Thursday, December 19, 2013

Mary Pulpfictions

CBS News, December 18, 2013, "Pulp Fiction," "Mary Poppins" added to National Film Registry, by David Morgan.

I'll have a lot more to say in the new year. I really should go see "Saving Mr. Banks" if I want to take this blog seriously, I suppose.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

"You don't get Fawlty Towers, Morrissey and Martin Amis from a nation that likes itself."

Oh, I've been keeping up this blog so well!

 The Observer, April 6, 2013 , "George Osborne, gawd bless yer" by Victoria Coren
Arriving at the elegant, members-only gaming club, awed by its glittering chandeliers and sweeping staircase, I heard myself say to the top-hatted doorman: "Hellair, we're har for the game upstars." Transformed, by a mere doorway, from Dick Van Dyke to the Duchess of Devonshire.
I really liked this paragraph about British self-loathing.
The British are supposed to be self-doubting rather than self-righteous – since the dissolution of empire, anyway. It's one of the things I'm most patriotic about. From our awkwardness and embarrassment has sprung a complexity of literature, comedy and pop music that no other country can touch, for all their sunny weather and expressive street carnivals. You don't get Fawlty Towers, Morrissey and Martin Amis from a nation that likes itself.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I couldn't be happier that DVD just got married to Arlene Silverhis 40-year-old make-up artist. First off, I love the idea that 40 is a "younger woman".  Second, what a zaftig doll!  And third, I just think it's great that he's getting married at frickin' 86.  



Saturday, December 3, 2011

From a far-flung friend...
Hey Ministry: I wanted to send you over a little treat of a video that I shot at my girlfriend's apartment here in Córdoba, Argentina. It's from a counterfeit dvd purchased on the street with 5 classic films compressed on to one DVD in ultra-shit quality, one of which is Mary Poppins. This version is over dubbed with very hammy Castillian (Spain) Spanish, and even though we are deprived of dick's famous accent, the overdubbed one is also pretty horrendous. For whatever its worth here it is... All the best, SJ

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Neil Gaiman's American Accent Inspired by Dick Van Dyke

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Staff Blogs, November 18, 2011, "Neil Gaiman guests on 'The Simpsons' Sunday, then it's back to writing" by Sharon Eberson.
The toughest thing for him was the reading of a line that required a bad American accent. He kept being told to make it worse, until it was suggested he think of Dick Van Dyke’s British accent in “Mary Poppins.” “It’s the kind that makes our toes curl, like when he says [and here Mr. Gaiman launches into Dick Van Dyke as Burt], ‘It’s a jolly holiday with Mary.’ So I tried to reach those heights, or depths.”

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Dick Van Dyke School for Cockney Studies

Just catching up on the backlog. Haven't updated the blog in forever, so there are 50 or 60 Dick Van Dyke references to catch up on.

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Obsessed With Film, March 30th, 2011, "TV Review: Martina Cole's THE RUNAWAY" by Simon Gallagher.

Everyone looks like they’re fresh from the Danny Dyer/Tamer Hassan school of acting (which incidentally owes a lot to the Dick Van Dyke school for Cockney Studies).


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RPG Fan, April 1st, 2011, "April Fools 2011: Details on the Possible Final Kingdom Hearts Title" by John Tucker.

The biggest surprises, though, come in the form of new worlds. Having already explored many iconic Disney worlds in previous Kingdom Hearts games, Square Enix is now branching out into new territory. Over the years, many have mocked Dick Van Dyke's attempt at a cockney accent, but we'll be hearing it again when he joins the party in a Mary Poppins-themed world.


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Philadelphia Magazine, April 1st, 2011, "Review: “Mary Poppins” at the Academy of Music" by Aaron Mettey.

Yet for all of the effort made to ensure Mary looks/acts like Julie Andrews’s Mary, more care should have been taken with casting Bert. Inevitably, you can’t imagine anyone other than Dick Van Dyke playing Bert—horrible accent, and all. So Nicolas Dromard is already at a disadvantage. No matter how much he is able to bring/b to the role (which is actually quite a lot), I couldn’t help but want someone lankier, someone more … well, Van Dyke-ian.