Okay. Obviously, nostalgia is playing a huge part in me saying this (especially when Panera Bread’s pumpkin cookies exist), but the cookies pictured below are my favorite Halloween-themed cookies of all time:
Sun Valley Halloween Buttery Flavored Cookie Snacks! Wait, “Buttery Flavored Cookie Snacks”? That’s just a fancy way of saying “shortbread”, right? Continue Reading
Don’t Shoot, It’s Only Me
By Bob Hope with Melville Shavelson
(1990, Putnam Books)
I’ve read a couple of Bob Hope books (about him and by him) over the years and had this one on my Amazon wishlist for awhile (it’s only a PENNY for a used copy) but then I came across it at the local library and decided to check it out.
I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. I know Hope wrote TONS of books over the years so I had no clue what the material was going to be but I guess the title should’ve been my first clue because this book details Hope’s tours around the world (with his ever-changing cast of “Hope Gypsies”) entertaining for U.S. troops from World War II up through Desert Storm.
The book is full of the typical funny one-liners that Hope is known for and many of the jokes while performing for the troops are repeated. There are a few stories in regards to his career but the book mostly sticks to talking about the wartime tours: living conditions, morale, the close-calls and the laughs. There’s a lot of talk about U.S. presidents too as Hope had met them all from FDR up to George Bush Sr.
Obviously, the bulk of the book details World War II, which is when Hope was most active entertaining the troops. Bob & his gang not only toured military bases putting on a stage show for the troops but during WWII his radio show was broadcast from U.S. bases as well. Vietnam also gets a good chunk of space since the war went on for so long and Hope went over every time around Christmas to help spread some cheer where there was none to be found and no one was really in the mood for it anyway. Words are devoted to the Cold War as well.
This is a good read for Bob Hope fans and people who have an interest in World War II. I’m sure Melville Shavelson had his share of input (like in regards to jokes about some the then-current events) but it really reads as if Bob Hope was speaking.
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The Adventures of Ford Fairlane is an underrated movie. It’s your typical goofy late 80s/early 90s action-comedy, but Andrew Dice Clay (my favorite comedian) gives the movie a ton of charm and carries the film well. There’s also some entertaining casting choices. My personal favorite is Motley Crue’s Vince Neil as rock star Bobby Black and I always found Wayne Newton to be a legit sleazy and unlikeable guy, so it’s fitting he’s the lead villain here.
The Diceman doesn’t stretch himself too far. Ford Fairlane is basically Andrew Dice Clay and that’s what makes this movie so fun. The movie is a slick, brainless throwback to the old detective movies filled with one-liners from Ford, complete with narration by him as well. The movie falls apart a bit at the end, but that’s easily forgiven when everything previous to that has been so fun. Even my woman liked it (and she doesn’t like ANY of “my kind” of movies or Clay).
I loved the movie so much I picked up my video store’s previously viewed VHS when we started to shrink our VHS catalog. It wasn’t on DVD yet, but when it was released on DVD just a year or two later, I found it in one of those $5 DVD bins at Walmart and quickly snatched it up.
The movie was released at the height of Clay’s career. He had many supporters (and just as many detractors) thanks to his “blue” standup routine and naughty nursey rhymes, yet the movie was not a success. It only took in $21 million dollars total and according to Clay, it was pulled from many theaters due to complaints of being politically incorrect. Surely, being released about the same time Days of Thunder
, Die Hard 2
didn’t help the movie either. As far as the complaints over the tone and “correctness” of the movie go, I say some people just need to lighten up and understand comedy is not meant to be taken seriously and neither is the “Diceman” character… which is what Andrew Clay portrays when he’s on stage– a CHARACTER.
DICE FACT: DC Comics published a four-issue Adventures of Ford Fairlane prequel mini-series from May-August 1990 (yes, I own this too).
… the theatrical version of Dick Tracy, starring Warren Beatty, Al Pacino and Madonna was released!
And what a great movie it was. It was TRACYMANIA in the summer of 1990, at least for me it was, and I’m still pretty miffed to this day we never saw a Dick Tracy 2.