Book Review: The Good, The Bad and Me: In My Anecdotage- Eli Wallach

This is a truly wonderful read. Eli has been a favorite actor of mine for years and has always completely fascinated me. Reading about his life, his era and the intertwining he had with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars was special. I wanted this book to continue and never end. I think Eli was a special person, actor and truly one of the last great actors of the golden era. This book was at times hard for me to put down and hard for me to read as well. It’s been a year since his passing and until recently I wasn’t able to even see his movies without tearing up. In many ways, this book, Eli’s life later in years, mirrors his role in “The Holiday”, staring Oscar winner, Kate Winslet. Eli played the character Arthur Abbott, a widowed, retired screen writer from the golden age of movies in Hollywood. This book in my opinion is similar to that character. Eli, always reminded me of my dad and things my dad has or would do, especially the character of Tuco. I’m glad I read it and I will enjoy reading it again and again. If you are looking for a window into Hollywood and Broadway’s past and you enjoy a good laugh you should read this book. You will not be disappointed. Thank You Eli for leaving the world a wonderful piece of your life with us to remember you by in your own words. 

read 5/14/15 reviewed 5/14/15, posted 8/14/15


Live and Let Live

I have absolutely no problem with any LGBT person. I have a dear friend who is part of the LGBT community and I respect her a lot. Why should I or anyone else have any issues really? A persons choice in partners is completely irrelevant. I don’t need to or want to know about people’s private lives, including celebrities. I do not feel I’m entitled to know their business just because they are famous. If they choose to share, fine but I’m not one to seek out information about them. I don’t announce to people I’m straight so why does society feel that LGBT’s need to officially announce it?

Just because I’m straight doesn’t mean I’m prejudice. Some people think that’s true though. One’s personality makes the person who they are. It makes no difference what color, race, religion, sexual preference you are. Anyone can commit a crime. Anyone can be a good person. We are all individuals who have will power. What do our sexual preferences, race, color or our reglious beliefs have to do with anything at all?

Live and Let Live.
An idiom expressing the ideal of allowing each other to live their lives as each sees fit.

The reason I was thinking of this was due to Lance Bass, a former ‘N Sync member is getting married to his partner, Michael Turchin later this year. (See link about story)

Lance is pretty amazing. Of course, I don’t know him personally. I’m just a fan of ‘N Sync from back in the 90’s.

He loves to share his life with fans. He’s open and enjoys the interaction. He’s silly, fun loving, musically talented both verbally and producing and he’s quite the little trickster (lives to scare Michael and post videos on his Instagram account)

I just realized, I need to read his autobiography. Anyhoo…

I think it’s wonderful how he approaches life. That being said, I don’t care who he’s marrying (male or female I mean). He’s happy. Doesn’t everyone in the world deserve to be happy? I wish the media would stop blowing up stories about LGBT’s.

I think Josh Hutcherson said it best:

I’m so tired of the words “Gay” and “Lesibian”. They’re just people… One day I want my son to come home from school and be like, “I found this guy, and I love him.” And I’m gonna be like , “Yes, you do, and that’s ok.” – Josh Hutcherson

2012 Glaad Awards

‘N Sync and Lance’s wedding:
‘N Sync members invited to Lance Bass’ Wedding

Wolf of Wall Street

First, I’m a Leonardo fan. That’s out of the way. Now, with all seriousness I begin a “rant” of sorts.

To be fair, I have NOT seen Dallas Buyers Club, starring Matthew McConaughey. However, it’s not likely I would ever willingly watch that movie. It is just not my cup of tea. I’m sure it’s got a good message and is no doubt well acted.  I watch movies and TV Shows to be entertained and to insight thinking or wonderment. 

I recently watched Wolf of Wall Street and I was blown away. Who knew Leo could be so funny? Traditionally, Leonardo is known for his dramatic roles. I have liked all of them, even if I wasn’t fond of the plot or nature of the movie. He truly can play just about any role and make it truly unique and inspiring. 

After watching this movie I was just amazed that he did not win that Oscar. I was MAD at the time, of course but now? I’m irritated again. How could he not have won? What more does this man need to do? He’s done period pieces, [such as Django Unchained, Titanic (of course) and Gangs of New York] thrillers [Shutter Island, Inception, The Departed], and so many more genres and great, great movies.

Kate was told a few years back that if she did a Holocost/Jewish movie she’d win an Oscar. Maybe Leo needs to do that. It should not be so difficult for such a talented actor to get the award he deserves. Sad. Just sad. 😦