Monday, July 16, 2018

Lazy Hazy Days of Summer

Began a hazy morning with instant Cream of Wheat for breakfast and some Bowery Boys to drown out Charlie cursing over the sagging porch/roof. (Hey pal, it's not my fault your idea of "good weather" for working always seems to be during a heat wave.) Jungle Gents is one of the later movies that mainly focuses on Slip and Sach's antics. Sach has been taking huge pills that somehow allow him to smell diamonds. When he stops a robbery, the millionaire owner of the diamonds he saves offers to send the guys to Africa to find a lost diamond mine. The guys are about ready to brain Sach after he loses the map, but he's the one who saves them from an angry witch doctor and figures out who doesn't want them to find that mine.

Work was absolutely no problem whatsoever. We were totally dead all day. Never got even mildly steady. I did carts and gathered trash in the morning, put toilet paper in the bathroom, rounded up more carts, and scrubbed registers in the afternoon.

When I got home, I worked on writing and continued to ignore the guys working outside. Did some re-writing to add a scene where the Silver Falcon, Harry's plane, starts smoking. He brings her down in a valley in the Swiss Alps to check her out. While his co-pilot Charel takes a look at the cockpit with the help of nervous secretary Clarence, Harry and Leia check out the engine. They end up kissing under the hood before Clarence bursts in and ends their romantic rendezvous.

 Broke at 6 to have leftover hot dogs, cucumber salad, and the last of the onion rings for dinner. Made chocolate pudding for dessert. Played Lego Clone Wars after I finished eating. It took me almost an hour and a half, but I finally completed "The Hidden Enemy" and the epilogue level "The Zillo Beast," which netted me Greedo and Chewbacca respectively. I'm going to see if I can finish the remaining levels before I move on to other bonus rounds or finish the bounty hunter levels.

Finished the night with Annie. Based after the long-running comic strip, the title character (Aileen Quinn) is a spunky orphan living in New York City during the Great Depression. She's perpetually running away from the orphanage's soused manager Miss Hannigan (Carol Burnett) to find her real parents. During one such attempt, she acquires a mutt she names Sandy, whom she brings back with her. Both are taken in shortly after by Grace Farrell (Ann Renniking), the secretary for crusty British billionaire Oliver Warbucks (Albert Finney). Annie loves her new life with Warbucks and his eccentric staff, but she still wants a real family and her real parents. Miss Hannigan, her brother Rooster (Tim Curry), and his girlfriend Lily (Bernadette Peters) want to exploit her wish and get the reward Warbucks is offering. Annie's friends at the orphanage sound the alarm, and Warbucks' diverse household, including mystical Indian bodyguard Punjab (Geoffrey Holder), go to her rescue.

I've loved this big, bright musical for literally most of my life. According to Mom, it's one of the first live-action movies I ever saw in a theater (along with Return of the Jedi). Critics have been rough on it for years, complaining that it's too far from the stage show (though they have softened on it a bit recently, especially after the modern remake in 2014 proved to be even more polarizing). John Huston may not have been the right choice for director (the movie moves at a snail pace and the action-packed finale is completely out of place), but the numbers are fun, and there's some great performances, especially from Burnett (whose "Little Girls" is a highlight) and Renniking.

If you have little girls who are fans of musicals and can handle the period aspects, give this one a whirl. (Girls looking for a more recent flavor and cast may want to try the 2014 film first.)

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