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Films and Their Role in Our Lives

Posted on 02/19/2015 12:41:32 PM

Films, from the advent of the first attempts at filmmaking in 1878 with the running horse film byEadweard Muybridge, to current Hollywood productions are studies in technology but, more than that, they are instruments of social change and controversy.  We have proven to be willing particip..

The Indie Elements of "Birdman"

Posted on 12/31/2014 09:44:10 PM

The drum beat for "Birdman" has been steady and, I expect, it will increase in intensity as we get closer to the nominations for the Oscars. I'm not a film critic, but I do like films and I watched a screener of this flick tonight. It seemed like a good way to end one year and begin another.Has anyo..

The Films Up for SAG-AFTRA Awards This Year

Posted on 12/29/2014 06:26:08 PM

One of the wonderful benefits of being a union member of SAG-AFTRA is that I get to watch the most wonderful films each year. They either make them available to me via a super-fast download or I get actual DVDs if I can't or don't wish to go to a screening at a theatre. Any way you slice it, this is..

Cosby: Another Icon Crumbling?

Posted on 11/24/2014 02:07:16 PM

Icons enjoy incredible trust by us and we defend them, sometimes savagely, when there is an attempt to knock them off their revered pedestals. But what happens when this trust may be incredibly abused and in no way deserved? Do we shut our eyes to the facts or do we take one of two tracks; defend th..

One Shining Light Is Out: Mike Nichols

Posted on 11/20/2014 02:26:21 PM

Mike Nichols' death was reported today and I'm sure that throughout the entertainment field or anywhere someone enjoys creativity and invention and entertainment for adults, it resonated deeply. He was one of the premier talents of his time and his works will inspire and cause us to think as well as..

A Lesson From The Joan Rivers Playbook

Posted on 09/07/2014 11:06:22 AM

Joan Rivers, the ultimate comedy performer, has left us with wonderful memories and for that and more we can all be grateful. But more than her comedy, Joan showed us that there were things we all could do in our lives. Believe it or not, she led by example.Sure, we all know about the terrible heatb..

Remembering Joan Rivers

Posted on 09/04/2014 04:41:04 PM

Broadway dims its lights when a famous actor dies and I'm wondering who will dim their lights tonight for Joan Rivers, the pioneering comedienne who did it her way no matter how tough things got.  Today, we heard the news none of us wanted to hear because we were all hoping she'd pull through t..

I Like Joan Rivers

Posted on 08/29/2014 10:04:39 AM

The comedian, Joan Rivers, has an incredibly large following, despite the critics who often find her comedy routines offensive.  I don't think that Joan Rivers is that much different from many other well-known comedians whether they are men or women.  In comedy, the laugh is many times aro..

Something Unusual: A Grieving Mick

Posted on 03/21/2014 10:37:40 AM

Mick Jagger, the brash, wriggling frontman of The Rolling Stones, dispels all expectations of a 70-year-old man when he performs.  It may be a shock to even Mick that he and his fellow senior citizens are still not only performing with incredible flash, but selling out arenas at their age..

I Am a Specialty Act

Posted on 03/16/2014 07:41:22 PM

  Seductive as that may seem, and I know that as you read the title of this blog you must have allowed your mind to wander far and wide into areas I never intended when I put fingers to keyboard and typed that heading out. Yes, for some of you that means a variety of activities of which I have ..

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