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Birdman, J.K. Simmons soar at Oscars


Birdman takes the Oscar for Best Picture.

Birdman takes the Oscar for Best Picture.

Congratulations to Birdman for winning the Oscar for Picture.

Glad to see the Academy recognizing creative original films. In the past, films like Birdman might have been considered too strange for mainstream viewers.
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Will Birdman take flight at the Oscars?


Michael Keaton and his Birdman alter ego.

Michael Keaton and his Birdman alter ego.

Birdman: The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, was the strangest film I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen strange.

I’m not counting bizarro sci-fi flicks, like Mesa of Lost Women, about a mad scientist who injects spiders with human growth hormone to create a race of beautiful women, or David Croneberg’s Videodrome (David Cronenberg, ’nuff said). Those films are in a strange category all their own.

Birdman falls in line with more mainstream films such as Ed Wood’s Glen or Glenda, Barton Fink, Mulholland Drive, and Donnie Darko. Strange films geared toward a general audience. That’s where Birdman feathers its nest as the strangest of them all.
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Whiplash: Not quite believable but unbelievably good


Miles Teller with J.K. Simmons  as the teacher from Hell, in a scene from Whiplash.

Miles Teller with J.K. Simmons as the teacher from Hell, in a scene from Whiplash.

Whiplash is the most captivating film I’ve seen in a long time.

Sure, it has holes in the plot the size of the ones in the Dead Sea, but the movie is so intense, that a climactic concert scene elicited loud audible gasps from the audience.

Throw in some bodacious acting, bodacious jazz, and the bodacious ability to be parodied, and you’ve got yourself one bodacious hit.
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Better Call Saul: Valentine’s Day gift for Breaking Bad fans


Saul Goodman is in, way in!

Saul Goodman is in, way in!

I have to admit it, it wasn’t love at first sight. When AMC announced a Better Call Saul sequel to Breaking Bad, I thought it was a bad idea.

But, I was wise to tread lightly and hold off on a premature judgment. After the premiere episode, I have a great appreciation for the one who knocks over trash cans, and IS the hapless danger — Jimmy, before he was called Saul (hilarious, yet endearing Bob Odenkirk).

Thank you Vince Gilligan! Better Call Saul is a wonderful Valentine Day’s present for us diehard Breaking Bad fans who still choke up when we hear the strains of Baby Blue on the radio.
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Bryan Cranston’s one-man MLB show


Bryan Cranston's next career move is a surefire hit.

Bryan Cranston’s next career move is a surefire hit.

How does Bryan Cranston follow up a banner year after winning a Tony for his riveting performance as LBJ in All the Way on Broadway, and an Emmy for the legendary TV show Breaking Bad?
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Hiatus


HowToGetBackOnTrackI went on a hiatus from blogging these past few weeks.

I wish I could say it was because of something wonderful.
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Leite’s Eats!


David Leite was my special guest for lunch and Food Chat on HAN Radio.

David Leite was my special guest for lunch and Food Chat on HAN Radio.

What a wonderful birthday I had. David Leite was my guest on Food Chat, a radio webcast show on HAN Radio, which happened to coincide with my such-and-such birthday.
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Charles Keating, Goodnight Sweet Prince


With James Cromwell and Charles Keating, two wonderful men.

With James Cromwell and Charles Keating, two wonderful men.

“Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” —Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
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TV ads go for the creepy


Toaster Strudel Boy has a strange, "You WILL eat that strudel," look in his eyes.

Toaster Strudel Boy has a strange, “You WILL eat that strudel,” look in his eyes.

Creepy sells. At least that seems to be one of the main trends in TV ad campaigns. Purveyors of everything from breakfast pastries to deodorant are doing the creepy dance in an effort to get consumers to part with their money.
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Robin Williams: The Funniest Man on Earth


Robin Williams and his comedic idol Jonathan Winters in Mork & Mindy.

Robin Williams and his comedic idol Jonathan Winters in Mork & Mindy.

Every now and then a comedian bursts on the scene who’s so funny he can make the audience laugh just by reading the phone book. Johnny Carson, Paul Lynde, George Carlin, Bill Cosby, George Burns, all had that special ability. Robin Williams had it too.
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