The premiere took place in Vienna on May 7, 1824, nearly 100 years ago this month. Despite its unpracticed and under-rehearsed presentation, the audience was ecstatic.
Hello to all my old blogging friends! Kosh has been very helpful with getting me started here and I'm hoping this post works. If it does, I will surely be back. It's been an eventful couple of years.
The movie industry isn't in trouble...yet...but the motion picture exhibition business, and the distribution system, are in deep, deep trouble. Once upon a time, motion pictures were a novel innovation. Today, not so much.
If you are in Philadelphia between September 27th and January 1st, you can see the Elijah Pierce exhibit at the Barnes Foundation.
Bob Dylan's up to something. I don't know exactly what it is, but he has released two new songs in as many weeks, giving them away free of charge, dropping them right into my mail box, free of charge. His newest release, "I Contain Multitudes," illustrates an essential fact about Dylan: He has become poetry incarnate.
Learning to play is one thing. Learning why is entirely quite another...
I will do whatever I might do to help; I believe others will, too.
The S.S. never needed to act alone.
All of the stories are worth reading.
Bringing together many disciplines....
Those howls stay with me.
...just a few of the original covers....I still re-read them....
Dense, beautiful poetic- prose--
Perhaps the most prescient novel of the early 20th Century.
I hope you'll love this as I have for fifty years.
Book Cover Challenge
A Report on the Banality of Evil
Today I Nominate....
A Hudson Valley Poet
and that's why i invented....
Interest in the Crocodile Dundee franchise has been reignited by the strong reaction to a bizarre series of Tourism Australia commercials that first appeared during the 2018 Superbowl broadcast....but what happened to the "real" Crocodile Dundee?
We went to see A Star is Born on its opening weekend and my summary description of the film is that several stars were born in the making of that film, with Oscar whispers already starting for the film, Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and Sam Elliot
'The Post', the new film by Steven Spielberg, covers the events during a three week period in 1971 when freedom of the press in the United States hung in the balance over the publication of the Pentagon Papers.
In 2014, as if anticipating his Nobel Prize for Literature by two years, Bob Dylan published what he considers the authoritative version of his lyrics from 1961 to 2012, appropriately called The Lyrics, in which the original versions of the lyrics in the collection are frequently accompanied by fragments of the most important variants of the original versions.… more
Arrival, which should be re-titled "Dead on Arrival," is one of the most boring alien invasion-time travel paradox films I've ever seen. Decent acting, really juvenile direction, terrible script (calling it a script makes me gag a little) and an incredible number of repeated long track shots that I think w
The world of synthetic drugs thrives off of accessibility and false advertising. While products are billed as “natural,” they are anything but. Chemical analyses have revealed that synthetic drugs do not contain dried plant material like their labels would suggest, but rather designer cannabinoid compounds.… more
Film reviewers who do not get invited to pre-screenings for critics have to guard themselves carefully to avoid becoming contaminated by others' opinions about the films they are about to review, but that is well nigh impossible these days, with film grosses being reported throughout the media.
Algis Kemezys is one of those rare human beings who creates new things out of old cloth. A multimedia artist originally from Canada, Kemezys – on very little money – travels around the world recording both vanishing worlds before they disappear and imaginary worlds that he cobbles together from found objects through the medium of photography.… more
Katherine Heigl returned to network television last night in the 10 p.m. time slot with her new vehicle, State of Affairs, in which Heigl (also listed as an executive producer) is terribly miscast as a top CIA operative, Charlie Tucker, who was plucked from her work as a field agent and is now tasked with compiling and delivering the daily intelligence briefing to the President of the United States.… more
Christopher Nolan’s combination disaster epic – time travel conundrum – intergalactic adventure science fiction film, Interstellar, earned $52 million during its first weekend in release. If Nolan was a real mensch, he would give that money back, because the film is a real disaster pretending to document a fictional one, a successful disaster, but a disaster nonetheless.… more