Legend: Philip Seymour Hoffman

*** CONTENT WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS A REFERENCE TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE *** On February 2, 2014, I got a notification on my phone that shook me to my core: Philip Seymour Hoffman had been found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment. I was aware that Hoffman had struggled with substance abuse in the past, butContinue reading “Legend: Philip Seymour Hoffman”

Quick Hits: July 10-11-12

James Caan passed away last week at the age of 82. He’s rightfully received praise for his roles in Brian’s Song (which earned him an Emmy nomination) and The Godfather (Caan received his only Oscar nod for his performance as Sonny Corleone). But when I think of Caan, I think of three movies: Thief, Misery,Continue reading “Quick Hits: July 10-11-12”

Quick Hits: June 29

***** CONTENT WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS REFERENCES TO DRUG USE, OVERDOSE, MURDER, AND A FATAL AUTO ACCIDENT ***** The trailer for Ticket to Paradise dropped this morning. I am so here for this one. I’m also here for this charming-looking whodunit starring Saoirse Ronan and Sam Rockwell. I can’t get enough of period comedy-mystery flicks.Continue reading “Quick Hits: June 29”

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”