Are you experiencing an overload of sweetness this holiday season? Then you may need some respite in the form of movies featuring people not at their best during the festivities.
A Budapest gift shop is the setting for antagonistic co-workers Alfred Kralik (Jimmy Stewart) and Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) who are lonelyheart pen pals but don't realize it in The Shop Around the Corner. Here's a clip of Alfred counseling Klara on her choice of blouses:
Even though the national unemployment rate is hovering around 9.1%, a recent study by online job aggregator Indeed.com found that there are many opportunities available in the healthcare field, especially for registered nurses.
Thanks to aging baby boomers, other in-demand healthcare jobs include:
Shot in 1951 and adapted from the Tennessee Williams play that captivated Broadway audiences, A Streetcar Named Desire was Hollywood's first film made for adult only audiences. Although the script's references to homosexuality and rape had to be toned down to satisfy the Motion Picture Production Code, the film still managed to shock and amaze, and its raw power can be felt six decades later.
As Blanche DuBois, Vivien Leigh gave an anguished, indelible performance that some critics believe reflected her own bipolar condition; she later had trouble distinguishing herself from the character. And Marlon Brando's sly portrayal of crude, sexy Stanley Kowalski made him the crown prince of his generation of actors and helped to redefine American film artistry.
For a non-mumbling version, take home the 1995 CBS Playhouse 90's version with Alec Baldwin, Jessica Lange, John Goodman and Diane Lane.
Everyone knows the best part of Halloween (aside from miniature Kit Kats) is figuring out your costume. Instead of renting or buying a costume, you can create a unique look by visiting your local thrift store and taking advantage of the special Halloween section which usually has lots of themed used clothes, actual costumes and a frightening number of ghoulish accessories.
25 years ago, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, the Oprah Winfrey Show debuted, and over 5 million people joined in Hands across America. A gallon of gas cost $.89, but a Tandy 600 portable computer cost $1599.00.
While Imelda Marcos was fleeing the Philippines (without her famous collection of 1060 pairs of shoes), we were going to the movies ($3.75 per ticket) and seeing:
What do Night of the Iguana, James and the Giant Peach, Breakfast at Tiffany's, West Side Story and Barack Obama have in common? They're all eligible for an AARP card because they turned fifty this year.
Long before Harry Potter or the Baudelaires and their Series of Unfortunate Events, Roald Dahl wrote James and the Giant Peach, the story of a small boy who is orphaned when his parents are eaten by a rampaging rhinoceros. He is then sent to live with his two horrible aunts and finally escapes by entering a giant peach and having surreal adventures with its insect inhabitants.
Was the first plant to re-green after the atomic bomb in Hiroshima in 1945?
Is actually a grass that can grow 3-4 feet in 24 hours?
Provides houses for over 1 billion people?
Is a crucial element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?
Has the tensile strength of mild steel?
Furnishes 90% of a panda's diet?
No wonder bamboo is considered to be a critical element for lifting thousands of people in developing countries out of poverty. Its fast growth and many options for large uses, such as flooring or building materials, benefit small-scale farmers as well as those employed in the construction industry.