Jessie wears no bling
Royalty, yet not a King
Jessie happens to know
the nitty gritty of the whole thing
A quintessential rebel as a kid
Later in life, I saw his soul freeze
Pulled me away, Omar was dead
“You’re my brother now,” Jessie said
The mission was always the same
Never once did it ever change
Grab and run with a set of car keys from the drawer
Omar, Jessie, and I — we would never drive very far
A lot closer in age and
Both very much straight
Jessie and Omar explored outer space
Life later on taking on a different pace
I will gladly bet my life
Jessie knew I would turn out queer
Yet never once thinking
I would drink all his beer!
Mother Norma gave me jars filled with pennies
Exactly enough to offer Jessie a simple blessing
Everything comes in its due time, just wait and see
We will celebrate under a coconut tree
Dear Jessie, stay awake and keep watch
Always make sure you look at that clock
Dear Jessie, true life offers only ourselves to blame
What you now know could derail a train
I’m just a son – I’m not a flake – I won’t allow – myself to break
There are times – when I wonder – if all the noise – is only thunder
I’m just a guy – that tries to do – all the things – to not feel blue
I’m just a son – one in a zillion – who struggles with – a lot of helium
I stay grounded – I have no choice – she’s my Mom – and I’m just her son
The 1972 Holocaust drama “The Day the Clown Cried” by infamous writer-director Jerry Lewis will be inducted into the National Film Registry, according to the New York Post. The Library of Congress acquired the film from Lewis contingent upon the film remaining under lock and key for another decade.
IMDB.com sums up the plot of the film in one sentence: “A circus clown is imprisoned by the Nazis and goes with children to their deaths.” Wikipedia.com and RollingStone.com clarify the clown is of German origin, imprisoned in Auschwitz for making fun of Hitler, and forced to keep Jewish children quiet prior to leading them to gas chambers.
The film is thought to be a quintessential example of (probably) the worst film ever made. And, that could be the reason for its induction. Lewis has described it as “embarrassingly bad” and never screened it, much less released it. Then again, in all fairness, he has also said “it’s too small of a piece ” and that “it isn’t large enough to have a dynamic impact.”
Film buffs who revel in the filmmaking of the 70s and 80s, like myself, will have to wait until at least 2025 to watch it. If still alive, Lewis will be 99.
I once knew a kid who blew me away
All the way into outer space
Through the stars and past the moon
He never learned how to use a spoon
Not one word
Yet he said a lot
A tough little warrior
Who blindly fought
Hard to imagine
the love that comes with
Even harder to witness
a child getting sick
I once knew a kid for a very short time
So short, in fact, it made me cry
He never complained, always sustained
The soul of this child will always remain
He must be singing now
Hitting high notes
Up in heaven
For so many people
In so many ways
All I can say
Is that he went away
I once knew a kid
His name was Seketl’e
He touched the world around him
Of this, I can betcha’
I never held him
He never spoke
But trust when I write
He was the ultimate bloke
I once knew a kid
His name was Seketl’e
It’s his birthday, you see
So, let’s not forget that
Cake written by Patrick Tobin and directed by Daniel Barnz is a good drama. Jennifer Aniston does a nice job of playing a serious role, but it would have been nice if her character Claire was not so flat and one-dimensional. Claire would have more depth if there would have been, let’s say, a flashback of happier times. Just one. A short one. But, I get it. Aniston’s character is addicted to painkillers and moonlights with the notion of suicide.
The fact that Claire is addicted to painkillers is a MacGuffin. That is what the whole story is about. If you are not paying attention, you will miss the reason why. It also takes a little bit to figure out why the ghost of Anna Kendrick’s character Nina keeps visiting Claire from the grave after having killed herself by jumping off a freeway. But, it’s definitely a nice touch.
This is Jennifer Aniston stripped of make-up, designer dresses, and high-heeled shoes. That’s all I’m going to write. I wouldn’t want to give the movie away in case you are into dramas like I am. After all, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too!
The television show Roseanne helped pave the way for the film Tammy, not to mention, the success of Melissa McCarthy’s career. Let’s face it.
That is the first thing that I will write about this hilarious comedy. The second is that Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon, who plays her grandmother Pearl, are a comedic dynamic duo. Watching Sarandon play this role was actually a little reminiscent of Thelma and Louise, but in a completely opposite fashion. Secondly, Kathy Bates and Sandra Oh play a lesbian couple who help Tammy and Pearl while they are on the run. How fun is that?
The third point is that the writing was truly witty. It would not have been as funny of a film, otherwise. That’s for sure! And, the writer? Guess who? Yep. Melissa McCarthy along with Ben Falcone (who plays Air Marshall Jon on Bridesmaids) are the writers. Falcone also directed Tammy.
Novelist and short story writer Franz Kafka never completed his novel The Castle. He died first.
The Castle is based on a character simply named K. and focuses on his attempt to gain access into a mysterious castle that governs a small village by its inhabitants. The novel incorporates themes of alienation and bureaucracy.
Although Kafka never formally finished writing The Castle, the story implies that K. dies in his attempt to uncover the truth. Kafka, himself, died of tuberculosis on June 3, 1924. He was an Austrian-Hungarian Jew born in Prague, which is now the Czech Republic.