Category Archives: Video

“Do You Remember the 21st Night of September?”

If you do, you’ve been around for quite a while.

Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” was released in 1978, 40 years ago.

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The Good Place — Season 3 Sneak Preview

SPOILERS: Don’t play this video unless you’ve seen all the episodes of the first two seasons of The Good Place.

This bright, funny American comedy returns on 27 September 2018. The first two seasons are on Netflix, so you have time to catch up. It will take your mind off Florence.

The Struts — “Body Talks”, featuring Kesha

Glam Rock Lives!

What a great song! Watching this new version of The Struts’ “Body Talks”, featuring Kesha, never fails to make me smile.

The shaggy-haired, skinny, androgynous lead singer for The Struts is Luke Spiller, who has been described as “the musical love child of Freddie Mercury and Mick Jagger”.

Kesha is…Kesha.

In the past four years, The Struts have opened shows for The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Guns N’ Roses, quite a collection of Rock Gods (or Rock Dinosaurs, depending on your musical preferences).

The band has just started a three-month, 45-city US tour, with many of those 45(!) shows already sold out.


Here’s the colourful video for the original version of “Body Talks”:

The Good Place Returns, Not a Minute Too Soon

Important

As of this week, the first two seasons of The Good Place are streaming on Netflix. This is one show that must be seen from the start. You have time. The third series premiere is on Thursday, 27 September, so you can easily binge the backlog by then.


The Good Place, the funniest, smartest, most original American sitcom since the first three seasons of Arrested Development, will be back with new episodes later this month. Kristen Bell plays Eleanor Shellstrop, who discovers, post mortem, that she’s wound up in The Good Place, even though she clearly doesn’t belong there. Ted Danson gives what might be the best performance of his v long career as Michael, the architect of The Good Place.

In the first episode, he tells Eleanor that most religions only got things about 5 percent right in describing the afterlife. But then there was Doug Forcett.

And here, Michael explains how people make it into The Good Place:


Even Better

The supporting cast—D’Arcy Carden, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto, and William Jackson Harper—are all just about perfect.

I mean, what the fork are you waiting for?

“Five Years, That’s All We’ve Got”

Well, that was fast…

I started posting these notes five years ago today, and 1,645 postings later, I’m still at it. Today I took a look at some of the items I ran during my first few weeks online.

Some Things Haven’t Changed


Music Videos

Here’s the first video I ever posted: “70 Million”, by the Paris-based, Franco-American band Hold Your Horses.

It was complemented by another video about the inspirations for the images in the “70 Million” video. Try playing them simultaneously.

Still posting music, and still love this one.


Saying Goodbye to Breaking Bad

Was it really five years ago? For me, Breaking Bad was the Greatest Series Ever, and I still post about it at the drop of a pork pie hat.

No change; still obsessed.


Anglophilia

Rule Britania.

Dorothy Parker said she hated to talk to people from the UK, because they made her feel like she should be carrying a papoose on her back. I, on the other hand, am a pushover for anything said in one of the 684 recognized British accents.

And I love British comedy. Here’s Chris Turner, performing at The Glee Club, Cardiff:

Still a passionate Anglophile, still posting a disproportionate number of entries about the UK, even though Britain’s future looks grim, because of the self-inflicted damage resulting from Brexit. But then, it’s probably inappropriate for an American to criticize Brexit, since that was only the second most idiotic electoral result of 2016.


Restaurant Week

Summer Restaurant Week 2013 was what gave me the incentive to start blogging, and gave me the material I needed to get through the first few weeks.

Still at it. Posting Summer Restaurant Week 2018 pictures over the next two weeks.

 Some Things Have Changed, Thank God


On the left, the first Home Cooking picture I ever posted, long before my self-improvement Cookery Project started in 2016. On the right, the most recent Home Cooking picture

2013’s Poached Halibut and Asparagus with Basil-Tarragon Sauce vs 2018’s Cajun Chicken and Rice

I remember being so proud of the halibut, because I’d never poached fish before that.

I think my skill set and style have improved since then.


Much more to come in the next five years!

Lizzie & The Duke — Coming to CBS This Fall

Yet another police procedural from the network that already offers 50 or 60 of them each week. Sure, this one has most of the usual elements: an angry police chief who always seems to be on the verge of a cardiac festival, two edgy, mismatched partners, and lots of running in slow motion. But this one is different. Starring Matt Smith, who just finished paying Prince Phillip on the first three seasons of The Crown, and James Corden, in the role of a lifetime, Lizzie & The Duke is like no other cop show you’ve ever seen.

“A Lady Thinks She’s 60”

I probably don’t have to remind anyone that today is Madonna’s 60th birthday, since I assume most people spent the day celebrating.

“It’s a celebration
‘Cause anybody just won’t do
Let’s get this started
No more hesitation
‘Cause everybody wants to party with you.”

But now that the candles have been blown out and the birthday cake has been reduced to crumbs, here’s one last thing to commemorate the event.

Back in the early 90s, Madonna released a film called Madonna: Truth or Dare, a behind-the-scenes documentary about her most recent tour. Never one to leave well enough alone, the brilliant Julie Brown satirized it with a one-hour Showtime film called Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful, with Brown herself as Medusa, a dead-on parody of Madonna herself.

After it ran on Showtime, a VHS version the show was available but soon went out of print. The only place to find a DVD copy is on Julie Brown’s website.

But there’s always YouTube.

Someone has posted a murky copy of that VHS version, divided into six parts. It was probably posted back in the days when YouTube had time limits on videos.

Here’s the first segment. The other five parts are on the sidebar that shows up when you play it.


Credit Due: I was never a big Madonna fan. I would probably have been unaware of Madonna’s birthday if I hadn’t seen a reference on Kenneth Walsh’s great blog.