My New Favorite Band

Posted: October 28th, 2014 | Filed under: Music, Ruminations | No Comments »

studioSaturday morning’s FPK 91.9 radio interlude was fascinating. And not only fpr James and myself.

I got a chance to reveal a new endeavor of mine in the health care field.

Plus talk about my favorite new band, Birds of Chicago.

They opened for the Carolina Chocolate Drops last week during a two night stand at the Clifton Center.

The Film Babe and I were blown away.

Listen up for further details.

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Because of some silly FCC regs, my producer Brad Yost couldn’t include the whole song there at the end. So here’s a video of another Birds of Chicago tune to whet your appetite.

Film Review Podcast: “Dear White People”

Posted: October 27th, 2014 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

movieRare is a directorial debut, a first film, as well crafted as Justin Simien’s “Dear White People.”

That it is satire of the highest order, an entertaining, hilarious, even handed skewering of racial politics in America, makes the movie all that more impressive. He doesn’t take sides. Everybody’s a target here.

It has won awards at several film festivals.

Deservedly so.

For a more in depth analysis of “Dear White People,” listen up.

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Film Review Podcast: “The Two Faces of January”

Posted: October 21st, 2014 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

moviePatricia Highsmith was a novelist with a penchant for penning cinematic-worthy books.

“Strangers on a Train.” “The Talented Mr. Ripley.”

“The Two Faces of January,” featuring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac, is the latest of her output to hit the silver screen.

Intrigue in Greece and Turkey in the early 60s. The set up and setting are typically marvelous Highsmith traits.

Does the movie work?

For a full review, listen up.

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Film Review Podcast: “Kill The Messenger”

Posted: October 13th, 2014 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

movieI consider myself a reasonably intelligent person.

One disinclined to venture far from the norm, not normally that paranoid.

Except when it comes to certain matters.

The new film, “Kill The Messenger,” featuring an award worthy performance by Jeremy Renner as real life journalist Gary Webb, did however kick in some conspiracy beliefs I’ve had for decades.

To learn all about that, and this intriguing film, listen up.

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Film Review Podcast: “The Judge”

Posted: October 13th, 2014 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

movieThere are times when no matter how stellar a cast there is, no matter how reasonable the plot outline, the movie doesn’t work.

Often it occurs when the filmmakers simply try to do too much. Try to cram way too much dramatic hoohah into 120 minutes.

That’s what happened in “The Judge.”

Just how far did they go?

Listen up. I tell all.

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A Sea Change in Sports Culture???

Posted: October 13th, 2014 | Filed under: Culture, Sports | No Comments »

historyYes, I know you expect nothing but tomfoolery from me, when I take to the mic with James on Saturday mornings on FPK 91.9.

But, ya know, every once in awhile, I feel compelled to talk about something serious, and to provide some legitimate perspective to an issue of the day.

So, it was this time around, when I weighed in on the effect of the Ray Rice situation as had on how sports entities now deal with domestic abuse situations, which used to be swept under the rug.

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Film Review Podcast: “Gone Girl”

Posted: October 8th, 2014 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

movieHere’s one we’ve been awaiting for awhile.

“Gone Girl.” Because, well, the marketing budget would have put a dent in Bill Gates’ fortune, and ads and trailers have been everywhere. It made “Jake from State Farm” seem like it had a short run.

Ben Affleck comes home. His wife is missing. Soon, everybody thinks he offed her. Intrigue ensues. A lot of it.

Over two hours and forty minutes of it.

To hear more of what I thought of this compelling mainstream film noir, listen up.

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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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