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Today I saw a phenomenal movie, Green Book. It was inspired by a true story about a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood, Tony Lip, who was hired to drive a black pianist, Don Shirley, on a concert tour from New York to the Deep South in 1962. The two main actors, Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, were incredible, and the sets and automobiles were captivating, as you can see in the following trailer.
I discovered this article on Biography.com which describes some details of the movie's creation, and the differences between the real-life characters and the movie characters.
I am saddened by the news of John Mahoney's death, at age 77. Mahoney played Martin Crane, a disabled policeman who came to live with Frasier Crane, his son. He also brought along his hideous old armchair and his lovable dog, Eddie. Mahoney was one of the reasons why Frasier is on the list of my all-time favorite TV shows. RIP, John Mahoney.
Today I finished watching Fences, with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, on Hulu. It is my favorite movie of 2018 so far, even though it was nominated for Best Picture in 2017. (Moonlight was my favorite movie of 2017, and it won Best Picture.)
Viola Davis won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Rose Maxson, although I thought she should have been credited with Best Actress. I can't imagine any other actor portraying the character Troy Maxson as well as Denzel Washington did. Outstanding!
I was enthralled with this movie, and sometimes it felt like I was watching a play. The script was adapted by the late August Wilson from his own 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning play. One of the ways the play was transformed into the movie was where it was filmed: a section of Pittsburg that looks a lot like it did in the 1950s. It was interesting to watch the fence installation develop over the course of the movie. There were times Fences reminded me of the realistic sets in To Kill a Mockingbird. However, the music in Fences didn't have the same impact as Mockingbird or Moonlight.
I am sure that this will be one of those movies that I will enjoy watching over and over.
Moonlight was my favorite movie of 2016. I'm happy it won!
A slideshow of Moonlight.
I was saddened to hear of the death of icon and actress Mary Tyler Moore. I loved her in The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and in the film Ordinary People, for which she received an Oscar nomination. There are many great memories of her, but for me, one of the funniest was the episode from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, "Chuckles Bites the Dust."
RIP, Mary Tyler Moore.
For years I tried to remember the name of the TV show that we watched when I was 6 or 7. This year I received a terrific Christmas gift from Tony's sister and her family. It was a book entitled The Platinum Age of Television, and it solved a long-time mystery for me. When I was 6 or 7, my younger brothers and I used to watch a show on Saturday mornings. I remember we put a plastic sheet on the TV tube during a certain segment of the show, which was partly animated. The host would show what lines or curves to draw until it became an object which helped the character solved a problem. I could never remember what that show was and the book described it! It was called Winky Dink and You. I thought we ordered the Winky Dink kit from the show, but in the book it said we bought the kit at our local 5 and dime store. It included the plastic sheet, “magic” crayons and an erasing cloth. Mystery solved!
And, to top it off, I discovered this video of the show. You can see it here.