Entertainment, Movies and TV

Question: Who Makes Those Casting Decisions, Anyway?

Answer: People mostly concerned about money and/or (increasingly) politics is my guess.  Case in point, the casting of Tom Cruise as Lee Child's anti-hero in the two "Jack Reacher" movies released a few years ago. I'm a fan of the books, and read them as fast as Child churns them out (pretty fast; the series… Continue reading Question: Who Makes Those Casting Decisions, Anyway?

Animals, Entertainment, Family, Feminism, Literature

Occasional Quote of the Day: “Once Upon A Time”

My last post has me reminiscing about the books I loved as a kid.  And about Beatrix Potter, feminist icon.  (No, that's a bit of a stretch.  But boy, howdy what a girl!)  Here's a post I wrote on Ricochet on July 28, 2017: Once upon a time there were four little rabbits and their… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: “Once Upon A Time”

Animals, Culture, Entertainment, Movies and TV

Desperately Seeking Peter Rabbit: Sony Pictures Misses the Mark

Following upon the heels of Netflix’s much panned Anne of Green Gables: Sturm und Drang (Not the title of the film, but you get the idea), in which her mean adoptive father dies of a heart attack after beating Anne senseless, a creepy man with suggestions of molester or pedophile almost kidnaps her before she is… Continue reading Desperately Seeking Peter Rabbit: Sony Pictures Misses the Mark

Entertainment, Family, Movies and TV, Music

Occasional Quote of the Day: “I always think there’s a band, kid.”

A little more than sixty years ago, after many unsuccessful attempts to sell his pet idea as a television special, a former piccolo player in John Philip Sousa’s band who had moved on to a career as a musical director for the NBC radio network and as a successful Hollywood composer, scoring such movies as… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: “I always think there’s a band, kid.”

Education, Entertainment, History, War

Movie Review: They Shall Not Grow Old

I just ordered the blu-ray edition of what I think may be Peter Jackson's greatest movie, They Shall Not Grow Old.  I say this as a fan of the Lord of the Rings movies to the extent that I binge-watch the three of them every year between Christmas and New Year's Day.  I did this… Continue reading Movie Review: They Shall Not Grow Old

Culture, Entertainment, Food and Drink, Humor

Occasional Quote of the Day: Everybody’s Saying SPAM!

Happy 83rd Birthday, Spam! This much maligned loved product, from the Hormel Company, was first introduced to the world on July 5, 1937. Its name was based on two words (neither of whose products is actually in thing itself): SPiced and hAM. Thus, SP-AM. (The ingredients in Spam, as announced in early days were “pork, salt,… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: Everybody’s Saying SPAM!

Entertainment, History

Occasional Quote of the Day: “I’m going to be with Gloria now.”

Those were the last words of James Maitland Stewart, who was born in Indiana PA on May 20, 1908. A shy young man, he was fascinated by early airplanes and considered signing up for the military, but was discouraged by his father, who urged him to attend college instead. At Princeton (BA–Architecture–1929), the young James… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: “I’m going to be with Gloria now.”

Entertainment, Music, Quote of the Day

Occasional Quote of the Day: From the Last of the Red-Hot Mamas

“Once you start carrying your own suitcase, paying your own bills, running your own show, you’ve done something to yourself that makes you one of those women men like to call ‘a pal’ and ‘a good sport,’ the kind of woman they tell their troubles to. But you’ve cut yourself off from the orchids and… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: From the Last of the Red-Hot Mamas

Entertainment, Politics

Vote Conservative, Actually

In what may be the Conservative’s last ad filmed before the election, BoJo parodies the carol singers scene from Love Actually to good effect. This just premiered a couple of hours ago on the UK and is already hugely popular. “Brilliant,” as my countrymen like to say. The Conservatives are polling at about 43%, Labor at 33%,… Continue reading Vote Conservative, Actually