Monday, 2 December 2019

Musical Monday #228

Well, it's December so that means that Musical Monday is going seasonal for advent.

First up is from the musical episode of Community, in which the characters are each taken over by Glee Club a la The Body Snatchers (in order to do an Xmas pageant).  In this scene, Abed and Troy seduce Pierce by playing to his ego.
Baby Boomer Santa from Community, episode 'Regional Holiday Music'
Performed by Donald Glover, Danny Pudi and Chevy Chase
Written by Ludwig Göransson (and possibly Steve Basilone and Annie Mebane)

Sunday, 1 December 2019

How I Know My Friends

As part of another post I am working on, I was having a look at the diversity represented by my facebook friends list and I realised that the vast majority of people I know are through work.

Frankly, that's kind of depressing.

Here's the breakdown of how I know my friends:


Is this normal? How did I fall out of touch with so many people from university?

I guess work is something that pretty much continues forever, so you keep meeting new people, whereas things like education are a finite thing in the past so once you've met those people, you don't meet more. Clearly I need more hobbies though.

Of course, if I look at the people I spend the most time with (socially), then it is one from university, one from senior school, one friend of friend and one family.

But that just highlights how I do not see enough of my friends on a regular basis!

This definitely makes me want to reach out and celebrate my friendships more.

Monday, 25 November 2019

Musical Monday #227

Today is the one year anniversary of The Housemate and I adopting our first pets.

So I wanted a musical number starring rats.

Rat Scat (Something Cookin') from The Muppets Take Manhattan
Performed by Steve Whitmire 
Written by Jeff Moss


And here are my babies enjoying their birthday treats:

Vizzini


Fezzik

Inigo

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Rat Tales #2

In George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, there is a memorable scene during the climax of the book in which Winston is threatened with having a cage of starving rats strapped to his face. This is what the villains use to break the hero. (As such, it hasn't done much good for poor ratties' PR image)

'They will leap onto your face and bore straight into it. Sometimes they attack the eyes first. Sometimes they burrow through the cheeks and devour the tongue.
... Suddenly the foul musty odour of the brutes struck his nostrils. There was a violent convulsion of nausea inside him, and he almost lost consciousness. Everything had gone black. For an instant he was insane, a screaming animal.
... Winston could see the whiskers and the yellow teeth. Again the black panic took hold of him. He was blind, helpless, mindless.'

Meanwhile, me:







To be fair to Winston, the point is that he has a deep-rooted phobia of rats. They wouldn't just strap rats to anyone's face. 

'But for everyone there is something unendurable-something that cannot be contemplated.'

So I guess if it had been me, and they wanted me to betray The Housemate, they'd ask me to phone a hairdressers.

Monday, 18 November 2019

Musical Monday #226

Not entirely sure what I think of this, kind of uncomfortable painting the English and the Native Americans with the same brush since all that genocide tended to be pretty one way, plus even if you have your villain saying racist stuff you're still including racist ideas in your kids movie, and I don't really like the discordant Pocahontas bit, but it is exciting.

Savages (Part 1 and 2) from Pocahontas
Performed by David Ogden Stiers, Jim Cummings and Judy Kuhn
Written by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Rat Tales #1

Love is...


Monday, 11 November 2019

Musical Monday #225

This Monday I have decided to go into the working week with a more positive outlook. I don't have the kind of job where lives are on the line and I don't work because it's my dream, I just work to pay my bills so that I can live my real life outside of work. So why stress about something like that? And if I don't stress, I won't get short with people either, so then everyone can feel positive.

So I think this number is kind of relevant.

Rain On The Roof (Follies) from Paddington 2
Performed by Hugh Grant
Written by Stephen Sondheim

(This is also proof that even the makers of Paddington 2 knew that Hugh Grant was the best thing about it. How often do movies end with the villain?!)

Monday, 4 November 2019

Musical Monday #224

I've been waiting years for someone to put up this clip.

Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) from The Man Who Knew Too Much
Performed by Doris Day (scene also performed by James Stewart, Brenda de Banzie and Christopher Olsen)
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans

Monday, 28 October 2019

Musical Monday #223

I have not seen this movie, nor do I particularly want to,

But OMG this musical number is the most 60s thing I have ever seen:

Pajama Party from Pajama Party
Performed by Annette Funicello
Written by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Best Movie Of Each Decade

I realise that here in The Modern Day, most people just stream media or only own digital copies, but I am old school and while it may not be very environmentally friendly, I just like owning libraries of stuff that I can stare at. It evokes memories and emotions that die away when you turn something into just a digital file.

We currently have one big cabinet full of movies. A while back, I decided to put all The Movies in chronological order (mainly to avoid The On-Going Argument I have had throughout The Life about what alphabetical order means, i.e. why 'the', 'a' and 'an' are not allowed to count as words just because they are common, whether numbers are spelled or put in a separate digit category, and don't get started on punctuation, whether spaces between words change which letters count first, and whether sequels go after originals or elsewhere due to having different titles, ugh, too much headache). I like having movies in order of release date (or premiere date anyway) because it shows the progress and trend of time and helps with what kind of a movie-mood I am in. But it is difficult when putting films back on The Shelf to know exactly where they are all supposed to go. So I labelled them all.

And this really highlighted how skewed our movie tastes are. It certainly makes me feel like a bit of a philistine. The 1930s-1960s all fit on one shelf, but the 1990s and 2000s fill half the entire cabinet! However, I have been more discerning with the older movies, whereas the newer stuff I rarely actually watch so it might all go at some point, plus it is much harder to get hold of older movies.

Based on these movies, I wanted to see what The Favourites are from each decade. That doesn't necessarily mean that these would all be in The Top 10 Movies Of All Time list, because for that list I might pick five 80s movies over any from the 30s, for example, but these are still all pretty good movies. (The Second Favourite Movie Of All Time* didn't even make it into this list.) Also these choices are off the top of The Head while staring at the shelves, so I might wake up tomorrow and be like, I've suddenly remembered all the brilliant films from the 90s that I forgot about...





Weirdly slid into animated kids movies at the end there.
I think this shows I have some diverse tastes, right? 
Or just weird ones.
(I don't know why this bit of text is centralised; blogger refused to realign it)


So, and I genuinely mean this, what answers would you have given?





*Who Framed Roger Rabbit