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My favorite music: 1983

My favorite music: 1983

Music
If there's one thing the internet lacks, it's pointless music lists. So to fill that void, here's a sampling of my favorite albums from some random year. Let's say, 1983. (Spotify users, check out the accompanying playlist and subscribe!) Robert Plant, The Principle of Moments -- While I would in no way claim that Robert Plant's solo output bests Led Zeppelin's music, a lot of times I simply prefer to listen to Plant. In fact I'd say that Plant has enjoyed one of the most artistically rewarding solo careers of any artist who was part of a popular band that I can think of. The Principle of Moments is probably my favorite Plant solo effort (next to Fate of Nations) -- he sounds freed from the constraints of creating larger-than-life rock and the music just crackles with energy. "In the...
Back by Unpopular Demand: 6 Pointless Film Sequels

Back by Unpopular Demand: 6 Pointless Film Sequels

Featured Posts, Movies
The word 'sequel' comes to us from the Latin word 'sequi', which translates as 'follow'.  It's also closely related to the Latin word 'sequela', meaning 'a disease or condition which is caused by an earlier disease or problem'.  Given the glut of needless and tiresome sequels produced by Hollywood throughout the years, I think the second translation is the more relevant one. The list of high-profile cinematic sequels that can't hold the jock strap of the beloved originals is fairly long indeed (Godfather III, any of the last three Star Wars entries, The Next Karate Kid, Batman & Robin, and Caddyshack II come to mind immediately), but what about the ones that passed virtually unnoticed like so many silent farts?  Do they not stink just as badly?  Why yes, yes they do.   Hold your
Movies That Defined My Youth, Part 1

Movies That Defined My Youth, Part 1

Movies
Each of us has strong ties to movies, shows or music from our youth. All it takes is one scene or one chord to send you back to the days when life seemed simpler and shelves were higher. Growing up in New Jersey, many of these movies were seen in regular rotation on WPIX Channel 11 (before it became one of those crappy WB/UPN/CW networks). Because of this, it was years before I saw the unedited versions of these films. Having also seen most of these movies as an adult, I can verify that some have definitely aged better than others. Weird Science (1985) - Director/writer John Hughes dialed down the angst a bit, and traded it in for an abundance of cheap laughs - not that there's anything wrong with that. Michael Anthony Hall (Gary) was on a serious roll by the time this was rele...