Quick Hits: June 23

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the release of Joni Mitchell’s Blue. Generally regarded as the greatest album ever by a female artist, Blue is a gorgeous, heartbreaking ode to the ups and downs of romantic love. Mitchell wrote and produced the entire album herself, which was inspired by her relationships with Graham Nash, JamesContinue reading “Quick Hits: June 23”

Quick Hits: June 19

This week marked the 40th anniversary of the release of Duran Duran’s self-titled debut. The band observed the milestone by releasing a new single, “Invisible”, which I can’t stop listening to. These gents have aged like fine wine. On this day in 2015, Pixar released Inside Out following a premiere at Cannes in May. FeaturingContinue reading “Quick Hits: June 19”

Quick Hits: June 16

On this day in 1972, Roxy Music released their glorious self-titled debut album. Roxy Music would go on to be one of the most popular art rock bands of all time, influencing countless artists such as Talking Heads, Kate Bush, Duran Duran and Radiohead. The band was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll HallContinue reading “Quick Hits: June 16”

Raiders turns 40

On June 12, 1981, audiences were introduced to one of the most iconic movie characters ever, Indiana Jones. Raiders of the Lost Ark would become the highest grossing film of 1981 and win more Academy Awards than any other movie that year. George Lucas initially conceived the idea for Indiana Jones in the early 70s.Continue reading “Raiders turns 40”

Quick Hits: June 11

On this day in 1982, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released. Made for just $10.5 million, E.T. was a massive success, holding the top spot at the box office for twelve consecutive weeks. By the end of its initial run, the film had earned more than $350 million (equivalent to almost $1 billion in today’s dollars)Continue reading “Quick Hits: June 11”

Quick Hits: June 6

June is Pride month, of course, so look for content about LGBTQ+ representation in media throughout the month. On this day in 1944, the Allies invaded Normandy in a battle officially codenamed Operation Overlord but better known as D-Day. Among those who landed at Normandy were the men of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th ParachuteContinue reading “Quick Hits: June 6”

How I Met Your (Mother’s) Music

The first in a series celebrating my all-time favorite movie and television soundtracks. ******************************************************************************************************** One of the many things I love about How I Met Your Mother is its original songs – from the delightful theme song to “Let’s Go to the Mall”, “Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit” to “P.S. I Love You”, “MarshallContinue reading “How I Met Your (Mother’s) Music”

Quick Hits: May 22

It’s my birthday! Some other folks with May 22 birthdays: Arthur Conan Doyle, Laurence Olivier, Bernie Taupin, Morrissey, Brooke Smith, Naomi Campbell and Ginnifer Goodwin. Actor, author, talk show host and professional curmudgeon Charles Grodin passed away this week at the age of 86. Grodin got his start in television series like The Virginian. HisContinue reading “Quick Hits: May 22”

Quick Hits: May 15

On this day in 1928, a test audience was treated to the first depiction of Mickey Mouse, in a silent short called Plane Crazy. By the end of the year, Disney would release its first sound cartoon, Steamboat Willie. On this day in 1958, Gigi premiered in New York. Starring Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier andContinue reading “Quick Hits: May 15”