Michael Cavacini

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Movie Review: The Fanatic

I just watched a movie that I feel compelled to review: The Fanatic starring John Travolta. Released on August 30, 2019, The Fanatic didn’t have much of a fighting chance. It had a limited theatrical run, followed by a release on digital platforms. Here’s the film’s description: “On the grimy streets of Hollywood, a celebrity-obsessed man feels slighted by his favorite movie star and embarks on an unhinged quest to get a response – leading to a home invasion and a very long night that changes both men irreparably.” This premise fascinated me, primarily because I’m a passionate fan of all forms of entertainment. Not only have I had the pleasure of attending countless concerts, movies, and star-studded events, I’ve interviewed almost all of my celebrity heroes and befriended a few of them along the way. So, a film starring John Travolta as a fan that takes things too far was something I couldn’t pass up. I’m glad I finally watched it because it’s the best film I’ve seen this year and, in my opinion, John Travolta’s greatest dramatic performance to date.

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My Favorite Books Of 2019

I read 53 books in 2019, which is more than the previous year. I enjoy consuming stories as audiobooks on Audible, eBooks on my Kindle, or as old-fashioned physical books. Thrillers, autobiographies, self-help books—I love them all! Below are five my favorite books that I read in 2019 and my thoughts on them.

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Teaching DDP Yoga To Senior Citizens

Today was my first time teaching DDP Yoga to senior citizens, and it was my best class ever! The entire workout was done while seated in a chair, and it took place at Atria Center City. Nearly 25 residents took part in the workout, which is almost a quarter of the entire population of the building. I was floored by the large attendance. I was told that some of the residents who attended normally don’t take part in other programming, so I’m glad that I was able to pique their interest. The workout ran for 30 minutes. However, I spent a significant amount of time getting to know the residents better before and after the workout.

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Audible Review: The 64th Man

Audible has consistently raised the bar when it comes to audiobooks. With The 64th Man, the bar has been raised yet again. Starring professional wrestler and actor John Cena, this Audible Original is an excellent, slickly produced, humorous tale about an athlete trying to find himself and his place in the world. Despite being a casual sports fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.

I was impressed by John Cena’s excellent voice over work, and the supporting cast is wonderful too—especially Jane Curtin as Mildred. At a little over five hours in length, this story blows by and it has a satisfying conclusion. While some audiobooks have incorporated sound effects in their production, The 64th Man takes everything to another level. It felt like listening to a movie or TV show, which made for a highly enjoyable and immersive experience. If this is the future of audiobooks, then the future is bright.

 

First Thursday Night South Philly DDP Yoga Class

BIG NEWS! One week from today is my first Thursday night DDP Yoga class at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center. I will teach this class every Thursday at 7 p.m., starting Jan. 9.

The cost to attend is only $10 for a 60-minute class, and all fitness levels are welcome. It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert or a newbie. I’ll make sure everyone has an awesome time and leaves feeling great!
 
No need to register in advance. Just show up next Thursday (January 9) at 7 p.m. We’ll be in the first room to your right when you walk through the main entrance.

Nintendo In The 2010s

The past 10 years have been some of the greatest in the history of Nintendo, which is pretty incredible considered what the company has accomplished throughout its existence. The Big N kicked off the decade in 2010 with one of its greatest games of all time: Super Mario Galaxy 2. The following year, in 2011, it launched the Nintendo 3DS, and in 2012 the world was introduced to the Wii U. 2013 saw the Nintendo 2DS, followed by the wildly popular Amiibo that debuted in 2014. In 2015 we got the New Nintendo 3DS XL, and Pokemon Go took over the world in 2016. The NES Classic was also released in 2016, demonstrating how much demand there was for retro content and kick-starting a wave of additional mini-consoles in the future. If I had to pick one year from the decade as Nintendo’s greatest, it would be 2017. This year saw the launch of the Nintendo Switch, which has sold more than 40 million hardware units and more than 250 million software units (as of September 2019). The Nintendo Switch was home to major game releases in 2017, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Splatoon 2. In addition to all of this, Nintendo released the Super Nintendo Classic the same year. This mini-console, like its predecessor, went on to sell millions of units and took the world by storm. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Kirby Star Allies, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, among other games, came to the Nintendo Switch in 2018. And this year, 2019, brought us Yoshi’s Crafted World, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, Pokemon Sword and Shield, and more. This is also the year that the Nintendo Switch Lite and Ring Fit Adventure made their debut.

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Philadelphia DDP Yoga Class: January 4 @ 10 a.m.

I hope you’re enjoying the holiday season so far!

My next DDP Yoga class is taking place on Saturday, January 4 at 10 a.m.

REGISTER HERE

WHERE
FeeLean Fitness
1551 Washington Ave., Unit C
Philadelphia, PA 19146

WHEN
Saturday, December 21 at 9 a.m.

PRICE
$15

See you on January 4th!

Nintendo Philly Meetup: January 26

Our next Nintendo Philly Meetup is taking place on January 26 at TAP Esports! The cost to attend is $10 per person. If you want to stick around after the event, which will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., TAP is happy to offer you discounted pricing.

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Shudder: Best Of 2019

Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service, had a banner year. Not only did the popular platform feature top-tier content that received critical praise, it also saw a surge in viewership as a result of exclusive and original shows and movies. And 2020 overall is poised to be another great year for Shudder. Among the highlights are the premiere of the mythic Māori action/adventure series The Dead Lands in January, a co-production with TVNZ; the exclusive streaming premiere of Rob Zombie’s 3 from Hell in February; an untitled “queer horror” documentary from director Sam Wineman and two of Horror Noire’s executive producers; Daniel Isn’t Real, out in limited release now after picking up awards at Sitges, SXSW and other film festivals, and coming to Shudder in 2020; and the acquisition of a multiple films presently on the festival circuit including Jeff Barnaby’s Canadian First Nations zombie movie Blood Quantum, which premiered at TIFF, Jayro Bustamante’s Guatemalan horror La Llorona which premiered at Venice and won the Fedora Award for Best Film and the GdA’s Director’s Award, and Josh Ruben’s comedy thriller Scare Me, which will have its world premiere next month at Sundance Film Festival. The latter two acquisitions were announced earlier today.

What follows are images highlighting the cream of the crop on Shudder in 2019.

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Completely Damaged Radio

IMG_5298Today, I took part in an episode of Completely Damaged Radio at Montgomery County Community College, where I talked about becoming a certified DDP Yoga instructor and why I made this decision, as well as pro wrestling, and other topics. It was a fun time, and you can check out the episode below.

Speaking of DDP Yoga, my next class is Saturday (December 21) at 9 a.m. It’s $15 to attend and spots are filling up, so register now.

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