Russ Solomon was the olde skool record store guy who bridged the gap between independents and the big box stores. He started out small with Tower Records and then spread across the nation. Eventually, the Best Buys, the Targets, and the Wal-Marts drowned him in red ink with their stocking of music at low prices
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Over the next few weeks (good god, it’s going to take that long), I will be fantasy casting all the parts for the trump mini-series that will surely be in the offing in just a couple of years. I will be starting with the Justice Department. This is group one. The Justice Department and FBI.*
I’ve been thinking for a good minute about what to say about Black Panther. It’s not as easy as you might think. Let me dispense with some basics first. If you simply want to be entertained by a big budget blockbuster and walk out happy afterwards, this movie will certainly do that for you.
Darkest Hour may well win Gary Oldman his first Oscar, and I would have no problem with that. With the help of the best old age make up I’ve ever seen, Oldman inhabits Churchill every bit as well as you may have heard from other reviewers. It’s a bravura performance in a prestige role that
Okay, so a pair of famous people have been excoriated on social media recently. One for saying something stupid-ish, and the other for not being more thoughtful at a photo shoot. I am now going to take on these two issues one at a time. 1) First, Rolling Stone just printed an interview with Bono
Quentin Tarantino made three great movies. They were first three. Reservoir Dogs. Pulp Fiction. Jackie Brown. Nothing he’s done since has been nearly as good as his opening triptych. In fact, he has done nothing but get decidedly worse. Dogs was his breakthrough. Pulp his phenomenon. Brown? Brown was his one true grown up movie.
In the mid-80’s, my mother married a fireman. In every significant way, this man has become my father. The very small town of Niles, Michigan somehow manages to have two townships. Niles and Howard. Because my dad’s fire station was located in Howard, we had to move ourselves from “the city” (such that it was)
In the middle of Oliver Stone’s 80’s-90’s prime, he made a now largely forgotten film called Heaven and Earth. Stone was nearing the tail end of his legendary hot streak, just coming off of JFK, with Natural Born Killers and Nixon still to come. This true story of a woman who survives the Vietnam War,
There are tropes and clichés in film that are so common, it’s easy to be reflexive in response. Like characters who cough will get cancer, don’t get too attached to the dog, and nuns are always evil. Which is why Novitiate is such a pleasant surprise. Oh, don’t get me wrong, some of the sisters
The previews for Battle of the Sexes kinda gave off that middle of the road, eager to please vibe. Not that I’m totally against it, but overall, that’s not my scene. And it’s fair to say it does traffic a little in that “we just want you to have a good night out” truck. That