And So It Begins. . .

Looking through these books reminds me of looking through the Petersen Guides when I was in high school and had to select which colleges to apply to. It’s just as stressful, overwhelming, and I can’t help recalling that, despite digging through thousands of pages and creating spreadsheets to cross reference schools everywhere, I still managed…

TCM This Week (July 7-13, 2019)

Your Turner Classic Movies watchlist for the upcoming week includes luminescent Eleanor Powell brilliantly tapping through (yet another) Broadway Melody (this time, 1940), classic comedies (Auntie Mame, Born Yesterday, It Happened One Night), cinematic weepies (Steel Magnolias, Mrs. Miniver, Dark Victory, Now, Voyager), thrilling Old Hollywood action (The Adventures of Robin Hood), classics of classics…

REVIEW: Kylie Minogue – Step Back in Time

REVIEW:  Kylie Minogue – Step Back in Time: The Definitive Collection (BMG, 2019) In the age of Spotify and the ability of  listeners to  download any song and configure a playlist however they want, the “Greatest Hits” album concept seems outdated and pointless. When that artist already has numerous compilations in the market already (albeit…

Myth For Sale

There’s yet another Gone With the Wind-related story in the news this week and it involves the house that inspired Gone With the Wind‘s creation somehow. Oh–you didn’t know that a HOUSE inspired Margaret Mitchell? That, apparently, she had no ideas at all but saw a house and then dreamt up a thousand page book?…

‘Gone With the Wind’ Back in Theaters This August and September

In March, Fathom Events brought Gone With the Wind back to theaters across the United States for what was originally planned as just two screenings but which demand turned into four. This four-date run resulted in GWTW being proclaimed Fathom Events’ most successful theatrical event yet–besting even that other classic from 1939, The Wizard of…

Classic Films This Week on TCM (06/30 thru 07/06)

A few years ago, a website I used to visit would have posts about what was on Turner Classic Movies. These posts apparently bothered other posters, one of whom typed a missive entitled, “Who Gives a Flying F*** What’s on TCM?” This resulted in many of us posting about how “Who Gives a Flying F***”…

L.A. Apartment Shopping Hell: The Griffin on Spring

So, recently I was in the running for a job in Los Angeles and, while I didn’t get the job in the end, it resulted in me being passed along to another organization with whom I’m interviewing now. Will anything come of it? Can’t say. But in the event that something does–or in the event…

Gone With the Wind: Fingerprint Edition

The thousand or so followers from my old Instagram account might recall that one of my last posts before the event we shall call THE BANNING BY INSTAGRAM OF KEVMICSUL FOR HAVING AN OPINION was about a new edition of Gone With the Wind which was planned to become available in September.  Lo and behold….

REVIEW: Kate Bush – Remastered

REVIEW: Kate Bush – Remastered (Fish People, 2018) One of the most dynamic and creative forces in music, Kate Bush has long been a divisive figure, her whims and poetry as attractive to some as they are strange or repulsive to others. An artist without peers—contemporaries run the musical gamut, from Pink Floyd to Peter…

REVIEW: The Female Gaze (Alicia Malone)

The Female Gaze:  Essential Movies Made by Women, Alicia Malone.  Mango Books, 2018 Earlier this year, while unveiling a list of Golden Globe nominees, actress Natalie Portman called out the exclusion of female directors from the honors by announcing, “And here are the all-male nominees.”  Some reacted with negativity, saying Portman had ruined a celebratory…

RECOLLECTIONS: Scott

I met Scott at Parliament House, Orlando’s legendary gay bar, sometime after I graduated college. In those blurry years between earning my Bachelor’s and ending up at my current employer, too much happened; the exact date he entered my life is lost on my mental calendar as it took place during a time when nights…