Category Archives: Essays

Commentary on film, tv and music

Trailer of Hope (again) – Star Wars:The Force Awakens

In the court of public opinion, Star Wars has been through a lot of ups and downs since it first altered popular culture in the summer of 1977. After riding a long wave of love and acceptance during it’s initial … Continue reading

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It’s A Wonderful Life (sometimes)

It’s A Wonderful Life was released in 1946 but its uncanny ability to have such a direct, emotional connection with audiences has allowed it to be programmed 68 years later in a prime-time slot on network tv in 2014. Sadly, few films … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Robin Williams

When Robin Williams broke out back in the late 70’s he had a hugely visceral impact. There was no one else like him. Last night I watched his first appearance on Happy Days and every little, nutty thing he did … Continue reading

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46 years old and still scaring: Rosemary’s Baby

(FYI,this is full of spoilers) I started watching Roman Polanski’s brilliant 1968 adaptation of Ira Levin’s novel the other night on a whim. I have seen the film many times and my intent was to just watch the first 20 … Continue reading

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Not Show Business But The Business Of Shows #2

This is the 2nd post in a series that will offer tales, trials and tribulations of working in the movie theater biz. Back in the spring I was given the opportunity to tell a story at the Know Theatre of … Continue reading

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For The Love Of Radio

This article is dedicated to my parents who introduced me to a number of great things in my formative years including the golden age of radio. OTR stands for “Old Time Radio” and that has been the universally accepted, all-encompassing … Continue reading

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Third Time’s A Charm: JP:III and MI:III

Sometimes a film series gets it the most right the third time around. My examples are from two big-budget- B-movie franchises. I originally had this idea shortly after seeing Peter Jackson’s bloated retelling of “King Kong” (2005). Among other problems, … Continue reading

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FYI Bob Hope was funny

Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, Bob Hope was the guy that showed up on t.v. every Christmas telling stale jokes and awkwardly interacting with up and coming talent of the day on his NBC Variety show. Hope was … Continue reading

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The Art of Monsters: R.I.P. Ray Harryhausen

I would be remiss if I didn’t say a few words about the great Ray Harryhausen who passed away Tuesday at the age of 92. Ray Harryhausen’s creatures were all over T.V. in the 1970’s. As a kid, I saw … Continue reading

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Critical Love: R.I.P. Roger Ebert

Sad news today. After a long battle with cancer, Roger Ebert passed away at age 70. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his film criticism in 1975; one of only three film critics to receive that honor. His multiple tv shows … Continue reading

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