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Archive for the month “October, 2012”

James Bond 007: The Man With The Golden Gun

In anticipation of the new James Bond film, Skyfall, coming to U.S. theaters, I’ve been watching all of the previous films in the series. Last night, during the hurricane, I decided to watch The Man With The Golden Gun. Many Bond fans consider this film a low point in the franchise, but not me. While the title song was obnoxiously bad and certain moments in the movie were too campy, it was still highly entertaining. Roger Moore was both suave and physical in the film, and Christopher Lee was fantastic as the lead villain: Francisco Scaramanga. The film featured exotic locales, beautiful girls, great fight scenes, and an awesome car chase. But, for me, the most fascinating part was seeing a Bond film where, instead of being focused on taking down an entity, 007 was concentrating his efforts on the world’s best hitman – because his life depended on it. While this wasn’t the best film in the franchise, it was hardly the worst. Check out the fan-made trailer below and give it a go; I think you’ll enjoy it.

Hurricane Hysteria

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This weekend I’m working more than 16 hours at the supermarket. With a hurricane set to hit the East Coast, it has been one of the busiest weekends I’ve ever experienced. Today I rang up nearly 500 customers, and all of them bought a ton of juice, eggs, bread, pasta, batteries, and, of course, water. Earlier in the week, I rang up a married couple and the wife turned and said to her husband, “I’m scared babe. I think we should buy extra water.” As evidenced by the photo above, we sold almost all of the water in the store. Clearly, the general public shares the aforementioned woman’s fear that the local water supply will be crippled by the storm.

I find this kind of behavior comical for several reasons. First of all, if the electricity goes out, all the food people bought will go bad because their refrigerators won’t work. And buying an obscene amount of water seems silly. We live in Philadelphia, not the Sahara. Water is plentiful and easy to come by. Last time I checked, all local homes – with plumbing – have clean, fresh water available on demand.

If you live on the East Coast, your best bet is to steer clear of supermarkets, avoid local TV news and enjoy a good book and/or movie at home. If you don’t become consumed by the hysteria, you’ll quickly realize that this hurricane will eventually move on, and so will we.

All Hallow’s Eve

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The sun descends in the cool autumn sky, blasting rays of orange, pink and red across the cityscape.

The leaves are turning nearly as fast as the pages in the hands of erudite youth.

Bitter winds sweep the terrain, confections are in abundance and disguises are adorned as the masquerade casts its spell.

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Barry Manilow Returns To Broadway

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Tony, Grammy and Emmy-Award winning performer Barry Manilow is returning to Broadway in January 2013 for a limited engagement at the St. James Theatre. With 49 Top 40 hits and worldwide sales of more than 80 million records, Manilow on Broadway marks the music legend’s third Broadway production, and his first in more than two decades. The show begins January 18 and opens on January 24.

Barry Manilow is one of my favorite musicians, and I’ve had the good fortune of seeing him perform live twice, as well as meeting him in person. At nearly 70 years old, his voice is mystifyingly powerful and he still knows how to dazzle a crowd. I plan on attending one of the shows, and I highly recommend you do the same.

Here’s a medley of Manilow’s most popular hits from his 1989 Broadway production, Barry Manilow at the Gershwin:

Jack Reacher: Theatrical Trailer

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Today, the full theatrical trailer was released for Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise. I think it’s superior to the initial trailer because it provides additional plot details and gives the viewer a greater understanding of who Jack Reacher is and what motivates him. While Cruise may not physically resemble the Jack Reacher I envision when reading Lee Child’s captivating thrillers, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. After watching the trailer below, feel free to share your thoughts on whether or not you plan on seeing Jack Reacher.

George Carlin: Saving The Planet

George Carlin was a thinking man’s comedian. This was beautifully exemplified in the following brilliant segment about saving the planet. Enjoy!

KISS: Monster

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This week KISS released its 20th studio album, Monster. As expected, it’s filled with the signature sound the band is known for – memorable guitar riffs, thunderous drums, funky bass, and unforgettable lyrics. Below are two tracks from the album: The lead single, “Hell or Hallelujah,” and my favorite, “All for the Love of Rock & Roll.”

Everything Or Nothing: The Untold Story Of 007

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October 5 was Global James Bond day, marking the 50th anniversary of one of the most popular film franchises ever. One of the ways the occasion was celebrated was with the world premiere of Everything Or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 on EPIX, a documentary chronicling the tumultuous history of Bond on and off the screen. It’s a well done production that had my rapt attention for the entire 98 minutes, and I highly recommend you see it. While it will more than likely be released on DVD/Blu-ray in the future, you can watch it for free by going to EPIX’s website and registering for a free trial. To give you a taste of what’s in store, below is the trailer and a couple of clips.

A Cause Worth Supporting: AIDS Walk Philly

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This year marks the second time I’m participating in AIDS Walk Philly. It’s a great event that supports a disease that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. AIDS still affects millions of people worldwide, so I’m more than happy to do my part to help find a cure. Thanks to the generosity of others, I’ve already raised more than $250 this year (including online and in-person contributions), but I see no reason to stop there. If you’d like to sponsor me for this event, please visit my page and donate as little or as much as you like; every dollar counts. Thanks for your support!

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