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Saturday, April 21, 2018

OT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (April - June 2018)

The following is previously unseen rehearsal footage of Prince & The Revolution from the summer of 1984.

It was in this very room at Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie, Minnesota that Prince created and committed to tape one of his most beloved and iconic compositions, which six years later would become a worldwide hit for Sinead O’Connor.

Prince’s original studio version of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ is presented here for the first time.

Trial to see if there’s sufficient support to make this a thing.


Saturday, March 03, 2018

What Is the Essential Baseball Film?

The Kid From Left Field?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2018 at 08:51 AM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: movies

Thursday, January 25, 2018

‘Catcher Was A Spy’ is a WWII Whiff

Based on a book by Nicholas Dawidoff recounting a fascinating true story, “Catcher” does a disappointing disservice both to Rudd and to the real-life catcher/spy Moe Berg. Berg was a journeyman professional baseball player better known for his engaging intellectualism than his skill on the diamond. He held degrees from Princeton and Columbia, spoke multiple languages and made short work of trivia questions on popular radio quiz shows. But he was also an endlessly secretive and mysterious man who jealously guarded his privacy from even those who considered themselves friends.

Sadly, Rudd’s agelessly boyish good looks and relatable likability just don’t lend themselves to the depths of the Berg enigma. At one of the film’s premiere screenings at the Sundance film festival this week, director Ben Lewin described the difficulties of finding a face for Berg. I don’t know who would have been a better choice than Rudd, but you could start by looking down the cast list at Paul Giamatti, who might have done something interesting with the lead role instead of being relegated to a mugging supporting character.

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: January 25, 2018 at 09:17 AM | 36 comment(s)
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