Gye Greene's Thoughts

Gye Greene's Thoughts (w/ apologies to The Smithereens and their similarly-titled album!)

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Movie review of The Giant Mechanical Man AKA Love is in the Air

For some reason, the movie that I rented last night is called Love is in the Air in Australia -- but in the U.S. it was called The Giant Mechanical Man.  Huh.  The American title actually makes a lot more sense.

The movie is about two people who are in their early 30s (I think), and are kind of lost.  The guy is a performance artist, where he dresses up in silver paint and walking stilts, and is a giant mechanical man.  The woman just got fired from her temp job.  And they both answer an ad for "various jobs available" at the local zoo.

It's a sweet movie, although rather low-key.  A few good lines.

For a variety of reasons, it spoke to me and where I am at the moment.

As you might know, I collect good quotes.  There's a quote that takes place at a birthday party, and is paraphrased later in the movie:

"It only takes just one person, just one person, to make you feel special, and valid, and like you belong in the world."


"It just takes one person, just one person, to make you feel like you belong -- to make you feel special."

I think the second version is a little punchier.

Some swearing, and implied sex (i.e. they end up in bed, obviously naked under the covers).  No violence that I recall.

It has a sweet ending, which is a happy ending -- so, yay!  :)

You might, or might not, like it.  But I did.


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Monday, October 05, 2015

Movie review of Age of Adaline

Last night I watched The Age of Adaline.  It's kind of a fantasy -- except that it's "played straight", beyond the basic premise that a person can live many decades without aging.

A young widow named Adaline is in her late 20s when she gets into a car accident -- and stops aging.  Her daughter thus ends up the same age as her mother -- and then older.  Adaline ends up having to go into hiding and never fall in love, due to the complications of not aging while your partner does.

It's a well-made, enjoyable movie:  some amusing bits, some sweet bits, some sad bits. 

There are some vague sexual references (mostly, they've clearly had sex with each other, but nothing is "shown"), and some occasional swearing.

I really enjoyed it – but because there weren't any “key scenes” that I can see myself watching over and over again, I won't be buying it on DVD.  But it's  totally worth watching.



Down the rabbit hole

Well, I've gone down the rabbit hole with YouTube, and with Wikpedia -- chasing layers upon layers of interesting-sounding related links -- but never with poetry.

I rented The Age of Adeline on DVD, and one scene around the twenty-minute mark has a guy quoting some poem about "Jenny Kissed Me".  It sounds like a good poem, so I Google it, and find it here at The Poetry Foundation -- and the next thing I know I've started a "Poetry" folder on my hard drive, saved twenty-one poems to it, and re-discovered Sonnet #18 from Shakespeare:  "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day" -- which I memorized in high school.

I've never been "into" poetry -- but I appreciate a good song lyric, so --

Good stuff.



Saturday, October 03, 2015

Movie Review - Singing in the Rain

Each weekend we have "Family Movie Night", where we have a roster for whose turn it is to choose the DVD from the fairly large pile of unwatched movies.

Tonight it was my turn, and I chose Singing in the Rain.  I wasn't sure that the kids would sit through it -- especially my youngest boys (B1, B2), who are six.  Particularly the musical numbers.

But, they were actually engaged.  I was impressed.  And I was also impressed with how well the movie has aged:  it didn't seem "dated" at all -- which, of course, is why it's such a "classic".

Just in case you don't know the story:  it's about a movie star (Gene Kelly) around 1927, just as silent movies were transitioning to "talkies".  His recurring co-star/leading lady has a horrible voice, which causes difficulties in re-working a half-finished movie to make it sound-compatible.

There's more, but that's enough -- except that I'd forgotten how fun Donald O'Connor is.  :)

The kids each had a favorite musical number, which they were comparing after the movie ended (B2's was "Make 'Em Laugh", if I recall correctly).

So, yeah -- a success.

I recommend you re-watch it.  A good movie.


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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Want this guitar

For some reason, I had a hankering to see the video to Genesis' "I Can't Dance".

And, from 0:28 to 0:45, I saw a darned cool guitar:

With assistance from Cynical Guy, I managed to track it down:  the Kay "Speed Demon".  It has "speed bump"-style pickups (never heard of; I learned something new), and it comes in single-pickup and three-pickup versions.

Here's a demo:

This guitar is definitely on "my list".  :)

So cool.



Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wise saying about pigs


You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig.

Of course, now it's a **sexy** pig.

--Gye Greene (9/23/15)


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Friday, September 18, 2015

Love that movie

I often watch a DVD, or some YouTube clips, while I'm eating dinner.  I was in the mood to watch some of my favorite scenes from She's Out of Your League.

I ended up watching basically the whole thing -- although I skipped over a few scenes, here and there -- so more like half of it.  I guess I must like the movie.

Actually, it's one of my favorites:  it's sweet and funny and well-written and well-acted.  There's a fair bit of swearing, and a few fairly-direct sexual references.  But, I'm old enough.  :)


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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Make a wish

(Just a moment ago)

Boy #1 (lying in bed, supposed to be going to sleep): “Dad? If you do three farts in a row, can you make a wish?”

Me: “Um – I guess so, sure.”

Boy:  “Good. Because I just did that.”


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