Saturday Odds & Sods: Southern Cross

Albino Sword Swallower At A Carnival by Diane Arbus.

It’s been a long week. We’re fostering a two-year old cat with an eye to adoption when we establish how he and Claire Trevor do together. We’re hoping for warm and fuzzy but will settle for icy disdain on Claire’s part.

Introducing cats is exhausting. I’ll have an announcement next week after we formally adopt kitty. We’ve already renamed him so he’s here to stay. Stay tuned.

Today is Dr. A and my wedding anniversary. We’re low keying it this year and going to a local favorite for lunch. I didn’t have it together to make reservations at a fancier eatery so we’re doing that next weekend. Consider it an anniversary season. In the immortal words of Maybe Cousin Telly:

This week’s theme song is one of Dr. A’s favorite Crosby, Stills & Nash tunes. It was written in 1981 by Stephen Stills, Rick Curtis, and Michael Curtis for CSN’s Daylight Again album.

We have two versions of Southern Cross for your listening pleasure: the studio original and a live acoustic version.

Let’s stay down South with this Allen Toussaint classic:

We begin our second act in earnest with a trip to TV Land, the mythical place, not the cable channel.

David E Kelley is married to Adrastos crush Michelle Pfeiffer. He’s also been responsible for some great and quirky teevee shows such as LA Law, Ally McBeal, Picket Fences, The Practice, The Undoing, and Big Little Liars; all of which are mentioned by Slate’s Sam Adams in a swell piece about the writer-producer.

Like your humble blogger, Kelley is a lapsed lawyer, which explains his propensity for lawyer shows. Adams somehow misses two of my favorites: Boston Legal and Goliath.

How can you forget this scene from Boston Legal?

The last word of the segment goes to a song featured on season two of Goliath:

If you’ve seen Goliath, you know that song fits Billy Bob Thornton’s character, Billy McBride to a T as does this:

The last word is often a flexible concept.

True Crime Reading List: As you know, I’m a true crime buff. I’m also feeling lazy after a week of cat wrangling. That’s why I’m directing you to a true crime reading list at Long Reads: A Reading List Of Wrongful Conviction Stories.

I hope you don’t feel wronged by the brevity of our second act. Its last word goes to Fairport Convention with a venerable song about murder most foul:

We begin our third act with our favorite stolen feature.

Separated At Birth Casting Edition: Another pairing from HBO’s The Staircase series. On the left is horrible redneck prosecutor Freda Black on the right Parker Posey who plays her in the series.

The dread Ms. Black pronounces her name FRED-A, not FREEDA. That makes her more of a poser than Parker Posey; one of the greatest names in show biz history.

The Movie List: We travel to Woody Old England for this week’s list. Some of the best post-Blitz movies were directed by one man: Carol Reed. This is his list.

My Top Ten Favorite Carol Reed Movies

  1.     The Third Man
  2.     Odd Man Out
  3.     Oliver
  4.     The Fallen Idol
  5.     The Man Between
  6.     Outcast Of The Islands
  7.     Our Man In Havana 
  8.     Night Train To Munich
  9.     The Agony and the Ecstasy
  10.    A Kid For Two Farthings

I’ve always had a soft spot for Oliver even if I refuse to use an exclamation point. I was lucky enough to see Ron Moody as Fagin onstage in a production with Monkee Davy Jones as the Artful Dodger. Hey, hey.

Are you ready for a number from Oliver?

How about dem urchins, Mrs. Fagin?

Best Of Johnny: Johnny’s critter guy, Jim Fowler, brought a nervous Celebes ape on the show in 1991. Hilarity ensued.

Dig Johnny’s monkey faces, y’all. Did Boz Scaggs make such faces when he cut this song?

Saturday GIF Horse: This week Harold Lloyd gets groomed by a monkey.

It must have been easier filming that than Harold’s most famous scene:

Lloyd did his own stunts living up to that movie’s title: Safety Last.

Let’s close down this virtual honky tonk with some more music.

Weekly Vintage Video: It’s Yes spinoff time with this 1989 video. I’ve often wondered if Chris Squire was the long lost brother of the title.

That’s all for this week. The last word goes to Billy Bob Thornton and Nina Arianda in Goliath:

4 thoughts on “Saturday Odds & Sods: Southern Cross

    1. I changed theme songs at the last minute and didn’t jog my memory, Oh well, what the hell.

      I just changed the song credit. Thanks for pointing this out.

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