Category Archives: Performers

“Saving Mr. Banks”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: As P.L. Travers, the author of the Mary Poppins books, Emma Thompson projects a grave sort of loneliness. Nested confidently into middle age, yet still grappling with the issues of her childhood, the Travers of “Saving Mr. Banks” … Continue reading

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Sunday Jazz Selection

Fenster writes: McCoy Tyner, Lonnie’s Lament, streaming version here.

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Showtune Saturday: “Ain’t Got No Tears Left”

Eddie Pensier writes: The sublime Donna Murphy sings this nightclub/torch song from On The Town, the classic Bernstein/Comden/Green musical later remade (and substantially revised) as a Gene Kelly-Frank Sinatra film. The song was cut from the original but is sometimes … Continue reading

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Movie Poster Du Jour: “Judge Priest”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Love that old Fox logo.

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Sunday Jazz Selection

Fenster writes: Karrin Allyson’s excellent version of Some Other Time can be found in streaming audio here.

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Showtune Saturday: “All I Care About Is Love”

Eddie Pensier writes: “All I Care About Is Love” from Kander & Ebb’s Chicago, performed by the peerless Jerry Orbach on the 1976 Tony Award telecast. Billy Flynn was charmingly and winningly played on screen years later by Richard Gere, … Continue reading

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Sunday Jazz Selection

Fenster writes: Egberto Gismonti, Baiai Malandro.

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Showtune Saturday: “Honey Bun”

Eddie Pensier writes: Welcome to Showtune Saturday, where I’ll share some great musical theater numbers from stage, screen, and recording. Here’s “Honey Bun” from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, performed by Reba McEntire and Alec Baldwin with the New York … Continue reading

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Naked Lady of the Week: Remy LaCroix

Blowhard, Esq. writes: It’s Independence Day folks, so no nubile or buxom Eastern European starlets today, we’re celebrating the ol’ US of A. You know how Bardot, Deneuve, and Casta have been the models for Marianne over the years? Why the … Continue reading

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Bridging Distances

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: A filmmaker like Lubitsch makes you feel privileged for taking part in his naughtiness — like you’re in on the joke. But the naughtiness in this clip, from Renoir’s “French Cancan,” is of a different sort. Renoir … Continue reading

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