Wings

I watched Rebecca Jarvis’ report on the costs of college on CBS Sunday Morning.  There was a segment on Joss Whedon, the director of “The Avengers.”  I couldn’t help thinking that Scarlett Johansson didn’t look so sexy, and her comments about her character were ridiculous.  A woman is not empowered just because she can beat people up.  One other segment was about the Beach Boys.  Brian Wilson did not want to talk about some things.  My mom phoned me, and she told me to wash my hands frequently to keep from getting sick.  I went over to Best Buy to see if that had “Cool Hand Luke” on Blu-ray.  I couldn’t find a copy.  I went over to the flea market at Laney College.  There were some items that interested me, but I decided against buying anything.  I didn’t go into the area that you had to pay one dollar admission to see.  I made my way back home and took a nap.  I browsed through the record store and bought a Floyd Cramer album on vinyl and a Louis Armstrong CD.  I looked on the Internet for prices on record players and shelf stereo systems.  One of these days I’d also like to buy a new television set.  On Twitter, Brandon McCarthy’s wife said that she visited the de Young Museum.  I listened to some of Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times program.  One of the songs he played was Jackson Browne’s “For a Dancer.”  The news mention the fact that it was twenty years ago that the Rodney King verdict sparked the riot in Los Angeles.  I watched the silent movie “Wings,” which I hadn’t seen in many years.  I thought it was a good film.  The whole love triangle part of the story was not the most compelling part, but the action in the air was pretty impressive, even measured against “Apocalypse Now.”  The big star in the movie was Clara Bow, and she does have a pretty strong presence.  I enjoyed watching her, even though I found it difficult to believe that she could be the type of woman who would pine away for any man.  The other recognizable star only appears for about two minutes, and that is Gary Cooper.  He is the cadet named White, who is not superstitious.  Even with the small amount of screen time, he does project the same personality he would show in “Sergeant York.”  One scene shows a French officer pinning medals on the two principals, and the kissing looked dangerously close to passionate necking.  The footage of the airplanes is extremely impressive.  The two actors had to learn to fly their airplanes for those shots, which I find incredible.  Hey, there was no green screen in those days.  With the planes going down in flames and crashing and exploding, I wonder if people got killed in the making of this movie.  I thought I heard in the special feature of this DVD that the most seriously injury that any of the stuntmen suffered was a broken neck.  One of the special effects was the image of bubbles rising in the air that one of the pilots sees when he is drunk.  At one moment, it looked like we were going to see Clara Bow naked.  This movie doesn’t have any sex scenes with the men and French prostitutes, but there is the suggestion that they went wild when they went on leave in Paris.  We see some tinting of the print to show flames, and night scenes.  This was before the day for night effect.  The quality of the picture on the DVD was very good, especially for a movie that was made in 1927.  The movie runs for 140 minutes, and it’s pretty engaging all the way through.  In my opinion, “Paths of Glory” is the greatest World War I movie of all time.  The special feature on the disc was “Wings: Grandeur in the Sky,” which was about the making of the movie.  William Wellman’s son was one of the people interviewed.  There was some pretty good information in the feature.  The movie was incredibly expensive.  It would be extremely difficult to make a movie like this today.  They built a small French village for this production.  “Wings” has aged better than several of the early Best Picture Oscar winners, and even a few of the recent ones.  The first song on the KOFY Dance Party was the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.”  I watched the Columbo episode that was on last night, which featured Jack Cassidy, Mickey Spillane, and Mariette Hartley.  One thing that happens in many of these episodes is the killer going ahead and murdering a second person who has threatening knowledge.  It’s difficult enough to get away with one murder, and your plot is probably going to spring a leak if you kill someone else.  I thought there was an element of “Dial M for Murder” in the story, with a key that didn’t fit the door.  I read a bit of Homer’s Iliad, and I put the CD of “At the Jazz Band Ball” on before I went to sleep.  Early in the morning, I listened to a little bit of Mike and Mike on ESPN Radio.  They discussed the Chicago Bulls, and the terrible injury they had late in their game.  I don’t know why you have one of your key players on the court in that situation.  Elizabeth Wenger was outside the studio covering the Doyle Drive story.  I thought Erica Hill seemed quiet and sleepy on CBS This Morning.  Charlie Rose said that President Obama’s comedic timing was “exquisite” on Saturday, but I beg to differ.  You could see him pause a bit too long before a punch line.  Jimmy Kimmel hosted that event, but I guess he didn’t bring along his video clips for This Week in Unnecessary Censorship.  I wanted to know what he had to say about Joe Biden.  I have not been to a $5 Tuesday movie in a very long time.  I’ll have to check out what is playing at Jack London Square tomorrow.  I can’t stand it when Tina Fey says, “This color is crazy gorgeous” on the Nutrisse commercial.  Some of the people who died on April 30 were Edouard Manet (1883), Inger Stevens (1970), Agnes Moorehead (1974), Lester Bangs (1982), George Balanchine (1983), Muddy Waters (1983), Sergio Leone (1989), Richard Scarry (1994), and Tom Poston (2007).  According to Brandon Brooks’ Rewind segment for April 30, The Kinks began their first headlining tour in the UK, with The Yardbirds for a supporting act.  In 1966, the Number One in the country was “Good Lovin’” by the Young Rascals.  In 1976, Paul McCartney released the single “Silly Love Songs.”  In 1977, the Number One song in the country was “Southern Nights” by Glen Campbell.  Today Bobby Vee turns 69, and Willie Nelson turns 79.  My choices for the Top 5 Biggest Jerks of April 2012 are: 5. Metta World Peace, 4. Mirlande Wilson, 3. Lew Wolff, 2. George Zimmerman, and 1. One Goh.

This entry was posted in Movies. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s