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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 […]

RIP James Best

April 8th, 2015

I remember seeing the Burt Reynolds/Hal Needham Academy Award nominated movie HOOPER in the late-seventies on TV. Actor James Best played Burt’s good friend Cully (Burt and James were good friends in real life). Since Best was also on THE DUKES OF HAZZARD at the time, I thought “Wow! He’s world-famous! Roscoe P. Coltrane is […]

Friday the 13th Movies

March 15th, 2015

I used to watch the FRIDAY THE 13TH movies as a young person.  The 1980’s were my formative years.  I’m a fan of horror movies.  I had a subscription to Fangoria magazine.  They should’ve been right up my alley. The first one was on heavy HBO rotation when Scott Grogan and I would stay up […]

The Best Movies I Saw In 2014

January 4th, 2015

Here’s my “Best Of” movie list for 2014. These are movies that I enjoyed that I saw for the first time during last year. In order of their release into the world: La Grande Illusion, 1937 Red River, 1948 Wagon Master, 1950 Hatari!, 1962 Ninja III: The Domination, 1984 Crossroads, 1986 The Loved Ones, 2009 […]

. Looking for a movie that’s a little off the beaten path to watch this holiday season? Maybe a little bit dark? Maybe a little bit sinister? Here are a few films to add a little Noir to your Noel. CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE, 1944 – A lonely child that lives in a fantasy […]

RIP Mike Nichols

November 20th, 2014

. Today the entertainment world lost Mike Nichols – amazing talent, EGOT winner and all around inspiration. Plus his middle name was originally Igor!   Some favorite Mike Nichols movies: The Graduate, 1967 Silkwood, 1983 Working Girl, 1988 Postcards from the Edge, 1990 The Birdcage, 1996   Rest in Peace.    

Robin Williams RIP

August 25th, 2014

. It’s been 2 weeks since Robin Williams killed himself and I’ve just completed a 10 day/12 film retrospective of his work. Back when I was ten, “Mork & Mindy” was the funniest thing in the world. His stand-up specials on HBO in the early-80’s when I was in junior high were mind-blowingly hysterical and, […]

A Letter To Hollywood

May 14th, 2014

. Dear Hollywood, . The next time you’re mulling over which comic book character to make a movie about, please consider the African-American gentleman from SUPERMAN – THE MOVIE that tells the Man of Steel he has a “bad outfit” then adds an emphatic “Woooo!” . It’s time for his story to be told. .

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