Thursday, January 13, 2005

Stan the Man essays the Duke. My two cents: don't deny yourself Duke Ellington and His Orchestra at Newport either. A life without "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue," featuring the startling solo by Paul Gonsalves, is not complete.


I've spent the evening watching The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Haven't seen it in years, but it's a very, very familiar movie to me. Only just occurred to me this evening that it's a comedy -- a broad, leisurely Italian comedy set in the American West during the Civil War, with Eli Wallach having the time of his life hamming it up as Tuco.

Last night I watched From Dusk Till Dawn -- I have got to start watching movies I haven't already seen. I can't recall whether Stanley Crouch addressed this film in his massive Tarantino commentary in The Artificial White Man. Goofy-gory thriller involving thugs, bikers, and vampires; very steeped in Christian symbology for effect.

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