Wednesday, January 07, 2004

My day of mostly resting seems to have been a success on many levels. The most imporant one is that I started off today coughing and hacking. By mid-day I was just dry hacking and worried. Now I'm coughing rarely, so I seem to have it on the run. I didn't really just lay around all day. I worked around the house. I did a good deal of inputting because all that requires of me is to sit in a chair. I got some reading done. I got to let Boingo in and he crawled all over me and spent a good deal of time watching Toulouse eat the remainer of the feeder fish. I was able to get caught up on my tea drinking. And, just in time for tax season, I spent the better part of the day in my pajamas.
So just the important work today.
It's good that I may be (fingy crossy) on the mend, well for obvious reasons. It's good to not feel ill. But it's also good because tomorrow I have to get up to Mother's market and buy, among other things, some bubble bath. As some of you may know (Phish printed up some delightful calendars with strange holidays noted on them) tomorrow is National Bubble Bath Day. This year it happens to fall on the birthday of both Elvis Presley and Bill Graham. So I'm bound to bubble bathe with Elvis and The Dead playing. It's important to mark these times of year. Helps us to appreciate the passing seasons.

I forgot tell mention that I ended up getting a calendar for five dollars because I was willing to wait until the year in question actually started. They reward you for that kind of behavior for some reason. It's the World Wild Life Federation's calendar of Polar Bears.

Having said all that, today's DVD review is of one of the two DVD's I bought with a gift certificate I got for Christmas. It was between getting the two that I got or getting Lost In La Mancha. I really want to see the latter, but I figured the ones I ended up buying will probably get shown to more people. So, here's a review of the first one.

DRESS TO KILL

I caught a few minutes of Eddie Izzard's stand up act on television before Christmas and I knew that I had to return to it as soon as I could. Now, up until recently I was with stand ups like I was about musicals. I used to say that I hated stand up comics. But the more I thought about it the more I realized that there were so many brilliant stand ups I've heard that really what I hate is what crappy people have done to an artform that I know can be great. I know, I felt a little weird calling it an artform at first too. If you have any qualms about calling stand up comedy an artform, make haste to your music dealer and buy ANY album of Lenny Bruce doing stand up. That will murder qualms. He set the bar so very high, made a transcendent experience from the form. God bless him.
But I'm talking about Eddie Izzard.
In the first five minutes I knew that I had made the right choice. He does a voice over documentary about Alcatraz that is one of the funniest things I've ever seen.
His act is that he rambles on tangents all over creation (sound familiar?) and then is able to tie them all back together just when you think he's completely forgotten what he was talking about in the first place. Brilliant.
I loved this DVD and I highly recommend it to everyone.
That's all I really had to say about it. Just wanted to speak highly of it and recommend it. And I wanted to say that thing about stand up comedy. There really isn't much for me to say production wise. I mean, it's just a guy on a stage telling jokes. It's not like I can dissect the believability of the acting or point out the elements that the director added.
And it's my blog anyway. Maybe the next film review will be a little more meaty. Maybe I should stop doing so many DVD reviews and get back to reviewing films. Yeah, that might be just the thing. Stay tuned.

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