Quick Hits: June 25-26

The Omen, starring Gregory Peck and Lee Remick, was released on June 25, 1976. The film received mixed reviews but it was a box office success and spawned a franchise that includes three sequels and a remake. The Omen also launched the directing career of Richard Donner, whose next feature – 1978’s Superman – wasContinue reading “Quick Hits: June 25-26”

Legend: Judy Garland

***** CONTENT WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS REFERENCES TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE, MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, AND SUICIDE ***** This month marks Judy Garland’s 100th birthday. Born performing, Garland transitioned from vaudeville to motion pictures at the age of thirteen. She earned two Oscar nominations – Best Actress for 1954’s A Star Is Born and Best Supporting ActressContinue reading “Legend: Judy Garland”

Watergate in Pop Culture

Fifty years ago this weekend, five men were arrested after breaking into the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters in the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. The five men – Virgilio “Villo” R. González, Bernard Barker, James McCord, Eugenio Martínez, and Frank Sturgis – were arrested and charged with attempted burglary and attempted interception of telephoneContinue reading “Watergate in Pop Culture”

Quick Hits: June 9-10-11

***** CONTENT WARNING: DRUG ABUSE ***** ***** SPOILER ALERT: CONTAINS CLIPS FROM STRANGER THINGS 4 ***** On June 9, 1934, Donald Duck made his debut in Disney’s Silly Symphony cartoon The Wise Little Hen. On June 9, 1980, Richard Pryor suffered second- and third-degree burns over half his body. Pryor had become addicted to freebasingContinue reading “Quick Hits: June 9-10-11”

Quick Hits: May 27

Ray Liotta was found dead yesterday morning at the age of sixty-seven.I know many of the tributes will be about either Goodfellas or Field of Dreams – and rightfully so, he’s sensational in both – so I’d like to go in a different direction. In his second film appearance, after the 1983 Pia Zadora vehicleContinue reading “Quick Hits: May 27”

47 Awesome Albums from ’77, Vol. 2

Going for the One – Yes CHART POSITION: #8 in the US, #1 in the UK, top ten in six other countries SINGLES: “Wonderous Stories”, “Going for the One” MY FAVORITE TRACKS: “Turn of the Century”, “Parallels”, “Wonderous Stories” FUN FACT: “Turn of the Century” is about a sculptor named Roan whose wife dies; inContinue reading “47 Awesome Albums from ’77, Vol. 2”

47 Awesome Albums From ’77, Vol. 1

These albums are all turning forty-five this year. This list is in chronological order by release date and covers albums released between January and June of 1977. Low – David Bowie CHART POSITION: #11 in the US, #2 in the UK SINGLES: “Sound and Vision”, “Be My Wife”, “Breaking Glass” (Australia and New Zealand only)Continue reading “47 Awesome Albums From ’77, Vol. 1”

Quick Hits: May 13

Happy Friday the 13th! The fear of Friday the 13th (known as friggatriskaidekaphobia) has its roots in Norse and Christian mythology. As the Norse myth goes, twelve gods were having dinner at Valhalla when an uninvited thirteenth guest – mischief-maker Loki – crashed the party and tricked Höðr into killing his brother Baldr (son of OdinContinue reading “Quick Hits: May 13”

Quick Hits: May 8

Pink Floyd has written its first new material since 1994, a single titled “Hey Hey, Rise Up”. The lyrics are based on the Ukrainian protest anthem “Oh, the Red Viburnum in the Meadow”. Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk, who took a break from touring the US with his band BoomBox to join the resistance to theContinue reading “Quick Hits: May 8”

Quick Hits: May 4

Happy Star Wars Day, once again! May the force be with all of you today. Spider-Man premiered twenty years ago today. Starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker, Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson and Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn AKA Green Goblin, Spider-Man was the result of Marvel’s twenty-year journey to bring their flagship characterContinue reading “Quick Hits: May 4”