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Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby

19 Jun

The Great Gatsby

I must admit that I was upset when I heard that another film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was due out this year.  It is one of my favorite novels of all time and it’s already been loused up a handful of times including the 1974 film starring Robert Redford Continue reading

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“Plutonian Ode” by Allen Ginsberg

1 Jan


Plutonian Ode Front Cover

Just about a year ago I posted an article on my complete collection of the City Lights Pocket Poets Series.  I continue to add to the collection and replace near fine copies with finer examples.  It remains one of my proudest collective achievements.  The above was an unexpected Continue reading

Shut Up and Play the Hits: The Very Loud Ending of LCD Soundsystem

22 Jul

Jonny J was kind enough to take point on LCD Soundsystem’s documentary which played for one night only in select theaters this past week.  A big thank you is in order for Jon as he purchased a pair of tickets for him and I to the last show as an early birthday present for me last spring.  I shared the concert with someone great!

I was fortunate enough to see LCD Soundsystem’s rock-doc in Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image, where the theater acoustics were the most perfect I have heard in any theater to date. The concert segments made you feel you were actually at the show, superbly recorded in audio and film.

The film opens with Continue reading

Wankin’ Willard?

19 Jul

Comic actor Fred Willard was arrested on suspicion of committing a “lewd act” at the XXX Tiki Theater in Hollywood on Wednesday night.  The 72-year-old actor was detained after a routine, uniformed LAPD inspection of the theater (yes, apparently pornographic theaters are patrolled routinely).

Aside:  I had no idea that XXX theaters still existed Continue reading

Various Artists – Clueless OST

19 Jul

Amy Heckerling’s Clueless (1995) should be on everyone’s Top 10 Teen Comedies list.  First of all, it might be the best adaptation of a Jane Austen novel (Emma).  Second, the film is solely responsible for the popularization of phrases like “Whatever!” and “As if!” which (regrettably in hindsight) remained a major part of teenage girl vernacular for the better part of two years.  But most importantly, Clueless is a zeitgeist flick that Continue reading

12 Songs About Extraterrestrial Life

14 Jun

There are two alien-centered blockbusters in theaters currently.  To immense anticipation, Ridley Scott tries his directorial hand at sci-fi for the first time since 1982’s Blade Runner with Prometheus, a prequel to his genius Alien.  To far less excitement, the third installment of the Men in Black series is out and combines at least three formulaic plot devices.  In any event, what better time to visit/revisit some songs about extraterrestrial life? Continue reading

Friends With Kids

2 Apr

I went to see Friends With Kids a week ago after dinner with my parents because my mother felt like seeing “something light” after doing schoolwork all day.  I lioned an antipasto and the better part of a sausage, olive, mushroom pizza and so something light was probably the only thing I could have stomached.

Aside: “Something light” as defined by my mother = rom-com.  “Lioned” as defined by my friend Steve = my primal consumption by volume of food when hungry.

The only thing that I had heard about the movie prior was that Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Maya Rudolph (SNL, Bridesmaids) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men) were part of the cast.  All good things. Continue reading