Best of 2015

In many ways, 2015 was pre-ordained to be a massive year. After a down year at the box office in 2014, pundits predicted 2015 would be huge, given the releases of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the final “Hunger Games” movie, and “Jurassic World.” And (for those that have been released), those movies delivered well at the box office (including “World” setting an opening weekend record, and then, you know, “Star Wars” demolishing it.). But there were a number of pleasant surprises that pundits didn’t see coming, and that’s what made 2015 quite an impressive year for entertainment. These are my favorite pieces of entertainment from 2015, presented in no particular order, but, for sake of readability, I’ve broken my list down by categories. Let me know what I missed, or what you enjoyed, in the comments. And, as always, thank you for reading this blog – and I hope you’ll stay with me in 2016. Continue reading

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Fathers & Sons

Well, I missed Father’s Day by a week. But, as I’ve said, it’s my blog, so I’ll post when I want. Here now, in no particular order, are the top 5 of what I consider to be the best father/son pairings, moments, scenes or storylines from movies and TV. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments. Continue reading

Name that Tune

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I was out a few nights ago, having a conversation I frequently have: Songs that are inextricably linked to a piece of pop culture. I want to clarify: This isn’t the AFI “Top 100 Songs” list, because it’s not meant to be songs written for a specific film. These are not songs that would appear on a soundtrack. Rather, these are songs that already existed in the zeitgeist that the director or filmmaker appropriated for use in a scene. These songs have become so identified with the scenes in which they appear that you can’t hear them without thinking of that specific scene. This list is by no means comprehensive, so if you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments! Also, please note that I haven’t included any Quentin Tarantino movies on this list, only because he is so phenomenal at choosing music for his movies that it warrants its own list.

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