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courtesy of netflix …

i am in the middle of watching “the seven year itch.” old school billy wilder/marilyn monroe comedy circa 1955 about what nyc professional men do in the summer time when their wives take the kids out of manhattan to their summer homes.

in that old-fashioned world, wives are babysitters and upholders of the moral standard. when they skip town, bedlam strikes. husbands booze, gamble, smoke and mack on chicks like crazy. in that world, men are like children — they can’t be trusted to be on their own.

how exhausting for the women. i don’t want to be someone’s moral upholder. i have a hard enough time upholding myself … and how condescending for the men. expecting so little of them.

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TODAY’S SHOCKER: Man Chubbs Get Thumbs Up

“Man Flab, It’s Fab”
By Sara Vilkomerson
The New York Observer
June 22, 2006

  • If you are trying to get the biggest audience, then you’re looking for the everyman …
  • Plus there’s no denying that there is an added sexiness to a man who knows how to enjoy himself, be it with food, wine or women.
  • Guys who are all puffed out, they strike me as insecure people. They’re like peacocks with their feathers in full bloom, and that just seems like way too much.
  • The East Village is full of those guys who are 25 years old and 95 pounds. You want to say, ‘Eat a sandwich!’
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    Prairie Wish I Stayed Home Companion

    Phyllis and I saw it tonight. Boo. Boring as hell. How did I let Robert Altman get me again with one of those friggin’ ensemble casts? Ooo ooo everyone I love is in this movie. Then you go and it’s like: “Gotcha!” Whole lot of fabulous actors in a mediocre storyless film. Ho hum.

    I’ve been writing up a list of DVDs I want for my birthday. Yeah, it’s still 2 months away, but basically everyone I love has a June birthday (okay not everyone, but very very many). So birthdays are on the brain.

    And so are movies because I think of movies always. Plus I’ve been thinking of getting a new TV. My current one is on its last legs. It shuts off sometimes by itself. Just the visual, not the audio. Whatever happened to the good old days when people had TVs repaired instead of chucking them and running right out to buy a flat screen? And by people, I mean me. I am one lazy yuppie. A lazy yuppie with a long long list of movies preceding the flat screen purchase.

    Ahh, proving my honchos oh so right…

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    i agree with the studio heads

    but as a woman, and a frequent movie-goer i am incredibly bummed that this movie is not being made.

    They saw the movie as a multilayered comment on gender relations, and conceived of a world 150 years hence in which men make themselves obsolete “through war and Viagra,” as Mr. Roach put it. In that future, women rule and use cloned men for amusement. Mr. Stiller and Mr. Carrey were to play outdated models of clones, one more thoughtful, the other more exuberant.

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    the smug from george clooney's oscar acceptance speech

    is being surpassed by the smug from his anti-gawker gampaign. i wish he would take a long walk off a short pier. and i wish gawker would have a post about it.
    PS: that new south park episode about hybrids rules.

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    block party ruled. so funny. dave and many musica…

    block party ruled. so funny. dave and many musical faves. makes me want to go see some live music. makes me remember how much i love hip hop. it, like some varieties of rock music, makes me feel invincible.

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    I have an account on You Tube and posted one video so far ─ a short, crappy clip of the boats at Portofino, Italy. It’s totally boring – I just posted it as an experiment to see if I can actually put my digital camera videos up there, and I can.

    I love making videos. Just this weekend I was talking with friends about what a shame it is that we don’t still have all those hilarious videos we made in high school and college — some of them for class assignments, others just for fun. The main ones that come to my mind:

    1. “Oedipus Rex,” starring Carrie M. and Raphe L. Filmed in Carrie’s basement. The project was so well received by Gail R., our AP English teacher, that we reunited for the next project: “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka. I’ll never lose the mental image of Raphe dressed up like a giant beetle.
    2. “Don Quijote,” a collaboration between me, Adam “Kiko” K. and Gena G. for AP Spanish class. It was entirely made with Barbie dolls and Kiko’s brill voiceover handiwork. I vaguely remember patching in the song “Moon River” as DQ ventures over the miles in search of his precious Dulcinea. He was riding a black Barbie horse across my brother’s nasty ass blue bedroom carpet.
    3. And there was “La Vida de Velasquez” in which I dressed up like 16th century Spanish painter Diego Velázquez, goatee and all. At one point he sailed across an ocean. We recaptured this by showing me floating in an inflatable raft in the brook behind Gena’s house.
    4. Brian’s friend’s hilarious Geraldo spoof, around the time of the Al Capone vault thing. Attached to that was a Miami Vice style drug bust (with flour for cocaine). I recall they didn’t have driver’s licenses yet so they sat in a parked car and had someone jog by backwards. Someone also scooted down the driveway, below the purview of the car window, laying on a skateboard, holding a leafy branch, making it look like passing a “tree.”
    5. The best video by Brian’s friends was “Illinois Jones,” their spoof on Indiana Jones. They took it quite seriously, filming it over several weeks. Very funny and the perfect showcase of male high school humor.
    6. In college, Beth and I made a couple of mobster videos for our Italian class. We wore black wigs and mustaches, smoked incessantly and threw an inflatable doll out the window of the 4th floor of Knott Hall, taping the plummet and dubbing over a screaming sound effect. Every cliché in the book, and to top it off, we spoke abysmal Italian. Teribile!
    7. Also in college, freshman year, we won the Howard lip synching contest for our performance of Parliament’s “Give up the Funk.” I still remember all the moves to that one. My friends said I was like Debbie Allen ─ meticulous with the choreography and relentless in making them all practice. But that’s how you win! I still have that video and could probably have it transferred to digital.

    Those are the main ones that come to mind. I bet that they would be really, really funny to see today. Alas, now I have this major urge to make a new mini movie. I don’t have any ideas just yet, nor do I have any editing software. But I am sure I could come up with something. the mortal kombat theme video is my inspiration. friggin hilarious.

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    hello all. i am emailing from mailboxes etcetera on hudson street. i couldn’t get a time warner appointment until next weekend, so for the next week i shall be sans internet (and tv, and home phone). oi. BUT my cell phone works fine in the new place and i have my iTunes, Cds, newspapers and sirius radio to fill the media void for the next week. the move was as good as a move could be. the movers were very nice and helpful (big john’s on the upper east side) and nothing was lost or broken. the new place belongs to a friend and is truly wonderful. i feel so much more at home there than in my prior pad. even the movers were shocked by how small it was. they were off the boat immigrants and couldn’t fathom how i could have lived there for 3.5 years. my answer: the deferred gratification principle. it works. anyways, life is good. it’s a rainy sunday in january and i don’t even have the blues.

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