It’s Friday again and the weekend is almost here.
I appreciate you checking out my Random Friday Thoughts. As always, if we disagree and you want to tell me so, do it diplomatically and concisely.
LGBT RIGHTS & CLIMATE CHANGE, GONE!
Moments after #44 became history and America moved on to #45, searching the White House website yielded no results for “LGBT” and “Climate Change”.
In my heart I know what this means and anyone with a functioning brain knows, as well.
At the time of this tweet, I laughed to myself as a man, an American, and one of those people he thanked!
I think now just as I thought then, it’s just another joke and a bad one played on me and my fellow Americans.
THE COUNTDOWN IS ON…
If you’ve never watched the U.S. version of the political drama, “House of Cards”, you’re missing one of the most intelligent television shows ever!
Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey are incredible in the lead roles. Their characters’ determination, iciness, and conviction to get what they want in the political arena is mesmerizing.
The show gives us the backstory of what really goes on in Washington. Things are not cut and dry. While it’s a television show, you know that Beau Willimon, the man behind the American version, is serving you a slice of reality.
He also tweeted that slice of reality last Friday morning!
We’re now at 1,454 days now!
ONE LAST COMMENT
Facts: “a thing that is indisputably the case.”
Synonyms of “facts”: reality, actuality, certainty
So, Kellyanne Conway, “Alternative facts” are LIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
REBA HEADS INTO A NEW DIRECTION
Country music icon Reba McEntire is heading into a new musical direction with her latest release on February 3rd.
The deluxe version “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” will feature 22 gospel hymns.
Ever since “Sky Full of Angels” from 2003’s “Room To Breathe” album, I was hoping that Reba would record a gospel album. And, since country radio airplay for her last album, 2015’s “Love Somebody” was pretty much non-existent, this is the perfect time for a change of genres.
The first single is “Back to God”.
Reba, how about a dance-oriented album next since you hit #2 on the Billboard Dance Club Play chart in 1996 with “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”?
In September, when visiting the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library And Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, I left this message.
I’d love to visit the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas and leave a similar message!
I hope I have those feelings again for a future president!
HAVEN’T TALKED GAGA IN FOREVER
If you regularly read my blog, you know I love Lady Gaga. I’ve see her in concert several times and her shows are amazing!
However, I wasn’t fond of the musical direction she took on “Joanne”, her latest album, and it’s the first Gaga album I didn’t buy. 😦 (I wasn’t alone. Sales and radio airplay have paled in comparison with her previous releases!)
She’ll be playing the Super Bowl halftime show next weekend. While I’m not a football fan, I’ll be watching her performance.
Sources close to Gaga told “Entertainment Tonight” last week that Gaga was informed that she couldn’t mention the 2016 presidential election or the current president.
The NFL says otherwise, “This is unsourced nonsense from people trying to stir up controversy where there is none. The Super Bowl is a time when people really come together. Lady Gaga is focused on putting together an amazing show for fans and we love working with her on it; we aren’t going to be distracted by this.”
Ironically, that nameless “source” is quoting another “unsourced” person. Seriously, grow a pair, face up, and speak up or shut up.
Unless Gaga has gone soft, you know she’ll say and do whatever she wants.
Did Beyonce make a statement last year with “Formation”? You’re damn right, she did.
Did her career suffer? One word: “Lemonade”!
“FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS”
This comedy, based on a true story, was my #3 favorite movie of 2016.
It’s about a wealthy woman, Florence Foster Jenkins, who was determined to become a successful singer although she was horrible.
Meryl Streep, who some idiot called “overrated”, was amazing as Jenkins.
On Tuesday, she earned her 20th Oscar nomination in the “Best Actress” category.
Also, on Tuesday, I was ecstatic Viggo Mortensen was nominated in the “Best Actor” category for my #2 movie of 2016.
Here’s what I had to say about the movie in December.
“I highly recommend “Captain Fantastic”, which just hit DVD.
This little-seen movie in theaters is about a family living in the forests of the Pacific Northwest away from the trappings of modern life.
Viggo Mortensen plays Ben Cash, the father of six children, who has to decide how to keep his family together after the death of his wife.
It’s a shame that this movie only made $9 million in theaters. It’s incredible and now you have a chance to see it at home.
Spoiler Alert: Seeing Mortensen’s penis should NOT be reason enough for a warning at the beginning of the movie with “Brief Graphic Nudity”. As his character says, “it’s just a penis!”
Wouldn’t “Brief Nudity” suffice?
By the way, on Thursday, Mortensen was nominated for a “Critics’ Choice Award” for “Best Actor in a Comedy”. While I’m happy for the nomination, I have to ask, “comedy”??? There are funny scenes in the movie, but this leans more toward a drama to me.
Another great performance in the movie was from George McKay, who played Mortensen’s son, Bodevan.
Calum Scott is best known for appearing on “Britian’s Got Talent” in 2015.
One of the songs he performed on the reality series was “Dancing On My Own”, a remake of Robyn’s 2010 hit.
Scott’s version has already topped the chart in Scotland and reached #2 in Australia and the U.K.
It’s recently just debuted on the American’s Top 40 radio airplay charts.
Scott’s debut album is expected this year.
ORIGINAL VERSION BY ROBYN
Swedish singer Robyn dominate the worldwide charts with this incredible song in 2010.
In America, it was a bigger hit on the Dance Club songs chart.
It reached #3 on both the U.S. and the U.K. dance charts. But, it hit #1 in Sweden and #2 in Denmark.
It’s winter now, so you don’t have to worry about going into the water and thinking about sharks.
The last two Blake Lively (the beautiful wife of the gorgeous Ryan Reynolds) movies I saw were also on my favorites’ list in the respective years.
She was great in “Savages” (my #7 movie of 2013) and she was incredible in “The Age of Adaline” (my #7 movie of 2015).
I see a trend there. Will “The Shallows” be my #7 movie of 2017? Probably not.
However, it was a very enjoyable and realistic movie.
I got a little scared 72 minutes into the 87-minute movie because the plausibility took a little hit. You realized that while what happened could take place, the stars would really have to align perfectly. But, hey, it’s Hollywood. Just go with it.
“Jaws” this isn’t, but it’s worth an hour-and-a-half of your time.
With all the craziness in the world, make it the best in your little part of it!