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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