Why a Strike at the Met Won’t Bode Well for Music
Jul31

Why a Strike at the Met Won’t Bode Well for Music

It’s not easy to be a musician these days, even in New York City, which is often considered the land of opportunity for jobs in the arts. Freelance opportunities still haven’t reached prerecession levels, and even the city’s largest musical organizations are hurting for ticket sales. Last year the New York City Opera closed its doors after failing to generate enough revenue for several seasons. Now the Metropolitan...

Read More
PhotoShop Fun
Jul30

PhotoShop Fun

Well WordPress seems to have eaten my last serious post so how about a picture. Yes, if you don’t have a life and your really bored you can combine photos and create some really strange images using...

Read More
SciFi Weekend: Arrow; Constantine; SHIELD; Hannibal; Big Bang Theory; Community; Orphan Black; True Blood; Fargo; Sleepy Hollow
Jul27

SciFi Weekend: Arrow; Constantine; SHIELD; Hannibal; Big Bang Theory; Community; Orphan Black; True Blood; Fargo; Sleepy Hollow

There’s a lot of news coming out of San Diego Comic-Con. The Arrow panel is above, followed by the season three trailer. Ra’s al Ghul will be the main villain next season. Flashbacks next season will include characters who died earlier on the show, and will deal with characters beyond Oliver. Thea will be back (but changed) and there will be a flashback to when she first got into Malcolm’s limo. John Barrowman will...

Read More
The ‘Power’ of Satire and the Power of Poetry
Jul26

The ‘Power’ of Satire and the Power of Poetry

A little less than two years ago, when we were getting ready to elect a new president, or re-elect Barack Obama, I wrote a little piece at the Huffington Post that created somewhat of a mini uproar. In the article I explained why “I [Was] Voting for Mitt Romney on Nov. 7.” It was satire, of course. There were two clues I thought would signal such. First, November 7 was the day after the 2012 elections. Second, my concluding paragraph...

Read More
Bottled Life: Let’s talk about water
Jul23

Bottled Life: Let’s talk about water

I am not a fan of issue documentaries – the preachiness of the genre is a real turn off for me and I always feel like the director is trying to radicalise me. That is why films like the Inconvenient Truth and any Michael Moore film are just not for me, despite their worthwhile subject matters. … Thanks to my increasingly intimate relationship with Netflix, I have come across an issue-documentary which I can strongly get behind....

Read More
Ana Veciana-Suarez: Updated comic Archie’s death a cultural barometer
Jul23

Ana Veciana-Suarez: Updated comic Archie’s death a cultural barometer

Ana Veciana-Suarez: Updated comic Archie’s death a cultural...

Read More
SciFi Weekend: Arrow; The Flash; Agents of SHIELD; Gotham; Doctor Who; Hannibal; Daredevil; True Blood; The Leftovers; The Last Ship; 24; Penny Dreadful
Jul21

SciFi Weekend: Arrow; The Flash; Agents of SHIELD; Gotham; Doctor Who; Hannibal; Daredevil; True Blood; The Leftovers; The Last Ship; 24; Penny Dreadful

TV Guide interviewed Andrew Kreisberg about the third season of Arrow: Can Arrow‘s consummate hero have it all? The third season of The CW series will dare to answer that question when Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) attempts to have his cake and eat it too — in this case, that means being a superhero that the residents of Starling City actually respect while also trying to have a personal life. It’s harder than it sounds —...

Read More
Happy 45th Moon Day
Jul20

Happy 45th Moon Day

Sometimes known as “A Secret History of Neil Armstrong” Quincy Jones presents platinum copies of “Fly Me to the Moon”) to Neil Armstrong (right) and Senator John Glenn, September 24, 2008. From the 40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing …. A Secret History of Neil Armstrong July 20, 2009 Finally, somebody’s paying attention to the Moon landing, 40 years ago, today. Over the past several years of...

Read More
James Garner: Comedic Macho Man
Jul20

James Garner: Comedic Macho Man

James Garner has died at 86.  He was a rare hybrid – a comedic macho/tough guy. Actor James Garner, best known for his prime-time television roles as the wisecracking frontier gambler on “Maverick” and as an ex-con turned private eye on “The Rockford Files,” has died at age 86, the celebrity news website TMZ reported on Sunday. Garner, who built a six-decade career playing ruggedly charming, good-natured...

Read More
Conspiracy: No laughing matter
Jul18

Conspiracy: No laughing matter

I think it’s fair to say that I am not the most tactful person in the world – people who know me can attest to that. I am lover of very dark humour and I’m partial to very inappropriate jokes. For years now I have been involved in a friendly tit-for-tat with a Jewish friend of mine about which people have it worse – and by people, I mean the Blacks and the Jews (there is a comedy series in there somewhere). And for years we have been...

