Thursday: “Idol” results and more!

American Idol  results:


The bottom three this week: Matt (hard to believe!), Michael (sorry, but he’s not a strong contender), and Scott (I think he has potential).  Then it went to bottom two: Matt and Michael.   Sorry to Michael fans, BUT he lost out!


Wow, Ruben has lost QUITE a bit of weight!  He also got married- how cool is that!? 


Isn't this dress classy?
Isn't this dress classy?




Pics of Boston (where Dad went for a conference):



















Indie films  from director Ramin Bahrani:


The Jackson Heights Film Festival (in my old ‘hood in Queens) showed Chop Shop last fall.  I wanted to see it, but got the info too late.  This film is about an orphaned Dominican boy who works at an auto repair shop in a rough area (near Shea Stadium).  Ale (as he is known) has never been to school and worries about his 16 y.o. sis.   The sibs’ big dream is to save enough money to buy (and eventually run) a food van.  I wondered who the director was.  




I read about director Ramin Bahrani, an Iranian American raised in Winston-Salem, NC,  in last weekend’s New York Times Magazine.  He has already made 3 movies and teaches at Columbia (where he received his BA).  And he’s only 34! 






Bahrani’s 1st film, Man Push Cart, is about Ahmad (a young Pakistani immigrant) who runs a coffee cart in NYC.  He is also a dreamer, a lover, a hustler, a pop singer and, not incidentally, a Muslim man making his way through a city still gripped  by post-9/11 anxiety.




Bahrani’s latest film, Goodbye Solo, is set in his hometown of Winston-Salem.  It will be out tomorrow (March 27).  The protagonist is a young Senegalese family man who drives a taxi.  He becomes friends w/ one of his passengers, an elderly white Southern man who is nearing death. 


Goodbye Solo web site:

More about Bahrani:

Bahrani’s film company:






Wednesday: “American Idol” and more…

TCM movie I saw today: Great Expectations (1946)
A young Alec Guiness (left) as Herbert Pocket, Pip's roommate
A young Alec Guiness (left) as Pip's roommate

This is a GREAT classic film based on Dickens’ novel!  The grown-up Pip is played by John Mills (one of the UK’s most respected actors; father of actress Hayley Mills).  Alec Guiness is Pip’s bubbly, helpful roomie Herbert Pocket.  He’s fun to watch!   


A VERY young Jean Simmons plays Young Estella
A VERY young Jean Simmons plays Young Estella

The young Estella is the (unusually) pretty Jean Simmons; she was later in Spartacus, Guys and Dolls, etc.  And yes, she always had that posh speaking voice!


Some thoughts on American Idol

Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert

The best performances tonight were (in my order): Adam, Allison, Matt, Danny, and Anoop.  Adam (a stage actor who recently appeared in Wicked) showed that he has range; he looked SO different (but still original).  His song was GREAT!  Matt was very confidant onstage, and his song went smoothly. 

Anoop Desai
Anoop Desai
Anoop was good (as I expected), BUT could have been better.  Maybe it was song choice?  Maybe he needs to show more confidence or style?  Hmmm…  He looked even better than last wk (my mom said he looks great).
Danny Gokey
Danny Gokey

Danny showed that he has personality and energy; his performance was VERY fun!  I felt bad for Lil b/c she didn’t have a great performance.  Allison improved a LOT from last time; she is very natural (like Anoop) tonight.  Very good group of young people w/ humble, nice personalities (I feel).