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Smile, though your heart is aching

I thought I actually learned something from watching American Idol last night, but it wasn’t the whole story.

The song Smile was performed on Idol last & it was announced that it was written by Charlie Chaplin which I was not aware of…

To be clear, the score was written by Chaplin in 1936 for his film Modern Times. He did not write the lyrics. The lyrics weren’t written until 1954 by John Turner & Geoffrey Parsons.

Since then it has covered by many artists including Barbara Streisand, Tony Bennett, Michael Jackson,  & even Robert Downey Jr.


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Spawn of David Bowie

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The director of the recent movie MOON is Duncan Jones, son of David Bowie.

How was Duncan’s directorial debut? It was a lovely homage to the genre of science fiction movies. I will leave it at that.

And no, there were no David Bowie songs in the movie.

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Mayday Mayday (MAY)

Remember when Ferris Bueller said:

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

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Well, it’s true and that is pretty much what happened to May for me. I learned many things that have either been integrated or forgotten, but with June,  I begin anew!

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So What if I Learned This From a Movie Trailer (04/29)

I saw a preview for the movie, Music Within, which is based on the true story of Richard Pimentel, the man who is credited with championed the Americans with Disabilities Act, into becoming law.

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Here is summary of his life story as found on www.miltwright.com:

Richard Pimentel was pronounced dead at birth in the delivery room. In a miraculous turn of events, he lived. His mother, who had experienced three miscarriages before his birth, left him in an orphanage, unable to come to terms with his existence. After his father’s death, he was raised by his impoverished grandmother and deemed “retarded” by a school guidance counselor. He never spoke a word until age six.

After his mother abandoned him again for a new boyfriend, Richard was left homeless and roamed from friend’s homes to his father’s old workplace, a strip bar. He lived and slept in the dressing room. During these hard times, he managed to win two national high school speech championships and was offered a college scholarship by College Bowl founder, Dr. Ben Padrow. Richard arrived on campus only to hear Dr. Padrow tell him to come back when he had “something to say.”

Richard followed Dr. Padrow’s advice and quit school. Soon after he was drafted to Vietnam, where he survived a volunteer suicide mission and became an acknowledged war hero. During his brief celebration, a stray bomb exploded in his bunker and ravaged his hearing. Not only did Richard lose his hearing, he developed tinnitus, a constant ringing in the ears. The government dismissed his dreams of college and public speaking, insisting his fate was one of insanity and rage due to his condition.

Richard refused to accept this fate. He returned to college where he met Art Honneyman, “the smartest and funniest man he has ever known,” who just happened to have a severe case of cerebral palsy. No one could understand Art due to his wheezing, garbled speech—-except for Richard, who could hear Art’s true voice due to his hearing loss.

At 3 AM, in celebration of Art’s birthday, Art and Richard sat down in a local restaurant for a pancake breakfast. Their waitress threatened to call the police, deeming him the “ugliest, most disgusting thing” she had ever seen. They refused to leave and were arrested under the “Ugly Law,” a statute that prohibited public appearances of people who were “unsightly.” This injustice propelled Richard, with the help of Dr. Padrow and a host of friends, headlong into the nascent disability movement

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Different but the Same (04/07)

Another random fact about the Oscars…

The nominees for best picture for this years Oscar ceremony were:

Milk

The Reader

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Slumdog Millionaire

Frost/Nixon

Now, look closely – can you notice what these movie titles have in common?

I will give you a hint, the last time the Best Picture nominees had the same thing in common was in 1964 when the following films were up for the Academy’s biggest award:

Mary Poppins

My Fair Lady

Becket

Zorba the Great

Dr. Strangelove

Still don’t have the answer?

Here it is: Each of the 10 titles above refer to the main character(s) in each of the films.

I thought that was interesting and so will any other movie nerd.

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Watchmen (04/01)

The original title for the Alan Moore’s Watchmen was Who Killed the Peacemaker?

The reason being, before the Comedian was the Comedian – he was the Peacemaker.

Read what I read on Atomic Gadlfy’s blog:

THE PEACEMAKER

When writer Alan Moore pitched the idea for Watchmen to DC Comics, his working title was “Who Killed the Peacemaker?” By the time Watchmen saw publication, the character whose murder sets the events of the story in motion had been changed to an original creation of Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, the Comedian.

So who was the Peacemaker? He was Christopher Smith, a diplomat and avowed pacifist. However, unlike the pacifists I get into arguments with in bars, Smith understood that diplomacy sometimes fails, leaving you with no choice but to pick up a weapon and start shooting bad guys. And that’s exactly what he did, under the guise of the Peacemaker, “a man who loves peace so much that he is willing to fight for it!”

Read entire blog here.

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Alfred Hitchcock (03/26)

key_art_alfred_hitchcock_presentsAlfred Hitchcock was originally a draftsman/advertising designer for  a cable company, he then became interested in photography and broke  into the movie industry by designing the titles for silent movies.

It  only took 5 years from the time he started as a title designer to  become a film director.

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