Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Nanny Diaries

If you had a mind to, and a basic cable package, you could watch three hours of The Nanny every night. I wouldn’t recommend it though. Listening to that criminally catchy theme song once is enough. It will linger in your mind for days.

She was working in a bridal shop in Flushing, Queens
Till her boyfriend kicked her out in one of those crushing scenes

Finding a Sondheimian rhyme for Flushing, Queens? Even better, using Flushing three times in 45 seconds? Thank you, Ann Hampton Callaway.

Now that it’s back in syndication I can clearly state it: I love this show. Loud, obvious and outrageous, I see the jokes coming and I laugh anyway.

The fact that, like Fran Drescher, I was raised in Flushing may have something to do with it. (You’ll notice I didn’t write ‘born and raised.’ It was a source of pride for me, when I thought those kind of things mattered, that I was actually born in Manhattan. You’ll also notice that it still must matter to me a little since I bothered to mention it.)

But I’m not embarrassed by being a not-at-all-flashy girl from Flushing. And why should I be, just because the word has meanings related to plumbing and Viagra side effects? Blame the Dutch West India company who bought the land and called it Vlissingen - Flushing to those of us who don’t speak Dutch.

Nope, not embarrassed at all. In fact, here’s a picture of me in my Easter best on Jasmine Avenue in Flushing. There’s another one of me in seventh grade I could post, but that one is embarrassing. Who would have thought a pastel plaid skirt and white cork platform sandals would age so badly.

Here’s how cool Flushing is: Last year when I was lucky enough to be chatting with baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (and my childhood crush) Tom Seaver, he asked me what my zip code was and called out to his wife “Nancy, she’s from Flushing!”

Yes, I am.

Hmm, maybe I will watch three hours of the Nanny tonight.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Favorite Movies of 2010

Because I truly believe that everyone with a blog should make such a list.

Movie seen on DVD
Get Him to the Greek
Russell Brand should play Aldous Snow in one movie a year but only if future threesomes don't include Jonah Hill.

Hard to watch movie
127 Hours
And it wasn’t just the scene where he cut off his arm. Well, not just that scene. Here are some activities I watched James Franco as Aron Ralston engage in that boggle my mind:
--getting out of bed before sunrise
--working effortlessly with bungee cords and caribners
--shimmying through a crevice barely wide enough to take a deep breath then plunging into an underground pool

Second favorite hard to watch movie
Please Give
For exactly the opposite reasons as above. I was only too able to picture myself doing everything Catherine Keener’s Kate does. If you’ve seen the movie you know I shouldn’t be proud of that.

Movie with an iron-willed female protagonist
Unbelievably there were two of these this year: Ree Dolly in Winter’s Bone, played by Jennifer Lawrence and the amazing Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross in True Grit. Both these young women kicked ass.

Obsessive Love Story
I Am Love
SWINTON!!! Crazy, lush and beautiful. And I think from now on I’ll need to call her Sir Tilda.

Movie with a character I think once sat next to me on the bus
Animal Kingdom
J (James Frecheville) narrates this grim and violent thriller but barely says a word.

Fifty-four seconds
James Franco seducing himself in this New York Times video: