Culture Maven at the Grocery Store

Posted: September 29th, 2014 | Filed under: Culture, Ruminations | No Comments »

studioYes, I know the title I’ve presented of my audio essay from last Saturday on FPK 91.9 isn’t as alluring as my crack marketing team would like.

Then again, they all have taken the week off to plan their attack on St. James this weekend. They can’t get too many Christmas reindeer made of twigs. Such aesthetes they are.

Which left me alone to draw you in for a listen to this boffo take on obsessive behavior in the grocery aisle.

Listen up. You’ll be so very glad you did.

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Film Review Podcast: “The Skeleton Twins”

Posted: September 29th, 2014 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

movieWell, I have to say I was aware ahead of time that “The Skeleton Twins,” which stars Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, was not going to be a sketch comedyish riot.

But, as laced with some truly funny moments all too real as it is, the film has its heaviness. A depressed brother and sister, trying to connect while figuring out what happened in their lives.

So mesmerizing are Wiig’s and Hader’s dramatic performances, out of the blue really, that I remained engrossed and “entertained” despite the despondency of their characters.

For further dissection of the movie, listen up.

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Film Review & Excerpt: “Alive Inside”

Posted: September 29th, 2014 | Filed under: Cinema, Culture, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

music“Alive Inside” is a stunning documentary, the focus of which is how the power of music can heal the sick, give meaning to the elderly with Altsheimers or dementia or other debilitating ailments.

It focuses on the extraordinary good deeds of a fellow named Dan Cohen, whose life’s work is now bringing music and healing to the elderly.

The filmmaker’s name is Michael Rossato-Bennett, and he has done an amazing deed by showcasing the good work being done.

Just below is my review of the film. Below that, and surely more important, is an excerpt about the documentary with footage. I hope you’ll take seventeen minutes out of your life to watch it.

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Please take the time to watch this.

Culture Maven’s TW3

Posted: September 22nd, 2014 | Filed under: Culture, Ruminations | No Comments »

historyThose of you who remember life before smartphones, might also recall the TV comedy sensation, “TW3.”

This Was The Week That Was.

Or, maybe it should read, That Was The Week That Was.

It may actually have part of another show??? “Laugh In,” perhaps? Duh?

Anyway it was a satiric take on the newsworthy events from the previous 7 days, or precisely length of time it took You Know Who to create heaven and earth in full. Well, almost in full. The Deity was so tired from all his hard work, he forgot to provide Donald Trump with a full head of hair. But did leave instructions for a comb over.

Anyway, last Saturday morning, I reviewed events around the globe, large and small from last week. All the news and snarky commentary that fit. At least that fit into my three minute FPK 91.9 segment.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, here it is . . . . . . .

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Film Review Podcast: “The One I Love”

Posted: September 16th, 2014 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

movieWell now, this little film is way more zesty than it appears from the set up.

Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss are having marital troubles. Counselor Ted Danson suggests they go to a retreat, from which many of his clients have returned, he says, renewed.

I can say nothing more about the unusual plot, so that I avoid spoiling the movie’s pleasures for you.

Suffice it to say, I’ve not seen anything exactly like this before. And doubt you have either.

For more about the film, feel free to listen up to my review.

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Culture Maven’s Favorite Film

Posted: September 16th, 2014 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

studioBy dumb luck, I happened upon a showing of “Chinatown” last week on TV.

Though it was late, already past my bed time, I couldn’t resist.

The Jack Nicholson/ Faye Dunaway detective/ noir has been my favorite film for decades. But I hadn’t seen it for years.

How pleasant to get reaffirmation. The movie held holds up. Actually, it’s even better, revealing new pleasures.

For further take and some banter with James, please listen up.

And, yes, that is a photo of me in the studio last Saturday morning, actually rendering this very podcast. My vanity made me post it.

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Film Review Podcast: “The Drop”

Posted: September 14th, 2014 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

movieCreeping into our consciousness all of a sudden as one of the leading actors of the day is this Tom Hardy fellow.

Loved him earlier this year in a one man tour de force, “Locke.”

And he sizzles again as bartender Bob in this atmospheric crime potboiler, “The Drop.”

He carries the film, which is surprising. Because, this is James Gandolfini’s last cinematic endeavor, and he’s as nuanced and marvelous as ever as the resentful guy who used to own the bar, but lost it to the Chechen mob.

I really liked this movie. For more reasons why, listen up.

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Podcast: Nature Enhances an Urban Day (And Validates the Name of an Apartment Complex)

Posted: September 11th, 2014 | Filed under: Culture, Ruminations | No Comments »

historyHas the wordy header grabbed your attention?

Do you wonder if I’ve lost all the marbles, clanking about in my head? Or, if I’ve actually got a nice little tale to tell about a sublime moment that happened last week? Something you’ll find fascinating?

I hope it’s the latter. If so, your indulgence for a few minutes while listening to last Saturday’s exposition from my weekly gig with James on FPK 91.9 shall be well served.

Is your curiosity peaked? (Or, should that read, “peeked?”)

Anyhow, listen up. It’ll be worth your time.

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Film Review Podcast: “Frank”

Posted: September 10th, 2014 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

movieI’ve often noted there aren’t a whole lot of new, totally unique stories, floating about out there. No matter how many monkeys there might be typing away at an infinite number of word processors.

But, every once in awhile, something shows up on the silver screen that is so quirky, so skewed, it becomes worthy, if only for the quality of its uniqueness.

This film, “Frank,” featuring Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllanhall, is all that. Plus there’s much to ponder, beyond the presence of its out of the ordinary subject matter.

Intrigued enough to want to know more about “Frank?” You should be.

So, listen up:

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Review: “The Bling Ring”

Posted: September 5th, 2014 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

movieI did something today which, well, which for one catches me up with all of you in the Netflix universe, and, two, was done for the first time.

I’ve been a subscriber to Amazon Prime for awhile. Lots of perks for a compulsive shopper like myself.

And the site has 40,000 movies, which one can stream immediately, and for free. For free at least with that membership.

So, today, I took the plunge, watching Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring.” It never played Louisville that I recall.

For my take on the movie. And the experience. Listen up.

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What Ails Our Thoughts & My New Washing Machine

Posted: September 2nd, 2014 | Filed under: Culture | No Comments »

historyLooking at the title of my essay, presented this Saturday past on FPK 91.9, you might wonder — legitimately so — what my need for a new washing machine and the big issues plaguing society have in common?

I understand your confusion.

But, if you listen to this brilliantly thought through, brilliantly reasoned, brilliantly constructed and brilliantly delivered — if I do say so myself — radio essay, you will understand how it all comes together, and illuminates as if a fireball of enlightenment across the evening sky.

Many of you shall probably consider it worthy of a standing O, even if you have listened alone at your computer station.

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Culture Maven Goes To The State Fair

Posted: August 31st, 2014 | Filed under: Culture, Ruminations | No Comments »

historyYeah, I know this is oh so very where was it last week?

Saturday a week ago, during my weekly stint on FPK 91.9, I shared my experiences at the Kentucky State Fair. An annual ritual of mine that is no longer a secret pleasure.

Normally, I would have posted the podcast replay last Monday. Buuuuuuuut, so busy have I been . . . I simply forgot.

For those of you who have been jonesin’ like a junkie to hear again, or perhaps for the first time, here it is.

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