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Movies I…The Incredible Burt Wonderstone…If you listen to six comedy channels on the way to work in the morning on you Sirius/XM radio, you are not sure if your comedy quotient has been raised or lowered. Your ability to evaluate funny may also be heightened or depressed depending on the quality of your selections.
Burt Wonderstone should be on the viewing list of anyone that likes Steve Carell’s zany and Jim Carey’s funny. In this movie Carey is funnier than Carell’s zany as the two of the square off in a best magician’s duel. The future of magic depends on the winner. Not really!!! So here is the correction!!! The future of one’s recommendation of this movie to others depends on the quality of the magic and humor.
Olivia Wilde looks good throughout and Steve Buscemi and James Gandolfini add misdirection to the movie’s magic and competition. Alan Arkin, as the famous old time magician that Steve Carell (Wonderstone) worshipped as a child, has a few laughs, too.
Movies II…Halle Berry And The Call…The Call is the second movie that opened this weekend and someone has to recommend it to this column’s audience. This just isn’t the weekend to see another group of woman being brutalized by some psycho….and then evaluating it!
As you saw in a previous column, Halle Berry is a 911 operator that causes the death of someone hiding from a killer. She calls that person back after a misconnection and the killer hears her ring. He, then, hears hear call-back and returns to murder the innocent girl seeking Berry’s help. Abigail, much grown up, Breslin is kidnapped years later and calls for help from a trunk of a car. Berry realizes it is the same person. Now, Berry starts a quest to save Breslin and find the murderer that has been haunting her through her mistake. Please let us know, if we can see past the violence, and if we should see this movie…..We do like Halle Berry!!!.
Music I…This week David Bowie has just released his first album in years. Ten years to be exact. It is titled: The Next Day and its featured single, Where Are You Now, is already number one throughout Europe. You can see the single on YouTube and it has that typical David Bowie eerie-ness to it
The best way to listen to the new album is download his movie Labyrinth with a very young Jennifer Connelly and play the album as a sub-theme. Listen first though to his song As The World Falls Down from the movie. It is classic Bowie presentation. Labyrinth, you will, remember is half fairy tale, half mystery as Jennifer Connelly looks for her missing sister in a weird world constantly re-created by David Bowie’s character. The movie, also, reminds you of a Maurice Sendak book where the ice creatures steal a baby from the babysitter.
Music II…While we are talking then and now, here are two great suggestions from our music library that you will love owning. The first recommendation is James Ingram’s Greatest Hits titled The Power of Great Music. How Do You Keep The Music Playing and Just Once headline the album.
Quincy Jones, who did so many great albums and concerts with Frank Sinatra, called James Ingram one of the least appreciated but greatest singers of our time. That is strong praise from anyone and this album bears out his Quincy’s belief.
Music III…Can’t Teach My Old heart New Tricks by Nancy Wilson is a must play breakup song. It is featured in the album With My Lover Beside Me and steals the glory from that featured song. Record player. The album will fit right over your record player. Your what! Listen to Wilson’s version on YouTube and then listen to Barry Manilow’s version and you can see she rules with that song.
Poetry I…Thomas Eakins And Poetry Take a piece of art from your favorite artist and try to highlight the work in poetry form. The Thomas Eakins painting below depicts an event that happens every day on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. The Dad Vail Regatta is a world-class rowing tournament that is held there, too.
The Single Sculls Champion
By Thomas Eakins
Rowers on Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River,
Led by the champion Max Schmitt.
Eakins early operation drawings,
Had ‘Gross Anatomy’ critics in a snit.
Poetry II…George Seurat And Poetry
A Sunday On La Grand Jatte
By George Seurat
It doesn’t look like any Sunday that I would know.
The costumes are surely from a long, long time ago.
Poetry III…Triangular Poetry…Triangular Words start with one letter and progress so that each line has one more letter added to the line before in any spot. This activity will really challenge your critical thinking.
After writing your triangular words try to find illustrations that would support the theme of your poem creation.
If you are just joining this column and would like to try writing in other poetry structures and formats, the last fifteen columns have some one of a kind ideas and challenges for your writing.
Poetry IV…Acrostic Poetry…This acrostic poem by Lewis Carroll of Alice and Wonderland fame will catch your imagination. Can you discover the poem’s secret? This form of poetic writing, the acrostic, uses a vertical column with a theme (such as a person’s name) to create the surrounding structure for presenting your poem’s message. Research other classic acrostic poems with a Google or Bing search.
A picture, which I hope will
Be one that you will like to
See. If your mamma should
Desire one like it, I could
Easily get her one.
Community Events…Please let us know about events in your community that we can help promote. Here are some that have been submitted for this week:
West Chester University…West Chester University’s Bull Center for the Arts is hosting an art conversation and two new exhibits by Alan and Libbie Soffer. The university’s Bull Center is located at 2 E. Rosedale Ave in
West Chester, PA 19383. The opening reception on March 16th is from 2-5 pm. “An Artists Conversation” with John Baker begins at 3 pm.
Alan’s exhibit is titled: DREAMING encaustic drawings on wood
Libbie’s exhibit is titled: wisdom of my insecurity
Both exhibits run March 11 – April 19, 2013
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