63 Awesome Albums From ’83, Vol. 1

These albums are all turning forty this year. This list is in chronological order by release date and covers albums released between January and June of 1983. CHART POSITION: #15 in the US, #3 in the UK, top ten in five other countries SINGLES: “This Is the House”, “The Walk”, “Love Is a Stranger”, “SweetContinue reading “63 Awesome Albums From ’83, Vol. 1”

The Razzies

This year-end episode of Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert’s Sneak Previews popped up in my YouTube feed so obviously, I clicked on it. The films of 1980 are so notoriously awful that they inspired the 1st annual Golden Raspberry Awards, held in publicist John J. B. Wilson’s living room on March 31, 1981 – theContinue reading “The Razzies”

2023 Preview (Part Two)

Greta Gerwig, Margot Robbie, and Ryan Gosling? YES, PLEASE!! Written by Gerwig with her frequent collaborator – and real-life partner – Noah Baumbach, Barbie promises to be a meta blast, based on the parody of 2001: A Space Odyssey in the teaser (narrated by Helen Mirren). The supporting cast includes Simu Liu, America Ferrera, IssaContinue reading “2023 Preview (Part Two)”

2023 Preview (Part One) and a Personal Note

Hello, all! I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season! This year, like the last several years, has been one of challenge and growth for me. A much-needed mental health break led to an extremely stressful job search in the summer and fall, and while I’m happy with how things have worked out,Continue reading “2023 Preview (Part One) and a Personal Note”

Quick Hits: November 27 – December 3

I really enjoyed this piece about costume designer Jenny Eagen, who should be in the conversation come awards season: https://ew.com/movies/costume-designer-jenny-eagen-glass-onion-knives-out-story-interview/

Badass Women of Rock

Originally published in 2021, edited for content and clarity. Rock and roll remains a man’s world – women make up less than 8% of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame membership – but that doesn’t mean women don’t know how to rock. Women may still struggle to be recognized for their contributions, but theseContinue reading “Badass Women of Rock”

The 27 Club

This post was originally published in April 2021. It has been edited for content and clarity. ***** CONTENT WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS REFERENCES TO MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, EATING DISORDERS, SUICIDE, DRUG ABUSE, OVERDOSE, DROWNING, AND MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS ***** In April 1994, Kurt Cobain died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, becoming GenerationContinue reading “The 27 Club”

80s Soundtrack Jams A-Z

As an avid fan of film and music, not much makes me happier than a movie soundtrack. And as a Gen-Xer, I am particularly fond of 80s movie soundtracks. From pop-rock to synth-pop, ska to funk to power pop, the following songs were an integral part of my formative years. Not every song on thisContinue reading “80s Soundtrack Jams A-Z”

Quick Hits: November 10

On a personal note, I apologize that it’s been so long since my last post. I’m still job hunting and it’s not going very well. It hasn’t left me much time for writing, and it’s been nearly impossible for me to concentrate. I’ve worked on a couple things but couldn’t create anything publish-worthy. But IContinue reading “Quick Hits: November 10”

Legend: Angela Lansbury

Dame Angela Lansbury has died at the age of 96. A five-time Tony winner, three-time Oscar nominee, and eighteen-time Emmy nominee, Lansbury was an icon of the stage and screen and one of the most beloved actors of all time. Angela Brigid Lansbury was born on October 16, 1925, in Regent’s Park, London. Her fatherContinue reading “Legend: Angela Lansbury”