Read More
Bill Maher On Republican Zombie Lies About Obamacare
Jul14

Bill Maher On Republican Zombie Lies About Obamacare

Bill Maher had a rant against all those Republican lies about Obamacare which, despite being repeatedly debunked, are still out there–neither dead or alive, like Dick Cheney. The same is true about all those other lies which Republicans tell, since facts do not matter to them. Video above and transcript (via Daily Kos) follows: And finally, New Rule: Now that there’s been an uproar over all the neocons who lied about the...

Read More
Archie Takes A Bullet To Save Gay Friend
Jul14

Archie Takes A Bullet To Save Gay Friend

Archie Takes A Bullet To Save Gay...

Read More
SciFi Weekend: Extant, The Last Ship, and other Summer Shows; Community and other Genre Comedy; Arrow; Doctor Who Leaks; Harry Potter; Time Travel Lover
Jul13

SciFi Weekend: Extant, The Last Ship, and other Summer Shows; Community and other Genre Comedy; Arrow; Doctor Who Leaks; Harry Potter; Time Travel Lover

We were spoiled by the high quality of television shows airing in late spring, including Orphan Black, Continuum, Hannibal, Fargo, and Game of Thrones. The summer season does not look like it will come close, but at least we have come a long way from the days in which we were limited to the major networks which only aired reruns. So far Extant appears to be the most promising. Sure, being a network science fiction show it is bound to...

Read More
Emmy Awards 2014: The full list of nominees in the major categories
Jul11
Read More
Death of Bachelorette contestant Eric Hill spurs reality to break out on reality TV show
Jul09

Death of Bachelorette contestant Eric Hill spurs reality to break out on reality TV show

Death of Bachelorette contestant Eric Hill spurs reality to break out on reality TV...

Read More
“Mad Men” Era Swagger Epitomized: Sinatra and Count Basie do “Pennies from Heaven” (VIDEO)
Jul07

“Mad Men” Era Swagger Epitomized: Sinatra and Count Basie do “Pennies from Heaven” (VIDEO)

I’ve met a lot of young people who are fascinated with the era they see depicted on “Mad Men.” No song better epitomizes the era than this swaggering 1960s version of Pennies from Heaven by singing legend Frank Sinatra with jazz legend Count Basie and his Orchestra. The genesis was a “historical” album Sinatra did in 1962 with Basie. The two had long admired each other and that was their first team-up...

Read More
SciFi Weekend: The Leftovers; Under The Dome; Community; Arrow; Better Call Saul
Jul06

SciFi Weekend: The Leftovers; Under The Dome; Community; Arrow; Better Call Saul

Two shows based upon novels about a change to a small town premiered, The Leftovers and the second season of Under the Dome. Both have aspects which are bound to be frustrating to viewers who prefer to see hard science fiction. The Leftovers, based on Tom Perotta’ novel, is about a town in upstate New York three years after a rapture-like event in which two percent of the world’s population suddenly disappeared. Perotta is...

Read More
A Generational Slap In The Face
Jul04

A Generational Slap In The Face

Better Than The Twinkie Defense The Cobb County Crucible on HLN The View From The Virgin Islands By John McCarthy TMV Columnist If the O.J. Simpson trial was the crime of the last century, then the “hot car death” of Cooper Harris is the “alleged” murder of the new century. H.L. Mencken called the kidnapping and murder trial of the Lindbergh baby’s killer in 1932 “the biggest story since the Resurrection.” The trial of 33-year-old...

Read More
The Best Opening Scene
Jul01

The Best Opening Scene

I am willing to debate, swap, change and listen to any suggestions on other film scenes for spots ten to two, but I simply won’t have any of it when it comes to my number one. Inglorious Basterds isn’t even close to being Quentin Tarantino’s best film but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a very good film. Basterds’ main issue is that it is very unbalanced. There are a number of flashes of true brilliance across this film, but there are also...

Read More
The Best Opening Movie Scenes (part 4)
Jun30

The Best Opening Movie Scenes (part 4)

3 The Sound of Music (1965) Things are usually iconic for a reason, and in the case of The Sound of Music it is because it is simply a sublime film. I don’t think I have ever met a human being who has never seen this film, and it is almost impossible not to sing along with Maria after she has stopped twirling. My thing with this opening is that it is just so beautifully shot that I refuse to believe it was done on location – it is...

Read More
Page 1 of 14612345...101520...Last »