Friday, March 10, 2006

Commercial Break From PCH Chronicles


Citizen Cane - great movie or Eh?

Also, I saw Mama Mia last Saturday. Has anyone seen this performance? The story is light and somewhat vapid, but the music is so much fun. I have to say that I loved it.

Kagemusha is a dumbass.

The seven songs I am into right now are (in no specific order):

1. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning - Richard Thompson
2. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
3. Clap Your Hands - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
4. The Winner Takes It All - ABBA
5. The Theme to the Magnificent Seven - Cincinnati Pops
6. (Ghost) Riders In the Sky - Johnny Cash
7. Southbound Saurez - Led Zepplin (trust me, go listen to this one!!!)

I intend to draft Chapter 6 of the The PCH tonight. Please feel free to discuss any of the foregoing topics in the interim.

I am going to tag Bloodgood...and Dorian Gray...and that is all I am going to do. Suck it!

***Fine Print regarding Tagging***

"List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they are any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to."

30 Comments:

Anonymous kagemusha provided this enlightening comment...

(In my best Eeyore voice: Thanks for noticing me Flamingo.)

Alright, to Citizen Kane. I have already stated that the film did not do much for me. But to give credit where credit is due, I understand that, technically speaking, the film was revolutionary. From lighting effects to non-linear storylines (things we now consider just one more tool in the director's arsenal) Citizen Kane changed how directors could tell a story.

However, the story itself felt flat. I understand that the story was that no matter how much wealth and power we acquire during our lives, if we aren't truly loved and love deeply in return, all the riches of the world will not console our souls. That is a valid point but I did not need to be smashed over the head with it like a brick (that is what "It's a Wonderful Life" is for).

The acting was also flat. Wells' performance felt stilted and the romantic scenes were unmoving. (However, Agnes Moorehead did use this film to hone her acting skills so that she could play Endora on "Bewitched" to sublime perfection.)

Just my two cents. In summary: great film from a technical standpoint (groundbreaking even), but the story itself, meh.

10:17 AM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

I tend to agree with you, Kagemusha, but I did very much enjoy the film and how "Rosebud" played such a pivotal role. I can see how you could feel that the point was smashed over your head like a brick - but weren't there subtle nuances to that point?

I thought Orson Welles did a fine job acting - especially for that time period. Go back and watch the stilted dialogue in many of the movies of that time period - Maltese Falcon for instance.

Welles was playing a bigger than life character and played it bigger than life. I thought he was great.

I do not think it was the best movie ever - I can't put my finger on the best movie ever, but Casablanca would rank right up there...it had spies, Nazis, booze, broads, violence and a touching love story. Very nearly the perfect movie. The only thing it was missing was Brad Pitt...which is the reason that Legends of the Fall may be the best movie EVER.

10:43 AM, March 10, 2006  
Anonymous kagemusha provided this enlightening comment...

Huh. Goes to show I don't know you as well as I thought. I would have bet your vote for best Brad Pitt movie ever would have been "Fight Club." After all you get to see him sweaty and shirtless in much of the film.

As for greatest movie ever--I don't know how anyone could ever make such a claim. Each movie is subjective and speaks to people differently. But you are right, Casablanca is way up there.

However, I would propose a different category. Best use of a movie trailer to get you to see a truly sucky movie.

In that category I nominate the trailer for the movie "Krull." I saw the trailer and immediately turned to my cousin and said "I am sooo going to see that movie" and he vigoriously nodded in a wide-eyed, slack jawed stupor.

Then we went and saw the movie.

What a colossal let down! Each and every "exciting" moment had been crammed into the trailer. The rest of the movie sucked. I am still jaded by the experience.

What is the worst movie you have ever seen because the trailer looked good?

11:06 AM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

I am going to have to do some thinking on this one. I tend to block out horrible movies as soon as possible.

As we previously discussed, I saw Krull. I think I had a different Krull experience however, because I saw it while in college...and while drunk - and it still sucked.

Matrix 3 might be in contention, but it wasn't the trailer that sucked me in.

I will consider your query and respond.

11:31 AM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger DorianGray1854 provided this enlightening comment...

I love Ghost Riders in the sky, my favorite version is by Vaughn Monroe.

12:00 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger DorianGray1854 provided this enlightening comment...

"Rosebud"
I love this movie; however, it does get long in some spots.

12:01 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

I forgot to include "clap you hands - clap your hands say yeah" and wish you were here - pink floy (the entire album) I love the clap your hands and listen to it almost everday. I have that one song, thanks to the marvelous Erin O'Brien, she sent it to me. And I have listened to wish you were here album a few times this week. But it was a little while after I put up my post that I realized these two were missing. I thought about going back and adding, but I already have 15 and adding more would overdo it.

