And, most remarkable of all, this amazing energy is from within a smarmy
And in many cases, we really can identify with the smarmy
star of the BBC sitcom - the manager of a paper supplies company who reckons his staff love him .
Some "think there is something smarmy
about politics," observes Leon Billings, president of Leon G.
In fact, they were quick to jump on every smarmy
story leaked by the right about the Clinton administration's exit--yet virtually failed to report any of the Bush administration's apologies over and retractions of lies and errors--for example, the supposed looting of Air Force One by Clinton staffers which proved to be false.
Imagine, for instance, what a dreadful piece of smarmy
pastiche would have emerged in Britain, even if the idea had been countenanced in the first place.
In a twofer of particularly smarmy
proportions, Bush cronies made a mockery of campaign finance reform by shelling out $2.
Summer's here, it's time to send everyone a smarmy
"Wish You Were Here" postcard--but first you have to hit a prime vacation spot.
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
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).