Saturday, May 1, 2010
Groovy Reader of the Month: Stephen Mosher
As a way to thank my fabulous readers for their support, I feature a new groovy guy or gal each month - and the winner of this prestigious title for April is Stephen Mosher of New York City, whom you may remember as a Dish of the Day back in October when I featured an entire week's worth of his groovy photographs (click here to see his pics). He's also an author (The Sweater Book), a blogger (stephenaaronmosher.blogspot.com), a devoted gym and theater enthusiast, and a lover of pop culture - especially Judy Garland movies and TV miniseries from the 1980s. On his Facebook page, Stephen has posted the following brief bio: "I was born in Dallas, so I have the blood of a southern boy. I was raised in Europe, so I have the manners of a continental gentleman. And I am the son of a Marine, so I have the determination of a fighter." And when you add them all together, the result is one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet. I adore Mr. Mosher - as do many others. Now I've asked Stephen to get Deeper with us here on the Dish by answering a few pop culture questions:
Five movies that I think everyone should be required to watch are:
Ball of Fire. It's quintessential Barbara Stanwyck, classic Howard Hawks and just damn good filmmaking. It's actually one of the films that, most often, people say to me, "Oh I don't know that movie" - and I think everyone should.
Two For the Road. I know that Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney each have other films that are more famous and more beloved but this is pure artistry. Lead by Stanley Donen, these two tell the true story of a real marriage. Anyone who has been married for a long time and knows the ups and downs has lived this one. It is a complex and sophisticated watch.
Star Wars. Believe it or not, I actually know people who have never seen this movie. I know that not everyone likes outer space flicks, but I think this movie transcends every single rule that people have regarding what they DON'T like. It's just an old fashioned cowboy movie...in space. We all need our escapism and pulp and this is mine.
On Golden Pond. It's not just that it is great writing and great acting and a wonderful movie; here, in one film, you can expose a person to three of the greatest actors of all time. Also, Dabney Coleman ain't no slouch and Doug McKeon looks good in that little swimsuit - of course, he's a teenager and I'm not, so that sounds dirty - but when I saw it the first time, I was a teenager, too. If that makes it sound less dirty. I hope it does.
Auntie Mame. I can't believe that there is a world where everyone doesn't know Auntie Mame. When I was a boy, everyone did; but things are different now. Everyone needs an Auntie Mame, whether it be on the page, on the screen or some fabulous real-life Auntie Mame.
If I could go back in time and see any Broadway show, I would see:
It's completely cliché and I wish it weren't, but I am not old enough to have seen Ethel Merman live and I find myself wondering what she was like. I know people who knew her, people who saw her and nobody seems to be able to fully communicate what it was that made her so special. I would go back in time to see Gypsy. I know. Gay.
If I was stranded on a desert island for a year, I would want to listen to:
I would have to take the George Michael Twenty Five CD. I can't be without my George.
I would take my CD of Liza's at the Palace. A year without Liza would kill me and this CD has some of my favorite Liza classics and some great new stuff. Also, it would remind me of the fantastic five times I saw this show.
I would take any CD collection of music by The Beatles. There are so many anthologies these days.. Pick one with all the biggest hits and a couple of lesser ones.
I would take a cast album for A Little Night Music - either the original cast or the current revival cast, though my favorite is a little bootleg of a live performance starring Judith Ivey and Victor Garber.
I have come to own this, even though it was hard at first: I need my Whitney. I would have my friend the dj hook me up with some really good Whitney remixes - because, natch, I would have a premonition that my boat was gonna run aground on an uncharted desert isle.
If I was asked to choose the Sexiest Man Alive, it would be:
My celebrity crush right now is James Marsden. Has been for awhile - though I would like to say that every time John Barrowman is on TV, I sigh and swoon. Am I being untrue to James?
If I could have anyone - living or dead - be a guest at my dinner party, I would invite the following three people:
Marilyn Monroe, Truman Capote, Tallulah Bankhead. Hey. Own your gayness. That's what I say.
I second that emotion, Stephen, and thank you for being one of my grooviest readers!