All posts tagged: Sally Field

Dw. Dunphy On… Digesting “Breakfast in America”

From time to time, it is interesting to look back on albums often regarded as classic, if just to divine what is so classic about them. Some albums have had far too much said about them already, such as Pet Sounds and Sgt. Pepper, and yet another analysis couldn’t possibly illuminate another dark corner. We’ve explored those rooms before. There are other albums that are also classic, were huge hits in their day, are fondly remembered now but, more often than not, aren’t immediately recalled like the high-profiled benchmarks that instinctively spring to mind. In 1979, there could hardly be an album bigger than Supertramp’s Breakfast In America. Unusually pop, for Supertramp at least, the album had a string of hits including “Take The Long Way Home,” “Goodbye Stranger,” the jaunty title cut and, for the time, the inescapable “The Logical Song.” On the surface, there is a pleasantness about the album, from the playful organ sounds, to the sax intrusions, to the vocals of Roger Hodgson, which could likely make last rites sound cheerful, …

TV on DVD: “Brothers and Sisters: The Complete Third Season”

Brothers and Sisters: The Complete Third Season (2009, ABC/Buena Vista) purchase from Amazon: DVD ABC’s durable drama Brothers and Sisters hit some road bumps in its third season. After a standout second year in which the characters shaped into interesting people I wanted to follow each week, season three saw most of them become narcissistic navel gazers that were no fun to be around. Adding to the series’ woes were the supposed behind the scenes issues with star Balthazar Getty, leading to his character’s departure from the show. Still, the ship seemed to right itself by the season finale, leaving hope for the fourth season, premiering this fall. Brothers and Sisters follows the many exploits of the Walker family, a large, wealthy California unit whose patriarch, William (played in flashbacks by Tom Skerritt) not only ran his food distribution company nearly into bankruptcy, but cheated on his wife with more than one woman. Williams’ wife is Nora, played with great energy and emotion by Sally Field. Her ability to make you cry and laugh with …