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Sunday, October 30, 2011

25 Songs, Part 2

Continuing on with my list of most listened-to songs on iTunes, but first, here's a cute guy to keep you happy. 
 Who knows what you will find after the jump?


Excuse me, but have you seen my pants?  I had them just a minute ago.

Coming in at #7 is my favorite Kate Bush song,  the exhilaratingly weird Wuthering Heights.  I couldn't decide which of the two videos she made for this song was better- they are both positively goofy. I don't get it. She writes these brilliant songs but then does these cornball dances to them while emoting like Pola Negri circa 1924.  It's positively mental.

Now, let's see. Who would be my perfect Heathcliff?

Let me in-a your window...
#8.  The Smiths- There's a Light That Never Goes Out.  I would have expected Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want, or perhaps Girlfriend In A Coma, but there are times when I really want to listen to a song with lyrics that go, "And if a double-decker bus crashes into us, to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die, and if a ten ton truck kills the both of us, to die by your side, well, the pleasure, the privilege is mine."  They don't write 'em like that any more. Ah,  yes, Morrissey! Making pop music for suicidal teens since 1982.

Even medicated teenagers need sex symbols, and unfortunately, Ian Curtis was already dead.
#9. Mama Who Bore Me, from the Broadway musical Spring Awakening, sung by Miss Lea Michele. Exquisite.  Here's Lea singing  a very abbreviated version of it, and just for fun we have Spring Awakening (and Glee) co-star Jonathan Groff doing his version. 

And a picture of Jonathan in Taking Woodstock, because he was so very fine, as was Mr. Demetri Martin.
Next up is the first of two appearances by U.K. boy choir, Libera.  Perfect music for drifting off to sleep.  Soloists Joshua Madine and Benedict Phillips are 17 and 15 years old now, and presumably, no longer sopranos.

More to come...

25 Songs, Part 1

Once in a while I like to look at my 25 Most Played Songs list on iTunes and find out what I've been listening to. It is always a surprise to me. So, what the heck, I thought I'd take a break from posting pictures of cute boys and share some music with you.  And then I thought, what the heck,  I can post pictures of cute boys, too.

At the top of my iTunes list is Kate Bush singing The Man With The Child In His Eyes, a song she wrote when she was 16.  Love the song, although it isn't my favorite Kate Bush song, but the video is a bit cheesy, I think.

The amazing blue eyes of British actor Eugene Simon.
More songs and boys after the jump.

I have no idea how I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You became the second most listened to song on my computer.  I've had the song for ages- I think it was an iTunes free song of the week at one time- but when Darren Criss sang it on Glee, I remember thinking I knew the song, but not being sure where I knew it from. I could have sworn it was some semi-obscure song from the 1980s. It's one of those cute/annoying songs, like Toni Basil's Mickey, that can really get under your skin.

Also, I had no idea until just now how cute the lead singer of Black Kids is. Reggie Youngblood is his name, I've just learned.

And speaking of Darren Criss...!

I don't care what you think of Glee, but Darren Criss and the Dalton Warblers' rendition of Teenage Dream was one of the most thrilling things I have ever seen on TV.  I don't know if it knocked the breath out of me or I simply forgot to breath. I'm  pretty sure I had this song on constant repeat for about a week.

The last time I checked, To Sir With Love, Lulu's one big American hit, was at the top of my list, but now it has slipped to #5.  It's pretty amazing- this song was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. for five weeks, and the #1 song of 1967.  In the U.K. it was only released as a "b" side.  And yet, Lulu is still a beloved star in the U.K. and is remembered in the U.S. for this song, and this song only.    P.S. It really is a wonderful song. 

Wouldn't the movie To Sir With Love have been 100 times better if the boys in it had been wearing these nifty school uniforms?


#6 is Samson by Regina Spektor. I can guarantee that this song would be highter in by ranking, but she has recorded this song twice, and I listen to them both versions.
Samson from The Old Testament. Oh, and hey there, Delilah!
Sami @ Select Models
 More to come....

More Landon Liboiron

Just a few shots of Landon Liboiron in The Howling: Reborn.  Hmm, he seems to have lost his shirt in these.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

You Have My Attention, Now What?

One actor who has my attention at the moment is 20-something Canadian,  Landon Liboiron, formerly of DeGrassi, currently of  Terra Nova. Last night I watched his starring role in a bad horror movie called The Howling Reborn which was only bearable because of his big, blue eyes and the fact that he takes his shirt off for a few moments.  Skinnier than I expected, I must say.  


