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Why? Why?

Awake at 2:30 in the morning again. Why, why? Bleh.

Got a chance to watch a few TiVo'd movies over the weekend. I was particularly tickled by the Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn vehicle, Desk Set, which I'd never seen before. There were times I'd swear Spencer Tracy's performance is being delivered through a fifth of bourbon, and the installation of the EMILAC wall-spanning computer system in all its 1950's glory is goofy, retro fun. More than that, though, the comic timing and chemistry of Tracy and Hepburn, and a subtle, witty script made it genuinely enjoyable.

Next up was To Have and Have Not, Lauren Bacall's debut. Bogart is firmly ensconced in his role as the independent American drawn to do "the right thing" once you get past his prickly self-defenses. And yet, the film is thick with sexual tension and inuendo, on fire whenever Bacal and Bogart share a scene. This is the film that gave us the famous line, "You know how to whistle, don't you? Just put your lips together and blow." Hoagy Charmicheal as the piano-playing Cricket is a hoot, but man, I don't understand why they made Lauren Bacall sing for this film. Sultry speaking voice or no, leave the singing to the pros, I say.

Thanks to TiVo, I've also been catching up on Angel through reruns. The 2003 season episodes have been showing roughly in order, though I also seem to be collecting 1999 and 2000 episodes at a rapid pace. The more recent episodes are much more engaging than the episodes I caught in the show's first couple of seasons, especially when Charisma Carpenter was given some better material to work with. Evan always encouraged me to give Angel another shot, but I'm always forgetting when a show is airing, and I'd never quite shaken the impression that it was just a pale shadow of the far-superior Buffy. I'm thinking about devoting some time to watching the Buffy and Angel DVDs and viewing things in proper order.


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