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RIP Bill Paxton

February 26th, 2017

I’ve never thought of Bill Paxton as one of my favorite actors, but he sure was in a lot of great movies. He was also an excellent director.  His film FRAILTY is terrific and one of his only other directorial efforts is the video for “Fish Heads.” Rest in peace to the only actor to […]

A Mitchum in Every Stocking

December 12th, 2016

Tomorrow night December 13, come see (and maybe perform) a reading of my holiday monologue “A Mitchum in Every Stocking.”  It’s part of The Make Ready, which is done every other month by the good people at Dandelion Theatre. Here are the details: Tuesday, December 13 7:00 The Make Ready Featuring “A Mitchum in Every […]

Happy 100th Kirk Douglas!

December 9th, 2016

Happy 100th birthday Kirk Douglas! Here are a dozen Douglas movies to celebrate with: Out of the Past, 1947 Champion, 1949 Ace in the Hole, 1951 Detective Story, 1951 The Bad and the Beautiful, 1952 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, 1954 Lust for Life, 1956 Paths of Glory, 1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, 1957 […]

R.I.P. Gene Wilder

August 29th, 2016

About 10 years ago, while I was a tour guide for Wendella Boats in Chicago, my co-worker Jacob and I were sitting around waiting for our next tour to start.  Jacob turned to me and said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if Gene Wilder came on board and took a tour today?” What a wonderful, joy-filled […]

. This past Saturday, I was lucky enough to see film director/composer John Carpenter perform live.  He played music from his films (while clips played in the background), as well as tracks from his two recent albums (Lost Themes I and Lost Themes II). It was amazing – 13 year old me fainted 27 times! […]

Favorite Tony Scott Films

February 21st, 2016

Just for the heck of it, here’s a list of my favorite films directed by Tony Scott: True Romance (1993) Revenge (1990) Domino (2005) Man on Fire (2004) Crimson Tide (1995) The Last Boy Scout (1991) Finally, just as we started the new millennium, BMW made some cool, short films about a Driver played by […]

R.I.P. David Bowie

January 11th, 2016

. I doubt there’s any living artist in any medium that hasn’t been influenced by David Bowie (whether they know it or not). For myself, on a Sunday night in August of 2009 I watched and episode of MAD MEN followed by Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 film THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, which starred David […]

Today’s the day! In honor of THE FORCE AWAKENS opening, here’s a short STAR WARS themed monologue I wrote for a theater in London. Yoda Tries to Ride a Rollercoaster by John Weagly (Lights up. An amusement park. YODA reaches the front of the line for the Screaming Bantha rollercoaster. The amusement park attendant stops […]

Sweet Dreams

August 31st, 2015

When I first saw A Nightmare on Elm Street, I had no idea what to expect. I hadn’t heard anything about it, I don’t think I’d even seen any previews. What hit me between the eyes on that Friday night in November of 1984 was simply glorious. I’d been fascinated by dreams and the idea […]

. We just came from a screening of Robert Wise’s 1949 Noir/Boxing classic THE SET-UP at the beautiful Music Box Theater. It’s a perfect film! J.R. Jones, movie critic with the Chicago Reader, was there to promote his book THE LIVES OF ROBERT RYAN along with Robert Ryan’s daughter. It was a fine way to […]

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