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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WHERE’S THE PARTY…?

On Sunday, February 7th, Super Bowl LV took place in Tampa Florida, where the local team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers matched up with the Kansas City Chiefs playing in Tampa, Florida. By the time you folks get access to this edition, you may know who was the winner and who was the loser, or at least on the gridiron.

However, there were a few other winners and losers that was connected to the pro sports game that beasts all sports games by a mile (or yard!)

Unlike other Super Bowl games in the past where the big talk was not only about the teams, the game plans, and the players that participated, but everything else that was not the game itself! It was all about the commercials, the half time event, and of course, the many Super Bowl watching parties that occurred in bars, restaurants, meeting halls, and private homes.

These parties, from small intimate affairs to lavish “blow-out” events, were just as part of “the big game” (the generic name of The Super Bowl that’s used by those that don’t wish to get a lawsuit called on them from the NFL), than what took place on the field. Many folks planed for such events weeks, sometimes months, ahead of the game. Many electronic retailers tend to feature sales on big screen TV sets around two weeks before the opening kickoff. Supermarkets tend to stock up on snack items that would be served at a party. Restaurants and bars (sport bars mostly, but any place that serves alcohol) would offer specials so folks can come in to dine, drink, and even watch the game on dozens of TV monitors that are affixed on every wall space available at the joint. Overall, it was a day to celebrate the final match of the football season. And the most ironic part of this hoopla is the fact that these events attract people that would otherwise hold little to no interest in the game or football itself! These folks came just for the party and the atmosphere it created. In other words, it was time for a party set during the middle of winter where the mid-winter blahs would be set in, and would be the only day to celebrate something or another until St. Patty’s Day.

We are aware that there is another holiday taking place later in February, President’s Day on February 22nd. But the only thing that takes place on that weekend is huge sales on mattresses. We have yet to figure out the connection of discounts on mattresses and the day to commemorate the birthdays of George Washington and Abe Lincoln. Maybe these two one-time leaders of the USA couldn’t sleep thanks to a lumpy or perhaps, nonexistent mattress. But we digress!

Getting back to the winners and losers. We know who were the winners are. CBS for a huge spike in the ratings when the game was made available on more video platforms one could count, the advertisers stepping up to the plate (so to speak) in shelling out 5.5 million for a brief spot of time to get their word out to their audience, and the moral that the fans (and non-fans) that could have needed on that first Sunday in February.

The losers? The for noted bars, restaurants, meeting halls, and even those living in a dwelling place that would normally throw a bash where folks would gather, dine on food and snacks, guzzle beverages both of the soft and hard variety, tune to the lavish commercials, view an amusing and perhaps entertaining half time concert, and maybe even watch the game itself. It would be a Sunday worth its while.

This time around, moods are rather different. Because of the virus of the year (Decade? Century?), the idea for a party just to watch/not watch a game was more subdued. In many areas of the nation, bars and restaurants only had to offer their services through take out and/or outdoor dining. People were a little hesitant in offering parties unless they were close family members, trusted friends, or anyone they would know of that was free and clear of any viruses whose name resembles a vanity license plate number.

Generally speaking, people are not necessarily in the same party mood since the last time The Big Game occurred.

The advertisers that offered their commercials this year also changed their game plan but toning down the lavish attitudes that are part of a Super Bowl TV spot that only tends to air for one time only. Many of the regular brands decided to sit on the sideline bench this year, while other brands came back after a leave of absence, or even made their rookie appearance this year. It was a spirit that knew what it was getting itself into, and played along with it all!

This writer knew of a couple that for many years hosted Super Bowl watching parties. They had a big screen TV device all fired up, while the “man of the house” (this is a couple that lives together but isn’t legally married) drags out his big-deal BBQ in the back yard to create just about anything that can be grilled, from vegetables to meat–and plenty of the latter! The “lady of the home” would be in charge of the rest of the spread, creating side dishes that were meals into themselves. There would be lots to drink from soda pop, sparking water, and a variety of craft beers. They would have as many as forty people at their place that would drift between the backyard to the living room, and even hanging around the kitchen. The couple would even place a smaller set in their bathroom where anyone could still watch the game and/or commercials while “doing their duty”.

And the most ironic thing about this party, although the house husband tends to view a game or two during the regular season, this couple doesn’t care much for football! They are more of baseball fans and make a bigger deal about that sport.

This is especially true when the local team enters the playoffs and go into the World Series. That what happened last fall.  As you can guess, this couple lives in the Los Angeles, California region. If they lived in, let’s say, Chicago, having a BBQ outdoors may be a bit of a problem since it’s usually cold out there, but you get the idea!

For this year, this couple didn’t host a party. If they did have some event, it was rather toned down. There was no lavish spread, no massive collection of ice-filled metal tubs loaded with bottles and cans of cold beverages, and no BBQ. If they did anything on that early evening, they watched the game on their own. In other words, it was just another routine and perhaps dull way to wind down a weekend as one would do on a “school night”!

PS..the couple, both in their 70’s, have been retired for some time, so there was no workday to prepare for, unless a work day for them consists of performing a lot of busy work just to keep them occupied!

It’s assumed that many other folks toned down their gatherings as well. Many of these people that attended a party the previous year are in a different frame of mind. They have have experienced a hardship of some matter, from job loss to somebody they may know or know of who caught the virus and may have even perished from it. They have seen and felt changes in work, school, and socializing.

They may have been involved in some sort of political based routine that may have been popular with others or not. It’s a whole new attitude that may be around for a while, or may exist for good!

But there is a silver lining to this all. Many of these changes are what people needed, but just didn’t know how to pull it off. They because grateful in what they have, and learned to make do with it. They set themselves into a new(er) beginning and plan to take that new beginning (or in some parlance, a second chapter), and to live for it all in the name of a better way of life.

So as the big game settles for another chapter in the history books, it’s the time to get one’s self back in gear. But yes, the parties will return. People will gather to root, root, root for the home team, and will know that they are there to serve a purpose. And as Al Jolson once stated “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”
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BUSY! BUSY! BUSY!

There was a comical character performer named Billy DeWolf who once had an routine where he would act in a rather prissy tone or as a scold, where he would say something to the effect as “I don’t have time for you as I’m always Bus-y, Bus-Y, BUS-Y!” with am emphasis on the word “busy”! It was an act that he used when he appeared as a spot on a number of TV sitcoms in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, as well as a few TV and radio commercials where he would play a rather fussy and somewhat hard to please person. (To understand how this portrayal went, one can hear this shtick as he plays the magician Professor Hinkel in the cell animated Christmas TV special Frosty The Snowman, produced by Arthur Rankin Jr and Jules Bass.)

But this article isn’t about forgotten character performers, Christmas specials, or the theory of acting fussy. It’s about the notion of being “busy” at all times of the day, night, or otherwise!

Back in the so-called “good old days” (whenever those were), people existing in domestic society used to live in an perceived era where everything seemed simple. For instance, families would consist consist of a mom, a dad, and the kids. Dad would be off to work serving as the breadwinner, while mom stayed in to take care of the homestead. The kids would go off to school away from home. Dad would be away from the home working in some kind of office-type setting for a fixed amount of hours the entire day. Mom’s day would start by getting the family breakfast.

Once dad and the kids were off to work and school, she would proceed staying in place to get started in household chores, such as cleaning, sorting out household related bills and related invoices, and leaving the house to perhaps go grocery shopping. She might have enough leftover time in catching up on some daytime TV where the three TV networks would usually program some fast paced game show with an occasional light and bright talk program starring such personalities as Gary Moore, Dinah Shore, or Art Linkletter. The soap operas would air later in the afternoon where mom could wind down a bit with the never ending stories the soaps would tell where the plot line would last for weeks, months, and even years! If she was part of some “woman’s group”, perhaps she would be attending a meeting with her said group taking place at a dedicated clubhouse location or at a club member’s home in order to plan and discuss some sort of task reflecting their personal selves, or for some form of worthy and charitable cause.

Meanwhile the kids (usually there was more than one child in the family) would be busy at school for some six and a half hours, only to be released around middle afternoon to cater to their own devices. They would be out hanging around with friends or with their own selves. Then they would come home, perhaps watch some later afternoon TV while mom was getting ready to make dinner. Then dad would arrive home for the said dinner. The rest of the evening would involve more TV. The kids had their homework to so, but they knew they could do their homework while their favorite prime time program would be on the air.

On the weekends, it was more of a different pace. Dad might be working on a do-it-yourself project. Mom may help out, while the kids had the time for themselves. In the evening, they could either be watching more TV as Saturday and Sunday nights has the best TV shows on the air, if not the occasional going out for the evening somewhere! (Mom, Dad, the kids, or a combination of all family members!)

Of course, the above description can be seen as a rather stereotypical and perhaps a cartoon version of how a person’s domestic life was once all about. It may have been performed this way, or perhaps not. In this day and age, everyone feels that they are busier than ever before, always rushing to be somewhere, dashing to get something done, or frantically attempting to be a participant in some activity for the sake of being busy by choice or through circumstance!

This writer is speaking for the times long before the notion of a worldwide pandemic shifted from something experienced in some science fiction tale to being a rather real way of life. Nowadays, people are busy in what they have to do, or maybe not busy enough. Granted, people who were once employed at a fixed location may either be working from home through wired means, or may not be working at all! If one is working via technology, they may feel that they are always in the “on” mode 24/7. For those not in a domain of employment, they are busy through other means such as looking for a new(er) job that is a “job” into itself, or maybe performing in some other domestic task as (paid) employee, gig worker, or as a non-salaried domestic partner, parent figure, caretaker, or a combination of all positions, getting paid for the privilege or not!

And to state that “life was a lot simpler” many years before is a line that’s been quoted and misquoted longer than one may realize. This writer recently came across a c.1962 TV commercial for Wheaties cereal. General Mills hired Bob Richards, who won gold medals in pole vaulting in the 1952 and 1956 Summer Olympics, as a commercial spokesperson for the cereal. (He appeared on the box shortly after his gold medal win in ’56.) In the ad, he makes a pitch about the cereal where it’s easy to serve each morning, even in the current days (then) in a “go-go and hurry-up world!”

When I looked at that commercial, I thought to myself “Go-go and hurry-up world? I though this came from an era where life was suppose to be a lot simple!”

Well, I was right, but only to a point! Yes, perhaps folks were indeed always busy way back when, but in different aspects. It’s true that thanks for technology, people have things to be busy for. When kids once attended school in person, they did have other things to do before and after school. But what they did was based on what they chose to do. After all, hanging around with your friends was being busy. It may not have been constructive, but it was being busy nevertheless.

Parents and/or caretakers seem to have the kids they look after to be involved in crammed activities ranging from the participation in sporting teams, dance classes, or even some activity involving some STEM based function. The reason for this keeping busy is based upon what they parents/caretakers place their kids in! Kids themselves may want to be involved in some activity or event, but won’t necessarily go out of the way for this kind of involvement. After all, they may have a desire in participating in a sport of some type, but they won’t necessarily have access to joining a team or related group event. Kids are still kids and don’t think and act like an adult would, let alone having access to these sort of events!

So in this day and age, are people busy than before? The answer is still yes. It’s just in a different mode. Social media participation causes one to be busy while in a generation before (around the turn of the 21st century for example), social media really didn’t exist! And when it because a novelty to a way of domestic life, most of what’s being done through social media is for one’s personal amusement or for a possible stab of becoming “famous”! Whatever one posts on YouTube or TikTok takes a lot of work! And one has to post new material every day, or even every hour! Facebook grabs a lot of people’s attention as well! And you just gotta Tweet about anything you the tweeter cares about. And maybe your “followers” may care as well! That’s a time grabber, if not a time waster!

So the moral of this story is rather obvious! People are busy, and will be busy for the rest of their times! Just make sure that those bills are paid, those dishes are washed, the dog is walked, and every episode of (name of program) on (name of streaming service) is watched and analyzed on (name of social media portal)! It’s just another day in the life in these busy times!

PS…Before this writer becomes bombarded with requests for an on-line link to see the TV spot mentioned within this article through YouTube, the commercial, along with other commercials featuring Bob Richards for Wheaties, currently exists within my media archive. Yours truly will post nothing from my collection on YouTube unless I own the rights to the material, or I have permission from the rights owner(s) to post the said imagery. If by chance you eventually do find the TV commercial in question, it was placed there by somebody else and not by me! So there!
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GET WIRED OR ELSE!

Well..maybe not “or else”, but the notion of being wired is another method of survival, or at least as just getting by!

GroupM, a marketing research firm, recently conducted a survey asking consumers over their use of modern technology. The results showed that (54.3%) of consumers acknowledge that it’s important to be equipped with the latest technology, with 82% of those responding to the survey believe that either they or a family member should be the only ones with access to health and fitness tracker data.

The report, conducted in December of ’20 by GroupM’s LIVE panel, asked 100 American consumers on their perspectives toward technology covering six general categories: attitudes toward technology, information sharing and privacy, virtual reality-based devices and services, smart appliances, mobile devices and digital services, such as visual search, streaming audio and streaming video.

Among other notions, the survey results found..

Attitudes toward Technology: 54.3% of respondents agree with this statement: “It’s important my household is equipped with the latest technology.” Males, younger people and higher-income households all “completely agree” with a much higher propensity than other groups.

Information Sharing and Privacy for health and fitness trackers: 81.7% of respondents believe that either they or a family member should be the only ones with access to this data. On the other hand, only 6.9% of respondents believe the company that made the device or software should have access.

Virtual or Augmented Reality: the higher the income, the more likely a consumer would respond “yes” to having a “virtual travel experience” like visiting a museum or a foreign city—8% of the highest quintile, while only 24.7% of the lowest quintile. Overall, males across each age group showed a higher propensity to have accessed a “virtual” trip.

Smart Appliances: 48% agreed that they would like a home appliance to “automatically order replacements when I am running out of related products” (i.e.: a washing machine ordering new detergent or a refrigerator ordering food).

5G Connected Devices: 51.5% of respondents said they have a 5G device such as a mobile phone that can connect to a 5G network. Among the half of the population without a 5G connected device, 59.6% of 35-54s said they expect to buy one in the next year, while 45.2% of 18-34s said the same.

Digital Services: Voice Assistance/Visual Search: 96.1% of respondents used an Amazon or Apple connected product to help with their shopping.

Streaming audio services: the responses were significantly higher for females than males regarding YouTube Music (49.1% to 42.4%), Pandora (53.4% to 39.7%) and local online radio station (19.6% to 15.4%).

Streaming Video: In order to maintain a lower monthly bill for streaming services, 66% of respondents said they would accept having to watch commercials.

Note: The above elements as stated were retransmitted from GroupM’s report. The complete results from GroupM can be accessed directly at https://www.groupm.com/groupm-research-reveals-1-in-2-us-consumers-believe-its-important-to-be-equipped-with-the-latest-technology/

It isn’t too much of a surprise that technology in these times have taken its acceptance over the previous year. The current pandemic execrated the use of high(er) tech gadgets and its associated applications, as well as the acceptance of said gadgetry in multifold aspects. Who would ever imagine that Zoom, a video communication source that was mainly applied for business conference related purposes, would be used for just about anything from communication with family members, personal friends, and eventually became part of domestic life milestones ranging from birthday parties, weddings, graduations, bar/bat mitzvahs, bible study groups, and other localized events that used to be done as in-person gatherings?

Streaming services, once considered as a method of getting TV programming that was a lot cheaper than what the local cable TV company offered, also increased in usage∂ thanks to having people staying home through choice and/or circumstance.

Disney+, the streaming channel started by The Walt Disney Company in November of ’19, has recently surpassed Netflix, perhaps known as the be-all-to-end-all streaming channel, as the most-downloaded entertainment video-on-demand app in the USA in the previous year, logging in some 45.2 million downloads compared to Netflix’s 44.7. And WarnerMedia’s HBO Max is now the fastest growing platform. Since its launching in May of ’20, it grew some 242% in daily active users, ranking in as the 8th most subscribed platform. The other channels running through numbers three through ten are in their order, YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Tubi, Roku, Google Play Games and Pluto.

And Quibi, the streaming subscription service once made for smartphone viewing with programming running at ten minutes of less, recently found a home through Ruku and will soon be available for streaming for free (It’s going to be advertising supported) made for all devices for viewing, no longer limited just to smartphones! And one will be able to share content to all social media platforms! It will be better to let your friends and “friends” know about what you have been watching lately!

Although tech is usually linked to those that are of a younger demographic, many seniors aged 60+ are also embracing technology and accepting it for what it is. Many of those in that same demographic were first getting acquainted in computers and the internet once found within their places of employment starting in the latter days of the 1980’s to later enhance it in the 1990’s. Those that are of the “Gen Z” group born from 1965 through 1979, first got into video gaming from the arcade found in shopping malls, moving later toward home based devices. They were also the ones that first embraced the internet and its early applications, such as chat rooms! (This group “invented” the letter word “LOL” that stands for “laughing out loud”!) Of course, their kids of adult age and perhaps their grandkids did some part of introducing their parents and grandparents in suiting up to such applications. But the notion that the older one gets the less connected they tend to be, is slowly fading away.

On a side note, this writer has a personal contact with somebody over the age of 65, that still uses a flip phone and doesn’t have any access to a computer device. (This is the person’s personal choice!) This person has stated that she doesn’t feel the need to have a computer device within her reach. She is still employed and isn’t ready for retirement. She is attempting to find another job, and can’t seem to understand why she can’t submit an application for employment somewhere by sending a resume and/or application through standard mail. I did tell her that most, if not all companies that have more than five employees, are even able to process a resume and/or application through the mail. Perhaps they could have as recently as fifteen or even ten years ago. But in this day and age? Not so much! Although I did try to help her out by giving her these hard facts, she doesn’t seem to “get it” quite yet!

Whatever the case, technology, be it as high brow or as low key, is here to stay like it or not! This may be of a good thing, depending on how its used and applied. And as this year is attempting to shake off of the notions that occurred in the previous year, that won’t be too difficult to take. But as the ol’ cliche seems to go, there is an app for that!!
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LIVING IN A VIRTUAL WORLD

It’s no real surprise that because of the uncertainty of The Pandemic (a term that has its own name, thus, the capitalization), a lot of events that was suppose to take place around this time of year is going to become a virtual event. One can still attend the event, but don’t expect to be in a physical place with a lot of people crowding among each other as they used to do back in the so-called “good old days” long before there was any real worry that such crowds would become a health and safety hazard.

For those that follow the movie business for instance, this would be the start of the awards season where many groups and organizations would fob off awards for movies that aren’t necessarily blockbusters of even “tentpole” pictures. These movies would be smaller “art house” and/or “independent” feature films that are plot and character heavy, aren’t loaded with big-name starts, unless one can count people as Meryl Streep as a “big name”, or when Tom Hanks used to appear in cute and perhaps silly light comedies, and for the most part, as suppose to be “good” movies. Not necessarily entertaining per se, but are well crafted for what they are!

Thanks to the said Pandemic, many of those same smaller movies never had a genuine opportunity to play in a real movie house as most of these titles, if not all of them, wound up as video on demand selections through a streaming device. And those tentpole picture, the kind that people really want to see, were limited to a few of the theaters that were open, but wound up as revised drive-in fodder or in many cases, were also available through the streaming circles.

Out of the many elements that The Pandemic gave to the winners, it was technology that won hands down! Because people were forced to stay at home or in some form of sheltering, they turned toward internet connected devices. They watched a lot of television (movies or otherwise) through anything that can connect to the ‘net and sported a video screen, as well as making their own “movies”. They flocked on YouTube, they went to Tic-Tok, and Zoomed their way to happiness, if not totally stressed out on a virtual source that wasn’t very known of the year before.

Many trade conventions will be held this year through virtual means as well. The only good that’s coming through that element is the fact that people won’t have to travel to attend such events. However, watching faces through streaming services got very old and tired months ago. This is especially true if the connection isn’t as great as it could be, meaning that the next Zoom meeting (out of too many to count) will remain a meeting where people will be “frozen”, and perhaps not able to speak or be heard with a sound source!

As of this writing, people will be deciding if they actually want to attend a meeting in person. Here in Los Angeles, COVIG cases are still on the rise, and the vaccine can only get around for so long. So until people will start feeling safe to venture out, they will continue to attend such meetings and events through their video screens.

And to add, on January 20th, the USA will crown its new king. Of course, that event will still be presented on the steps of the Capital building in Washington, DC. However, that event will be performed through live means rather than through virtual portals, although that king-to-be will become more careful in preventing others in catching the virus of the year. (Decade?) As to the old king? Well, his followers attempted to storm the castle with the notion of telling anyone that their king should remain the leader of the band. But in concept, it dosen’t seem likely to happen, concidering that the only one doing all the tweeting about it will be the birds in the trees that will whisper Louise…or something like that!

So here’s to you ol’ virtual world. Many you live long and prosper. Then again, what can one can do..?

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WHEN MOVIES BECAME VIDEO PROGRAMS

For those that are regular readers of this news service, this writer tends to write about feature films, both the current crop as well as an occasional vintage title. However, the previous year didn’t give me much of an opportunity to write about new movies for the reason that most movies released in the 2020 calendar year never arrived in a theater. It was pretty much an all online affair where one would watch the movie on a video device, be it a TV set, a cell phone, an electronic pad, or wherever video content can be obtained.

There’s been a load of talk within the industry lately that traditional movies theater may be on the chopping block, if not presumed as “dead”. Yes, a lot of feature titles that were scheduled to play in a movie house had been moved through video streaming means. In other words, these theatrical movies turned into movies first seen on television and its related applications.

Yes, movies and television were for a long time, separate elements. A theatrical movie has a different feel and vibe, from its overall look to the way the story was told. If featured performers that were “bigger than life” (i.e. “movie stars”) that were only limited to appear in said movies. Television, on the other hand, were made for smaller (and less expensive) means. Sets and scenes were not as lavish, the actors appearing may not be as well known, the music score was somewhat limited, (many times, using “stock” music cures between scenes), and of course, were closely catered to more of a general audience. While movies, especially of titles created and released from the latter part of the 1960’s and onward, could be a bit graphic, TV shows, especially the TV movie a.k.a. a “movie of the week” a.k.a. a “MOW” also showed its differences. There was no cussing heard or spoken, no nudity seen, no graphic violence depicted, and no outrageous behavior portrayed. If somebody in an MOW was taking drugs, those uses either had wind up in changing their ways, or to suffer some form of demise from their excessive usage.

Theatrical movies on the other hand, didn’t have to apply to those rules. However, those same movies did have to warn those of what they may experience in the movie through the Motional Picture Association of America’s movie rating code using the letters “G”, “M” (later “GP” changed to “PG”), “PG-13”, “R”, and “NC-17”. (The term “X” was later abandon by the MPAA, and is now associated with porn titles–a genre in its own right!)

