Sleigh Ride (The Ronettes, 1963)

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Best Playlist Ever!, Pop Music!

Happy Thanksgiving!  If you are traveling “over the river and through the woods” today on the way to Grandma’s house or if you are standing in line at Best Buy, here’s a happy holiday song that, if you’re like me, will play in a loop in your head for the rest of the day…no matter […]

Thank you, Sir Elton

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Memorable Movie Moments, Pop Music!

In the film, “Almost Famous,” there is a completely famous scene where the fictional rock band, Stillwater, sings along to Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” and makes everything okay.  In the middle of a U.S. tour, their lead guitar player (played by Billy Crudup), during a drug-induced tantrum, has told off the rest of the band, […]

Defending “The Best of Times”

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Memorable Movie Moments

In the days following the death of Robin Williams, I read many of his obituaries and career overviews, and they all featured a list of the “Top 10 Robin Williams Movies.”  I read every list, certain that somebody would mention a specific title I was looking for.  Instead, I found the same ten movies, more […]

“Miller’s Crossing”

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Memorable Movie Moments

There is not a lot I can say about this scene from “Miller’s Crossing” (1990) that it doesn’t already say for itself.  The dialogue is fast and furious, and it doesn’t stop.  And it’s not just in this scene, either.  The whole movie is like this.  The script must have been four inches thick! This will be one […]

“For What It’s Worth” (Sergio Mendes, 1971)

Here’s an odd little cover of the Buffalo Springfield song, “For What It’s Worth.” (You know the song; you just might not recognize it by its title.) The singer is Wanda Sá, a Brazilian singer and guitar player who was part of Sergio’s potent international pop band, Brasil ’66, in the late ’60s and early […]

Buckaroo Banzai: “No matter where you go…”

Posted by on Nov 9, 2014 in Memorable Movie Moments

When I saw “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension” in 1984, there were about three other people in the theater.  One of them was my friend who turned to me at the halfway point and demanded, “What is going on in this movie?”  I answered, “I’m not sure; I’m just trying to […]