‘Locke’ (movie by Steven Knight, starring Tom Hardy)

‘Locke’ (movie by Steven Knight, starring Tom Hardy)

Locke, the 2013 British drama written and directed by Steven Knight, is a movie in which we see just one single actor driving at night from point A to point B down England’s M6 motorway. His drive is spent taking and making a series of stressful phone calls....
‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ (movie, 2009)

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ (movie, 2009)

We have heard about “The Continuing Mysteries of Stieg Larsson” — his untimely death at age 50 before the publication of his Millennium Trilogy, and his fourth manuscript, so far unpublished and enveloped in controversy. We are aware that Stieg...
Time travel: Cell phone used in Charlie Chaplin film?

Time travel: Cell phone used in Charlie Chaplin film?

Okay, I just saw this on the WGN News and it’s pretty freaky. It’s a very short segment associated with Charlie Chaplin‘s 1928 silent film The Circus in which a peculiar old woman is caught on film — apparently talking on a cell phone as she...
Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred workout DVD

Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred workout DVD

For the past year I have been pretty good about working out daily, and recently pushed it to 6 days a week. I have various DVDs that I use down in the basement. I used to walk 4 to 5 miles outside, but when the weather changes to ice and cold I find it hard to feel...
‘Mad Men’ marathon, Monday on AMC

‘Mad Men’ marathon, Monday on AMC

Amy and I have just caught ourselves up with Mad Men, the AMC series centered around a Madison Avenue advertising firm in the early 1960s. We watched Season 1 and Season 2 on DVD via Netflix. Season 3 premieres Sunday, August 16 at 9 p.m. Central. Tomorrow (Monday,...
Apollo 11: NASA video of 1st moon walk ‘erased’

Apollo 11: NASA video of 1st moon walk ‘erased’

When astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon 40 years ago this Monday (that’s Buzz Aldrin pictured above), I was nine years old and absolutely transfixed by the entire mission. I had several plastic Revell models of the various spacecraft...
Drive-By Truckers: Austin City Limits CD/DVD combo

Drive-By Truckers: Austin City Limits CD/DVD combo

I love Drive-By Truckers, and I love this song, “The Righteous Path.” The clip above is from their just-released CD/DVD combo Live from Austin, TX, recorded live at that legendary Texas PBS showcase, Austin City Limits. The package features Drive-By...

‘Shopgirl’ (2005 movie, Steve Martin, Claire Danes)

I had imagined Shopgirl would be pretty good. Roger Ebert gave it three and a half stars. Steve Martin wrote the novel and the screenplay, and he’s also the leading man. Claire Danes co-stars, and Jason Schwatzman has a supporting role. I like both of them....
‘Step Into Liquid’ (surfing documentary, 2003)

‘Step Into Liquid’ (surfing documentary, 2003)

Last night’s Netflix offering was Step Into Liquid, a so-so 2003 surfing documentary by Dana Brown, the son of Bruce Brown, who made the granddaddy of all surfing films, The Endless Summer, back in 1964. Overall, Step Into Liquid is a bit of a yawner because it...

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