Arts & Culture

Hey Mr. DJ!

Hey Mr. DJ!

John Dewitt, aka Undrig is one of the most prominent and best DJs in Maine if not all of New England.  I found my interview with him to be very refreshing and informative.  Click HERE to get inside his head and see what makes him tick.

Movies: "Oz the Great and Powerful"

Movies: "Oz the Great and Powerful"

 

Disney Studios took a big risk with this prequel to “The Wizard of Oz.”  After all, the original is one of the most beloved movies in history;  any attempt to tinker with it would bring out the pitchforks and torches.  

 

Also, “Oz” is the property of Warner Bros., who sent a team of lawyers to look over Disney’s shoulder to make sure nothing from that movie turned up in the new one.  Even ruby slippers were banned from the set.  

 

Abraham Lincoln, Samurai

Abraham Lincoln, Samurai

You thought Honest Abe toted that axe around for rail-splitting?  Think again.

I'm really trying to stick to my process of reading the book before seeing the movie. 

In celebration of Golden Globe / Oscar season, the South Portland Public Library put up a terrific display featuring many books that have been made into movies.   One of the choices was Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.... sign me up!

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Movies: "Side Effects"

Movies: "Side Effects"

 

Here’s a somewhat delayed take on one of the few grown-up movies playing during this bleak post-Oscar season, a medical thriller directed, shot and edited by Steven Soderbergh (under several assumed names, including Peter Andrews and -- my favorite -- Mary Ann Bernard).

 

Soderbergh, whose earlier movies have been as varied and interesting as “Sex, Lies and Videotape,” “Out of Sight” and “Ocean’s Eleven,” says this will be his last one.  We’ll see, but in the meantime, let’s take a closer look at it.

 

Growing and Changing!!!

Growing and Changing!!!

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Movies: "Stand Up Guys"

Movies: "Stand Up Guys"

 

Like the undead rising from the grave, some of Hollywood’s superannuated stars are lumbering back to the big screen.  

 

There’s Sylvester Stallone, still violent after all these years in “Bullet to the Head.”  Arnold Schwarzenegger playing an unlikely southwestern sheriff in “The Last Stand.”  And Bruce Willis is on deck with yet another “Die Hard” venture, set in Moscow.

 

The Magic Kingdom - in Chicago

The Magic Kingdom - in Chicago

My blog is practically a two-for-one discount.

I'm thinking about about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair through two books.... Erik Larson's Devil in the White City, as well as my adventure rescuing Shepp's World's Fair Photographed.

Devil in the White City itself is "two-for-one;" it's about how the Fair was imagined, constructed, enjoyed, and destroyed.... AND about the psychopathic serial killer Henry Holmes.

Where and when did the world first enjoy Pabst Blue Ribbon?  1893 World's Fair.  How about Cracker Jack?  World's Fair.  That gadget we take for granted keeping our jeans closed...