Totally Gnarly Notes – Excellent!

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Wayne’s World which is actually set in my home town of Aurora, IL.  Excellent!  Party On Wayne!

These two are too cute!



How La La Land reworks Casablanca.  Why A-List actresses avoid Rom-Coms – is it the curse of Katherine Heigl?  Speaking of Rom-Coms, here’s a list of 34 of the best Rom Coms of the past decade and where to stream them.  Move over Spielberg and Scorsese, there’s some new kids taking over the town.  Where you can stream some of the Oscar nominated films this month.  Hasidic actor conquers Sundance.  Model trains!  The history of The Black List.  Cards Against Humanity is looking for a very special new employee.

Not to get TOO political…. but Lin-Manuel Miranda has made us a Spotify Playlist.  11 Essential movies about refugees and immigrants (I need to see A Separation!) This twitter account takes me to a welcome alternate reality:

Speaking of Hidden Figures, these girls dressing up for their school project brings me such joy:


Have you seen La La Land yet?  Those of us in Chicago have STRONG feelings about it:


Notes and Links 11/14/16

I’ve spent most of the last week stunned and in depression after the election.  I didn’t really watch many movies.  Moving on, and sharing some of my distractions!


Who else is watching The Crown on Netflix?  My jaw DROPPED when  Matt Smith playing Price Phillip sleeps nude and graces us with more than one look at his
“bum” in just the first two episodes.  Yowza.  Great interview with Matt in Entertainment Weekly:  “Shit gets interesting.” So cool that he’s getting such a plum role and something completely different.

img_0942-1How big  fans of Matt Smith are we in this house?  We went to the 50th Doctor Who convention in London and my youngest son ran up and just hugged him before our photo op.  Look at that grin on my son Ben’s face.

Someone has done a Mashup of the Dangal trailer with The Powerpuff Girls and it’s just glorious, even shared by one of the young actresses in the film.


What I’m reading:

How streets, roads, and avenues are different.  Prince Michael Jackson Can’t Sing or Dance.  The Oscars finally have a producer team.  I’m loving the new Koffee With Karan Season, especially this weekend’s Akshay/Twinkle show, but not everyone is as pleased.  No matter what, you must read this expansive interview of Karan Johar with Baradwaj Rangan.  Facts and Stats about your name. “If he were alive today, he’d use Twitter.”-Martin Luther, media pioneer.  “We couldn’t believe our eyes.” – 40 ancient shipwrecks found in the Black Sea.  What it was like to sell beer to Bill Murray at Wrigley during the World Series.

America didn’t stop being America last night and we didn’t stop being Americans and here’s the thing about Americans: Our darkest days have always—always—been followed by our finest hours.

One last note on the election.  Aaron Sorkin pretty much sums it up in this letter to his tearful daughter, more eloquently than most, as he usually does.  Read the whole thing.

The battle isn’t over, it’s just begun. Grandpa fought in World War II and when he came home this country handed him an opportunity to make a great life for his family. I will not hand his granddaughter a country shaped by hateful and stupid men. Your tears last night woke me up, and I’ll never go to sleep on you again.

Notes and Links

I’m voraciously reading on the internet most of the day.  I’m starting a new feature today similar to the email newsletters I get, passing on to you what I find interesting and am reading.  David Carr of the NYT (who I miss like an amputated limb) once wrote an article about the new curated email newsletters that pass on all the funky articles and links these journalists find. I subscribe to several that he recommended.  These three newsletters are favorites:

Media Redef by Jason Hirshhorn

Ann Friedman Weekly

Plus, there’s all the weird twitter accounts I follow and retweet.  (Follow me here.)

Like @OldPicsArchive.  Such bizarre fun random things  Everything from this

to stuff like this:

How happy are we that Koffee With Karan is back?!  I finally was able to sit down and watch the full episode, and it was a doozy.  I didn’t think I’d love Alia and SRK together so much, but the best part may be Karan’s new addition from Ellen – having them act as each other, and act reading random things.  SRK pretending he’s orgasming to a butter chicken recipe!!  (I’ll never eat butter chicken the same again.) But the best thing about Koffee With Karan being back?  New GIF’s from KoffeeWithKjo!  Seriously, you must follow her on tumblr.




What I’m Reading:


A memorial service for a tree in my neighborhood. Olivia De Havilland turns 100 and calls her sister Joan Fontaine “Dragon Lady”.  The overlooked story of Diwali. Sixty years of Malayalam film history. What I’m buying my son for Hanukkah.  “He just dropped a bucket of blood on her.” (Carrie’s Prom Scene, an oral history).  This ghost on Broadway talks to a friend of mine through flashing lights (she conducts Aladdin). 120 years of cinema, the supercut.  Giraffes Humming. Mila Kunis – “You’ll Never Work In This Town Again” or maybe not.

Dance goals:


Women have always been amazing:

We’re still celebrating that Cubs win:


And I leave you with this: