Archive for the ‘TV / Film / Radio’ Category


September 19, 2006

With Stephanie Potter at KBOO last night
(cameraphone photo by Marliese Franklin)

You can’t see it in the picture, but Stephanie is wearing an Austrian peaked cap. In honor of which we sang “The Lonely Goatherd” from the Sound of Music soundtrack. Which we recorded, because we were there to train on KBOO’s new flash recorders (Stephanie has the earphones on).

KBOO: Always a good time.


“A Prairie Home Companion”

July 22, 2006

Perfect film for a hot summer night: Slow-paced and comfortable. I enjoyed it, though I still don’t understand the last scene.

That’s Entertainment!

January 30, 2006

I watched “That’s Entertainment!” this weekend.

What an amazing collection of film clips! Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor in “Singin’ in the Rain”. Fred Astaire in “Royal Holiday”. Astaire and Eleanor Powell in “Broadway Melody of 1940”. Judy Garland in “Meet Me in St. Louis”. Such talent — dancing, singing, set design, cinematography — presented in such rapid succession…the effect is staggering.

The talents that are now unfashionable attracted me most. The tap dancing of Kelly, Astaire, and Powell. The unironic, screwball comedy of O’Connor. The nice-n-easy of Frank Sinatra.

Having grown up watching the clichés of MGM musicals parodied by the comedians of the ’70s and ’80s, it was fascinating to see how good that style was at its best.

The joy of streaming

January 25, 2006

My radio is always tuned to KBOO, but on Sunday evenings I use the Internet to listen to a station far away across the mountains: KTCU in Fort Worth.

From 5pm to 7pm (Portland time) is a show called the Rock Menagerie. Host Dale Gleitz picks a theme each week, and plays two hours of music from the last 40 years that relates to it. He takes pride in having rarely played the same song twice during his many years hosting the show, and he finds the most amazing album cuts. The man knows a lot of music, and his taste and the way he blends songs together are impressive. Plus, I respect his playing so much music that I would be embarrassed to admit to liking…but that I do in fact like.

From 7pm until 10:30pm (again, Portland time) is The Good Show. Tom, Chris, Tony, and Neil play mostly what is called “modern rock” from the last 30 or so years. They also throw in comedy at the top of every hour and a segment called “The Bad Show”, featuring painfully bad music, as the show’s nightcap. Above all, though, the show has a Rat Pack vibe to it — clever, funny, chummy, often puerile — and if you dig that vibe, you’ll become a regular listener.

(A side note: I once stopped listening to The Good Show for several months because they played so much good music, and I didn’t have the money to buy all — or even most — of the CDs they inspired me to want to buy. I still don’t have the money, but now I just make a list and put it aside.)

If any of the above intrigues you, pick up the KTCU webstream here (you have to have RealPlayer installed on your computer).

You’re about to be taken to a dream world of magic…

January 3, 2006

The funniest thing I have seen on Saturday Night Live recently is available for viewing on the Web, and is was a free download at the iTunes store.

I smell lawsuit…

December 23, 2005

So I’m watching the Fort Worth Bowl, which this year matches my former employer, the University of Houston (Go Coogs!), against the University of Kansas. ESPN has sent their D team to provide commentary — before tonight, I had never heard of either person in the broadcast booth.

Midway through the first quarter, one of the broadcasters notes that a Kansas player is wearing a different number jersey than usual and says that the official reason is that the player reported the jersey as stolen. The broadcaster then accuses the player of having stolen the jersey himself, as an “early Christmas present”. On national television he says this! And he was serious!

Wow. I would hate to be the person at ESPN who has to field the phone calls from that player’s relatives.

Why we’re luckier than our parents

September 28, 2005

Our parents had to stay up until 12:30 to watch all of Johnny Carson.

We only have to stay up until 11:30 to watch all of Jon Stewart.

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

April 29, 2005

Good movie, though heavy-handed with its anti-capitalist framing. Go see it.

(I have to add that it was strange to watch a movie owned by Mark Cuban in a theater owned by Mark Cuban while the Rockets play Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks in the NBA playoffs.)

What the $@#% Do We Know?

October 19, 2004

Two parts thought-provoking; one part hippy-dippy silly.

2 > 1.

Go see it.
(Towards the end of the movie, “Someone Somewhere in Summertime” by Simple Minds looped insistently through my mind; but that’s probably an idiosyncracy.)

2001 explained

May 10, 2004

I watched Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey years ago, and found it boring and baffling. After looking at this site, though, I might give the movie another try.

(Warning: Site has slow-loading Flash animations. They’re worth the wait, though.)
[Link courtesy of Dale Keiger.]