He Lived Long and Prospered: Leonard Nimoy, RIP

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March 26, 1931 to February 27, 2015 (dies at age 83) Yesterday we lost “Mr. Spock.” Leonard Nimoy was, of course, much more than that in an acting career that spanned an amazing sixty-four years. He was also a husband, father, grandfather, director, author, poet, singer, songwriter, and photographer. But he will always be best remembered as that pointed-eared, green-blooded Vulcan …

Top Five Reasons Why The Walking Dead Is Great Drama!

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Is the Walking Dead Our Modern-Day Shakespeare?   Okay, after this blog post I will impose a one year ban on myself for using Shakespeare in any blog, but I had to. Today the reading of the works of Shakespeare is no longer a requirement in most American high schools anymore and in the original Elizabethan English of the late sixteenth …

A Society Darkly

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Is “Good” Horror Becoming too Horrific? When I think of what I consider the best horror movies of all time, The Exorcist (1973) and The Shining (1980) immediately spring to mind.  I hate slasher films (excluding the original 1978 Halloween movie) and what’s called “torture-porn” (Saw, Hostel and the like) and never watch them. Back in 1995, I saw David Fincher’s …

Robin and Lauren, Rest In Peace (Part I): Robin Williams

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Last week we lost two greats in the entertainment world—Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall. I was introduced to that bundle of seemingly uncontrollable, comic energy that was Robin Williams as a child watching the Mork and Mindy Show in the late ‘70s. From then on he was a star to watch and obviously a lot of people felt the same …