Friday, December 16, 2016

Comic Relief: Home Alone Parody

Friday: Comic Relief

I love this Studio C sketch. Never leave Kevin home alone this time of year!

Kevin Defends the Apartment

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Take 33: Silent Night

My "take" on a film.

Silent Night (2012)

"The powerful true story behind the most
popular Christmas carol of all time."

As a new assistant priest, Joseph Mohr (Carsten Clemens) wants the church to connect with the common people of Austria with sermon and song in German (instead of Latin). He wants people to understand the services, but his methods, which include allowing a female in the church choir, lead him to the verge of disciplinary action. 

Early in his ministry, a religious leader counseled, "If you want to keep hope alive, you must never lose hope yourself." Yet, the night before Christmas, Mohr struggles with possible defeat, and as he walks through the snow, wondering about his future, he feels inspired to put one of his poems to music. 

Enlisting the help of musician and church organist, Franz Gruber (Markus von Lingen), they combine talents to create--in one night--a lullaby to perform for the upcoming Midnight Mass. Mohr hopes the people "will remember this Christmas for years to come."

Thank you, Joseph and Franz, for my favorite Christmas hymn, Silent Night.

And thank you, Christian Vuissa for the beautiful film. 

I met Christian, an Austrian filmmaker, several years ago. He was passionate about the history behind the beloved hymn and it shows in the film. The stunning Austrian location, beautifully composed shots, and the editing pace--never lingering too long on one scene--move the fascinating story.

This film will air on BYU-TV (Mountain Standard Time)
December 11, 7:00 p.m.
December 12, 12:00 a.m.
December 12, 12:00 p.m.

Or watch it now on (link): Silent Night (2012).

Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday: Dialogue, Lines, or Quotes

"A slow movie that closely observes human beings and their relationships can be endlessly fascinating, while a thriller with nonstop wall-to-wall action can be boring, because it is all relentlessly pitched at the same tone." (Roger Ebert)

I've seen action packed films that I count as gaggers, yet I get so used to fast paced movies and television, that when I watch a slower paced flick, I feel impatient. But, if I relax and let the story unfold at its leisure, I usually find, like Ebert said, the movie to be endlessly fascinating.

And memorable.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Dialogue from not-so-scary movies.

Monday: Dialogue, Lines, or Quotes

Today is Halloween, so I selected some fun dialogue:

ERNEST (Jim Varney)
(sees Trantor the Troll)
Oh, I sure hope you're from Keebler!

Hocus Pocus (1993):

WINIFRED (Bette Midler)
Oh look, another glorious morning.
Makes me sick!


FRAU BL√úCHER (Cloris Leachman)
It's not rotten! It's a good brain!


THE MONSTER (Peter Boyle)
(lunging at the doctor)

IGOR (Marty Feldman)
Ixnay on the ottenray.

Casper (1995):
KAT (Christina Ricci)
I can see right through you.

CASPER (Malachi Pearson)
Yeah, kind of happens when
you haven't got any skin.

Beetlejuice (1988):
ADAM (Alec Baldwin)
"Handbook of the Recently Diseased".

BARBARA (Geena Davis)
... Deceased.


I don't know where it came from.
Look at the publisher.

"Handbook for the Recently
Deceased Press".

You know what? I don't think
we survived the crash!

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Costumes for the Coneheads.

Writing Prompt: A memorable Halloween costume.

In keeping with the focus of this blog, I considered costumes in film, and Coneheads (1993) rose to the top. Although donning a fake dome makes for a fun Halloween costume, I refer to the costumes the characters wear within the movie.

Aliens from the planet Remulak crash-land on Earth. Stranded, and awaiting rescue, they blend among the "blood skulls" (humans) by using the name DeCicco and claiming they are from France. Like that explains their cone-shaped heads.

An immigration official and his assistant suspect the DeCicco family are aliens--illegal aliens. They hope to catch the family off guard by entering their home under the pretense of being Jehovah's Witnesses.

The Coneheads don't typically disguise their odd head shape, but on this night they are dressed for a costume party, inadvertently hiding their cones:

Beldar, dressed as Abraham Lincoln, wears a tall top hat. Prymatt's painted-red cone poses as lipstick in a tube. And their daughter, Connie, appears dressed as a medieval princess wearing a hennin (cone shaped hat). Perfect--and memorable--costumes for the Coneheads.

What movie comes to mind when you think of characters wearing costumes?

Writing prompt from:

Friday, October 21, 2016

Questionable Dating Advice

Friday: Comic Relief!

It's been a tough week, so I turned to Studio C for comic relief. In this sketch, The Phantom receives dating advice.

Monday, October 10, 2016

True courage.

Monday: Dialogue, Lines, or Quotes

In Peaceful Warrior (2006), Nick Nolte's character, Socrates, gives wise insight:
"A warrior is not about perfection, or victory, or invulnerabilityHe's about absolute vulnerability. That's the only true courage."