Saturday, January 11, 2020
Thursday, January 2, 2020
CATS IS MY MOST LOATHED BROADWAY MUSICAL OF ALL TIME.
The only time I saw it, I was forced to go as part of a group adventure, and I was trapped in my seat trying not to be the group spoiler. I've never gone back to see it again. I love ripping CATS apart with my theatrical friends. It's a joke among the professionals.
I also am not a fan of anything Andrew Lloyd Webber does, except for PHANTOM.
When the trailer for CATS was released, the movie's prospects were instantly destroyed. Visually, it looked so weird and fake. The stars in their costumes looked ridiculous (but sometimes the fur was pretty.)
So, yesterday, I went to see UNCUT GEMS starring Adam Sandler. (Stay with me, here.)There have been such raves about his performance I had to see it. I only lasted 45 minutes. Its' the noisiest, unrelentingly loud, screaming movie I've ever had the mis-fortune to see. It was like being hit in the head with a machine gun every second. And, it's filled with horrible characters you would never care about. It was like being water-boarded.Yes, Adam Sandler was great. I don't care. Get me out of here.
THAT'S WHEN I SAW CATS. I was dressed and in a theatre, and I wanted to see something. The only movie available I hadn't seen was CATS. Lord, help me now....
A word about the Oscar-winning director of CATS, Tom Hooper. He won the Oscar for directing THE KING'S SPEECH. Brilliant. He did THE DANISH GIRL. Brilliant. He did LES MISERABLES....uh oh. Now I see the Andrew Lloyd Webber connection. I didn't like LES MISERABLES on stage either, but the movie was really well done. WHAT HAPPENED?????? Arrogance must be the only logical answer.
There were eight of us in a theatre that was a large, blockbuster theatre for a hit movie. It started. I was curious and relieved that I didn't hear any yelling and did feel like I was being attacked. What I saw was a movie that was shot and directed in such a way that every scene looked flat and fake. You could never get into the characters because it had a "velvet cartoon" look---actors--scenery--background---everything. Such a terrible choice. I think that's the biggest reason the movie is bombing---it just looks so stupid on screen.
The musical numbers bored me as, usual, but if you concentrated on the eyes of performers like Judi Dench, Ian McKellan, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Jason DeRulo, Rebel Wilson, and Idris Elba, you started to feel the characters. Seriously...I also loved their ears and tails. Oh, yes. Taylor Swift was in it. She moved well and sang well.
You never lose sight of the fact that's it's an actor you like playing a cat. It's impossible. But it is possible to admire and in some cases thrill, at their individual performances. Their performances are the only authentic thing to see, and I loved them. I could totally understand why they would take the part.
Jennifer Hudson doing MEMORY, was every bit as fantastic as AND, I'M TELLING YOU. Not as good a song, but you just don't breathe at all when you see her. What a talent. I also was so touched by the work of Ian McKellan and Judi Dench. A pro is a pro is a pro. Their artistry was mesmerizing.
If you go see the movie, you must go just to see those performances. It's not their fault that the movie visually is so lame, and used as a conceit that no audience should be put through. Their work should not suffer because of it.
I was glad I saw it.
Greta Gerwig, director!
I loved, loved, loved this movie. It is everything that CATS is not. It is grand and sweeping like a David Lean movie, and intimate and heart-grabbing at the same time. Greta Gerwig is an extraordinary talent--kind of a combo of Lean and Sturges who is "woke." Soarise Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, and Laura Dern head the totally brilliant cast--Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Meryl Streep. Eliza Scanlan, James Norton, Bob Odenkirk, Chris Cooper, Jayne Houdyshell, etc. They all deserve awards.
Run to the theatre to see this one. Don't you dare watch it on a small screen. It is a breath of fresh air we richly deserve. Gerwig made some changes and I LOVED what she did. You'll see.
FORD VS. FERRARI
Matt Damon and Christian Bale are terrific in this true story of a legendary race. If you want a "fast escape" for fun, go see this. Great racing footage. Great heart.You'll like it. That's it.
Monday, December 30, 2019
First of all, let's thank Barbara Walters for teaching the world how to correctly pronounce--twen-tee twen-tee. I've noticed how all the ABC correspondents and people at THE VIEW are doing it.
In my opinion, I had a fantastic year of happiness and joy.
1. My beloved friends on the desert and Los Angeles. Each and every one of you has been by my side because you are kind, gentle, intelligent, funny people who lift me up. I hope I do the same for you.
2. I love going to live shows all over. Live entertainment is the hardest thing for someone to do and it's magical--from Broadway to concerts-to nightclubs.
3. I love putting every week.
4. I love waking up every morning to sunshine, mountains, trees, sometimes snow-capped mountains, and the velvet sea of greens of the golf courses.
5. I loved going to Japan for three weeks.
6. I loved hanging out with LuAnn De Lesseps at her house in the Hamptons (and NYC) this summer.
7. I love that I have fallen in love with Cheryl Tiegs' dog. Yes, it's true.
8. The kindness of the Sunset Marquis when I'm in LA, although I prefer cuddling with Cheryl's dog.
9. The fast escalation of the stardom of Billie Lourd. She reminds me so much of Debbie.
When Billie first started working regularly she went to Debbie and asked, "Do you have any advice for me?" Debbie answered, "Get an act."
1. Losing Valerie Harper
1 a. Really personally touching me...
2. The continued loss of Debbie, Carrie, and Joan Rivers
3. The impossible traffic in Los Angeles I practically get a break-down every time I go.
4. People fighting in an ugly way over politics and dropping friends over it. STOP IT. Be kind. I refuse to enter into political discussions.
I might add to this if my mind things of other things.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Monday, December 23, 2019
YES, IT'S THAT TERESA FROM REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY
Don't ask me what I was doing at the Morongo Casino, but when I was going up an escalator, I noticed the woman ahead of me---huge hair skin- tight pants, cool black fur boots, and a fake fur jacket. As soon as I heard her speak, my suspicions were confirmed. Her voice was instantly recognizable. There was no way she was getting far from me.
I love some of the REAL HOUSEWIVES franchises. I realize they demean women and show them as screaming banshees with questionable taste, but it a joyous escape from the real world. LuAnn DeLesseps, Kyle Richards, and Bethenny Frankel have good taste; many do not.
Each time I put it on I am highly entertained. To me, the real star of the JERSEY franchise is Teresa. Her fracturing of the English language alone is a reason to tape it. I hate her (now divorcing husband, Joe) for just putting papers under her nose and asking her to sign knowing they were fraudulent. He's the reason she went to jail. In their marriage, and considering who they are, it's not unusual for her to trust him and sign without reading. Shame on him. I'm so glad she's divorcing him now.
"The most important thing to me is my family," said Teresa. "My girls, my brother, and my father are everything. Whatever choices I make, I put them first. I realize why I went to jail, and that's a resentment and anger that I can live with, but never forget. I wish Joe the best, and my girls can go see him any time they want."
Teresa continued. "I work really hard for everything. I support my family, and have done so since Joe went to jail. It all fell on me. I'm proud that I can do it. I'm proud that I'm loyal to friends who are loyal to me. I want things to be peaceful now. I try to stay out of arguing unless I'm provoked. My kids are happy. I'm good."
Namaste, Teresa, and Merry Christmas