Saturday, July 15, 2006

An Interesting Connection

So, the other day (actually several months ago) I found the movie What About Bob? on DVD for a really good price ($6.99 I think). Like so many other of my oh-my-goodness-that's-a-bargain purchases, I brought it home, put it on the shelf and forgot all about it. Then, last night, I finally opened and watched it. Bill Murray is great, just as I remembered.

But, there was another interesting connection to my everyday life, which includes way too much viewing of reruns of Law & Order in all its incarnations, usually on USA or TNT. Kathryn Erbe, aka Detective Eames of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, played Anna Marvin in What About Bob?

Don't remember Anna Marvin? Neither did I, but it's a relatively substantial part. She's the daughter of psychiatrist, Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss). She had long brown hair, and was meant to be in her early teens, I think. This of course meant that Erbe was actually about 25 years old at the time (1991, born in 1966).

Oh, and just in case anyone still cares about that whole Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon thing, Kathryn Erbe played the wife of Kevin Bacon's character in the movie Stir of Echoes. The world is just that small a place.


Blogger Beth said...

Even better: Kathryn Erbe played the death-row inmate on Oz, one of my all-time favorite TV shows. She's married to Terry Kinney, who played the unit manager or warden, or whatever that postion would be called. They met through the Steppenwolf Theater, for which Terry Kinney was co-artistic director with Gary Sinise.

11:48 AM, July 15, 2006  
Blogger Beth said...

And can I just say that I love Bill Murray in What About Bob?. But you know how I feel about him anyway ...

12:13 PM, July 15, 2006  
Blogger Keith Kennedy said...

I didn't care for What about Bob - too much pressure. I have an ex-wife like that!

But Stir of Echoes was an extrememly fucked up movie.

So thanks for making me think of that all day!!!

I hope nobody's buried in my basement......

12:21 PM, July 15, 2006  
Blogger JM said...

Oz. That is at least in the top 5 (speaking of lists) TV shows in the last 10 years. She was one crazy bitch on it.

And although I do love Law & Order I cannot stand this incarnation. They should call it Law & Order: Know It All Vincent D'Onofrio as every crime comes down to him knowing some obscure bs (Although I do like him in other things).

2:19 PM, July 15, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

Beth: I've heard interesting things about Oz. But, I've never seen the show. And, yes, Bill Murray rocks; we've covered that territory to the point of establishing it as a fundamental pillar of belief, a "given" as they say.

Keith: Just don't start digging. Things seemed to get weirder and weirder for Mr. Bacon's character once he commenced with the digging.

JM: What? You don't buy into the encyclopedic knowledge on, well, *everything* by one NYPD Major Case Detective with a penchant for leaning/posturing at all sorts of odd angles? I can certainly appreciate your complaint. If "Goren" were ever to recall instantly some obscure fact that I didn't already know myself, then I'd probably feel the same way. Just kidding. There's no way *anyone* could know all that shit. I just always assume that he's researched the subject off-camera. There have been enough occasions when he has stated "I read..." or "I asked____ about this" or other things of that nature that I think it's just understood now. He's smart. He's well-read. And, he researches shit while the viewers are being shown something else.

8:55 AM, July 16, 2006  
Blogger Beth said...

And he's kind of cute, too.

6:16 PM, July 16, 2006  
Blogger Dale said...

She was frightening and good on OZ and it was such a fantastic show as Beth and JM said. You should really check it out.

7:57 PM, July 16, 2006  
Blogger Beth said...

In Coffeyland, Oz ranks up there with Homicide: Life on the Street and St. Elsewhere. Seems I'm a Tom Fontana kind of woman. But all three shows were perfect, brilliant. The character development and growth in Oz are among the best I've ever seen on TV.

8:48 PM, July 16, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

OK, you folks are making Oz sound really good. Now, which damn premium channel (that I'm not already paying for) is it on? ('cause I don't think it's HBO, which I already have...)

I missed out on that Homicide series, although Belzer's character on SVU is a cross-over from that show, correct?

St. Elsewhere? I must've been "elsewhere"...I'm slaying myself before sunrise. Such humor on my part. Seriously, though, I'm guessing that was during a time that I was completely occupied by beer and mostly failed attempts at female companionship, i.e. pretty much 1985-1994.

5:40 AM, July 17, 2006  
Blogger Beth said...

Sadly, Oz is no mas; the HBO series ended years ago. But it - along with Homicide: Life on the Street (for sure) and St. Elsewhere (I believe) - is available on DVD. We old folks were able to catch the few TV bright spots while you were toga'ing the night away.

5:58 AM, July 17, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

I'll check the video store. That's how I caught on to The Sopranos. I watched the first four seasons on video/DVD.

6:18 AM, July 17, 2006  
Blogger Dale said...

It's all on DVD for your timeshifting needs.

6:49 PM, July 17, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

DVD...I'm on it!

3:48 AM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

If it comes on either the Independent Film or Sundance channels, check her out in "Dream With The Fishes."

Hell, just check box cover on the imdb link, you won't recognize her. I know it took me half of the premiere of "L & O, Criminal Intent" to figure out that was her.

10:46 PM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

Thanks for the link. Wow, she does look different with that long, dark hair hanging all around her face!

How's the movie itself?

6:04 AM, July 19, 2006  

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