Friday, December 19, 2008

I can't help myself

As some Southerner's say..."I'm goin' to brag on myself"...
I told you guys before any reviews that the movie Seven Pounds was the worst movie
ever...right? (scroll down a few columns) and some "anonymous" person answered
me with hostility about how wrong I was.
Well, today's reviews in the New York Post and Ny Times make me look generous!
I knew I was right!!!!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

me and unique birthday "item"

LA report

Well, Dear Readers i told you I'd let u know about my trip and it was fabulous! Instead
of moping around in NY vis a vis Thanksgiving and my birthday I called upon my really
old...and I mean old...(in years of duration that is) friends.
Six of my dearest and best friends live there and were forced to throw me a
subtle suggestion.
First of all, I stayed at three different gal's places...i have generous friends...and that alone
was worth the trip. It's fun to have a's been a while...divorced forever.
I had thanksgiving dinner at one ...whom i hired to work on Laugh In many
moons ago...and it was her family and great food as she is gourmet cook as well as
Number One organized human being on the planet. She has given up show biz and
is volunteering around the world in three month increments. Very noble...
We went to movies and ate. That's what you do in LA. It is screening time and there
are three a day at least. (you can read about one of them in prior blog)
Then I moved to another friend,Deb, who I've written about alot in my column as
she is the World's Friendliest Human which sometimes makes me we know
I am not!
Finally i wound up at the fab beach house of another friend and had a glorious
weekend in the sun. Walks on the beach are among my favorite things and the house
is situated right on the sand and all I had to do was pull the sunlounge from the terrace
into the bedroom so i didn't even have to move.
I stayed in her grandkids room which had a bunk bed and against her advice I chose
the top of the bunk bed which seemed like fun until those late in the night bathroom
visits. You get the picture. The ladder should be tipped at an angle...note to manufacturers
of bunkbeds.
I went to more movies and more lunches and did some walking around Bev Hills..which
wasn't too busy. Well, the stores weren't...except for foreigners.
I did however see a scary thing...the paparazzi phenomenon in full bloom. You can't
really appreciate how awful it is on TV. I had come down from a parking lot that
opened into an alley and saw a horde of over 20 men and two women with cameras
rushing like a pack of locusts towards the back of a store. I asked who it was and they
said Lyndsey Lohan. They waited for her and I walked around to the front of the
store to warn her but had been locked for her to shop I guess.
Then I returned to the back as she came out and they surrounded her. It was truely
frightening as she got into a car, they piled into theirs and chased her down the alley.
I felt really sorry for her but one of my journalist friends said she and others tip off
the locusts to tell them where they'll be. Stupid thing to do honey. Shades of Princess
Di come to mind.
I saw a few stars...Deborah Messing, smaller than I thought she was...John Lovitz,
Will Smith at the screening and another star who shall be nameless cause I'll tell you
a little story about him.
When I was in college I worked as an extra in the movies in the summer so I could
stay in LA. One day at MGM a little green sports car stopped and a really cute
young TV star was in it and flirted with me. I was too scared to flirt back.
Then, as we say in the 1996 when my friend with the beach
house and I were having dinner at a trendy place, said star who was now a big movie
star asked me out to dinner and I said I was leaving the next day back to NY.
My girlfriend was kicking me under the table and trying to change my mind, but
he was not anyone I'd had a crush on and just couldn't see the point.
Years go by and I see that he is not only adorable, but smart, talented and at the time
he was SINGLE... though not now and have regretted my decision ever since.
Well, I ran into him and told him...actually what I said was "years ago you asked me out
and I said no and boy am I FUCKIN SORRY!"
He laughed and was very cute about it. So closure if nothing else.
My ex-husband, whom I called to say hi as I do when I'm there, told me I swear
too much. And I say "so fuckin what?" No I really should stop.
So at the great birthday lunch at the Polo Lounge in the Bev Hills Hotel, many memories.
many laughs and many secrets. Probably the best birthday I've had as an adult.
Friends are important and I have really good ones.
It is good to get away every once and a while and good to come home. I just wish I could
import the friends to NY...though some of them do come fairly often.
LA remains LA for better or worse....sun, driving, more driving, food, movies, and movie
stars. Hooray for Hollywood!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

movie review

Seven Pounds. That is the name of the new Will Smith movie that I saw at a screening
in LA last week, with Will attending.
Let me start by saying I love Will Smith. I think he is engaging, smart, adorable and a
really good actor. What the heck happened then?
You are now seeing trailers of this movie in which they indicate that he as the main
character has a "terrible" secret which is motivating him now to save seven total strangers.
So..that kind of tells you the whole movie. Then why oh why did the actual movie have
to be so ridiculous in "keeping the secret" which sets the character in motion all the
while revealing it in on the nose, flashback snippets to where you feel you are getting
whiplash time-wise and neck-wise.
The first 30 minutes are confusing and you do not know whether he is
a bad guy or good guy and though this is meant to be intriguing it is merely annoying
and takes you out of the movie while you are kvetching that this is confusing.
Then the movie takes another turn and it becomes a love story.
Finally, the last third it becomes a saw-it- coming tragedy.
And just incase you dont get it..the music manipulates and repeats, I swear to god,
some of the things you are seeing just to pound the theme into your poor little brain.
At the discussion afterward, Will seemed to me to acknowledge right out of the box
that the Director, who was there and is Italian was determined not to make a
"Hollywood movie" predictable, so he made it incomprehensible and on the nose
at the same time. Quite a feat.
Plus also he said he told him not to do his "will smith"
stuff...which up to now has only made him the number one box office champ and a critical
So what happens is the actor puts his life in the hands of a director he trusts (who made
a good prior movie, "Pursuit of Happyness"...which was based on a book so, well structured)
as opposed to this mishmash and now Will is lousy in a lousy awful movie!)
AS to the reference of Seven Pounds...there were guesses but the answer is...ready...
for pretension..."the quote from Shakespeare about a pound of flesh."
My pounds of ham! No thanks.

Friday, December 05, 2008

7 pounds

Dear Readers...I am in LA and will write about the great birthday i had but first i had to warn u against wasting your precious dollars!
The new Will Smith movie titled Seven Pounds is right up there with the worst movies i've ever seen!
I will give u details later   but trust me on this one!