The Alan Parson Project: 40 Years Later and Very Much Alive

Forty years ago, a very unusual concept album entitled Tales of Mystery and Imagination Edgar Allan Poe, was released by The Alan Parsons Project. Founded by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson, the project was essentially songwriters Parsons and Woolfson, aided by a cast of musicians that would change with each passing album. Parsons, fresh from … More The Alan Parson Project: 40 Years Later and Very Much Alive

Running For President

Every four years, a group of folks declare their candidacy for the top spot, to be the recognized leader of the free world. These folks self declare themselves to be the best, the brightest, and the distinctly qualified to assume the top leadership position in the entire world. All candidates, even incumbents, must go through … More Running For President

Second Banana

Hedley, not Hedy. Blazing Saddles, one of Harvey Korman’s best roles. If you were alive in the 1970s you were aware of The Carol Burnett Show and the sketch comedy mastery of Harvey Korman. Frequently paired with Tim Conway, Korman was often the straight-man on the show, populating zany characters, he allowed his co-stars to … More Second Banana

Spectre: My View

The twenty-fourth “official” Bond film, fourth starring Daniel Craig, and second directed by Sam Mendes.  First let me say that Spectre is a very well-made film, but what would you expect from this franchise and the $154M budget?  Money doesn’t mean quality, especially in the film industry, but in this case the money is on … More Spectre: My View

The Martian

The Martian is a strong partnership between director Ridley Scott and actor Matt Damon.  They are the spine that carries the film and allows the story to develop in splendid fashion.  If you read my previous blog on Ridley Scott you will know that he has shown tremendous restraint in directing this film. The genre … More The Martian

Who is Ridley Scott?

At age 77, Ridley Scott is one of the busiest producer/directors working in both film and television. Steven Spielberg may be his only rival in terms of a production factory. Ridley Scott’s first credit of substance was directing The Duellists back in 1977. He followed that with Alien and a few years later, the amazing … More Who is Ridley Scott?