweet:

because as a former band nerd, I always pay attention to television shows background music.

"The Good Wife" Se6Ep1 "The Line" episode opened with an instrumental song whose title I couldn't remember:


TuneFind wasn't helpful because it only goes to season 5.

HeardOnTV was also not helpful because apparently they don't list classical music on soundtracks (I thought).

At first I thought the song sounded like Liszt - Liebestr√§ume in A-Flat Major, Dreams of Love 

then my neurons fired and Carl Sagan "Cosmos" binders opened up:

and I vaguely recalled a Classic Arts Showcase clip which I incorrectly remembered (I'm not the only one) as "O Bambino" but is actually "O mio babbino caro" from "Gianni Schicchi" composed by Giacomo Puccini

Then, it further dawned on me I could try to corroborate this answer by double checking attributed songs from the last episode from last season: Se5Ep22 "A Weird Year"

and they helpfully remind people that this song was also featured in the historical Brit flick "A Room with a View":

However, they neglected to point out that it's the same song Woodstock whistles for Peppermint Patty's ice dancing program in "She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown "

I agree with Joseph Ryan's critique of the then ten people who voted the Snoopy video down:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Julie Harris in #TheMemberOfTheWedding

I'm glad I'm not the only person who thinks these blasphemies about the classic stageplay "The Member of the Wedding":

presumably referring to these crazy scenes:



In "The Hiding Place" you knew things weren't going to end up well when typically loud emoting thespian Julie Harris was cast as a Dutch woman trying to quietly hide from the Nazis:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

#SideEye showdown b/n Audra McDonald vs Don Lemon

I think it's hilarious Audra McDonald gets a side eye glance from a guy passing her on a bicycle dressed up like a clown carrying a bunch of balloons at the end of this PBS music video:


fuzzy screen save:

McDonald only had to put up with one goofy guy giving her the side eye as opposed to poor Don Lemon from Aug. 15, 2014 Buzzfeed article "These Pictures Accurately Portray How People Feel About Don Lemon" surrounded by a sea of skeptical spectators. But at least Lemon has a sense of humor and turned the crowd of cynical side eyes into his twitter header: