SOCIAL MEDIA AIN’T GOING AWAY!

As the pandemic still trolls onward (and upward, so we hear), we through we would give you readers some news that you already knew about, and how such news is becoming part of almost everyone’s domestic life as it’s presently known!


According to a recent report compiled by the Internet & Technology sector of the Pew Research Center, a greater part of Americans state they use the social platforms YouTube and Facebook, while the use of Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok is more comment by those under the age of thirty.


The report, entitled Social Media Use in 2021, notes that based upon the answers given by some 1,502 domestic adults over the age of eighteen from January 25th through February 8th of ’21 via cell and landline phones, 81% have visited YouTube, while 69% use Facebook. Instagram, a platform owned by Facebook, came in third at 30%, followed by Pinterest at 31%, LinkedIn (28%), Snapchat (25%), Twitter (23%), WhatsApp at 23%, TikTok (21%), Reddit (18%) and Nextdoor at 13%.


When the Pew Research Center asked this question last in 2019, the biggest jump of responses were YouTube and Reddit. All of the other platforms remained where they stood. TickTock and Nextdoor had since been added for the ’21 survey.


Many of these platforms are used for various reasons. LinkedIn is mostly used for “networking” when seeking some form of career and employment advice. Pinterest and Snapchat is where one posts pictures or images that speak upon some kind of theme, mostly from the source that is posting the images. (Many of these posts consist of one-line phrases that show off an ideal or an inspiration of some kind!) TikToc is where one can post a video image that only runs a few seconds in length. Nextdoor is a place that is a graphic “bulletin board” made for members of a specific community where if one wanted to join, the person(s) had to supply a physical mailing address that’s located in the neighborhood. Then one would receive a post card addressed to the address supplied that has a code number. Then the post card receiver would log in with the code number. This would avoid anyone outside of the “neighborhood” to be part of this group. Unless of course, that outsider knows of somebody that has an address located in the neighborhood so the post card receiver would pass the code number to that outsider. (Note, anyone not living in the neighborhood won’t be missing out on a lot, since based upon this writer’s viewing of his own neighborhood as seen on Nextdoor, much of what people report deal with complaints, feeble “warnings” of suspicious activity, or other related grudges. But we digress!)


The report contiunes to note that although Facebook lost a bit of its appeal over the last few years, it’s still one of the widely used places to go on the ‘net. This may be true since much of those that keep a place through Facebook tends to be older, while the “digital natives” (people that don’t remember when the internet and its related applications were never around), use Instagram, Snapchat and perhaps the newest kid on the block, TikTok, to get their points across!


And where does everyone else go within the social media world in terms of stage of life a.k.a. age? 65% of the under 30 crowd use Snapchat the most. Those from 30 through 49 (Millenniums and second-tier Gen Xers) cluster toward YouTube at around 93%. Those 50 through 64 (First-tier Gen Xers, the Baby Boomers, and those that Tom Browcaw calls “The Greatest Generation” (65+), flock towards Facebook at around 78% , 72%, and 50% respectfully. Since Facebook became accessible to all that didn’t have access to an e-mail address that ended with “edu”, those that are FB-ing joined as an early generation and still wish to remain, and those much older use it to keep in contact with those long lost (and now found) friends, as well as family members that include adult aged children, and those ever lovin’ grandkids–even if those grandkids tend to be hanging around somewhere else in cyberspace!


The report also breaks down usage on other platforms, such as those with a college degree are mostly on LinkedIn, and females tend to hang around Pinterest. But you readers kind of get the idea on what this writer is pushing.


Since this pandemic began a little over a year ago, social media was one of the top source that people used to get over with what was (and is) going on! One report noted through this writer stated that social media, along with other internet related sources such as online shopping and viewing streaming video contact, kept those people content, including people keeping themselves in check i.e. not going off their gourds!


Interestingly enough, all of those sources listed above were tied when it came to usage for sanity. And if anyone wanted to know what came in at first and last place? “Real” contact with family and friends in first place, and mental therapy and consuming alcohol came in last! So the myths that more people turned toward booze while being locked down isn’t as true as one would suspect!

But until the pandemic is totally over–which may not be for a while if at all, social media ain’t gonna take any vacations! Perhaps others will soon enough. After all, how is anyone going to post those pictures and video of their trips to Hullagaland without the sources to do so? If one is going to brag about the places they have seen and the things they did, they would use their social media outlets. Otherwise, what’s the point of taking a vacation in the first place?

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THE GHOSTS OF MARY LINCOLN, Tom Dugan’s solo show about the final and nearly forgotten times of the widow of one of America’s most beloved presidents, performs for a limited series of shows within a socially distanced and inmate outdoor stage place located within the Woodland Hills-San Fernando Valley region.


The show’s setting is Mary Lincoln’s sister’s attic space in a home located in Springfield, Illinois. It’s the early 1880’s, nearly twenty years after the 16th President of the United State fell to an assassin’s bullet. Mary, now at the elderly age of 63, is nearly alone. She begin to tell her story in front of a few journalists present from some of the leading newspapers. She emotes her way through what’s left of her life. She speaks about how she met the tall young gentleman that was born in a log cabin, self educated himself, and later because her husband. She verbalizes about her three sons, two of the three dying at a young age. Mary also tells tales that were about the president-to-be, the people she knew both in and out of Washington, and the notion that after she left the title of “First Lady”, she had to face her own personal demons. Some of these episodes she emotes upon were true, and some she believes were true. And is she actually speaking to a group of reporters that gathered in this attic space, or are they another series of ghosts that remain to haunt Mary’s own being?


This single act play, written, produced, and performed by the playwright with stage direction by Shelby Sykes, puts in the real picture about Mary Lincoln, a woman that was part of history yet suffered rather silently about her own mental condition. The content is historical in content, yet some of the antidotes spoken may be for real with a bit of creative license added; Mary’s part of the license rather than the playwrights!


Tom Dugan as Mary appears on stage (actually, the side patio pool area of Tom’s personal homestead) while donning a black frumpy outfit yet doesn’t appear “in drag” as Mary. He doesn’t sport a widow’s wig, and speaks in an older lady’s voice–deep in tone with a no nonsense sense of mood. (Since there was no way to know how Mary sounded like, Tome’s interpretation may be actually near the truth!) It was known that Mary was indeed petite in size and frame, far from Tom’s physical stance. However, with the way that Tom portrayed this woman living in a lowly attic trying to escape the aftermath of her husband’s death and her emotionally ill mind, one will become more absorbed with the story of Mary and the way it was told and presented. (Larger size of the actor be damned!)


The set design and construction by Chris & Becky Peterson consists of a number of old trunks, discarded furniture, and various containers scattered about along with some candles to provide attic lighting. Polly Gregry’s consuming is just a black outfit that widows would ware to morn their deceased husband–the type of outfit they would wear for the rest of their lives! But this was how it was done back in the 1880’s when widows were widows until they themselves died. And with the way that the playwright paints this rather tragic tale of Mary on stage, it’s very fitting for this widow to be a widow!

Abe Lincoln is one of America’s best known and most esteemed presidents in history. His likeness is still seen to this very day as a profile on a five dollar bill and as an appearance on Illinois license plates. But Mary Lincoln herself faded from view. This play is a tribute to a person that indeed stood by her man, even if that man was inches taller, and was able to lead a nation that went through a domestic war, financial “panics”, and always giving a sense of courage and hope to its citizens. It’s rather sobering that Mary’s brightest time was when she lived in the White House, rather than in a dingy attic loft somewhere in Springfield.

THE GHOSTS OF MARY LINCOLN, perform at “Dugan’s (Outdoor) Backyard Playhouse” In Woodland Hills until May 1st. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM. Reservations are taken by contacting dbptickets@gmail.com. Those placing a reservation will be given the address to the theatre space.

In addition, Tom Dugan’s other play, TELL HIM IT’S JACKIE, about another Presidential widow, Jackie Kennedy and stars Kait Haire as the titled character, makes a return appearance on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM from May 7th through the 29th at the same outdoor location. (See review-Vol. 25-No. 41) Reservations for that program can also be made through the same email address.

It will be advised that face masks will still be required to be worn by all attending patrons during all performances, unless regional and community standards dictate otherwise.

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GAS OR ELECTRIC?

For those that were into obtaining a new(er) large household appliance that is known in the business as “white goods”, such as a washing machine, a dryer, a stove/oven, and so on, one would have the opportunity to obtain one of these items to operate through electrical current or through natural gas. Some items only run on one source, such as a refrigerator that for the most part, is electric. Washing machines are also electric. Stoves that are available can go both ways as gas and/or electric. Ditto for hot water heaters. It all depends on how one’s household is arranged for whatever appliance is available for such usage through such power devices.

Soon, automobiles will have this option, where one can own a vehicle that runs on gas (gasoline) or electric (battery). Those days are getting closer, but not as close as it could be–or not yet anyway.

General Motors, one of the bigger auto makers in the world, recently announced that within a fifteen year time span, all of their vehicles, bet it a traditional passenger car, a truck, an SUV, or whatever form of vehicle in presently in demand, will run on some form of electrical current in the form of a battery attachment device. The other two domestic auto makers, Ford, and Stellantis, who has controls of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, are also gearing up to push electric autos. Other companies are doing the same thing. Volkswagen are even going forward in adapting their name as “Voltswagon“, that’s joining the electric vehicle bandwagon. (Volkswagen/Voltswagon Bandwagon? A catchy name in its own right!!) However, that change of name was later reviled as an April Fools Day stunt that went wrong. But it still shows how serious VW is in terms of creating electric autos.

Telsa, another leading American based name in electrical autos, is attempting to release a few models that run of power that would be more affordable to obtain. But as of now, many of their models sell for $50,000 and up, making this brand to fall into a slim nitch category feeling that their vehicles are selling to a targeted market that can afford to pay nearly $4.00 per gallon of gas–a price for fuel that is becoming more common within the state of California as of this writing!

But leave it to the Japanese auto makers, mostly Toyota, the biggest auto maker in the world, to start the trend in making available the first real practical auto(s) that uses electricity to operate. That car is the ever lovin’ Prius, a vehicle that’s been around since the turn of the 21st century. But keep in mind that such cars as the Prius is a hybrid auto, meaning it runs on both electric power and gasoline, so its not totally a “gas free” type of auto! But these things could change in the future, just as long as there is the technology and interest to make these line of autos more functional, practical, and of course, more affordable to the public at large!

The whole ideal to this interest in electric autos is to not having to rely upon fossil fuels, and to offer transportation duties to the masses that have the need and desire to get from one place to another using clean and cheap(er) power sources. And offering a car, etc. that operates on power that isn’t gasoline is far from a new idea.

There was the Baker Electric, an auto that was made in Cleveland, Ohio around the early years of the 20th century that used battery power. But for what it sold for at the time, $1600.00 and up, far from from cheap, considering that a Ford was going for a whole lot less–around $600.00 in 1912 dollars! With gasoline selling for around 11 cents per gallon, and the desire for using “clean energy” was non-existent, an electric car was an amusing idea. But that was more as science fiction as to reality. Besides, the notion of the use of a radio machine that produced pictures along with its programming held more interest in terms of science fiction devices, even through that device known as a “television”, would become available for later in the future.

When the first wave of the need to not rely upon fossil fuels started in the early-middle 1970’s, the auto makers were kicking the idea of creating a vehicle that did run on electric power. Those ideas did come and eventually went away. When General Motors produced the EV1 in the late 1990’s, it would serve as the prototype of the so-called “modern” mass produced electric car. But those that were lucky enough to operate one couldn’t buy it outright as it was only made available through a lease, mostly in the southern California market, primary the Los Angeles and San Diego regions. But GM eventually withdrew that line of autos by ending its lease agreements, taking the cars away from those that held a lease, to eventually destroying them all, or at least most of them. (For a better insight on the EV1, take a look at the 2006 documentary Who Killed The Electric Car?, released through Sony Pictures Classics and may be available for stream viewing. Check your local streaming provider for details!)

And there were a few others that pushed for an electric car. Ed Begley, Jr. always drove a modified car that used rechargeable battery power, and pushed for the use of such a car in many of his appearances from his role in the TV series St. Elsewhere, and appearing as the subject in various news reports on the interest in mass production of electric cars. But again, those folks come from a small pool of drivers that can get away with putting both time and money in owning a car that doesn’t rely upon gasoline.

But if this interest is indeed on the rise, there should be more offerings to create a vehicle that runs on electric power that is indeed practical, as well as inexpensive to obtain and operate. There are a few currently available such as Nissan’s Leaf, Chevy’s Spark, and Bolt, among others. But again, it’s going to become a wait and see method of these line of vehicles.

As of this writing, it appears that the type of vehicles that are currently in demand are light trucks (pickups, etc.) and SUV-type autos that can haul passengers as well as goods and freight. Although yours truly doesn’t own an electric vehicle (yet), I do own an SUV. The reason? To haul stuff! And what are my reason to not operate an electric vehicle? A home has to need a minimum of 100 amps to properly charge such a vehicle. (200 amps is also suggested by the electric auto manufactures.)

Unless one has access to use a public charging location, there would be no way that I can change an electric car in my domicile. I can get a 2000 mile extension cord, but I heard that aftermarket places such as Auto Zone, Pep Boys, and other places don’t have them in stock…or not yet anyways! Better luck next year, I guess! ———————————————————————————————————– ACCESSIBLY LIVE OFF-LINE

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“WATCHING” TV

It’s real no surprise that when folks tend to watch television, or to be precise, when folks watch a moving video image, be it through a so-called traditional television unit, a desktop/laptop, a smartphone, or through any other electronic device that sports a video screen, these same folks are doing some other task. This means these viewers are not staring into their video screen being totally mesmerized with whatever is appearing on their device.

It isn’t likely that people ever did nothing but gawking into a screen, or not in these days. Perhaps in the early days of television when TV was some much a novelty, people would watch test patters just because they can. Granted, it wasn’t known if folks actually did that waiting for something else to happen outside of seeing an image that resembled a dart board with a bust image of an Indian dressed in a full featured headpiece on the upper center of the test pattern. But this is all besides the point.

Statista, a database firm that keep account to trends and statistics for marketing purposes, recently conducted a poll asking those on what they do while they watch TV and its equivalent devices. According to the results found, slightly over three quarters of those responding (76%) tend to check on their email and/or text messages while viewing their video device. Using and replying to social media portals came in second place at 71%, followed by checking details on content being viewed (68%), playing video based games (55%), shopping online at 54%, and doing their banking came in at sixth place at 41%.

This is a far cry (well..maybe not so far, but comes pretty close) from the things that yours truly once did when I was a heavy(ier) TV watcher. Back in the day when I was a kid that wasn’t that long ago since TV signals at the time was being transmitted in color (when available) although the sound was mono, I would be doing something else!Perhaps the two things I would be doing was school based homework…or at least trying to do homework since I was usually distracted in whatever was going on the screen, or eating breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks. (Take your pick!) If I wasn’t eating and/or attempting to start or even finish my assessments that was due the next school day, I was involved with something else. I would be on the phone on occasion, but only to actually talk to somebody on the other end. The yakking on the phone with one of my school chums would be today’s social media, as well as getting details on what I was watching. If I was playing games, those games would be limited to getting into a game of solitaire (with a deck of fifty-one no doubt), or maybe working on a crossword puzzle that was created for my sense of knowledge that I had, but that wasn’t often, After all, many of the crossword puzzles that appeared in the local newspaper wasn’t as “kid friendly” as they could have been.

But I knew even then I wasn’t the only one that did something while spending (wasting?) time in front of the idiot box when I could have been doing something else. Back in those days, TV signals were only obtained through an areal that was on the roof of my the house (best for catching those pesky UHF channels), or through a rod antenna that was attached to my black and white Sony portable whose screen size was a whopping twelve inches in diameter! Since it was a B/W set, screen size didn’t matter. But since the set only had a rod antenna, those UHF channels came in “kinda” snowy. So every afternoon when I would come home after a hard day’s time in school, I would pop in a frozen TV dinner (Mortons frozen dinners selling for 59 cents each at the local A&P) in the over for 35 minutes at 300 degrees, while attempting to watch an afternoon’s worth of reruns of 1960’s-era idiot sitcoms that local channels 9 and 32 would program! (The Munsters, F-Troop, My Favorite Martian, etc.) I would then be chowing down on my lunch of a dinner that consisted of “Salisbury steak” that resembled a flat four inch long slab of turd that was soaking in a puddle of watery (and greasy) “gravy”, with a side of kernels of corn that looked and tasted like soggy yellowish ball bearings, along with a slice of apple-esque cobbler that wasn’t as bad as one could get. As for homework? I would be working on it that later in the evening, all depending on what shows were going to be on prime time. If it was, let’s say, a variety show such as The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour or The Flip Wilson Show, I would be more engaged with the antics of Sonny attempting to be the cocky leading man with Cher’s upstaging to Sonny with a great put-down gag, or Flip playing Geraldine Jones in a skit featuring one of his “special guest stars”, then the homework would wait until the morning before it was due on the teacher’s desk!

But what this all leads to is the fact that other people are doing a whole load of other stuff while the TV device was blasting away. So those programmers and TV show creator should know that if you want to have people watch their program(s), make sure that it’s accessible to any and all social media platforms that’s out there. One of Quibi’s fallen mistakes that when it was up and running, it didn’t allow anyone to send a link to their content through Facebook, Twitter, and everywhere else! After all, how is anyone going to know about some kind of video content if you don’t tell all of your virtual friends that it’s worth a glance? That is, unless those friends are doing something else!

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ANOTHER “THROWBACK” ARTICLE

As so-called “domestic life” is entering its phase of so-called “normalcy”, we though we would ride on the fact that the feeling of nostalgia has been on its all time high.

Thanks to what the media is providing in terms of remakes/reboots/reimaging of the creation of “new” programming as seen through the many streaming services, movies that showcase an image from the past–not necessarily from “good” history, but history nevertheless, as well as the fact that this is Accessibly Live Off-Line’s 25th anniversary year, we through we would focus upon another article that was written by yours truly that is worth a second look.

For a brief time (2000-2006), I created a column named “Richer By Far” that appeared in issues of The Epicenter, the monthly newsletter for the Los Angeles chapter of The Catholic Alumni Club, a group that was for those that were over the age of 21, unmarried, and were free to marry in the Catholic Church. It was generally a singles group that did weekly activities in and around the Los Angeles region. I also served at the group’s archivist that maintained the many documents the group has kept over its many years of existence. (Going back to 1949, the year the group was chartered.

Anyway, I dug through the manuscripts of articles I wrote over those years. One article I found that appeared in the April, 2000 edition of The Epicenter (Vol. 51-No. 4) that was inspired from a change of life that I was experiencing at the time. Of course, it was created based on what was going on with me back then, so some of the points expressed were of and from the era…

When I turned the ripe old age of ten, I made a number of goals for myself. This was more in the line of long term predictions, rather than something I would want right away. I wanted to get three things by the time I reached the age of forty. Those things I wanted were (in no specific order), 1)-A new car, 2)-A house, and 3)-To become married.

The car I had in mind of getting was a royal blue 1970 Dodge Super Bee that I saw at the auto show a few weeks before. The house I wanted would be a single-level home located in one of the western suburbs such as Morton Grove, Arlington Heights, or maybe Schaumburg. As who to marry? I was kind of stumped at that one at the time!

As I look back at these goals now, I found it quite interesting that I had set myself up to have these things in what seemed to be the far and distant future. I also see that my choices were very “adult” in nature, since most of my peers just wanted to get into the next grade up in school and catch up with the “big boys ‘n girls”. I suppose I was ahead of my time, yet I didn’t know it.

There isn’t anything wrong with making long-term goals for one’s self. It gives the motivation to accomplish something. It doesn’t have to be anything that one has to do within the next thirty years. It could be small, such as putting off doing a job only to worry about not completing the task, writing a report, paying taxes, or even taking out the garbage! However, once these goals are completed (or even attempted), then the job is finished. The whole idea is to make an effort of working on one’s goals rather than thinking about them and nothing more!

So what because of my predictions to complete by my 40th? I’m sure I can get that ‘70 Super Bee if I wanted to, though it won’t be new (and necessarily royal blue), and I’ll have to pay top dollar for it. I did get a house, though it was some 2200 miles father west than I had imagined. As to the marriage thing? I’m working on that one! Maybe the person in mind will join me for a burger at the Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank, and who knows? At the Friday night auto rally, I’ll spy that car I had pined for sitting in the parking lot, or even seeing my second choice for a car; a burnt orange 1970 Plymouth Road Runner!! (*sigh*)

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YOUR HOME OFFICE OR YOUR OFFICE HOME

It’s no real surprise that folks are working from their domiciles. That is, people that can work from home. It’s quite understood that there are a lot of occupations that do require an in-person presence, such as the jobs performed by caretakers, those that work in retail, public service positions that range from law enforcement agents to first responders, and so on. However, this article will focus upon those that do have the capacity from performing “office”-type work assignments far away from a traditional office space. (Thanks for your understanding!)

Anyway, since this pandemic is already entering its second year to when things took its turn, people started to hunker down. Over the change of course, people began to work remotely. Beforehand, they would get up at some ungodly hour in the morning–sometimes before dawn or some other time of day that was considered as “too early” for them, got themselves ready for the day by going through what some would call their “s#it-shower-shave” ritual, then grabbing some form of “breakfast” (cup of coffee, a donut, a scoop of breakfast cereal, a piece of last night’s leftovers, or perhaps no breakfast at all), hop into their method of transportation (car, bus, subway train, bicycle, etc.) and fight the traffic in to order to get to their place of work. From there, they would spend eight, ten, or perhaps twelve hours of the day working all through that time at some location far(er) from home. They would have superiors (“bosses”) calling the shots of what has to be done, sometimes breathing down the necks of their employees, always presenting themselves as a friendly guide, an mild annoyance, or perhaps as a threat to their line of work. There is of course, the fellow workers as part of the office staff. Some are nice people to hang around with. Others are amusing for what they are, but never get any father from being a friendly face. And even there are some co-workers that are just there and nothing more. One may see them every time, but it would never go beyond any communication outside of something related to their work detail. Those folks are the “ghost workers” because you sometimes see them, and at other times, you don’t!

After a day of that form of fun ‘n excitement, then the morning drive becomes the evening drive, were once again one climbs into their method of transportation to head over to their post-work place of being. Yes, there is the “happy-hour” joint where one can wind down to tip a few cold ones with others, or sometimes by one’s self. One can grab a bit to eat somewhere with others or on one’s lonesome. Or for many, it’s time shlepping back to head home to take care of related matters from others las part of the home based family, or to just taking care of household chores and duties from cleaning, cooking, and maybe paper shuffling (Paying bills, etc.) Of course, there’s the consumption of video related content through a device that sports a screen for a couple of hours! Finally after all of that is said and done, it’s time to call it a night when for the next day, it’s time to repeat it all again! This form of being can also be called “SSDD”-Same s#it, different day!

The above written description can be described as part of an invisible TV sitcom episode that shows another slice of life as part of the domestic landscape, comical or otherwise. Although not everyone has gone through such an ordeal as described, many has experienced something similar to that effect. A few people actually enjoy this method that’s part of their standard day. Other may see it as nothing to write home about–so to speak! A few actually hate it and would trade it for something else–whatever that something else would be like!

When it comes to working from home, some people see that as something that they always desired for, but didn’t know how to achieve it let alone didn’t know that they could get it. Thanks to technology and other factors, people are starting to ramp up toward this idea. And according to a recent poll, a good majority of workers that can do work from home perform that task, and a few actually embrace it!

The folks at Gallop, the poll takers that’s been around for eight-plus years, recently released a report on the status of those that have been working from home since the pandemic started in March of last year. The report notes that among other factors, that 56% of American workers are working remotely all or part of the time. A slight increase of workers holds the desire to return back to the office, but most are not necessarily ready to do this, and almost a quarter of those (23%) that call their home space their office would be honored to remain remote if they are given that option! This choosing of staying away for good is taken by those that do have others living with them that needs their attention, such as parent figures that have those staying at home that are under aged (“kids”), those that cater to older people living within the same space (elderly parents, family members, or other peoples), for those that just hated to go through the above noted episodes of shlepping to and from the office dealing with bosses and co-workers, and other factors that make working away from home feel as “work”!

We suggest to read the report from Gallop yourself through the link at
https://news.gallup.com/poll/329501/majority-workers-continue-punch-virtually.aspx since it would be too much work for this writer to repeat those facts ‘n figures!

As for this writer? Yes, yours truly is currently working from home rather than through a remote location. This is because thanks to other factors ranging from the technology at hand to obtaining a rather minuscule amount of money through the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program loan process (an ordeal into itself), I have been able to transcribe these weekly messages within the same place where I hang my hat. I even have a room that’s been a dedicated office space since I relocated to my joint almost twenty-five years ago. This “home office” is indeed an office looking space, complete with bookshelves decked out with videotapes (many of them covered with dust), a metal four-tier file cabinet, a desk complete with a typewriter that’s actually used on occasion, a desktop computer, a side laptop serving as a portal for remote work and that is connected to a high-def video camera for those ever lovin’ meeting through Zoom, a laser printer, a document scanner, and of course, shelves and spaces all loaded and decked with more trinkets and chachkies that I know what to do with! Many of these knickknacks I do hold sentimental value to, while others were collected from places and events I once attended. Some of these events I recall while others were long forgotten! Those little items may be dust collectors (the videotapes are one of them), but it makes an office at home seem like, well, home!

Once time will tell if the return back to the office will become a welcomed event or a moment that is to be dread. Whatever the case, just as long as the work gets done the way it should be done, then it really doesn’t matter where one slaves away, and even when one can pull the punches! If you can work on let’s say a weekend or at some off hour, then why not? I’ve written reports at 1:00 PM and at 1:00 AM. Of course, if one has to do things such as banking or dropping off/picking up dry cleaning, then one is forced to do the Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM standards. And best of all, one can write off their office space as part off one’s personal income taxes. However, it’s best to check your tax preparer and or the folks at the IRS for more details. Then again, you might even be doing your own taxes this season. Just remember the last dale to file is back at April 15th. But with the time you have working from home, you already knew that! Or did you…?

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) announced their nominations for the 9rd annual Academy Awards on March 15th.

The following titles and names received the nomination for the following categories:

Best Picture


The Father (Sony Pictures Classics)
Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.)
Mank (Netflix)
Minari (A24 Pictures)
Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)
Promising Young Woman (Focus Features)
Sound of Metal (Amazon Prime Studios)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)

Best Actor

Riz Ahmed-Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman-Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins-The Father
Gary Oldman-Mank
Steven Yeun-Minari


Best Actress

Viola Davis-Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day-The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby-Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand-Nomadland
Carey Mulligan-Promising Young Woman

Best Director

Lee Isaac Chung-Minari
Emerald Fennell-Promising Young Woman
David Fincher-Mank
Thomas Vinterberg-Another Round
Chloé Zhao-Nomadland

The awards program will take place on Sunday, April 25th at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC at 5:00 PM (PST)

For a complete listing of all nominations, visit the official AMPAS web site at
http://www.Oscars.com

On March 11th, The Golden Raspberry Foundation announced the nominations for The 41st Razzie Awards, presented the worst in feature films released within the 2020 calendar year.

The following titles and names received the nomination for the following categories:

Worst Picture

365 Days (Netflix)
Absolute Proof (One America News)
Dolittle (Universal)
Fantasy Island (Sony Pictures)
Music (Vertical Entertainment)

Worst Actor 

Robert Downey, Jr.-Dolittle
Mike Lindell (The “My Pillow” Guy)-Absolute Proof
Michele Morrone- 365 Days
Adam Sandler-Hubie Halloween
David Spade-The Wrong Missy

Worst Actress

Anne Hathaway-The Last Thing He Wanted AND Roald Dahl’s The Witches
Katie Holmes-Brahms-The Boy II AND The Secret: Dare to Dream
Kate Hudson–Music
Lauren Lapkus-The Wrong Missy
Anna-Maria Sieklucka-365 Days

Worst Director

Charles Band-All 3 Barbie & Kendra movies
Barbara Bialowas & Tomasz Mandes-365 Days
Stephen Gaghan–Dolittle
Ron Howard-Hillbilly Elegy
Sia–Music 

In addition to the standard award nominations, a special Governors’ Trophy will be presented to the year 2020 as “The Worst Calendar Year EVER!”

The Golden Razzie Awards will be presented on Saturday, April 24th.
A complete list of nominations is also viewable at http://www.Razzies.com. The Official 41st Razzie Nominations Video is also available at RazzieChannel.
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WHEN ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE!

It was about one year ago around this time that the domestic world as we knew it would start to take a turn for the not-so-good. It was during that second weekend in March of 2020 when some little old virus that was given a name that could have been extracted from a vanity license plate number started to become a major concern. All of a sudden, the nation was ordered by such groups as the Center of Disease Control (CDC), as well as other related federal, state, and county health departments, suggested (ordered?) for all of its citizens to hunker down. This would mean that it was within the best interest not to gather in large groups, keep away from public places, get sheltered where one lives, and hope for the best. Although the (then) King of the USA did say that this virus was like the flu and would “go away”, it didn’t! The only thing that did indeed “go away” was the King himself! So much for that statement!

This writer doesn’t have to say that things did indeed change. And those changes were rather drastic. There were some winners involved as well as some losers. Some succeeded and others that failed. People made new discoveries. Many of these discoveries were for the most part, set within the positive side of things. Folks started to find talents and abilities that they never knew they had. The learned to cook. They learned how to spruce up their homes and places they lived within. They learned more about technology. They watched a lot of television, and they recused a lot of dogs and cats from shelters that would have otherwise been snuffed. Perhaps the greatest challenge of them all, they learned how to fight for what was right, and they bonded with those that were worth the bonding! As Charles Dickens once wrote, these were the best of times, and these were the worst of times.

Today, there is as much anxiety going around as there is much hope. New cases are down, and so are deaths. Many places once closed are being opened again with a lot of caution and care involved. Folks are taking advantage of vaccinations. And donning face masks, although a bit of a hassle to do, is still being practiced. So are the notion of keeping at least six feet away from others.

Many people took their new(er) habits of living their domestic life in more of an upbeat mode. Some will go back to what they were once doing, while others are using this change as something for the better, even vowing to never go back! When they started to fix up their homes, they found out that they could even do more than just repairing a crack on the wall or to oil the hinges on a squeaky door. They even got around of getting their living spaces in order, finally getting around to arranging their places. And is it just a coincidence that a number of domestic lifestyle magazines sported blurbs on their covers that taught the reader how to get their places in order? Recent issues of such titles as Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, Reveal, featuring the duo of Drew and Jonathan, had their own spins of living a life that can be called as smaller-faster-cheaper!

Of course, we are not out of the woods quite yet, far from that! It’s going to be quite a while until things start to get back to the state they were once in before all of this happened. Some notions will come back, but in a slightly different stance. Others will not return for the good or otherwise! However, after one year, this moment may have been the kick in the a$$ that wasn’t asked for per se, but was defiantly needed! But giving time, patience, and common sense, we all will get out of what we don’t want, and will embrace in what we long desire! You the readers may think otherwise, and that’s OK! We can’t cover everything, but at least we can scratch the surface!

In the mean time, stay tuned to this news service for the latest and greatest in what you look for here! After all, we ain’t working from home for nothing!

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WE STILL SCREAM FOR A STREAM!

As the nation approaches the fist anniversary of the start of what’s been called everything from “The Pandemic”, “COVIG-19” ,“The Beginning of the End”, “When All Hell Broke Loose” and other phrases that are not suitable to print within these pages, millions that been doing their best in keeping safe, sane, or otherwise, while hunkering down in where they live. These folks have been doing anything and everything from cooking, cleaning up their dwelling spaces, fixing things around the house that until recently they never got around in doing, as well as other activities from the aggressive to passive.

In the latter category, folks have been ramping up in their viewing of programming and content that can be consumed through an electronic device that sports a video screen i.e. a traditional television set, a desktop/laptop computer, an electronic pad (“iPad”, etc.) as well as a smart phone that’s gotten a whole lot smarter in recent times.

One of those ways to consume moving imagery (“video”) is through a streaming service or portal. Many of these services are available for free since they are advertiser supported. Yes, they show commercials that run from 15 through sixty seconds each, but not as many spots verses what the cable and over-the-air channels would program. The rest are based on paid subscriptions, akin to what “pay-TV” used to be when HBO, Showtime, The Movie Channel, etc. dominated cable TV pay services since the 1980’s.

According to a survey report entitled 2021 State of Industry Report: Customer Retention in Subscription Businesses filed by Brightback, a consumer retention software company, it stated that some 98% of domestic video consumers now subscribe to at least one streaming media service, and three quarters (75%) subscribe to two or more services.

Based on their poll taken within the last two weeks of 2020 from a little over one thousand responses by those aged eighteen and up dwelling in the USA that have access to any streaming media service (paid or otherwise), the report notes that a little over half of those (53%) subscribe to a service accessible through their phones. (A “mobile app”). These mobile apps are not necessarily limited to media content. It could be anything from a program that rates one’s health, dealing with scheduling, or anything that holds a practical function that where one pays for per each billing period. (Usually it’s on a monthly basis, but could be extended as much as a year’s time!) 39% pay for news from such sources as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and other traditional news outlets that started out as print newspapers. 37% have a “box subscription”-subscribing to more that one service as a package deal, 34% have a subscription based on health and fitness (one can assume that this health and fitness is both physical and/or emotionally based) 31% is based on food and cooking, while the rest (33%) state as “other”. That “other” can range from everything from sports news and views, online gambling, even porn! (Yep! In 2020, PornHub.com reported an uptick in paid subscription for that year, while it increased its traffic for its “free” services.)

Although there are many streaming service to choose from that caters to many tastes in programming as well as the demographics that go along with it, Netflix is the given choose with a multitude of programs to view from traditional TV-esque series to feature length “movies”. And interestingly enough, that portal has the easiest cancellation option! (23% stated that they called it quits with Netflix without any problems.) On the other end, Hulu had it worse, as 4.7% admitted that bailing out had its compilations. Comparing, Netflix came in second place with 2.7% of cancellation difficulty.

But what would it take for those that wish to bail out with one service to make ‘em stay? Some kind of discount or premium incentive! Almost half (49%) stated that if a channel or service gave them an offer they couldn’t refuse, they would hang around for a while! For a lot of people, filing for “divorce” with a streaming service can be as easy as it is difficult! And if a service offered a “cancel button” on their website or visual portal, it would be the best method to cancel verses cancelling over the phone, by way of e-mail, a “live chat” outlet, or through an app. Of course, depending on one’s age, those preferred choices would vary. 69% of younger Millenniums (aged 25-34) would use the “cancel button”. Older Gen-Xers (45-54) would make a phone call. (25%) Those that were older than Baby Boomers (65 and up) would be the second level to make that phone call at 24%. However, a simple “cancel button” would be the preferred choice by all ages!

For those that desire to read all of the facts and figures from this report, take a visit to Brightback’s website at https://brightback.com/, and view the report for yourself!

As of this writing, although the numbers of cases are down and vaccinations are up or at least as steady, it will be quite a while until things get back to a “normal” that folks would recognize. Until that day (or days) finally arrive, people will still be hunkering down at home to watch the latest and perhaps greatest of what the streaming channels have to offer. And there will be more to look at in the future. Paramount+, a channel operated by CBSViacom, will offer “A Mountain of Entertainment”–or says the advertising campaign for this new entry in the streaming wars. It will offer what CBS All Access (its one time name for this service) presented, as well as properties from Paramount Pictures. It isn’t known if the entire of library of features from Paramount will be available, so it’s going to be wait and see. Then again, even through Paramount has been around in many ways going back to 1912, they don’t necessarily has their entire output on hand.

The studio sold its library of releases from 1927 through 1947 to Universal (MCA Television as it was known at the time) back in 1957, while selling its cartoon unit to Associated Artists Productions (later United Artist Television) around the same time. So much of their output had been resourced. Universal still owns the ’27-’47 collection, and has no plans to get it go. However, Universal is connected to NBC what has its own streaming service named Peacock, named after a bird that’s been NBC’s mascot since 1956 when it first introduced color pictures into the TV landscape. But that’s for another story, and for another feat of technology!

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WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE!-A REVISIT

In our continuing look back at our twenty-five years of existence, we dipped deep into our archives to find an opening article we published around this time of year back in 2005. (Vol. 10-No. 8). It spoke about how wet the winter of 2004-05 was in the southern California area. There was a lot of flooding going on then in an area that tends to be dry for a majority of the year. This winter season has some share of rainfall, but not as much as it did some sixteen years before.

Here was our take on the weather report….

Southern California, especially Los Angeles, has been hit with massive rains over the last few days and nights! We are sure that you the readers have been reading the stories off the AP wire (as well as other news services) about the mud slides, flooding, and even some freakish accidents that have occurred, such as the incident of a 16 year old girl in Orange County who was killed when a bolder rolling from a hillside crashed into the side of her home and in to her bedroom!

This is the kind of tales one would see in some B-movie. Sadly, it was all true!
California experiences its wet season roughly between December and March Beyond that time period, there is very little rain, if any at all! Usually, there is a drought period in the summertime. Of course, nobody can predict the weather. However, as things stand, it’s wet–very wet indeed!

According to the statistics, this winter season (2004-05) marks the fourth wettest year (July 1st-June 30th) in Los Angeles since record keeping began sometime in the 1870’s. However, since the rains are not over yet, that record is getting closer to become broken, if not tied! Time will tell when things begin to change for the better–or worse!

What can one do about this rain? Well for starters, keep dry as best as one can! If one experiences some weather related damage to one’s home or property, this would be an ideal time to check one’s insurance policy. Of course, policies vary in shape, size, and form. If one received damage because of rain–that is, water falling from the sky, it’s considered in insurance speak, “Acts Of God”. Most policies cover damage due to such acts. Flooding–that is, water coming from a ground source, is a different matter.

Flooding is considered a different element and may not be covered, unless one has separate flood insurance. Again, check the policy carefully, and call the insurance carrier or agent to obtain the details. For the record, such weather damage would be classified as a catastrophe claim, or “cat” claim. This is a type of claim that would not go against one’s insurance record since insurance carries are receiving dozens of claims due to the same source. Again, contact your insurance carrier for complete details!

Albert Hammond once sang, “Seems It Never Rains In Southern California”, adding “When It Pours, Man It Pours!”. Maybe so. However, Albert never lived in southern California. In fact, he was born in London, and raised in the British territory of Gibraltar. Yes, they do have their share of rain in London and Gibraltar, but the song would not become such a hit if he sang about rain in London, since London receives more rain than southern California! But what does one expect on receiving a weather report from a jukebox?

So as you bail your basement, crawl space, or anyplace that water can collect, (and shouldn’t be there in the first place), just keep your umbrella up! The best news to report is the fact that this rain will end–some day! Now, don”t you feel better already?
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And speaking of events from 2005, we through we’d bring back a movie review that first appeared in Vol. 10-No. 50 for a feature released later that same year…

KING KONG (Universal) stars Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow, a vaudeville player living in the heart of Manhattan during the great depression of 1933. When the theater she’s playing in closes, she is not just out of the show, she is out of work! Hungry and desperate, along with hundreds of people living in “Hooverville” shanty towns and living off soup kitchens, she encounters small time movie mogul and filmmaker Carl Denham (Jack Black). He’s in the middle of producing a travelogue/action film to be shot in some exotic island somewhere within the Atlantic ocean. He takes a liking to Ann, and since his female lead has left the production (as well as wearing a size 4 just like Ann, since all of the costumes are of that size), he hires her as a replacement. But Ann doesn’t care much for the role, until she learns that Jack Driscoll (Adrian Brody) an up-and-coming playwright she personally admires, has been hired by Carl to write the screenplay. Completing the cast for this picture is leading man Bruce Baxter (Kyle Chandler), star of a number of “B” action pictures and western features. So Carl, Bruce, Ann, and the rest of the film crew board on the boat Venture to head off to a mysterious island that would be the ideal setting for Carl’s film. That is, until all finally get to the place only known as Skull Island, where legions state that a wall built by a long forgotten civilization surrounds the entire location, as well as ruins of a lost city. Not only there are such ruins, but there are dinosaurs, giant incects, restless natives, and an ape–a very large and mean ape!

The 1933 RKO release of King Kong (where this film is based upon) is one of a handful of movies ever made where nearly everyone who watches and enjoys older movies know what the plot is all about, so this review won’t give you the reader every play-by-play. However, this same reviewer will state that this version plays like a 1930’s era pulp fiction comic book/adventure/movie matinee serial! It’s got edge-of-your-seat action, characters that either thin, cartoonish, or just strong enough for a film of this genre, and a romance that is between beauty and beast!

The special effects are mindboggling, from the dinos on screen to the recreation of Manhattan c.1933! Director Peter Jackson, who recently put the Lord Of The Rings series back on the movie map, is on helm to direct this film that has just about a bit of everything that will please a movie going audiences! Jackson even brings many of the people that worked on the Rings series, including director of photography Andrew Lesnie, production designer Grant Major, film editor Joe Letteri, and the computer generated imagery (CGI) special effects by the staff at Weta Workshop, Ltd, under the direction of Richard Taylor. Oh, yes…and to play the real star of this film is Andy Serkis as “Kong”.

Make no mistake! The original 1933 King Kong is a masterpiece for its era. This new (and third) remake of KING KONG is just as entertaining and appealing, as well as a very long movie, clocking in close to three hours in length! But one will get their money’s worth in experiencing this “eight wonder of the world”! PS..this film makes the 1976 Paramount release even worse! Trust this writer on that fact! Really!

KING KONG is rated “PG-13” for some CGI violence and mild 1930’s era cussing.

Note: This title is available for viewing through Netflix, and available on physical DVD for rental or purchase.

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WHAT MOVIES…?

This time of year, or at least here in Los Angeles, would be in the middle of movie “award season”, where all of the groups, organizations, and guilds would hold their annual award shows for films that opened and played in traditional movie theaters during the previous calendar year. These awards from such groups that are better known by their internals (WGA, BFCA, SAG, etc.) would present citations for the best of movies in specific categories. (Best editing, best writing, best supporting acting, etc.). This season would last between the first weekend in January with The Golden Globe Awards, and would end at the last weekend in February with the granddaddy award show of ‘em all, The Academy Awards a.k.a. The Oscars.

Since the last thirty to forty years (give or take), the majority of these awards would go to prestige films, usually released in limited release between October 1st through December 31st, that would focus with complex dramatic stories, featuring players that are better known to appear in such features, although a big box office star would make an appearance in one of these kind of titles for the sake of getting this star’s name out to those voting members that tend to care about such features!

However, 2020 was not any other year of late. In fact, if may not have been like any kind of year or recent times, distant era, or even ever before!

Thanks to the pandemic known as COVIG, many movie theaters were forced to shut down, keeping closed for months at a time. Some communities allowed to keep some theaters open, but with limited capacity. In New York and in Los Angeles, those theaters are still closed! Those two markets are perhaps the biggest ones for movies in the nation. This is ever so true for Los Angeles, where Hollywood finds its home--the location that feeds the world with movies!

The studios kept afloat by offering their big blockbuster features, usually released in the spring and summer months. This is the time where the films offer a lot on the screen. They could be loud, and they could offer more visual special effects that one can tolerate. Gunfire, explosions, and other forms of action (lots of action) may prevail! For those films that are more lighthearted in nature (comedies mostly), their special effects may be limited, but they offer plenty of laughs no matter at what price, and exist for the reason why people will go to see such movies--to be entertained!

Of course, the studios themselves make these kind of movies for one reason. They are profitable! That is the real reason why such films are created in the first place. After all, making movies is a business. And the purpose of a business is to make money and become profitable! 

But studios themselves want to make the maximum dollar (or its equivalent) out of a film, especially in the first week(end) of its release. Folks would be willing to plunk down somewhere between ten to twenty dollars a person for the privilege to become entertained while seated in a big room full of total strangers to laugh, cry, yell, and overall react to the action that is taking place on screen, if not react to what is being played out on the soundtrack, for two hours worth of time. Those times may vary, depending on the movie and the theater that’s showing off the film. The movie house may pad out the time as much as thirty minutes additional to show trailers, advertisements, and other forms of visuals that isn’t part of the movie itself!

So what did the studios do to keep their films flowing to the public that desires to see them without the use of movie theaters? One of two elements. The first element is to keep those movies tucked away at bay until movie theaters around the nation, if not the world, open again in near full capacity. It may be a while until those movies see the light of day, but those studios invested millions of dollars for their creation, and they want to see their investment turn a nice profit.

The second move is to offer those films through streaming video, where for a monthly subscription fee, one can see those films in the comfort and privacy of their homes where many people have built their own movie theater-esque arrangements where they can sit on a comfortable seat while they watch on a big(er) screen with a decent audio system. These folks not only can watch these movies without leaving the house, they can do whatever they want while the film plays out on the screen. They can dine on gourmet food, they can talk on the phone during the feature speaking as loud as they desire, and even do other things one can’t duplicate verses watching in a movie house! They can do their taxes, clip their toenails, and even “make out”! After all in this day and age, who has the attention span by sitting like a monk for two hours at a stretch watching anything on a video screen?

For many folks, they are getting used to seeing their favorite (or not so favorite) film within their home domains. They may never return to a theater once they open again! There are many reasons for this choice. Perhaps the most obvious ones are the fact that it’s more convenient! No shlepping out of the house! No driving to the movie theater location! No plunking down ten or more dollars a person! No paying for overpriced snacks and beverages! And no dealing with other people in attendance that may act in obnoxious ways! (Talking through the film, playing with their phones, etc.). Folks at home can also watch the film whenever they desire and not depend on when the movie theater schedules the film. If one wants to watch a feature at 3:17 in the PM or AM, so be it! And if one wants to stop the film in its middle to do something else (grab a snack, answer a phone, visit the loo, etc.), they can do that without missing out on anything! With all of those options at their disposal, why go out to the movies in a theater setting ever again?

There are advantages in actually seeing a film in a traditional movie house, mostly based on getting out of the house for a while, and perhaps for the emotional appeal in seeing a movie in a large darken room loaded with stranger that react to the audio and visuals. But only a select few find those elements as part of the movie going experience. However those folks tend to be older. Others may not have cared for any emotional appeal! Just as long as they are entertained for the minimum effort, they will climb aboard!

Only time and tide will tell what will become of the fate of movies and the movie going experience. However, once folks start to get used to performing a method that’s smaller-faster-cheaper, they won’t be turning back! It’s all or nothing with it comes to changing a lifestyle, especially if that new and revised lifestyle is for its better. 

Life may imitate art, but the real art is to head to the source, even if that source is more for less! That’s just part of show biz!!
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LOOKIN’ THROUGH THE REAR VIEW MIRROR

This year as many of you readers know, is our 25th anniversary. And since the big “25” is indeed a milestone year to be around (a silver edition no doubt!), we through it would be an honor to celebrate those twenty-five years of doing what we have been doing for the past quarter century, is to showcase a vast retrospect of those glory years.

Unlike a visual element such as an anniversary of a TV network or a movie studio where a television special would be presented where the program would consist of a montage of clips of past performances or productions that made those years special, we are not going to offer another “clip show” event. What we plan to do is to reprint a selection of past articles that once graced these same pages (both as print pages as well as the online variety) that show how much we have grown through the ages.

Starting with this edition and with future editions that will be presented throughout the year, we will look back by offering those headline articles that made this news service unique. And in addition, we will also present a selection of reviews we wrote about for movies, theater works, and anything else we got around in reviewing.

Some of the stuff we wrote about in those days range form being very simplistic to downright wordy and complex. Much of this composer of word’s writings changed over the years. Some of those musings were classics, while other were (to yours truly anyway), borderline embarrassing! Then again, everyone’s early work were not in the same style of perfection as they used to be. So we do share a common bond in that perspective!

However, technology is somewhat not working for us here. When we started back in 1996, we were hacking our stuff using a Mac Plus computer system that featured a word processing program (AppleWorks) that was part of a Macintosh operating system. (At the time, Microsoft’s Word wasn’t available for the Mac until many years later!) And those files were placed on those 3 1/2” floppy disks. Today, many of those floppy disks can no longer be read though a modern Mac. And the word processing program we used is somewhat difficult to translate using the current version of the Mac word processing program, Pages. Thus, some of our stuff is no longer accessible! It’s not lost per se, just living within a different world.

However, not all is lost! Much of our later stuff that was released since the late 00’s are accessible. So we will dip into that collection of articles and reviews, but we will also try to reprint some of the older stuff as well!

So with that being said, we will wax nostalgia for a while. However, we will stay in the present age. It’s fun to look back, but you have to keep looking forward. That is the reason for our headline. Keep you eye on the rear view mirror on occation, while looking forward at the some time. In other words, live with the past, but not in it!

Before we really get off on the deep end, let’s end this beginning with our first of many reprints. Here’s our take on a feature film we took a gander at! Enjoy!

PS..When one sees a movie for the first time, one may have had a great experience with it, or one may have found it as an “ecch!”. Year later, tastes change. What we found as “great” way back when may have given us second thought of the title since then. While at the same time, a movie we thought as “meh”, looks better today than how we first saw it! It’s amusing when these ideas change over the years. But that’s the way it goes!

OK..we are gonna shut up for a while….

MAN OF STEEL (Warner Bros.) is a retelling/reboot/remake of comic bookdom’s first and perhaps, greatest super hero ever to see print: The saga of Superman.

Told in somewhat of a slightly non-linear fashion, the legion begins on the planet Krypton, a place set far among the galaxies. Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and his spouse become the parents of a boy to be called Kal-El (Henry Cavill), during a time where their planet stripped from its energy sources, is close for destruction. One of the leaders of their world, General Zod (Michael Shannon) attempted to take the planet against its people for his own ways. For his part in this takeover, he is charged for treason by its leaders and sentenced, along with his army, to be placed in the Phantom Zone. While Krypton’s days are numbered, Jor-El places his young son on a ship to escape this world’s doom and to perhaps live on another cosmos. Jor-El travels to Earth where he lands on a farm in Smallville, Kansas adapted by Martha and Jonathan Kent (Diane Lane and Kevin Costner). Then there’s ace reporter Lois Lane (Amy Adams), working for The Daily Planet in the city of Metropolis who discovers the notion of a young man who has extraordinary powers. But this man, also known are Clark Kent, is taught by his earth father to use his powers for good. That is, until General Zod and his army broke free from the Phantom Zone, heads for Earth to receive their revenge for Kal-El.

For those that know their comic book history, this flick follows the classic Superman story faithfully for a post modern audience. The screenplay by David S. Goyer (with story by Christopher Nolan and Goyer), presents the tale of this original super hero told slightly stagnant, never drifting off too far from its basic plot lineage. The movie watching audience learns about Clark’s past and how he became a hero, only to have his earth father Jonathan tell him the humble sides between good and evil. (Good always win as that’s part of the truth, justice, and the American way!!) But getting back to the film itself: Unlike the features starring the late Christopher Reeves released in the late 1970’s and throughout the 1980’s that played like a rather campy comic book, this film is more of a graphic novel, offering slight hints to what this character has gone through its 75 years of existence in various forms of media! It does offer action (and lots of it), special effects (ditto), and even a bit of romance! After a exciting and rather amusing fight scene between Kan-El and the evil General Zod, Lois turns to this hero as the pair do engage in a passionate kiss! (And this isn’t a “spoiler alert!”)

Zack Snyder directs this feature that is indeed entertaining (something that movies should be), and has enough to keep the pace going for its 120+ minute running time!
Summertime movies usually means lots of gunfire, explosions, animation, and the for noted action heroes lifted off the pages of a comic book! MAN OF STEEL offers the action, explosions, not much gunfire, and if one counts tons of visual effects as “animation”, this will fit the bill of a standard “tent pole” summer flick! And if the trend continues with super hero titles, this feature will fill Warner Bros.’ coffers quite well! DC Comics, owned by the studio since the late 1970’s, will keep on printing the tale of this man o’ steel (along with The Dark Knight a.k.a. Badman) for quite a while.

In comic book terms, there’s DC, Marvel (owned by The Walt Disney Company), and everyone else. These kind of movies may not hold a lot of high intellect, but at least they are quire amusing for what they are!

Oh, yes! This film is also released in 3D. According to the press kit this writer used to keep everyone mentioned within this review in order, this feature was shot on film in 2-D, only to have its 3D visual effects added in post. If possible, see it in 2D as the 3D effects may become headache inducing for some folks. Besides, you can see it in 2D sans those slightly annoying glasses! (And it’s cheaper too, as theaters charge more admission for a 3D feature verses a 2D version!)

This movie is rated “PG-13” for comic book violence and object destruction. Opening on June 14th (2013) at multiplexes nationwide!

Note: This feature is available for streaming through HBO+!
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