And, most remarkable of all, this amazing energy is from within a smarmy
If the author of this sometimes smarmy
stage show expected his largely Catholic audience to be amused by this ceremonial throwback, he would have been surprised when, almost in unison, the people in the seats joined in to sing, "Bring flowers of the fairest, bring flowers of the rarest" with the actors on stage.
He is good on Holbein, on David's late portraits, and on Michelangelo, Mantegna, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Ad Reinhardt; a little boring about Rembrandt's and David's history paintings; and full-out smarmy
about his pet passion, Gericault, who provides the locus for some terribly disingenuous-sounding teenage reminiscences, as well as for a fatuous, transparently competitive dig at Julian Barnes, who has also "claimed" The Raft of the Medusa, in his History of the World in 10% Chapters.
The smug, humorless political correctness of every smarmy
line she uttered made me cringe on behalf of progressive women everywhere.
Forty-five years later when Hurok artists Margot Fonteyn and Rodolf Nureyev appeared on television's answer to vaudeville, "The Ed Sullivan Show," they stood an excellent change of being preceded by Topo Gigio, a smarmy
mechanical Italian mouse puppet, and followed by any one of a dozen crass stand-up comedians just in from Vegas.
High abstraction swathed in passive forms, suffocating circumlocutions, this and more we suffer in this dreadful display of sexless, nerve-numbing, smarmy
Country Music artists will join character puppets Lionel, Cleo and Smarmy
Marmy for a segment of the show, where the artists read aloud to children in the audience.
15PM A pregnant housewife's suicide looks dodgy to DA Angie Everhart, and clues lead to a fertility clinic run by smarmy
Schofield was guilty of tawdry behaviour - a shoddy piece of "journalism" that warranted the harsh criticism directed towards it.
Seeking re-election in North Carolina's 14th District is congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell), a smarmy
Democrat whose candidacy has been routinely unopposed.
Wonderfully played in middle-age by John Malkovich, Ripley's Game is an updating of the same novel originally filmed in 1977 as The American Friend, starring Dennis Hopper, the plot seeing our anti-hero persuade a terminally ill picture framer (Dougray Scott) to murder some Ukranian heavies who are putting pressure on his bullish, smarmy
acquaintance (Ray Winstone).
Gordon Brown might not be smarmy
like Tony Blair and Cameron but he cares about the average Joe, let's give him a chance to prove it, by voting for Labour councillors.
Meanwhile, darts fan David Cameron will be lining up some throws at the image of smarmy
billionaire Tory deputy chairman and mega-cash donor Lord Ashcroft, who has come clean about his non-dom tax status after 10 years, and significantly days before a freedom of information ruling would have blown the gaffe on the secrecy.
Imagine how the woman felt as she tried to digest all that in front of a studio audience, smarmy
Jeremy and the likes of me, at home cringing.
This much-hyped spectacle of half-dressed bimbos with their smarmy
escorts, tantrums, tears and repetitive routines served up in a mad cauldron of endless shrieking studio audiences is too much for me to bear, especially when the whole is overseen by an ageing personality whose toe-curling mannerisms suggest he should have retired decades ago.