above is Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "MSNBC's Boldest Lie" from yesterday.
i want to talk movies.
'heat wave'. do you know the song?
'we're having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave, we're having a heat wave ...'?
marilyn monroe performs it in a film.
i saw it on tv when i was 11 or 12 and thought marilyn was amazing.
the film is there's no business like show business. and at some point during the 80s, when it was on amc (then commercial free) or turner home classics, i watched it by being on the phone and talking through the bulk of it.
but i forgot that part and was curious about the film so we watched it tonight.
it is awful.
if you're a fan of ethel merman, you might enjoy it.
i'm not a fan of the merm. the merm works best on stage because it kept her far away. even more than carol channing, she was too much for the camera.
and she's the opening of the film.
i wanted to grab the remote and fast foward through the merm, through all the nonsense musical numbers - merm and others contribute 'alexander's ragtime band.' some 1 should have begged them not to.
so you wait and wait for the only memorable moment in the whole damn film.
who the hell thought ethel merman was a movie star?
it's almost 30 minutes in before marilyn shows up as a hat check girl in a scene with donald o'connor.
she brings the film to life and then she's off to backstage and we have to wait forever to see her again and the film just dies. then she sings 'after you get what you want' and brings the film back to life. then she has a good backstage scene with donald o'connor and then she's off and it's time for the film to suck some more.
we have to wait at least 30 minutes until marilyn shows up again. she's rehearsing 'heat wave' and donald o'connor comes into the club.
ethel merman and the camera were not friendly. to put it mildly.
i need to remember this the next time we think about watching this film again.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'