Quick Hits: February 17

On this day in 1967, The Beatles released “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane”. Both singles would eventually appear on the soundtrack to Magical Mystery Tour. The album is an embarrassment of riches, including those first two singles, “I Am the Walrus”, “All You Need Is Love” and “Hello, Goodbye”. It was reviewed unfavorably comparedContinue reading “Quick Hits: February 17”

The Beatles and The Maharishi

On this day in 1968, George Harrison and John Lennon, along with their wives, flew to Rishikesh, India, to study transcendental meditation (TM) with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr would join them later. The trip would end on a sour note (more on that later), but the group’s time there fueled aContinue reading “The Beatles and The Maharishi”

The Silence of the Lambs at 30

The Silence of the Lambs, Jonathan Demme’s gothic masterpiece of horror and suspense, was released thirty years ago today. A Valentine’s Day release seems an odd choice for a horror movie, but it was perfect for me, a chronically single college student, and I went to see the film on opening night with friends. ItContinue reading “The Silence of the Lambs at 30”

It’s Groundhog Day. Again.

It’s February 2nd, which means it’s time for the annual rewatch of my all-time favorite existentialist Bill Murray comedy. Come for the Nietzscheanism, stay for the eminently quotable one-liners (and Michael Shannon’s film debut!). It’s 6 degrees Fahrenheit in Michigan this morning. This isn’t an “it’s cold out there every morning” type of morning. It’sContinue reading “It’s Groundhog Day. Again.”