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I can’t win this one.

Spent a good couple months learning this song, finding great cover versions, but my best is average.

I’m a good enough singer to not bring your musical to a complete halt, and blend in the background. Sure.

Can I entertain you on karoake nights? Definitely.

But (by my standards) am I a true singer?  No, not at all.

You win this beef Mayer.  I still reserve the right to write my best ‘heartbreak’ sequences to your better songs.

(spitting on the ground as I walk this one off…)

The rest of you, enjoy!

Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)   Pers: Madonna   Dir: Susan Seidelman   Ref: DES030BE   Photo Credit: [ Orion / The Kobal Collection / Schwartz, Andrew ]   Editorial use only related to cinema, television and personalities. Not for cover use, advertising or fictional works without specific prior agreement

Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
Pers: Madonna
Dir: Susan Seidelman
Ref: DES030BE
Photo Credit: [ Orion / The Kobal Collection / Schwartz, Andrew ]
Editorial use only related to cinema, television and personalities. Not for cover use, advertising or fictional works without specific prior agreement

(Or as I like to call it, what every ex has yelled at me before it all comes tumbling down…)

I kid, I kid!



George Miller (again!) to the action film genre and its audience:

Just my two cents, but ‘Fury Road’ is the best kick in the ass to the genre since the first ‘Bourne’ film (i.e., ‘the rest of you have gotten lazy and keep falling on the same cliches, this is how you keep the audience fired up and engaged for 2 hours.)

I’ve been down for Tom Hardy going back to ‘Warrior’ at least.  Hooking up with the genius Christopher Nolan for ‘Inception’, and bringing cinematic redemption to Bane certainly won a lifetime of respect with yours truly. Getting to play Mad Max as an internally tormented survivor who rarely speaks…my actor envy/film geek admiration was in the red for the whole movie.  He’s earned this headlining spot.

Speaking of earning the right to be here, Charlize Theron.  Been around for a minute and a half, forever pretty enough to collect them checks playing ‘The Girlfriend/Wife’ to the main character of whatever you got.  The title of this film got it financed and put asses in the seat, but without question this is her (character’s) movie.  Beyond empathy, I don’t know if it’s my place to go too deep into the feminism angle I’ve heard thrown around a lot with this film. But it was not lost on me that the weakest character in the film is the bride who had no sense of self without her man.

There’s still so much I haven’t even covered.  That cinematography and those images!  The overall style in general!  That MF just posted up to play rock guitar during the chase scenes!  Zoe Bella Kravitz!  (Oh yes, I saw you young lady.  Your mama still fine?  I’m just teasing, but next time you go by the house, tell her Mister Aziz said hello.)

As much as it’s my natural instinct to rebel when ‘everybody’ likes something, in this case everybody was right.

Go see ‘Fury Road.’  If you’ve seen it, go see it again.


So this is what it’s like when you ‘untangle’ your life and professional obligations are well under control and you can have a true ‘3 day weekend’ eh?  Yeah, I like this.  I can get used to this.

Enjoy yourselves (legally and safely) boys and girls.  We’ll catch up Monday night!


For one of my tribes, this is a top 5 hip hop video of the 90s.



Now that the NBA Draft lottery has concluded, let’s first take a live look in at Knicks headquarters…

And now let’s go to the live look in over on the Best Side in Fredo Buss’ office!




Had a crabby day so this feels about right. And the film is getting closer so…



Alright, now that our time with Dick Whitman has ended let’s update the list.  As always, just one man’s opinion:

1. The Wire – And still the Champion of the World!!!!!  Time has made Season 4 (the kids) even more impressive and Season 5 (tying up character arcs, but…the newspaper?) more of an albatross.  As a whole though, still the most impressive.  The city of Baltimore was the central character and the story was basically how the system is rigged, and for some reason, feels like I can turn on the TV and still see something very similar to that in the real world…

2. Breaking Bad – Actor bias here, but only a little I think.  As a character study of how one person changes and the ripple effects, it was close to perfect still.  We knew it ‘in the moment’, but time has justifably made the respect for the writing and long term planning of Gilligan (and the details!) that much stronger.

3. Mad Men – And here we are.  Again, hard for me to put into words. Still processing obviously.  I don’t know, something about the story of a man with rural roots, who takes on a new name and identity and cleans himself up, parlays his style and natural looks into access to beautiful women and an upscale life, but his unstable youth makes him a terrible husband and an absent father in spite of his best intentions, but in middle age he becomes a quasi-Buddhist in California and the implication is his biggest million dollar idea is still in front of him…

(woo, hold on, got something in my eye…)

(Editor’s Note: Malik stared at himself in a mirror and cried for three and a half hours before finishing this post.)

Sorry about that, what was I saying?  Oh yes, I loved ‘Mad Men!’  Good show!

4. The Sopranos – The student surpassed the Master!  Still the show that spawned so many of the others, but time is not doing this show that many favors.  If anything, the last shot of that show has made every ‘great’ showrunner since say ‘This is my baby and how the story ends, but I have to end this in a way that makes my loyal audience angry and confused.’  So there’s that.

5. Gotham – I keed! I keed!

But seriously, there should be at least one comedy right?  Is ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ too old school now? Was ‘Parks and Recreation’ too small?  Do we count ‘the Office’ even though most of us stopped caring as soon as Michael Scott left?  Maybe it’s ’30 Rock’?  (By the way, ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ is a worthy successor in its own way.)  At the moment, ‘True Detective’ still has a chance.  Maybe it’s ‘Friday Night Lights’ if we all throw out that one disastrous storyline in season 2.

Lot of good TV we’ve gotten the past 10 years plus.  But tonight is for Don Draper.  I’ll be having a Coke tomorrow.



Stepping away from weekend tradition to say, Harry Shearer, you will be missed!

Have an excellent weekend gang!


1,001! How should this next chapter start?

What artist have I most identified with in my own way?  Hmm… so many possibilities, so many I like…

But is there one who stands above the others? One who inspired me to be an artist in the first place? I don’t know…



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