On December 21st of ’20, an article was written by Robyn Bahr of The Hollywood Reporter that spoke about the mash-up of theatrical movies seen in a theater and movies experienced or television entitled Movies Have Always Had Their Place on the Small Screen. She noted, among other elements, that many movies were first seen by many on television, both the new titles as well as the classic collections.

Although I rarely write such “letters to the editors” letters, I did take part in placing my two cents over the notion of how movies are experienced.

I have taken the liberty to reprint my commentary to the writer. I can’t state if THR ever reprinted by commentary online or otherwise, so I’ll let you readers out there take a gander to what I wrote.

Of course, these are my own opinions, so take them for what they’re worth…!

Robyn Bahr
The Hollywood Reporter

I was rather amused with the commentary you wrote about on discovering movies that aired on television rather that first seeing them in a movie theater. I myself, was also the one that got weened on old movies thanks to television. Although I have attended movies seen in a theater since the 1960’s (my first theatrical film was Disney’s The Incredible Journey–the original 1963 release), I started to get hip to older and more eclectic movie titles in the 1970’s. My local TV station, WGN Chicago, would at one time air a minimum of four movies a day! On weekends, they would air as many of six movies, unless a Cub game would air in the movie’s TV place during the Spring and Summer months! Their timeline ranged from the sound movies of the 1920’s through the 1960’s. From all of these movies I’ve seen, I developed followings of old stars from the golden years. I even had a crush on actress Joan Leslie at age 14! (Some of my elders thought this was cute, while a few thought I was nuts!)

I also embraced home video when I bought my first VCR in 1980. After paying $950.00 for the device, I started to record old movies on TV to watch them when it was a better time for me to look at them. Later in the decade, cable TV came to town, and so did the pay channels (HBO, Showtime, The Movie Channel, etc.) running “newer” titles released from the previous year. The same went for movies on videotape where I would head on over to my local tape rental house–an independent place at first, later moving to a franchised joint, to view titles I’ve seen before, as well as watching movies recommended to me by other people. I was still attending movies in a theater, and started to attend advance screenings of movies to write film reviews. I really did enjoy seeing a movie in a theater thanks to the emotional appeal that went with seeing movies in a darken room full of strangers that laugh, cry, yell, and applaud with the action that’s taking place on the screen. However, Television bought movies to me that I would never see on the big screen again, unless I attended some special screening of an older title somewhere.

For the next twenty or so years, this method of movies in a theater vs. TV remained stable. This form of viewing really started to change in the 2010’s. In this decade, people started to play with their phones as the movie was running! Many people also talked to one another during the film where I can hear them when I didn’t want to. And to make things worse, when I would attend screenings of movies released from October through December, there were a lot of titles I used to call “Gimmie an Oscar” movies since they were loaded with heavy drama (sometimes too much drama for me to take), complex characters, and other factors that perhaps made this movie as a “good” movie that would only appeal to voting members to the Motion Picture Academy or any other movie voting peer group! (Disclaimer: I am a member of what used to be called the Broadcast Film Critics Association, so I fall into those voting members.)

From these movies, some of them are so boring and dull for what they are, I am at times tempted to walk out of them. Not because they are “bad” or painful to watch, but they would just made me lose my interest. It even seems that these kind of titles were meant to be viewed on a smaller (video) screen rather than a big movie theater sized screen. Some of these movies move in a slower pace in the way a TV drama would, and there are a lot of close-ups. A close-up works well seen on a 52” and smaller sized screen. But on a movie house screen? It becomes a bit overwhelming!!

I haven’t received a load of screener copies of films sent to me “FYC” this year as I used to, but I have received more online screener links to so many titles, I can’t keep track of them all, let alone even viewed them!

