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and all the amazing moments which, whether by enlightenment or scarring, bring about permanent change.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

more rat pack bits

"A man is not complete until he has seen the baby he has made." -sammy

"Being a star has made it possible for me to get insulted
in places where the average Negro could never hope to go and get insulted." -sammy

"Everything Michael Jackson does on stage is exactly right." -sammy

(burt boyar, photo by sammy)

"I didn't hate being 60 as much as I had 50." -sammy

"I don't have many easy songs." -sammy

"Reality is never as bad as a nightmare,
as the mental tortures we inflict on ourselves." -sammy

(photo by sammy)

"Sober up, and you see and hear everything you'd been able to avoid hearing before."

"The ultimate mystery is one's own self." -sammy

(peter o'toole, photo by samme)

"There are certain romances that belong in certain cities,
in a certain atmosphere,
in a certain time." -sammy

"When you lose a lover, it's like getting a bad haircut; it grows back in time."

"You don't swing where you sleep." -sammy

"The best revenge is massive success." -frank

"Everybody thought I was big-headed and stuck up, and I wasn't.
It was because I didn't know how to speak good English,
so I used to keep my mouth shut." -dean

"I can`t stand an actor or actress who tells me acting is hard work.It`s easy work.
Anyone who says it isn`t never had to stand on his feet all day dealing blackjack."

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink.
They wake up in the morning and that's the best they're going to feel all day."

"I once shook hands with Pat Boone
and my whole right side sobered up." -dean

"There's a statue of Jimmy Stewart in the Hollywood Wax Museum,
and the statue talks better than he does." -dean

"Do I look all blurry to you?
'Cause you look blurry to me!" -dean

"Milton Berle is an inspiration to every young person
that wants to get into show business.
Hard work, perseverance, and discipline:
all the things you need...when you have no talent." -dean

"Most people think of Joey Bishop as just a replacement for Johnny Carson.
That`s NOT true. We in show business know better: we don`t think of him at ALL."

"As a young boy, Bob (Hope) didn`t have much to say.
He couldn`t afford writers then." -dean


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

personal classics

there are many movies which are referenced during conversations with friends,
or mentioned in dvd commentaries,
or on top ten lists, etc...

and then there are some films which should be considered classics,
but no one talks about them!
so, here is my list of unsung masterpieces.
they are so well put together. amazing acting.
hilarious subtle moments, and serious heart break.
they should be seen.

- The Dawn Patrol
(errol flynn, david niven, basil rathbone)

- Summertime
(katharine hepburn, by david lean)

- Little Big man
(dustin hoffman)

- The Razor's Edge
(bill murray)

- Alice
(mia farrow, by woody allen)

- About Schmidt
(jack nicholson, by alexander payne)


also underrated, though darker:

- Sweet Bird of Youth
(paul newman, geraldine page)

- The Misfits
(marilyn, gable, clift)

- I'm not There
(by todd haynes, starring everyone)

- Down in the Valley
(edward norton)


bits and help from:

Monday, August 6, 2012

jonathan gregory brandis

since it came out over ten years ago,
ang lee's Ride with the Devil has been on my list of movies to see.
finally rented it. turns out it's great film. buried treasure.
i was also impressed with the cast of underrated actors,
whom i've grown up watching, and so recognized right away.

...except for one.
a confederate with beautiful eyes, and a calm voice.
he looked familiar, but i couldn't place him...

so, i hit IMDB, and I got two great shocks;
this actor is actually one of my childhood crushes,
and he is dead.

(toby, skeet, and jon in Ride with the Devil)

(one of his photos i had on my wall when i was a girl)


born april 13th, 1976, connecticut
died november 12th, 2003, LA

actor, also screenwriter, and director of several indie films

dated brittany murphy and was her high school prom date in '95
then dated actress/singer tatyana ali (played sister on fresh prince) '95-98

died at 27 from injuries he suffered after he hanged himself
he did not leave a suicide note,
although friends were quoted as saying he was depressed about his career,
which had slowly declined in recent years
(especially when his "comeback" in Hart's War was cut from the film).
one friend admitted that jon drank heavily, and mentioned suicide.

selected work:

82 One Life to Live
87 Fatal Attraction (Party guest)
90 The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter
90 Alien Nation
90 It
90 Murder, She Wrote ("If the Shoe Fits")
91 Gabriel's Fire
92 Ladybugs
92 Sidekicks
93-96 seaQuest DSV (5 episodes)
96 Fall Into Darkness
97 Two Came Back
99 Outside Providence
99 Ride with the Devil
02 Hart's War (deleted)
03 Puerto Vallarta Squeeze
05 Bad Girls From Valley High

quotes -

"furthermore I will just have to see what the future will bring me.
but a change of food whets the appetite."

"i don't like being told someone's interpretation of something that I do."

"i try to say the right things and give the right advice.
but still, i'm only a person."

"i like strong girls."

"i hope i am also judged on my accomplishments as an actor
and not just on my pretty face!"

"i do look forward to doing things in the future that I haven't done before.
do you know what I have always dreamt about? playing a serial killer!"

"i can stand fiddling in front of the mirror for an hour
and another time i think: well heck, this is just the best it can get."

"some days I don't look my very best. mostly that's on saturday.
i'm standing there with my new clothes on, in front of the mirror
and I also don't really feel like going out. you can really see it at once.
but I think that you just can't hang around at home on a saturday evening.
when you're young, you should live out every weekend.
even if you look like a scarecrow, you just gotta go!"

"around 15 I was very sensitive about [pimples]...
i do remember that I was sitting in the make-up chair
before the shoots for a commercial or film or other,
and i thought: sometime soon they are going to make a close-up of me
and millions of people can see how many pimples i've got on my cheeks....
i even had nightmares about it.
i dreamt that my whole back was full of bulges, growing ever larger by the minute.
i did try to squeeze them and you know what came out? gallons of that white smuch.
that maybe was the worst thing that ever happened to me.
for weeks I thought about the possibility of this fantasy becoming a reality.
still every morning I take a peek at my back
just to be sure none of those red rascals have appeared. weird isn't it?"

bits from wiki, google images, and:

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