A Fitting Tribute

 

 

 

J.R. Ewing

J.R. Ewing

Last night television laid to rest probably thee best “bad guy” in history. With the death of Larry Hagman late last year, while still shooting this season of Dallas, the writers, actors and producers were faced with the challenge of writing the last chapter of one of the most iconic TV characters of all time. I used to watch the original incarnation of this show every Friday night for as long as I could remember. And the stand out on that show was and will always be Larry Hagman’s superb portrayal of the downright despicable yet lovable J.R.

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Harry Chapin

 

 

#MusicMonday

#MusicMonday

Driving through New York City there was only one radio station I would have on; Sirius Radio channel 32 ‘The Bridge’. For me it wasn’t even a choice. Music is always with me, as a soundtrack for my life and the smooth sounds from ‘The Bridge’ were the only ones I wanted to hear while I drove through the crowded streets of NYC. Be it a dark, dreary, rainy night driving through Manhattan with Billy Joel’s ‘New York State of Mind’ playing or Simon & Garfunkel singing about ‘Cecilia’ it was just fitting. But early in the morning while the city was stumbling home after a long night of debauchery, while I was headed to work, steam flowing up from under the streets, one voice always seemed… well, right. That voice belonged to Harry Chapin. Yet another beautiful artist lost long before they should have been. I posted one of his songs before but here are a few more that always will remind me of those early Sunday morning drives in NYC.

 

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Much Ado About Nothing

 

 

Ever since word let slip that Joss and friends had made this movie I have wanted… no not desperate enough… NEEDED to see this movie. It is well known that on Sundays, Mr. Whedon invites friends and family over to his house and they inevitable end up reading Shakespeare out loud. His peeps rave about how much fun they always have doing that. Like anything good, people who make something need to have a passion for it.

Enough passion in fact to have your wife of 20 years suggest you shoot this movie at their home, on the sly, instead of going on vacation for their anniversary. One that is true love right there and two that is the kind of passion one needs to make a good <INSERT ANY TYPE OF ARTISTIC ENDEAVOR HERE>. So in 12 days, while still working on ‘The Avengers’, Joss & Friends (That totally should be a Saturday morning cartoon from the 80’s) shot one of the best comedies old Billy boy ever penned.

What can I say about this trailer…? If I was able to fornicate with a movie trailer, I would with this one. I would fornicate with it all night long. It is sexy. It has something to do with the St. Germain song ‘Rose Rouge’ used in the trailer. The majority of the sexiness comes from the black and white. It just looks cool. Like Rat Pack cool. The whole thing just drips with that beautiful retro/mod style. I want to have its babies…. I may need to get out more.

 

 

 

Disconnect

 

 

The tag line for this movie is “A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today’s wired world.” To me what it looks like is a harsh look at the reality of the world that we live in. We are so connected and most of us think nothing of putting ourselves out there (online) for any and everybody to see. This movie shows us some of the consequences of doing just that. ‘Disconnect’ looks like a good wake-up call movie for people who are too into their electronic world. Also, I have been waiting for Jason Bateman to do a movie like this. I have always liked him and really wanted to see him in a drama/thriller type movie of this ilk. I think he will crush it.

 

 

 

After Earth

 

 

Big Will and little Will… er Jaden star in this sci-fi flick. The movie is set 1000 years after the evacuation of Earth. The Smith’s spacecraft crash lands on the big blue marble and they have to survive. They have to survive in a place that has evolved to the point where everything is out to kill humans. Or something like that. Expect the unexpected in this one. Why you may ask? Because it is co-written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. That may be the reason the movie is opening in June 7th instead of Will’s usual beginning of July box office spot.

 

 

 

Random Movie Day 3: Bring On The Funny

 

 

The Babymakers

Olivia Munn and Paul Schneider in ‘The Babymakers’

I have been on a movie watching tear as of late. I have been watching a ton of movies because I find myself with a ton of time on my hands. So for this installment of RMD I am grouping together a bunch of the comedies I have consumed. There were a few laughs and a few surprises.

 

 

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Stella Starlight Trio

 

 

#MusicMonday

#MusicMonday

I am always on the lookout, or rather ear out, for new and interesting music. When I find a new artist I take to the interwebs to find out more about them. It is one of those things that makes me a nerd. When I heard the Stella Starlight Trio I immediately connected with them and the song they were singing. It was a cover of Simple Minds’ ‘Don’t You’. Love the original and really love SST’s jazzy cover of it.

So when I got home I went online to see what I could see. What I found were five fantastic covers of five fantastic songs by this quirky jazzy trio… that I couldn’t find a thing about. I don’t know where they are from. I can’t find any more songs than the five I have below. And I can’t find out who these folks are! If anyone can fill me in, I would love that! But for now, please take a listen to the five covers by Stella Starlight Trio and enjoy!

 

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