05. March 2006 · Comments Off · Categories: Announcements, imported

The Pimp song won.

Whatever.

I obviously don’t know a thing about songs!
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05. March 2006 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

“It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” … meh. Doesn’t work for me, but I’ve not seen the movie, Hustle & Flow so what do I know?
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05. March 2006 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

Not quite sure what this “epic” section is about, but the music is, once again, so wrong. West Side Story overlapping with other movies? Lord of the Rings music with ET? HUH? Now we are hearing ET but we are watching other clips? None of this makes sense.

I am hereby offering my services to the Academy Awards, although I’m sure they could get better offers. I’ll work for free, though! I’m nice that way. :-)
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05. March 2006 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

First of all, it was a waste of talent to use Itzhak Perlman to give us a little listen to each of the scores. Oh well. There is no way that you get a good idea of the music when you are hearing an arrangement of music played by solo violin (sort of) and orchestra. I’m guessing Perlman was paid quite well. I believe when he played for us he earned more in one night than I earned in a year. Such is life!

But Brokeback Mountain just won. From what I can tell/hear, it isn’t all that great, but I’ve not seen the movie. The music didn’t seem to have much to it. I suspect it’s more a vote for the movie than the music. Besides, John Williams has enough awards. He’ll live.
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05. March 2006 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

Yeah, I’m watching. Always do! (You can read more about what I think and all at the pattyo if you are that curious.

But anyway … I guess I’ll comment on songs here …

Dolly Parton sang. She always makes me smile. It’s not because of how she looks … but man, the size is distracting, you know? …but it’s just her voice and her smile. She’s a born performer. While some of the actors seem uncomfortable and aren’t as good with words as I might expect, she seems perfectly natural and comfortable up there. Her song was fine. It was “Travelin’ Thru” from Transamerica. Nothing spectacular. But should a song for a movie be spectacular? I dunno. Seems like it should enhance the movie, but doesn’t have to say, “Hey, I’m even better than the film!”

Merely my opinion, of course.

The second song, “In The Deep”, was sung by Kathleen “Bird” York and it was from Crash. It is what I call a mood song, and was performed as such. Slow moving folks on stage, sort of acting out “stuff”. It was fine. Nothing earth shattering.

The last song (only three have been nominated) will be from the movie Hustle & Flow. I’ll fill you all in after I hear it, because I’m sure you all want to know what I think!

Side note: To whoever decided to play music behind all the speeches … shame!

AND … whoever chose a mish-mash of Copland’s music for the segment I’m watching now … very poor choice! Just because you are showing American films that are taking strong stands doesn’t mean you should use Aaron Copland, and you especially shouldn’t chop up and blend numerous works. Geesh. They need help there at the Academy Awards. Seriously. I’m here. Pick me!
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05. March 2006 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Quotes

We both work hard like stink from Friday through Sat., preparing the goodies, which I must say are pretty lavish—scones with jam and whipped cream are a popular item and cucumber sandwiches by the hod. Because they eat like refugees, being musicians mostly ….

We seem to specialize in musicians because they are really the most clubbable of the artistic community here ….

Why musicians? It just happens but I suppose there is some deep reason for it. The painters are a very special lot and feel themselves beleaguered because they are trying to drag Toronto taste into the twentieth century and it’s an uphill pull. Sculptors hardly to be found; no call for it except effigies of dead politicians and they are getting very expensive (bronze, of course) and are generally farmed out to somebody in Montreal who specializes in that sort of thing and does it from photographs. Writers—well, we’ve tried with writers but no go; they are so quarrelsome, and they expect booze, which we can’t run to. Certainly not the way writers guzzle it. So it’s musicians, chiefly.

-Robertson Davies (The Cunning Man)
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