A passionate writer and graphic artist looking to break into the BIG TIME! Short stories, scripts and graphic art are my forte! Brooklyn N.Y. born and raised. Living in Manchester, Connecticut! Working on two novels now!
The 'List: 1978 (40 Years Ago)
Hello, one and all, and Happy New Year. So...we're now in 2018! We survived the first year of the Trump Administration, which, I will keep mum as to where we are headed with said presidency. In the meantime, I'd like to take a look back at the music that was popular over 40 years ago. Yes, as luck would have it, disco still reigned supreme on radio and on the charts, but the burgeoning of punk rock, as well as the rise of hard rock and metal and the massive popularity of country music crossing over, began to counter the era of bass and backbeat.
Movie Review: 'Pitch Perfect 3' (2017)
Hello, one and all. So...a funny little story. This is the first "Pitch Perfect" movie of the franchise that I've seen in an actual theater. If I may confess, the 2012 inception film didn't exactly entice me to see it in a crowded theater in the first place. I thought it was some cheap "Glee" clone played for laughs; which, yes, I surmised perfectly. Then, I borrowed a Blu Ray copy from a friend of mine. As the Universal logo came with its own a cappella track and a group of young, nubile boys began riffing Rihanna's "Don't Stop The Music", I was instantly hooked; although, the Anna Camp scene where she serenades an entire front row with her undigested breakfast, lunch and dinner, gave me second thoughts about continuing on. But, I stayed with it - and became an instant (but, still much to my painful chagrin) fan of the film.
Movie Review: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' (2017)
Hello, one and all. As I told a friend of mine, the Star Wars Universe (which I'm abbreviating to SWU for the purposes of this review; not to be confused with SVU, which is a subsection of the NYPD, which is also a popular NBC police drama, but, now I'm getting off the beaten path here) was a universe that I wasn't to keen on beaming up to (now, that's a Star Trek reference — but OK, I'm back to the topic at hand). As a five-year-old over forty summers ago, I honestly thought it was a lame universe to inhabit. Robots, wookies, a black-helmeted/cloaked villain with the voice of James Earl Jones was just too much of a head-scratching idea for my young head. It certainly didn't help that TV kept pounding the movie's images ad nauseum and with constant repetition. A popular disco song based on the iconic John Williams score was just the tip of the iceberg. I actually made my mother take me to see the film's rival, Close Encounters of The Third Kind, just to shut out the irritating SW mania sweeping the land. That didn't help matters as my mother still chastises me to this day for sleeping through most of it! But, this was the one movie franchise that clicked — just wouldn't stop clicking ever since, much to my chagrin. So, you all know the inevitable cliche: "If you can't beat 'em..."
The 'List: Best (Depending On Who You Ask) of 2017
Hello, one and all. If any of you follow my posts, you all know by now that I do not listen; or rather barely to, any new music, unless it's by an artist that I'm still willing to validate and listen to. 2017, in my opinion, has been a less-than-stellar year in music, mostly because (realizing that it's a one-sided argument) the music has been so sub-par and one-note, that I must now chuck it up to a major generation gap.
The 'List: "Saturday Night Fever" 40th Anniversary
Hello one and all. As a child of only five years living in Brooklyn NY, I remember living next to a professional club disc jockey who had a killer sound system and whose collection was pretty vast with all types of music genres; salsa, merengue and pop being the main choices. But, around December of 1977, I distinctly remember being at his house as he unwrapped the latest album he was supposed to sample. The soundtrack to the new John Travolta movie, Saturday Night Fever. The film about young teenage ruffian Tony Manero, played by Travolta, who worked at a Brooklyn, NY, paint store by day; but danced like his life depended on it at a local discotheque on Saturday nights.
The Ultimate Christmas Horror Movie Trilogy
Hello, one and all. So...if you're like me and need a break from the TNT A Christmas Story marathon and like some nightmare imagery to go with your eggnog and candy canes, have I got a Christmas horror trilogy for you!
The 'List: Christmas, Volume 2
Hello one and all. This is part two of the previous 'list with many familiar favorites and a few choice picks to add to your eggnog party. Also, there's always more than one video version posted, so you get to decide which is the better version.
An Appreciation: 'Home Alone' (1990)
"This is my house! I have to defend it!" - Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McAllister Hello one and all. I'm not sure why this movie stuck, but it did. In my early youth, I was a less discerning lad of 18 years who would eat up anything advertised for the multiplexes back then; and this of course, was before the advent of YouTube. The late John Hughes was a perennial favorite writer/director of mine since Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, but after one of his best movies, She's Having a Baby from 1988 with Kevin Bacon flopped, it would seem almost expected that he would reinvent himself as a kiddie movie writer/director. In 1989, he would re-team with John Candy with his rebound hit: Uncle Buck, which would cast a relatively unknown child actor named Macaulay Culkin who had a toe-to-toe scene with the late venerable comedian. He would then be cast as an 8-year-old kid part of an extended family in his next movie, a holiday romp called Home Alone.