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Friday, December 31, 2010

Frank Sinatra: Singing With Friends

Rating: 9 arthritic fingers up.

Frank Sinatra. Who wouldn't love him? This wonderful collection of Frank Sinatra opens with him crooning 'Together' with Bing Crosby and Dean Martin (who, btw, was the BEST looking of the crooners of old). Their comic antics really kept both Mom and me in stitches, especially the 'dance numbers.'

Although the video and audio quality is not all that good, the sentiments and songs are wonderful. Songs covered in this wonderful review are the following artists accompanying those golden pipes of Frank's:

  • Ella Fitzgerald - 'Can't we be friends'
  • Louie Armstrong - 'Birth of the blues' - man, that Louie could groove!
  • Dean Martin and Bing Crosby - a medley of 'Good old song,' 'Old gray mare' which made us both laugh, 'That old feeling' and 'Old man river').
  • Ella Fitzgerald and Ethel Merman - 'You're the top'
  • Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby - a nice medley including a bit of 'Would you like to swing on a star' and 'I've got you under my skin' which, btw, curls my toes....'I get a kick out of you' was another favorite. We got a kick out of the whole thing as Rosemary Clooney flits back and forth between Bing and Frank. 
  • Lena Horne - Another medley of 'It's only a paper moon,' 'One for my baby', 'Accentuate the positive,' 'Stormy Weather,' 'Get happy', 'Between the Devil and the deep blue sea.'
  • Dean Martin, Jimmy Durante, Bing Crosby and Mitzy Gayner - 'Inka Dinka Doo'
  • The Rat Pack - 'Birth of the blues'
  • Steve Blackwood - 'Frank's Tune'
I'd suggest this for any senior citizen regardless of their mindset. It's sure to make them smile as it did my Mom and me too. Mom even was singing along with a few of the show tunes. Cute.

If you like Frank Sinatra, try these other crooners:

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Money Pit with Tom Hanks and Shelly Long

Rating: 10 arthritic fingers up....

Ok, this movie delighted both Mom and me as we're, well, we're living in The Money Pit ourselves. The movie starts with a young couple (Hanks and Long) picking up a mansion for a song after the woman of the manse has to get money for 'blood sucking laywers'. Turns out her husband was Hitler's pool man and has been extradited.

And so, the Money Pit is born. Almost immediately, the facade crumbles (as it did to me in real life). All kinds of mishaps befall the young couple who barely make it out alive from the mansion that seemingly is evil; even the doorbell conspires against him!

 Now, in real life, my house is 157 years old and Gert and I never know whether we're going to have heat or water in the morning so The Money Pit was particularly appropriate viewing for both of us. Many chuckles and some real laughing outbursts were had. We really loved the scene where the gorgeous stairwell collapses upon itself. Too funny!

And, of course, there's the obligatory love triangle with an ex-husband and, in the end...well, you'll have to watch to see what happens.

This movie is recommended for any senior citizen who likes to laugh.

Have you seen The Money Pit or have any other suggestions for movies for us to try? If so, I'd love you to leave a comment below.

If you like The Money Pit, you might like these other movies: