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June 7, 2008

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Minnie Riperton's Sure Got Some Pipes on 'er!

Posted by Miss Ess, June 7, 2008 03:19pm | Post a Comment


Minnie Riperton makes singing this song look and sound easy! I had never seen any live performance footage by her before, so it was fun to find this. She has such a beautiful and interesting voice-- and a 5 and a half octave range, which is pretty insane! I remember when I first heard "Lovin' You" I was a teenager and I thought it was Michael Jackson! She still sometimes sounds like a little boy to me for some reason...

It's sad that her life and career were cut short so quickly by breast cancer. She was only 31 when she died in 1979.

If you are looking to hear more of Minnie, her 1970 album Come To My Garden is flawless.

Happy Birthday Phil

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, June 7, 2008 11:50am | Post a Comment
OK....to some there is an art to the bank label. To others, it's a cost cutting measure...
For Phil, they're his birthday gift...





Smaller and Smaller and Smaller: Indiana Jones 4 (2008)

Posted by Charles Reece, June 6, 2008 08:54pm | Post a Comment


I don't know what to say about Indiana Jones and the Subtitle I Can't Remember Without Looking It Up. It's called something like "The Castle of Grey Skull," but I know that's He-Man.  A 20-something year old toy tie-in is more memorable than the new Spielberg-Lucas flick. You won't find any images like the above in the new reiteration. That shot reminds me of the crops-on-fire one from Days of Heaven, which was a celebration of cinematographic possibilities. And it evokes memories of Lawrence of Arabia. It's a beautiful image of Western power, with the silhouette of Indy's hat -- a metonym for imperialism -- lording over the working Egyptians as they dig for an old Christian talisman.  The older, wiser Indy now says "Ike is right," with the empire-building majesty of Douglas Slocombe's cinematography being unfortunately replaced by the middling containment-style imagery of shooting in front of green screens and on sets that look like Disneyland rides. "The adventure continues" indoors and on desktops:


 
You don't see any indoor scenes which aren't on real world sets, with real sunlight coming in, like this:


And maybe Harrison Ford's salary ate up all the money for extras, the availability of which previously gave you shots like this:

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