4 Shots From 4 Films: Stephen King Edition

With just minutes left til the end of the day I thought it was time to wish one of my favorite a happy birthday.

I pretty much spent my junior high and high school years reading everything that Stephen King had written and published up to that point. The habit followed me after high school graduation and I’ve picked up on other authors since.

While Stephen King has slowed down some when it comes to the amount of novels he has released in the last decade or so, he is still one of the few authors whose books I will buy without even knowing what it’s about.

Here are just four films adapted from his stories that I consider favorites of mine. They’re just stories about a boy’s first car, a man waking up from a long sleep, a cat named Church and a grocery store full of people.


Artist Profile: Bernard Safran (1924 — 1995)

Bernard Safran was a painter, photographer, and illustrator known for his humanistic approach and his portraits of both the famous and the not so famous.  Though he started out as an illustrator and painted several paperback covers, he is best remembered for his paintings and photographs of life in New York City.  A small sampling of his work is below and you can see more of his work and learn more about his life at http://www.safran-arts.com/index.html.

Cover -- Love Cult Cover -- Street of Sin Cover -- The Indescrition of a French Model Cover -- The Queer Sisters Photograph -- Conspiracy Clothing Company Photograph -- Lord and Taylor Photograph -- Street Tough Photograph -- Window Lady z -- Graffiti z -- Part of My War z -- Queen Elizabeth z -- The Constable

Scenes that I Love: Anna Chlumsky has a meltdown on Veep

Like our intrepid TV correspondent, Patrick Smith, I also watched the Emmy Awards last night.  There were bits of the show that I liked and there was a lot about the show that I didn’t care for.  I felt that Andy Samberg fell flat as host.  I thought that a lot of the acceptance speeches were so dull that I considered them to be a personal attack on anyone watching.  (I’m looking in your direction, Lisa Cholodenko.)  The political posturing felt shallow, as it often does at the Emmy awards.

(Even the political speeches that did work often seemed like they were being wasted on a crowd that has no concept of self-awareness.  Viola Davis made a passionate, timely, and articulate plea for diversity but it’s hard not to feel that, even though all the white liberals in the room patted themselves on the back for listening to her and applauding, that’s probably all that they’re going to do.)

And yet I was happy because Veep — my absolute favorite show — finally won for Best Comedy!  I love Veep because it’s a show where everyone in politics — regardless of party or ideology — is revealed to be either a terrible human being or totally and completely ineffectual.  Julia Lous-Dreyfus won the Emmy for Best Comedy Actress while Tony Hale picked up his second consecutive supporting award.

The only disappointment in Veep‘s victory?  Anna Chlumsky did not win the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy.  This season of Veep was truly Chlumsky’s season!  The scene below — which is today’s scene that I love — shows Chlumsky at her absolute best.  In this scene, Chlumsky’s Amy Brookhiemer finally reaches her breaking point as she realizes that her boss, President Selina Meyer (Louis-Dreyfus), essentially stands for nothing.

Even though most of us will never work for or even know a President, I think we can all relate to Amy’s feelings.  And, seriously — who hasn’t wanted to tell someone off as beautifully as Amy does here?

For this scene alone, Anna Chlumsky deserves all the awards in the world!

This was the Emmys before!

I am going to apologize for this post, but I went down an Emmy rabbit hole. There are things you should see tho!

This was the opening song when John Forsythe hosted it in 1985

 Cagney & Lacey John Larroquette also won that year!
Further down…the rabbit hole… In 1983


Barbara Stanwyck gave this amazing speech in 1983!

St. Elsewhere, Cheers, Hill Street Blues and taxi grabbed most of the awards.

Just found this! A very young David Letterman presenting a very young Betty White! Bea Auther Shelley Long and Phylicia Rashad are also in it!

The Emmys started in 1949. I won’t go that far down the rabbit hole, but hope you enjoyed a bit of my memory lane!