Archive for December 2010

Eleven New Year's Eve Movies

Another Coen brothers gem, this time with Tim Robbins, Paul Newman, and Jennifer Jason- Leigh as the savvy reporter who looks into funny business at Newman's company.  Pivotal New Year's Eve scene where Robbins tries to off himself.
At year’s end, why not present a list of movies in which the last day of the year is either crucial or part of the plot. This list is by no means complete, but includes eleven flicks that go back to 1950, with screen legend Gloria Swanson.  It also encompasses comedies as well as dramatic... Read more »

Song Of The Day 12/31/10 - "And We Bid You Goodnight" by Grateful Dead

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day 12-31-10 – “And We Bid You Goodnight” by Grateful Dead As we get ready to put another year to rest, what better way to send you all off than with this standard performed by Grateful Dead.  They had been closing shows with this song for over 25 years... Read more »

The Top Eleven Albums of 2010

I have asked out resident music guru, Eric Berman, who contributes the “Song of the Day,” to give me a list of the top albums for 2010. His list included twenty top selections, an additional ten honorable mentions, and yet another ten reissues/box sets that included Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, and the Grateful... Read more »
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Song Of The Day - "Hands Off She's Mine" by The English Beat

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Hands Off She’s Mine” by The English Beat Known only as “The Beat” in their native England, The English Beat were one of the best bands to come out of the Ska revival of the late 1970s. They were 2-Tone label mates of The Specials and The Selector... Read more »

Top Eleven Celebrity Deaths of 2010

Top Eleven Celebrity Deaths of 2010
I looked for some good bye quotes, but the best I could come up with was Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again.  ~William Shakespeare Every end of year list includes the big celebrity deaths.  Here is a list of the top eleven most significant passings that reflect the spirit of this column.  There... Read more »

Song Of The Day - "Foggy Notion" by Velvet Underground

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Foggy Notion” by The Velvet Underground Recorded in 1969 and inexplicably not released until 1984 on the compilation album “VU”…some bands would die to have tracks like this floating around in the can, but this was standard fare for the Velvet Underground. The VU lineup on this track includes... Read more »
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Critics Choice - The Best Eleven Movies of 2010

Critics Choice - The Best Eleven Movies of 2010
This has certainly been another interesting year in film. There some outstanding performances, and there were quite a few very forgettable films.  The readers spoke a few weeks ago and gave us their selections.  We also presented the worst in movies for 2010. Now, we’ve asked our chief critic David Schuster to compile his list... Read more »

Song Of The Day - "I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts" by X

By Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts” by X John Doe, Exene Cervenka, D.J. Bonebrake and Billy Zoom…better known as X, one of the greatest bands to come out of the L.A. Punk scene of the 1970s…and they still can be seen in action today! Whether performing as their... Read more »

Monday Morning QB - King's Speech and Easy A

Monday Morning QB - King's Speech and Easy A
I finally got a chance to see “The King’s Speech” over the weekend.  David reviewed this movie last week calling it, “a wonderful story with fantastic performances and I was mesmerized by it.” He was, as the Brits like to say “spot on” with his review.  There were no action scenes, yet there was plenty... Read more »
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Song Of The Day - "Chico And The Man" by Jose Feliciano

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Chico And The Man” by Jose Feliciano By the time this song was released in 1974, Jose Feliciano was a well-established star with hits like ”Light My Fire,” “California Dreamin’” and ”Hi-Heeled Sneakers.” In fact, his career was in decline until this theme from the TV series starring Jack... Read more »
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