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Meme of Four

Steven Horwitz has tagged me for the "Meme-of-Four" (dammit indeed!)

Okay, here goes.

Four jobs I've had:
1. Bookkeeper
2. Assistant Orientation Director
3. Mobile Disc Jockey
4. Editor

Four movies I can watch over and over again:
1. Ben-Hur (1959)
2. Titanic (1997)
3. King Kong (1933)
4. War of the Worlds (1953)

Four places I've lived:
1. Brooklyn (West 5th Street)
2. Brooklyn (West 4th Street)
3. Brooklyn (West 9th Street)
4. Brooklyn (Dahill Road)
(Yeah, I have traveled a lot around this neighborhood...)

Four TV shows I love:
1. The Honeymooners
2. The Twilight Zone
3. The Fugitive
4. One Step Beyond

Four highly regarded and recommended TV shows I haven’t seen (much of):
1. The Sopranos
2. Battlestar Galactica
3. Law & Order (any of them)
4. CSI (any of them)

Four places I’ve vacationed:
1. Phoenix, Arizona
2. Miami, Florida
3. Los Angeles, California
4. Peconic, Long Island

Four of my favorite dishes (only 4?!):
1. Pizza
2. Lasagna
3. Veal cutlet parmigiana
4. Spare ribs
(I could go on and on...)

Four sites I visit daily:
1. Bloglines (hehe)
2. Liberty & Power Group Blog
3. Once Upon a Time
4. Mises Economics Blog

Four places I’d rather be right now:
1. Hawaii (on a beach)
2. Las Vegas (by a pool)
3. Athens (sightseeing)
4. Rome (sightseeing)

Four albums I can't live without (today anyway):
1. "Ben-Hur" (soundtrack, Miklos Rozsa composer)
2. "For Django" (Joe Pass)
3. "Embraceable You" (Carl and Joanne Barry, my brother and sister-in-law)
4. "Boss Guitar" (Wes Montgomery)

Four new bloggers I'm tagging:
1. Sunni Maravillosa
2. Chip Gibbons
3. Sheldon Richman
4. Nick Manley

Comments welcome. Cross-posted to L&P.

Comments

Chris,
thanks for the mention!

I'd seen these questionnaries floating around the blogosphere

Hey, thanks for the tag, Sweetie! I'd already been tagged, but I like your version with the musical item, so I added that category to my fourplay.

Sunni,
I noticed you listed Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind as one of the 4 movies you'd watch over and over.

I am glad to see I wasn't the only one who picked that film!

Cheers,
Nick

Sunni,
and oh I love the comedy picture on your site

"I'd tell the feds to kiss my ass.." LOL

Nick

Hey folks, thanks for posting! Didn't realized you'd been tagged Sunni, but glad you added the category.

And, Nick, let me also take this opportunity to thank you for your many contributions here. For those who don't know it, Nick has a number of blogs running, including one here that is very sweet for its kind words of personal tribute. Definitely check out Nick's blog.

Chris,
I thank you for the blog mention but you screwed up the link since lifeloveandliberty.blogspot.com is the one intended for an audience.

Cheers,
Nick

Thanks, Nick, for your kind comments regarding my list and picture. And Sweetie, it's always fun to go on about music!

Sunni,
of course!

I am in love with music.

end of story

I should post some of my musical tribute pieces on the blog.

Cheers,
Nick

Hall and Oates tribute piece up

Titanic Chris? :P

Ok, Chris: I have to ask: Can you please explain what impressed you about "Titanic?" I'll grant you the sumptuous costumes and set design and although I'm not much of a "special effects" fan, "Titanic" had good ones. But the wooden dialogue and overwrought and contrived "love story" left me cold. There were times that the dialogue was so bad that it took enormous self control to keep from bursting out laughing. When the ship is sinking and Rose suddenly stops and turns to Jack to say "This is where we met!" was particularly egregious...not even Kate Winslet could save that line.

It's not that I don't like "epic films" or that I'm a cynic who can't stand stories of tragic, doomed love--I love "West Side Story" and cried at "Brokeback Mountain." But...I'm with Sergio on this...just curious, because I usually trust your aesthetic sensibilities.

I second the curiosity about Chris's choice of Titanic.


Chris and I have been having a friendly debate about "Titanic" for years. I thought it was a pretty good Hollywood movie, but very flawed for the reasons Peri points out.

The earlier British film about the sinking of the Titanic, "A Night To Remember," was superior to "Titanic" in every way except for its poor special effects.

Okay, let's get this "Titanic" thing over with already. :)

If you look at the movies I picked as among those I could watch over and over again, you'd see that they all have one thing in common: For me, they have the capacity to situate me in another world. When I watch "Ben-Hur," I feel like I'm existing within the period of ancient Rome and its imperial control of Judea. When I watch "King Kong," I am on Skull Island or on the streets of New York City. When I watch the original "War of the Worlds," I feel as if I am right in the midst of that Martian invasion.

So too with "Titanic": I am transferred into the world of that tragedy. I feel as if I am on the voyage... as if I have become a direct witness to the events of a particular time and place. In my view, there is not a single Academy Award that that movie received which was not deserved. I'll grant, with Mark, that "L.A. Confidential," which was also up for many of the same awards as "Titanic," was a fine movie. But "Titanic," in my view, deserved its Oscars for Cinematography, Art Direction, and Sound; it deserved its awards for film score and best song; it deserved its awards for film editing, costume design, visual effects, and sound effects editing. And, in sum, I think it deserved its Best Picture Oscar, and that Cameron, who directed the whole production, deserved his award too.

Note that it did not receive awards for its screenplay (indeed, the script wasn't even nominated) and that none of its actors got any awards---though I genuinely loved Gloria Stuart in her role as the elderly Rose; she is from another era of movie-making, where facial and eye movements have the capacity to express a remarkable range of emotions. (Interestingly, of the three films ["Titanic," "Ben-Hur," and "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King"] that are tied for the Oscar record of 11 awards, only "Ben-Hur" got awards in acting categories: Best Actor [Charlton Heston] and Supporting Actor [Hugh Griffith].)

I agree with some of the critics that the actors in "Titanic" did not have the greatest script to work with. But I still felt for the characters that were created on the screen. I enjoyed the performances too, regardless of some of those script clunkers. Everybody from Kathy Bates to Gloria Stuart contributed something of significance to the story. And, okay, I admit it: I am a sucker for Leonardo DiCaprio.

All in all, I can watch the film over and over again, and still feel as if I have been made a part of the world it sought to create. And, as cinematic spectacle goes, the sinking of the "Titanic" ranks right up there with the parting of the Red Sea. It is one of the most breathtaking, harrowing, and fundamentally tragic scenes I've ever witnessed on the big screen. (And the film scoring of that scene is one of Horner's greatest achievements as a cinematic composer.)

BTW, I could list about 30 or 40 movies I could watch over and over again... and "West Side Story" (mentioned by Peri) is one of them. :) Oh, and I really liked "A Night to Remember" too. :)

Certainly "Titanic" has many fine elements and the final reels are highly dramatic, but the third rate script really did sink the boat. If Cameron had just modified the superior "A Night to Remember" script and added some modern technical wizardry, he might have had a truly great film rather than just another reasonably entertaining Hollywood disaster movie.

"L.A. Confidential" was truly robbed of the Best Picture award that year, with all due respect to Chris.

Well, this is obviously a debate that won't soon end... but just to be clear... I really enjoyed "LA Confidential," and there are some lines from the smart script that I utter. :)

In any event, I'm just really glad no film has beaten the record set by "Ben-Hur." Only tied. If you wanna get started on my love of that film... watch out! :)