I am not a big proponent of Valentine’s Day. I am not a big fan of holidays in general for that matter. It just seems that we, as a culture, take great ideas and over think them to the point that we destroy all the fun in them. Look at Sundays for instance – a day of rest. We have found a way to make it the most stressful day of the week in one way or another. For those of the believing persuasion, it is a day of heightened expectation and rushing, for those that are of the unbelieving persuasion, it is a day of lowered expectation and grousing that everything is closed.
Don’t even get me started on Christmas or Super Bowl Sunday.
But out of all of them, Valentine’s Day is probably the worst because fully half of the population loves it, and the other half hates it, and everyone dreads it.
Anyway, enough ranting, let’s see some videos in no particular order.
I still have an Elvis documentary inside of me struggling to get out.
Back when I thought I still had a shot at a career in the movies, I outlined a documentary that would have had recreations of his death based on the various theories that were floating around… Okay, okay… theories that I imagined were floating around.
All film criticism is subjective. We all watch movies from different places and experiences. What is meaningful to one person isn’t necessarily meaningful to another. Except “Shogun Assassin”, we all come out of that movie feeling the same way — exhausted, a bit freaked out, but also excited about the baby cart that shoots daggers.
That is why I came up with the Perfect Movie/Perfect Film grading system. In it, I posit that there are two kinds of cinema — a movie and a film. A movie is the turn off the brain, just go along for the ride type of entertainment. A film is the engage the brain, invest yourself in the craft and art type of theater experience.
I needed to get a better understanding of some design principles and tools so that I could connect with and manage my creatives a little bit better in my professional world. So, I taught myself how to “photoshop” pics of me into existing images.
How do I know that I am mostly culturally white? Simple. I love Rich Little. That is also how to tell that I am getting old.
This is the whole show from 1978. It is by no means good, but it is also perfect and wonderful.
It stars, of course, Rich Little as W. C. Fields, Paul Lynde, Johnny Carson, Laurel and Hardy, Richard Nixon, Humphrey Bogart, Groucho Marx, James Stewart, Peter Falk, Jean Stapleton, Truman Capote, Peter Sellers, James Mason, George Burns, John Wayne, and Jack Benny.
Merry Christmas to all and to all, well, you know…
It has been a very long year, and it is almost Christmas. Let’s take a moment and give thanks for a wonderful piece of public domain literature that doesn’t know how to stop giving.
Charles Dickens had no idea what he was creating at a farthing per word. Nor that he would feed undeserving families for what is approaching two centuries. So without further ado, here are my favorite adaptations of his classic, A Christmas Carol.