Posted: December 9th, 2013 | Filed under: Culture, Music | 1 Comment »
My delusion when tackling this project was that my rendition of the Elvis classic, recorded as a medley with my take on a snippet of Toussaint McCall’s sublime, “Nothing Takes The Place Of You,” would be a worthy addition to the holiday music scene.
Sigh, it’s not to be.
To be honest, my voice has changed little since the 8th grade. Which is when my music teacher at Highland Jr. High, Richard Spalding, had me sitting apart from the rest of the class while we were singing in choral, “Sur le Pont D’Avignon.” Mr. Spalding’s assessment of my song styling acumen was spot on.
But, if you’re bold enough to listen for the next few minutes, you’ll understand the back story behind my endeavor. And then hear a brave, but admittedly flawed take on a Christmas classic.
Plus a surfeit of banter, musing on the Person of the Year and a film recommendation.
Posted: December 3rd, 2013 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »
Apologies in advance.
Just when I thought I’d cured myself of the disturbing tendency to pop my “p”s, the nuisance returns. I endeavor to do better the next time.
Ah, but the movie I talk about starring Judy Dench, as a real life person in search of her long ago adopted son, it’s a keeper. Devoid of tawdry sentimentality, “Philomena,” based on true events, works on many levels.
More important, it entertains.
Posted: December 2nd, 2013 | Filed under: Culture | No Comments »
You really don’t need to hear another rant about the absurdity of stores opening on Thanksgiving Day in advance of Black Friday.
You know where you stand. I know where I stand.
But I do think life around the holidays is different than, say, just a score of years ago. And I’ve got a few comments and perspective on that.
Please there’s some great shtick with my host, James.
You’re advised to take a few moments to sit down and listen up.
Posted: November 29th, 2013 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »
One of the neat things about observing the arts is watching artists evolve.
Though it is often the case that the creativity of some diminish with time, the opposite is also true.
The latter is the case, I believe, with Mathew McConaughey, whose performances have frankly rubbed me the wrong way since I first saw him in “Dazed and Confused.”
He is nothing short of mesmerizing here as a real life personality named Ron Woodroof, whose kick out the jams lifestyle changed drastically, after he discovered he was HIV positive.
Posted: November 25th, 2013 | Filed under: Politics, Ruminations | 1 Comment »
Every once in awhile, a fellow has to be serious.
So it came to pass this past Saturday when I used the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination as a jumping off point to examine some differences of political culture between then and now.
And, no, I don’t try to regale you with where I was and what I was doing when learning the president had been shot. My personal story of that moment is no more or less interesting than anybody else’s.
So, anyway, well, I guess that’s all the intro necessary.
Posted: November 22nd, 2013 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | 1 Comment »
I live in Louisville, Kentucky. Which happens to the hometown of whom?
That’s right. Jennifer Lawrence. She is the star of what new film?
That’s right. The second in “The Hunger Games” saga. So I felt compelled to see it opening day. (Which I tend to do with most heralded new movies, but emphasize here for purposes of shtick only.)
I was a bit scared when I saw three school buses in the parking lot before the showing. Fortunately, the kiddos had their own special viewing earlier before noon. Which meant I was only bothered by the two older women a couple of rows in front of me, who chatted loudly, and drew several shushes from others besides myself.
Here’s my take on the latest adventures of Katniss Everdeen.
Posted: November 19th, 2013 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »
Coming of age films have been part of moviemaking since its inception.
Sometimes, the directors and screenwriters get it right, or something approximating reality. A lot of the time it’s just romantic bunk.
“Blue Is The Warmest Color,” a French film, the title of with is actually “La Vie d’Adele” (The Life of Adele), is a cut way above the rest. Perhaps the best exposition ever of the furtiveness and uncertainty of first love.
Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos give extraordinary performances in what is a truly stunning bit of intimate filmmaking.
Posted: November 18th, 2013 | Filed under: Culture, Ruminations | 1 Comment »
Please do not be confused by the weighty implications of this week’s topic.
I understand you come here for tomfoolery. For a chuckle, the bemused smile, a how-can-that-guy-get-away-with-saying-such-things-on-public-radio shake your head in amazement moment.
And here it would appear I’ve thrown a curve ball with a contemplation of an archaic philosophical contemplation that’s been out of favor for decades.
Fear not, my rant is executed with the same devil may care insouciance as usual.
Click the button and find out for yourself.
Posted: November 17th, 2013 | Filed under: Sports | No Comments »
What strikes me most about U of L’s steady as she goes 20-13 victory over Houston is how practical it was.
On the season, Louisville’s ratio of rushing attempts to passing attempts has been just about even. 343 ground assaults vs. 321 air attacks. Last night, when it became obvious that the Cougars’ defensive schemes had Teddy B in too much peril when looking down field for an air lift, Sean Watson obviously decided to keep it on the ground more.
Forty one rushing attempts vs. only 29 passes.
The strategy obviously worked. Louisville won, and, bottom line, that’s why they play the game.
It was also effective in more subtle ways. Louisville had possession of the ball for 37:49 vs 22:11 for the visitors from Texas. If not impossible, a football team is less likely to score when it doesn’t have the ball than when it does. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 15th, 2013 | Filed under: Culture | No Comments »
It is a sad reality, but too very often real life gets in the way of that which one would prefer to be focusing upon.
Take my radio rant from last Saturday, for instance.
My savvy producer sent me the HTML last Monday, as per normal procedure. But, so busy and distracted by the vicissitudes of daily existence have I been, that just now, early Friday morning, have I remembered to post this.
Well, you know what “they” say: Better late than etc, etc.
Posted: November 14th, 2013 | Filed under: Film Reviews Podcast, Ruminations | No Comments »
“All is Lost” is stunning cinema.
Robert Redford displays his exemplary craft as he rarely has in the past.
The film is engaging and thought provoking.
This may be the most existential movie I’ve seen.
For a more detailed examination, please listen.
Posted: November 5th, 2013 | Filed under: Culture | No Comments »
There are any number of things about today’s fashion trends that have caught my attention.
Many are irksome.
Especially those that affect the clothes that I can buy and wear.
Others are a rather fetching turn of events for the good.
At least from my observation point.
To find out which fall in which category, listen up.