Little twerp is really fucking annoying me today. He really is this little twerp - he is short and skinny weighing all of 3 lbs soaking wet. I want to grab him by his ear, swirl him in circles in the air a few times and throw him out the window! I can't wrap my head around how pathetic and stupid some people can be. Why he was born, I have no idea...

12:02 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

floyd, not floy sorry.

12:03 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger jungle jane provided this enlightening comment...

Flamingo it seems that you never mention filling up with fuel on these trips. Either there is a vital part of your journey you are failing to report on or this is simply slopping journalism....

1:37 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

Jane, there were a couple of mentions of stopping for fuel early on, but it was my opinion that most people did not want to read about my operation of a gas pump. I also haven't really discussed pissing or showering, both of which I did with regularity.

I get about 150 miles to the tank, so stops happened roughly every two hours. My gas tank holds about 4.6 gallons of fuel (if I remember accurately). I would not run the tank empty - and by my calculations I was getting roughly 35 miles to the gallon. I don't know what that means in metric terms - you will have to do the conversion.

1:43 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger Bloodgood provided this enlightening comment...

Man I think if I made that run on the scoot I would only have to fill up a few times. I get 85-90mpg. I just may need 10days to get there.

Thanks for tagging me I think.
I actually like this tag and since PDD tagged me too, Im going to do twice the list. But I am not going to tag anyone else. Tags must be stopped. I would prefer to just make my profile bigger if people are intrested.

2:07 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

I ride all night. And I never run out of juice.

2:33 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger Eve provided this enlightening comment...

Love Mama Mia... Abba makes me wet.

2:48 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger Lenren provided this enlightening comment...

Great song choices. I did a post a few days ago and asked people to write their top 3 song lyrics. One of mine was from Wish You were here.

2:56 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

Oh, and I don't know if I mentioned, saw Mama Mia, and I agree it was fluffy but fun. My husband took me. He was expecting it to be better, but he enjoyed himself nonetheless.

2:59 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

Nowhere Girl, how about me and my ipod meet you up there in San Fran?

I will definitely make you say, "Mama Mia"!!

3:03 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

Pinky:
I want you to make me say Mama Mia! Besides, It's my language and I know how to say it with the proper pronounciation.

God, why do you always have to make me beg?!

3:12 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

I like it when you beg...and you like to beg. There is no master plan, it just seems to work!

PDD, I had no idea that you were Swedish.

3:26 PM, March 10, 2006  
Anonymous kagemusha provided this enlightening comment...

I am often stymied as to why people cannot recognize the musical genius that is Wierd Al Yankovic.

As Exhibit A, I offer some of the lyrics from "Spend One More Minute":

"I was stranded all alone,
at the gas station of love,
and I had to use the self-service pump."

We stand in the presence of genius I tell you.

3:29 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

I am not stymied by the fact that you rarely, if ever, get laid.

3:42 PM, March 10, 2006  
Anonymous kagemusha provided this enlightening comment...

My macho side (or at least the closet thing I have which resembles a macho side) says I should proclaim "I do too get laid." But then honesty compells me to admit-- "ok, not so much."

Why oh why can't my wife have the libido of PDD or Nowhere Girl? ***shaking fist towards the heavens***

3:50 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

Have you tried playing her some ABBA or showing her a picture of me?

3:52 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger Shannon provided this enlightening comment...

You seem like an old soul... thanks for not tagging me.. you're swell =)

9:09 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger jungle jane provided this enlightening comment...

wow Flamingo you should get a scooter just like Bloodgood. Far more fuel efficient. and you could still write your Chronicles...

2:08 PM, March 11, 2006  
Blogger Erin O'Brien provided this enlightening comment...

Despite the general horribleness of me, I occasionally stumble up and do something right.

Me likey you list, baby!

6:42 PM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger Erin O'Brien provided this enlightening comment...

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6:42 PM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger MsAmber provided this enlightening comment...

The movie that I watched because of the trailer was: "Lost In Translation"
Hated the movie.

MsAmber

P.S. I still have never seen Citizen Kane.

7:37 PM, March 15, 2006  
Blogger MsAmber provided this enlightening comment...

Kagemusha:
You're my kind of guy. A man who appreciates the genius that is Wierd Al Yankovik.
for example:
Do you remember sweet Michele,
She was my high-school romance.
She looked kinda pretty,
and she smelled real swell.
So I took her to the homecoming dance.

Then I tied her to a chair,
and I shaved off all her hair.
And I left her in the desert all alone.
Well Sometimes in my dreams,
I can still hear her screams.
And I wonder if she ever made it home.

Those were the good old days,
those were the good old days.


See, you just don't hear artistry and poetry like that anymore.

MsAmber

7:44 PM, March 15, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

MsAmber:
Don't ever deviate from Budweiser, it suits you perfectly.

12:28 PM, March 16, 2006  
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