Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sometimes I feel pretty obtuse



Like last night.

MizBubs and I found ourselves with some time on our hands and decided to watch Barbarella. I last saw it my senior year in high school at the old Parkway Theater on Clark Street, and it turns out MizBubs had never seen it. Our eldest, in her ongoing effort to dig completely through the vast junkpile of popular culture since 1940, had gotten it from Netflix recently.

So, here's what I want to know:

How come neither one of us had any idea that Duran Duran got its name from the villain in this movie? I mean, other than the obvious fact that neither one of us ever liked Duran Duran or owned any of their records. How did we miss that?

MizBubs noted an interesting reflection on attitudes toward aging in the swinging sixties. 42 year-old Milo O'Shea played Durand Durand, a 25-year old who has aged 30 years because he's evil. He was sooo OLD.

Also, am I a really bad person for liking sex kitten Jane Fonda waaaaay better than serious actress Jane Fonda? MizBubs said no, but I think she might just be humoring me.

Hopefully I'll have some time to ponder these questions, and many important others, over the next couple of days off.


21 comments:

Mathman6293 said...

I didn't know that about Duran Duran either. I guess you learn something new...

Erik Donald France said...

Hehe -- remember Klaatu?

I have to agree on Jane Fonda. I think it's b/c her voice grates. She's good in Klute, though.

Barbarella as a movie is in many ways hideous (the hacking dolls! Jesus!) but the character Barbarella LOOKS cool.

Love the clip.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Sex kitten Jane Fonda for President!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

These are all seriously pressing questions. We need a senate committee to look into these.

For the record, I didn't know about Duran Duran either, also never having seen Barbarella, nor ever liking the band.

SkylersDad said...

It's hard to remember back that far that Jane was hot!

BeckEye said...

Sheesh! That's like Duran Duran 101!

Never liked them. Sheesh, again.

But then, I've never seen that movie and I really have no interest.

lulu said...

Would you like me to explain where the Thompson Twins got their name?

BeckEye said...

I don't want to be misunderstood...the way I wrote that comment was kind of unclear. I love Duran Duran. I was muttering about you saying that you "never liked them." The sheesh was for you, not for them.

Bubs said...

beckeye, I saw where that sheesh was directed--right at me and my non-Duran-listening self.

Lulu, wasn't it from Tintin?

skylersdad, it was pretty amazing. Still, she was no Ann Margret.

Barbara and Mathman, whew. Now I don't feel alone.

Dr MVM, I think Germaine Gregarious might have plans for her.

Erik, it did have a unique look didn't it? All that shag carpeting in the spaceship at the beginning...

DCup said...

Count me in the did not know that column. And I don't think MizBubs is humoring you. I'm rather fond of Jane Fonda's young, frantic self in Barefoot in the Park.

Maybe that's the thing about aging for actors. It's like two different careers. That Jane Fonda isn't that same Jane Fonda in 9 to 5.....

Marni said...

Whoah! New template... see what happens when you take some time off?!! Things start changing!!!!

Looks good!!!

DCup said...

Love the new look! But how did you get that picture of my neighbor's house?

Johnny Yen said...

I actually knew that. I also know where Steely Dan got their name-- it was a device in William S. Burroughs' "Naked Lunch."

Bubs said...

Dcup, that's a picture I took when I was last in Louisiana with my family. My daughter photoshopped a Gadsden flag (which I proudly fly here at home) over the confederate battle flag that was flying from the porch.

Marni, thanks! I'm trying to get more music and pictures up on here, and add some more do-dads to make the place more entertaining.

dcup, that's true for some actors. But, for instance, Susan Sarandon and Ann Margret have stayed consistently hubba-arousing for me over their entire careers pretty much. I think that for Ms Fonda, the moment she climbed onto that antiaircraft gun in Vietnam she pretty much proved the adage that all we should expect from a performer is a good performance.

Bubs said...

Johnny, oh yeah...Steely Dan. And what a device it was. That was very diplomatic of you.

Dena T said...

Ooooh, fancy new layout!

Is this why you haven't had time to reply to my emails?

D

Becca said...

Oh yeah Duran Duran even have a song called Electric Barbarella.

This is one of my all-time favorite movies! It is so perfect in every way imaginable!

And yes sex kitten Jane was a far better actress Cat Ballou...Tales of Mystery...she was way more fun when she was married to Roger Vadim.

BeckEye said...

Woo...renovations to the compound! Very nice.

billdoze said...

Only Angels Have Wings, right?
A great terrible movie.

Dale said...

Strange that I recently PVRd but haven't yet watched Barbarella and Naked Lunch. I knew the Duran Duran but had forgotten about it. I'll pretend to never have known it to make you feel better. You Bubs, she Jane.

Tanya Espanya said...

Love your new look!