Monday, July 16, 2012

OLD MOVIE ... review. Friends of mine will, on occasion, tell me about new releases, and what they think of them.  In retaliation here are my thoughts on a 1966 movie I watched last evening. via Netflix.  How to Steal a Million, starring Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole, and had to be one of the funniest, suspenseful, well-written, and well-acted romance films I’ve seen in some time.  

There are a few ambiguities that seem like filming mistakes, like O’Toole’s car, but ... well, I’m not going to give anything away.  Briefly, Hepburn’s father is an art forger, and she pleads with him to stop.  But, no, he even goes so far as to loan his prized Cellini ‘Venus’ statue, forged, of course, to a renowned Paris museum.  When they realize that the museum officials may discover the fake, they know that they need to get it back.  And that’s when cat-man O’Toole gets into the act. He would like to know, why do they need to steal their own statue?  And it goes from there.  A lot of fun.

Here is an alert for corn-on-the-cob lovers:
Do you dislike corn silk as much as I do?  Gets in the teeth, clogs the kitchen drain.  Bah, humbug!  Well, here is a very simple way to take care of the problem --

Select corn that has NOT been partially shucked. Put the ear(s) in the microwave, tassels and all, and cook for 4 minutes (per ear). I do one for 5 minutes as my microwave is old and doesn’t have the power the newer ones have. Take it out of the oven and, holding it with an oven mitt, cut off about an inch of the stem end. Then, holding it upside down by the tassel end, shake it 3-4 time until the ear falls out… It will be ready to eat with absolutely no corn silk adhering to it!!

We have tried it! This really works! 

Now Fun Time:

During the final days at Denver's old Stapleton airport, a crowded United flight was canceled.  A single agent was rebooking a long line of inconvenienced travelers. Suddenly an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket down on the counter and said, "I HAVE to be on this flight and it has to be FIRST CLASS."

The agent replied, "I'm sorry sir. I'll be happy to try to help you, but I've got to help these folks first, and I'm sure we'll be able to work something out."

The passenger was unimpressed. He asked loudly, so that the passengers behind him could hear, "Do you have any idea who I am?"

Without hesitating, the gate agent smiled and grabbed her public address microphone. "May I have your attention please?" she began, her voice bellowing throughout the terminal. "We have a passenger here at the gate WHO DOES NOT KNOW WHO HE IS. If anyone can help him find his identity, please come to the gate."

1 comment:

  1. Ah, Netflix. So many American friends, I mean 'friends in America', have praised Netflix. It's here in the UK now and I think I'll start a free trial when the child returns home next week. I mean, how can you argue with free? It may not work with my broadband configuration or machine specs but we'll see. (I tried to switch my BT broadband to faster BT Infinity but it's not in my area yet. Perhaps you in Silicon Valley forget slow speeds.)

    Peter O'Toole's been in the news recently and sometimes that prompts the BBC to run some classics. I'll keep an eye out for this one!