Archive for June, 2019


Liked it, didn’t love it. Spoiler free thoughts as usual. First what I dug…

  • The celeb who makes fun of themselves is ‘kinda’ played out at this point, but Ed Sheeran hit the perfect balance. He never really goes into over the top mode, whenever Jack one ups him, he falls back into ‘I mean, man, that’s one of the best songs I’ve ever heard’ mode, which is a nice in joke for this story.
  • Kate McKinnon. She still hasn’t really had her solo breakout yet (as a movie star), but man when she is put in the right part, so much fun to watch.
  • There’s a line early on where Lily Allen’s character says (I’m paraphrasing), ‘How do I get out of the friend zone and become the woman who inspired ‘And I Love Her’ and ‘Something’? And I audibly said ‘DAMNNNNNNN’ in the theatre and I really wish the whole movie would have focused on that and not kept going back into fantasy world.

Also in the ‘ehhh’ file…

  • You probably know the premise here: ‘the Beatles’ never existed so the main character writes their songs and takes credit for it. Some other things apparently didn’t happen in this alternate universe, and it’s REALLY random and some of it predates the Beatles and the ‘joke’ of it takes you out of the story when it happens.
  • To clarify, the Beatles don’t exist as the most iconic pop band of their generation, but the lads from Liverpool do exist, just as completely anonymous people living ‘normal’ lives. They never see the perks of fame, they never see the dark side of fame. You can probably take an educated guess where this goes. I won’t spell it out other than to say, it’s cute and idealistic, but still a little off putting.
  • I will spoil this since it has no real effect on the story: Lily Allen’s character dates a guy, when the A romance comes together, her live in boyfriend LITERALLY steps to the side with a smile and says something like ‘well those are the breaks mate.’ WHAT IS IT WITH DUDES IN RICHARD CURTIS MOVIES?!? Or is it English guys in general who are like this? Either you think love is this rare but magical thing that, if you’re lucky, happens a handful of times in your life (and thus you will deal with some type of devastation/heartbreak when it doesn’t work out), or you’re just ‘well maybe next time’ all the time which is not freaking love?!? I need answers.

With all my complaints, I still have to recommend this. The kid does a credible job covering most (not all) of the songs. Especially one of my all time favorites by any artist. Worth seeing (or getting the soundtrack).

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Free time is always a question these days, but if not next weekend, I’ll be catching this movie as soon as I’m able.

Even to be much more of a John guy than a Paul guy, I have to admit I was never as crazy about this song as others. Maybe because the first version I heard was the Boyz II Men cover? Who knows.

But this is a nice cover. Even let him sing it at Abbey Road. OK…

What? No, I’m not jealous anymore. Really.

Also, me watching this…

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Enjoy!

This will be short (I think.)

I’m not going to try to name check everyone who helped me get to this point, cause someone would be left off.

What I will say, to both my ‘day ones’ (or whatever the kids are saying these days) and to the communities I’m here to represent: I’m one man, telling one story that comes from my experiences, but I’m also respectful of the opportunity and the platform (and the potential reach). I think every religion/spirituality has some version of ‘God does not place a burden on you beyond your ability to handle it.’ Whatever people have thought of my ‘potential’ over the years, this is happening now, I feel, because I’m truly ready for it.

Looking forward to you all seeing ‘1/30’.

Hope all had a good Father’s Day.

Everyone doesn’t have good relationships with their fathers. Some don’t have any relationship. Some do but it’s really toxic.

I have a great one. First of one of many good breaks I’ve caught in life, but probably the most important.

So I’m running back the ending from ‘Call Me By Your Name’ to start the week. I catch the ‘allergies’ every time. One of my favorite character actors working today. Great, mostly monologue lifted directly from the book.

Enjoy.

Obama opens this doc by saying ‘Some people are attracted to the power that is part of being in the spotlight, others work best behind the scenes. Clarence Avant is the latter.’ Truer words never spoken, cause 99% of the audience of this Netflix doc will surely have never heard of this man…

Like a shadow version of Quincy Jones, Clarence Avant has been in every part of entertainment (and politics) for decades (and of course him and Q seem to be best friends.) Unlike Quincy, there is no sense of flash about the subject of this doc (which has the perfect title). Can’t possibly go through every story mentioned in the two hours but a few of my favorites…

In the early 70s, Clarence got the heavy hitters of the time together for a benefit concert. That meant Sammy Davis Jr. got the call. The black crowd boo’d the hell out of him (this was shortly after he hugged Nixon). Sammy said his piece, performed ‘I Gotta Be Me’, and at the end the crowd was cheering again. Sammy is clearly touched. It’s a moment.

I’m old enough to remember the E.T. storybook narrated by Michael Jackson. Apparently that was done without getting clearance from all the parties, legally. But the guy everyone got along with was Clarence, he stepped in and got everyone on the same page. And Michael was so impressed, he asked Clarence to help him put together his first solo tour. Yes, the ‘Bad’ tour. I mean, come on…

Clarence was on board super early when a young man based in Chicago was rising in the Democratic Party. He was asked to speak at the convention, but not in prime time. Clarence fixed that. The rest is history. Even though Clarence really didn’t think that guy would really run the Presidency in a few years. But no one saw that coming. Even though Obama still teases him about it apparently…

Super educational, super informative journey through pop culture. Worth streaming.