It’s rare I venture into the entertainment world, imbibing the latest tidbits of gossip. It’s not my thing. Never has been. My heroes lie elsewhere—those who’ve made the world a better place. Having said that, there exist those I admire in the film industry for their aplomb as film auteurs, writers and directors dedicated to moving beyond titillation and using this powerful medium as high … Continue reading What More Needs To Be Said?
There’s been heavy flak, to say the least, over Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster film, American Sniper. It started with film director Michael Moore’s take on snipers as “cowards” who shoot people in the back.” Others soon piled on, like Seth Rogen, who compared the film to Nazi propaganda. Outspoken Bill Maher went further, condemning real life Chris Kyle, on whom the movie is based, as a … Continue reading American Sniper: Anatomy of a Mauling
This song, though in another language, compels me to listen, and even when I don’t try to, it whirls through my head, refusing to go away. And I prefer it this way. I’m writing of Pablo Aldorán’s Solamente Tú. Alborán, just recently turned 25, writes much of his own music and was a Latin Grammy Award nominee in 2012 for his debut album by the … Continue reading Aldoran’s Solamente Tu (Only You)
“No society treats its women as well as its men.” UN Development Programme, 1997) There’s a new movie I’m wanting to see. It’s called Maleficent and stars Angelina Jolie. It’s timely because it’s really about rape, which has now entered into virtually every fabric of American life, including our schools. On our higher college campuses, one out of five coeds will be raped. Time Magazine … Continue reading Maleficent: a must see movie!
Just came across an interesting piece in the Economist (November 9, 2013) on the growing popularity of online video in China that threatens TV. In fact, a recent Chinese government reports says that only 30% of Beijing households watched TV in 2012. Online video is big bucks in China with some 450 million viewers, or 80% of the connected population. We haven’t seen … Continue reading Will tablets replace your TV? The new frontier of online video
Karen and I saw Argo yesterday, the film about the ingenuous CIA-Canadian rescue of the six Americans holed up in the Canadian ambassador’s Tehran residence in the aftermath of the seizure by Iranian militant students of 52 of their fellows at the American embassy in November,1979. You may already have seen it, and even if you haven’t, I’d be doing you a considerable disservice to … Continue reading Doesn’t get better than this
Everbody’s talkin at meI don’t hear a word they’re sayingOnly the echoes of their mind People stopping staringI can’t see their facesOnly the shadows of their eyes I’m going where the sun keeps shiningThrough the pouring rainGoing where the weather suits my clothesBacking off of the North East winds sailing on summer breezeAnd skipping over the ocean like a stone I first heard Harry Nilsson … Continue reading The Harry Nilsson legacy