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

We Need To Talk About Ezra

"When Miller ever-so-subtly pulls in his cheek muscles, battling with an ineffable somethingness, it really is as good as acting gets." -Antonia Quirke, Financial Times

Isn't it nice when the actors you like are extremely good at their jobs?  Ezra Miller's role in We Need To Talk About Ezra, which has already been released in some places that are not America,  is not the kind of role that will make him a teen idol, nor is it the kind of movie that will make him a household name, but it will put him on the map in a big way.  I know that we underestimate the philistinism of Hollywood types at our peril, but I can't imagine anyone not wanting him in their movie.  It's too early to say for sure, because show business tends to eat its young, but I think we will be seeing Ezra a lot in the years to come.

P.S.  Wasn't it nice of the publicists of this movie to release shirtless photos of Ezra?  Much appreciated, publicists!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Robbie The Model Sings! Vera Grows A Uterus So She Can Bear His Children!

This is freaking adorable!  Robbie Wadge sings a song he wrote for a girl called Kristina. OK, so he isn't the best singer in the world, his guitar playing is amateurish, and  the song will never top the charts ("I'm like a fuckin' yo-yo." Really?), but if I were her, I'd forgive him his trespasses right quick. And then when he apologizes for his singing at the end? O, as they say, MG!

Unexpected Paddy

When it rains it pours.  I was walking through the Death Star shopping mall today when I noticed that Paddy Mitchell has returned, after a few months in the wilderness,  to his rightful place on the big poster at the entrance of the Hollister store. Here he is,  modeling their new line of faux fur parkas.  I have some advice for those of you who haven't experienced a real winter. If it's cold enough to wear that coat, it's cold enough to wear a shirt.  In very cold weather, layering is key. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Guilty Pleasures: Grandview U.S.A.

One of the very first commercially recorded VHS tapes I ever purchased was this movie, Grandview U.S.A. (1984), which I had already seen several times in it's short-lived theatrical run. (I think it was also the last movie I ever saw at a drive-in theater.) Pre-recorded VHS tapes were very expensive back in those days, but even though $80 seemed like a lot of money,  I paid it. Why?  Seems pretty obvious: It starred C.Thomas Howell

Much more after the jump.

Directed by Randall Kleiser,  who had just had huge successes with Grease and The Blue Lagoon, Grandview U.S.A. is a small, slice-of-life comedy/drama about three people, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, Patrick Swayze, and the top-billed Howell, living in a small midwestern town, whose lives become intertwined at a demolition derby. Curtis wants to run her late father's dilapidated demolition derby in peace, Swayze wants his trashy wife (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to stop screwing a reptilian appliance salesman (Troy Donahue!), and Howell just wants to graduate high school and get the hell out of Dodge. It isn't a great movie, nor is it a terrible one. It has some lovely moments, and some profoundly strange ones,  but nothing much really happens, and the dramatic stakes are so low that the whole thing doesn't amount to a hill of beans. But still... I shelled out that $80,  and I was glad to do it.

I don't know if I can adequately explain the effect The Outsiders (1983) had on me when I first saw it.  I, like most people, had seen C. Thomas Howell (Tommy,  as all the teen mags called him) before. He had a nice little role in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. It was The Outsiders that made me, and the rest of my fellow twelve-year-old girls, sit up and take notice. There was no question about it. I was in love.  Tommy may not have gone on to the sparkling career that some of his Outsiders co-stars have had (although he has never stopped working) but the role of Ponyboy Curtis propelled him to the top ranks of teen idoldom in the mid-eighties. For about four years, his face was on the cover of every teen magazine. After The Outsiders, he took a supporting role in a short-lived TV series, and played James Garner's wrongly imprisoned son in the bad classic, Tank.

Recognize Tommy's shirtless sidekick?  It's John Cusack!
Grandview was the first movie Tommy was in that treated him as a sex object, and it would not be the last.  He was obviously cast more for his status as a teen idol than for his ability as an actor (some of his line readings in this are simply bizarre) or his appropriateness for the role.  He plays an eighteen-year-old, graduating from high school, but he was only sixteen at the time of filming, and looks it. More than anyone else in the cast, Tommy is filmed as object of beauty. His un-pumped-up, semi-naked teenaged body is presented for the audience's viewing pleasure as often as possible. Consider:  Patrick Swayze is fully shirtless in one scene, Tommy is shirtless in eight. Is it any wonder that I loved it?

Grandview U.S.A. went mostly unnoticed by the public, and was pulled from theaters after only two weeks. However, the film's box office failure didn't have a chance to adversely effect the careers of Howell and Swayze, who had previously played brothers in The Outsiders.  One week later, coinciding with the opening of the Los Angeles Olympics, (which, was boycotted by the Soviets and their minions, leaving the field wide open for the Americans to completely dominate the games)  their next co-starring film, Red Dawn, a notoriously fascist, jingoistic, domestic war fantasy, took advantage of a very special moment in cold war history and cleaned up at the box office. Tommy signed on to his next headlining vehicle, Secret Admirer.  But that's another story.

Enjoy the rest of the pictures.