Thursday, April 30, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
If anybody has learned how to leverage the power of dewy good looks and the global forum of the Internet, it is Cameron Dallas, who has gone from being a shining light of YouTube and Vine, to lucrative personal appearance tours and a charmless but financially successful movie (Expelled, now available on Netflix). Now Cameron has decided to try his hand at music and has released his first rap song, which briefly, very briefly, entered the top ten on the iTunes chart. I confess that I am not exactly a hip-hop kind of guy, but even I can tell you that Cameron's song, She Bad, is not good. I'm not going to say that it is the worst thing I have ever heard, but it's right up there. But why take my word of it when you can hear for yourself?
Friday, April 17, 2015
Back in the far off 1970s, Kristoffer Tabori was a person I saw on TV a lot. He guest starred on tons of TV dramas and mini-series, and showed up in an occasional movie. I didn't know much about him at the time, but I really liked him, even though he was so much older than me. It was his eyes mostly. He had great eyes. Sometime when I was in high school I was flipping through a catalog of films that where available to rent on 16mm for film societies, school activities, children's parties, etc. I came upon an illustrated page devoted to Making It, the 1971 film that marked 19-year-old Tabori' s first starring role. The pictures in that catalog were like catnip to me. I wanted to see that movie so very badly!
Today, after approximately 38 years of waiting, I finally saw Making It. As it turns out, the whole movie is on YouTube. Is it good movie, you may ask. Well... no. Frankly it is a bizarre movie, just all over the place, with a tonal shift in the last act that will give you whiplash. "Is it a drama? Is it a comedy? Is it a... oh shit, did that really just happen?" But where else can you see Bob Balaban, already in his mid-twenties, but looking much older, playing a high school student? What other movie features actor Dick Van Patton and his real life sister Joyce Van Patton playing an engaged couple who share a hot grope and on-the-mouth kiss? And how often does a film take the time to offer a long debate on the merits of Catcher In The Rye between two characters who have obviously never read Salinger? Despite all this, Kristoffer Tabori is just amazingly, scorchingly hot in Making It; just as hot as I always imagined he would be.
Kristoffer Tabori, if you were wondering, is still working, mostly as a voice actor, which is a shame, because I'm sure, at 62 years of age, that he still has great eyes.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Big doings in Thailand this week, as superstar Mario Maurer participated in the national draft lottery. In Thailand it is a rite of passage for all young men to present themselves to the draft board where they are stripped to the waist, given a perfunctory physical examination, and draw lots to see who will have to enter into military service and who won't. Mario, who at the ripe old age of 26 had deferred as many times as the law would allow, finally went through the ritual, and because he is one of the biggest stars in all the land, the media showed up in droves and the whole thing was telecast live. Mario's "pink nipples" trended on social media. Good news for Mario and his legion of fans: he drew a black card, meaning that he is exempt from service for the rest of his life.