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Blog: Killing Connie Casserole: How Stonewall Vilified ‘The Boys in the Band’

Blog: Killing Connie Casserole: How Stonewall Vilified ‘The Boys in the Band’

Between 1968, when playwright Mart Crowley wrote his off-Broadway hit “The Boys and the Band” and 1970, when William Friedkin turned it into a movie, there were the Stonewall riots.  For the health and well-being of the movie version, this was the worst thing that could have happened. In June of 1969, decades of abuse, […]

| June 12, 2019
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Blog: Did YouTube triumph over ‘Triumph of the Will’

Blog: Did YouTube triumph over ‘Triumph of the Will’

Oh, YouTube!  Your paradoxical shenanigans keep me young. Like anyone else, I am a prime participant in bizarro world of the video sharing website known as YouTube, either browsing or tinkering with my podcast.  But I am never far from being amazed at the ways in which the pendulum swings back and forth over the […]

| June 9, 2019
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Hokey Religions, Ancient Weapons: Star Wars turns 40

Hokey Religions, Ancient Weapons: Star Wars turns 40

If my passion for movies were a galaxy then Star Wars would most certainly be its brightest star.  George Lucas’ seminal masterwork landed on America forty years ago today and its impact has never left us.  It has certainly never left the panoply of my life.  It’s still there in much the same way that […]

| May 25, 2017
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The Life and Times of a Princess: Carrie Fisher (1956 – 2016)

The Life and Times of a Princess: Carrie Fisher (1956 – 2016)

As a child, I think Princess Leia may have been my first love. If, like me, you grew up in the generation of little kids whose first movie going experience was Star Wars, then it was hard not to fall in love with the princess and by extension Carrie Fisher.  How could I not have […]

| December 27, 2016
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The 88th Annual Academy Awards: What an Awkward Day!

The 88th Annual Academy Awards: What an Awkward Day!

It was a lovely day for some and a not-so lovely day for others at the 88th Annual Academy Awards Sunday night as attempts at correcting the #OscarsSoWhite scandal became a source of humor. No, there were no actors of color for the Oscar this year, but the issue wasn’t swept under the rug either. […]

| February 29, 2016
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Blog: Year of the Stallion

Blog: Year of the Stallion

Barring a major upset Sunday night, it is pretty much agreed by everyone that Sylvester Stallone will have an Oscar to show off on Monday morning.  Not just any old Oscar mind you, it will be an award for playing one of the most iconic characters in movie history for almost half a century, an […]

| February 26, 2016
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My Annual (and confidently accurate) Oscar Predictions

My Annual (and confidently accurate) Oscar Predictions

  The Big Short | Bridge of Spies | Brooklyn | Mad Max: Fury Road | The Martian | The Revenant | Room | Spotlight From the moment that it was named as a nominee, and even for sometime before that, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant has stood apart from the pack. This bitter cold […]

| February 25, 2016
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The 2016 Oscar Nominated Short films

The 2016 Oscar Nominated Short films

Over the weekend, I attended a screening of this year’s Oscar nominated animated and live action shorts on a program put together by ShortsTV. Here’s what was included: Ave Maria ★★★ Since a majority of this year’s nominees for Best Live Action Short are downers, it was nice that the program started with something light. […]

| February 25, 2016
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