"It's horrid hot . . . 118 yesterday and today."
118? Might as well be 188! We had 98 for a couple days and I felt paralyzed. It didn't last, and, luckily, up here it'll usually get down to 65 or so at night, if not lower . . . .
"Snerk! They play mostly Broadway, big band, and Barry Manilow. If you showed them a Beethoven symphony, I expect they'd implode."
Maybe that's a good thing. There's a symphony in Madison, but they only play anemic versions of what a friend of mine calls "old chestnuts"--you know, 1812 Overture, Beethoven's 5th, Appalachian Spring, etc. No Manilow, that I recall, but some John Williams--just as depressing. Nothing I haven't heard a million times. I don't understand why they do that, because you can't help making comparisons to the recorded versions that are infinitely better. Milwaukee has a superb orchestra, really, almost Chicago quality, but it's a 200 mile round trip . . . . Luckily I got to hear plenty when I lived in Chicago and NY. Hated the NY Philharmonic (mushy), but the great thing was that orchestras from all over the world came to Carnegie Hall so you could hear the best of the best . . . . Miss that. I would think LA would get many too--it's not that far, right?
Saw Strangers With Candy couple days ago. I was a fan of the TV show so predisposed to like this prequel. Not quite what I hoped for, but a LOT of laugh-out-loud moments, something that doesn't happen much for me. If you don't know the show, you might like the movie even more.
"watched Buffalo Bill and the Indians on cable the other night"
I think I'll put that on my library list--haven't seen it in years and years, and I've been writing/reading about that era (a little earlier, actually), so may be more appreciative . . . thanks for the idea!
"impressive performance of Smetana's "Moldau."
That would be fine . . . there's little eastern european music I don't like . . . calle me romantic, but I'm crazy about janacek: sinfonetta makes me weep . . .
"long time since Lenny, hasn't it. "
Oh, how the older "boys" loved to tell Lenny stories--James Levine too, for that matter. Wish I remembered them . . . Luckily, I never got opera fever. Managed to see some of the BIG ones, particularly recall being knocked back in my seat by Zefferelli'sTurandot. Everything but the kitchen sink. There's a lot of chamber music in madison, and some choral, especially during the school year, but again, it's at least a 90 mile round trip . . . so much easier to turn on the radio.
"where's today's Fellini?"
that's a good question. Today, they might get the visuals okay, or the story okay, but rarely both, and rarely both with that absurdist sense I love so much. I recently saw You and Me and Everyone We Know, which I really liked. Good script, I thought. But the visuals, while good, were no way in the Fellini stata, and I think they could have been. The only thing I've seen recently that I thought got visuals and story and everything right, was Brokeback, something very different of course. (Favorite line: "I complain too much. That teacher don't like me. Now it's your turn.")
Nashville was on TCM last night; I watched it with one eye while working (I work at home). My god, it's good . . . I'd forgotten about the bad singer/striptease scene. Comes right after that fabulous Karen Black line, something like "She doesn't even comb her hair" ....
I'm crazy about janacek
Oh, my lord . . . we'd better get married. I'm a crazed Janacek fan.
What a flirt! ;)
"Oh, my lord . . . we'd better get married. I'm a crazed Janacek fan. You know, of course, the entire score (lacking a few folk numbers) of Unbearable Lightness of Being is Janacek's chamber and piano music. Though it's the operas I know best. Have you seen the animated film version of Cunning Little Vixen? It's delightful."
I don't know about marriage. You sound like you know a lot about music, and I'm very much an uneducated dilettante. Saw Unbearable Lightness but don't remember the score; will have to revisit. And I looked for the Cunning Little Vixen (2003)--IMDB shows it not available DVD/VHS . . . but 1995 version is--are they both animated? I can never see that title without remembering one of Nabokov's spoonerisms: cunning stunts. I was about 16 when I read Lolita and kept wondering if they were intentional . . . .
"was born and raised in "Brokeback" country (though Colorado, not Wyoming). I grew up with people like that and let me tell you, the film captured them with the most eerie accuracy."
I grew up in suburban Chicago in what I thought was a hopelessly conservative family, but which I later realized was quite progressive. In '65, when I was 19, I went to school in Mexico City. Got into a relationship with a boy from Texas. He was taciturn, like Ennis. A stormy relationship; the fights were real fights. When we were back in the States for the summer, I got a Dear John letter saying he'd got a girl pregnant and was going to marry her. I never saw him again, and in some ways, I never recovered from it.
Of course, in subsequent years, in my mind, the relationship is remembered as some idyllic perfection, which was far from the case. Still, none of my other LTRs, which were good, were in the same category, by a long shot. So, can't speak for the Wyoming aspect, but they got Texas and heartache right. I'd read the story and couldn't imagine that it could be made into a movie at all, much less such a faithful and good one.
Saw Mysterious Skin and Come Undone over the weekend. MS not bad, much preferred Come Undone. (Recently joined Netflix to see the gay-theme movies I've missed over the years....)
I complain too much. That teacher don't like me. Now it's your turn.
IMDB shows it not available DVD/VHS
Oh, fie! Well, you might try Arkiv Music . . . they might have backstock.
Or you could try your local library; I've found the most obscure titles imaginable at mine.