Monday, August 31, 2015

Song of the Week: West Coast Blues

Let's ring out August with some Oscar Peterson. He was one of the greatest pianists of the 20th Century.

Friday, August 28, 2015

MST3K Friday: Girls of MST3K VII

"I declare this movie suddenly great!"
"Is this really an appropriate place for the soft core porn music?"

Monday, August 24, 2015

Song of the Week: Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart

I had planned to quietly have every song of the week for August be jazz, but then Chris Cornell released a single for his new album Higher Truth. The first single, "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart", is pretty good and if the rest of the album is around this quality, it'll be a lot better than 2009's terrible Scream.

Friday, August 21, 2015

MST3K Friday: Gamera

"Hey Sandy Frank; isn't that when you drop your hot dog at the beach?"

Monday, August 10, 2015

Song of the Week: I Should Care

Every time I hear New Jersey's own Bill Evans, I enjoy him. I should listen to more of his work. Here is Evans playing "I Should Care".

Monday, August 3, 2015

Song of the Week: Grazing in the Grass

Here's a nice, relaxing jazz piece with a tight groove that's perfect for a lazy summer day. Recorded by South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, "Grazing in the Grass" hit number 1 on the Billboard chart in 1968.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Song of the Week: Wicked Rain

Los Lobos has always been an underrated band.  This song, "Wicked Rain" was used at the end of the first season of Amazon's Bosch.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Orson Welles's Last Move by, Jonathan Karp

Absolutely fascinating book about the most famous unfinished movie of all time.

First the negative. The voiceover move into and outro don't work. The psychoanalysis of Welles in the epilogue is forced and feels cheap. There is some repetitive storytelling regarding people getting fired over and over and in the hammering home of Welles's character flaws.

On the positive side, Karp does yeoman's work unraveling the complicated details of who stood how much of the picture to whom and when. He provides a fascinating glimpse into what it was like to work with Welles and how much of a genius Welles was at editing and assembling movies.

It's well worth the read for any fan of Welles and of the movies. I hope the current effort to fund the movie's completion succeeds and we finally get to see this movie I've been waiting to see for as long as I can remember