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.
Bob Dylan has released his first track in eight years -- a 17-minute song about the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. The 78-year-old singer-songwriter shared a link to the track, called "Murder Most Foul," on Twitter on Thursday night.
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
Ashley Judd is suing Harvey Weinstein for allegedly torpedoing her career by spreading “false and malicious statements” regarding her “professionalism as an actor,” according to a complaint filed in Los Angeles on Monday.
'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.
YouTube celebrity Logan Paul put out a disturbing video over the weekend in which he filmed himself with a corpse in Japan’s infamous “suicide forest.' The video has since been removed by YouTube.
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
Actor Randy Quaid was arrested Friday evening while he was attempting to cross the border into the United States from Canada, Vermont State Police said. The Independence Day actor was stopped by troopers at the Highgate Springs port of entry just days after Canadian officials announced that he would be deported.… more
Lyfe, a self-conscious and spellbinding collaboration between concept designer and filmmaker Alex Reeves, and Glass Ghost, a three-piece indie band from Brooklyn signed to the Austin-based Western Vinyl label, turned the David Rubenstein Atrium at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
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
Get ready to break out those dancing shoes because ABC’s hit reality television show Dancing with the Stars is set to return March 16th, just in time to celebrate its’ 10th anniversary with ABC. Just recently, ABC revealed the 10th anniversary cast of “DWTS,” which will include the return of professional dancer
It was another spectacular evening at 87th annual Academy Awards, especially for J.K. Simmons, the native Detroiter,who took home his first Oscar as best supporting actor for his role as a sinister music teacher in the film Whiplash. Rather than giving an ordinary speech which would typically
Back in 2007, when the first e-reader, the Kindle, was released, a new debate started— paper or electronic? Before e-books, bookstores across the country used to sell only paper books. Their bookshelves were filled with hard covers and paperbacks, divided into fiction, non-fiction, romance, history,
This year’s 57th annual star-studded Grammy awards ceremony turned out to be a huge success for British soul singer, Sam Smith, local Detroit rap artist, Marshall Bruce Mathers III (the rapper also known as Eminem)R&B and Beyoncé, among other musical artists who walked away with shiny golden trophies Sunday evening.… 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