1. “When I go home people’ll ask me, ‘Hey Hoot, why do you do it man? What, you some kinda war junkie?’ You know what I’ll say? I won’t say a word. Why? They won’t understand. They won’t understand why we do it. They won’t understand that it’s about the men next to you, and that’s it. That’s all it is.” – Hoot, Black Hawk Down
2. “When one man says to another, ‘I know what let’s do today, let’s play the war game’…everybody dies.” – Major General Sosabowski, A Bridge Too Far
3. “If I say its safe to surf this beach, Captain, then its safe to surf this beach!” – Lt. Colonel Kilgore, Apocalypse Now
4. “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” – Admiral Yamamoto, Tora! Tora! Tora!
5. “What’s the best way to go about disarming one of these things?” – “The way you don’t die, sir.” – Colonel Reed and Sgt. 1st Class James, The Hurt Locker
It’s easy to waste time on websites like YouTube, and I often come away from such sessions wondering why I started browsing in the first place. There are exceptions, moments when one finds something brilliant that makes it all worth while.
One such moment for me was discovering the impressionist and actor Jim Meskimen. He’s truly brilliant in what he can do with his voice and actions, and I think it was extra brilliant of him to combine impressions with Shakespeare, as he did in one YouTube video (which went viral).
Here is the link for the video, which I recommend you take the four minutes to watch. It’s well worth it.
Jim Meskimen is the type of entertainer that is family-friendly, entertaining, and inspiring. He really is a vocal genius, and deserves the accolades he’s gotten recently.
I went to Tower Heist expecting it to be moderately funny. I was surprised. The movie was funny, yes, but it was also rather witty. And had some good action. There were parts of the plot that were predictable and probably not possible, but it was well enough done that I was content suspending my disbelief.
The dialogue was well-written, and the characters were cleverly done and interesting. Tower Heist reminded me a little bit of a movie like Die Hard, which in my opinion is the perfect blend of action and humor in a movie. Heist had a good measure of both, although probably not destined to become as iconic as Die Hard. But there’s no shame in that.
The plot is centered around a bunch of hard-working people who are taken advantage of by a sleazy con-man of sorts. So they form an unlikely alliance and fight back. What I especially liked about Tower Heist was the ending. Crime does pay, and it doesn’t pay. There are consequences for actions. If that sounds intriguing, I suggest you go watch the movie.
I haven’t been good about updating recently. My excuse is that I was in the pit orchestra for the Jamestown College production of Titanic. It occurred to me that the cast and orchestra should all have t-shirts that read “I survived Titanic.”
That probably sounds glib, but the musical was really grueling. I’m glad that the audiences enjoyed it. Some, in fact, said it was the best musical done by JC so far. That’s quite a commendation!
I haven’t been good about posting this week, but that’s mostly because I haven’t had much extra time, especially not enough time to watch movies.
I am in the pit orchestra for the college production of Titanic, and the rehearsals have been quite intense this week. Of course, today through Saturday are the actual performances, so the week isn’t going to get less busy until Sunday.
If you like musicals, or are curious about the Titanic, you should come out and watch the show. It should be quite interesting, and there’s a lot of music! Apparently the tickets are going fast, though!
I didn’t get a chance to watch any movies over the weekend, but I did go to a reading at Zandbroz Variety in Fargo. The reading was in honor of the North-Dakota-born poet Thomas McGrath.
A number of writers were there, including my Dad, all of whom had contributed to a book about McGrath that was published recently (Thomas McGrath: Start the Poetry Now!). It was an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon.