Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Some Pop Culture Moments

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I have been taking it easy culturally lately. Well, not that easy. I did manage to see Away From Her and La Vie en Rose before the Oscars. If I get inspired I'll write reviews, but I didn't love either of these movies, except for the exceptional performances of their leading ladies, Julie Christie and Marion Cotillard, both nominated for Best Actress. Anyway I haven't got time for the pain right now. They are wrenching movies.
Away From Her is about a woman who is very self-consciously descending into the mystery of Alzheimer's. Her bereft husband finally puts her in assisted living. She falls in love with another resident, practically right in front of him. It's almost too painful to watch especially since she vacillates in and out of consciousness about the whole predicament. La Vie en Rose is the life of Edith Piaf. When I saw Marion Cotillard on the red carpet I finally realized how brilliant her performance was. She is 100% movie star when she's not acting, and 100% immersed when she is.

I'd rather dish about the latest YouTube hits and American Idol.

OMG, have you seen this Sarah Silverman video with Matt Damon? About 8 million people have seen it. She is of course the raunchy comedian. Her show The Sarah Silverman show good and subversive the first season, but the second season was over-reaching. She dates late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. I've never seen that show. I don't like late night talk shows. But I do like this video. Totally cute.

But the video that Jimmy Kimmel did in response was over the top. Here it is.

Okay, if you're not watching American Idol you are missing a great season. That show still delivers. Granted it's formulaic by now, and all the judges have become kind of caricatures of themselves, but you can't help getting caught up in the personalities and backstories of the contestants, even if this year they might be a little contrived, as some of the contestants seem to have more of a professional than an amateur background.

But the big story this year is David Archuleta. This kid (17 years old) is about as cute and humble and talented as anyone I've ever seen. He comes from Murray, Utah (a suburb of Salt Lake City), but I don't think he's a Mormon. His wiki entry says his mother is Honduran, but it doesn't mention his dad. Whatever, the kid can really sing. He really sells a song. I remember in auditions when sang Heaven in the pre-Hollywood auditions, he looked right in the backstage camera, just before he went in front of the judges and he said, "I'm going to really make them believe this song." He delivers with emotion. He's an early favorite to win, but mark my words: he's totally on top now, but to keep the drama high there will be a fall from grace, then he'll ascend from the ashes again. Now here's something really amusing: somehow he got in front of the first season's contestants (including Kelly Clarkson) and he sang (he would have been about 10 years old "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls. This song is so gay, even from a 10 year old, but man he really nails it! Here it is:


CP said...

Hahahaha! Kimmel's response is too funny.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that'd be nice to have the resources to put videos like that together!