March 10th, 2009


Desert Saga

I have been watching all the movies that won the Oscar for Best Picture. Next on my list was the 1962 winner, Lawrence of Arabia, directed by David Lean (who also directed The Bridge on the River Kwai) and starring Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn and Omar Sharif.

Lawrence of Arabia is a beautifully-shot epic about the British officer, T.E. Lawrence, who worked with Arab allies in the Middle East during World War I. The movie shows the political machinations that underlay military decisions. Sometimes, it's politically dense, but it is always a visual treat.

The competitors were: The Longest Day, Meredith Wilson's The Music Man, Mutiny on the Bounty, and To Kill a Mockingbird, several of which could have won, if not competing against that favored Oscar genre: the historical epic.

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Week Twenty-Four: Voting Update

Our moderator, Gary, at therealljidol is changing it up again. This week, voting is open only to Season 5 contestants, all 195 of them, including both those who have been eliminated and those still in the competition. Three people will be cut, taking us to a top 8. We have until 7 p.m. Saturday to e-mail our picks to Gary.

The link with info on the voting, along with all the entries, is here:

Please read even if you can't vote, because I'm continually wowed by what my fellow contestants write.

Wish me luck!