Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Greatest Hair Metal One-Hit Wonders

Greatest Hair Metal One-Hit Wonders

Song of the Day

7 famous seafaring felines

Cats at sea: 7 famous seafaring felines 

Today's Vintage Ad


I Talked to 150 Writers and Here's the Best Advice They Had

I Talked to 150 Writers and Here's the Best Advice They Had: JOE FASSLER ON SEVEN OF THE MOST COMMON WRITING TIPS

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Peter McCurtin, The Assassin #1: Miami Massacre, Dell, 1973

I Miss the Old Days

The Swinging Sixties: 49 Snapshots That Capture Couples in the 1960s 

Overlooked Movies: CHiPS

CHiPS might not be the worst movie I've ever seen, but it's the worst movie I've seen in a long, long time.  It's allegedly based on the innocuous TV series of the same name from the late '70s and early '80s.  It has the same characters and the same name, but that's about it.  The two motorcycle cops are still Ponch and Jon, but Ponch is an undercover FBI agent with a disgusting personal problem, while Jon is a former track racer now broken in body, addicted to opioids, and trying to save his marriage.  

The plot is chaotic, the alleged humor is crass and sometimes downright repulsive.  The trailer (see below) is bad enough, but the movie is worse.  And while there are lots of explosions and violent episodes, they don't really advance the plot.  The movie seemed interminable. I wish I'd overlooked it.

So why did I watch it?  I blame my daughter. She's the one who turned it on and watched.  I was trapped in the same room.  Next time I'll find the exit.

CHIPS

Monday, November 20, 2017

Della Reese, R. I. P.

CBS News: LOS ANGELES — Della Reese, best known for her work on "Touched by an Angel," has died at age 86. The actress and gospel-influenced singer found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama, when she was in her 60s.

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

The First Known Uses of 6 Common Typographic Symbols

The First Known Uses of 6 Common Typographic Symbols

Song of the Day

5 Terrifying Real Artifacts

5 Terrifying Real Artifacts (With Even Creepier Stories)

Includes crocodile mummies.

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Russell Johnson: More Than "the Professor"

Russell Johnson: More Than "the Professor" 

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Nelson Algren, Never Come Morning, Avon, 1955

I Miss the Old Days

45 Amazing Photos That Capture Everyday Life of New York in the Early 1960s

The National Book Award Archives: The Best American Fiction Since 1950

The National Book Award Archives: The Best American Fiction Since 1950: The National Book Awards began in 1950 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City when The Man With the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren was named America’s premier piece of fiction from the previous year. Today, it’s the most important event on the American literary calendar and continues to recognize the best in American writing.

4 Huge Roles Actors Declined (And What They Chose Instead)

4 Huge Roles Actors Declined (And What They Chose Instead)