So will I miss seeing movies in a theater on the big screen? In a way, yes, but only because of its nostalgia. But if I never set foot in a movie theater that only runs first run titles released in the same calendar year, then so be it! I know that the days when I would attend my local neighborhood theater to see a second run title, or a bigger movie where its admission price was set “at popular prices” where I would sneak in snacks in my pockets and stay all day seeing the movie twice or perhaps three times in a row are long gone! Ditto for the days when seeing a movie in a theater was a lot better than waiting for its home video release and to later having it air on cable TV. However, watching a new(er) movie on a video screen is just as good as seeing the same title in a theater. If I watch new movies at home, I can view any title whenever I can (even at 3:00 AM), and snack on anything I damn well please! I can stop the film in the middle of a scene to jot down a note or two, only to resume the film where it left off. And if the phone rings or if I have to “see a man about a dog”, then I can stop the action, resume my business, and continue from there!

I humbly apologize to all of the movie theater chains giving them this big snuff! But this change falls within the same method where a new medium is introduced and a threat is given to the medium it’s suppose to replace! When radio came around in the 1920’s, newspapers were given a threat with the belief that people would get their news on the radio and not in print. When TV made its mark in the 1940’s, radio was threatened. The same goes for over the air broadcast TV to cable in the 1980’s, and even when cable TV was seeing its “death” thanks to streaming. But newspapers still remain. Radio is still around. Over-the-air TV still exists, and cable TV hasn’t gone away. All of these mediums adapted themselves. Now it’s time where movie theaters should take heed as well as well as to the studios that churn out these movies themselves.

And a P.S. to all of this! Movie theaters made its most drastic change in the 1970’s and 1980’s when one time single screen houses converted themselves as twin screens or even triple screens. And the multiplex came to light with six screens each, later to eight, twelve, sixteen, and even more! Don’t get me started in those movie houses where you sit in a Lay-Z-Boy-esque lounge chair, and have waitstaff take your order for foods found in an upscale restaurant, washing it all down with a glass of white wine!! If I wanted to watch a flick seated on a lounge chair noshing on beef wellington and the booze of my choice, I would have stayed home! It’s a lot cheaper (and safer) besides!

Rich Borowy
Editorial Manager
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A SILVER ANNIVERSARY

This issue kicks off some twenty-five years of service to our community back in the days when “community” was a place that consisted of a physical neighborhood where people worked, played, and lived. It was a time when being in a place called “cyberspace” was often confused with “outer space”, although the two names had a strange bedfellow connection to it. After all, both places suggested science fiction. We may have not be considered labeled as an “alien”, but we sure weren’t part of the little green men that rode in space ships ready to land on earth to take over the world as we knew it!

But here we are, ready to start a new year and a new chapter in the world of journalism. It’s very appropriate that we start off on a silver anniversary, since our hair, and everything else for that matter, has turned various shades of gray thanks to all of the events that occurred within the previous year!

But as we attempt to shake off all of those events be it as good, bad, or otherwise, we have decided to once again step on that good foot while looking very careful for those piles of dogs#it that we weren’t expecting to step on when we started out on our trip down through the roarin’ 20s one year before.

Even through we started off in a year year, we are actually half way through our fiscal year that ends on June 30th. But we won’t necessarily wait for a turning point to start anew. We’ll begin some sort of phase when the time is right. And that time is now!

For this year, we are going to continue in presenting those reviews that made us so-called “famous”. Granted, we are awaiting for things to open up a bit in terms of regional theater, movies and those other forms of entertainment that you folks love to know about. We will also write editorials (such as this one) that start each issue off each week. And we will try to do some new things as well. We won’t necessarily give any specifics right now. But believe us folks, they will be new!
But as of now, we are going to celebrate our 25th anniversary this year, as well as our 26th year of our existence. We are going to forget the previous year as those 2020 calendars are already sitting in garbage heaps, along with those Christmas trees that are sitting along street curbs, ready to be taken away to their final resting places.

So as we sip the last of our egg nog, wolf down the final Christmas cookie, and to safely preserve that fruitcake we received from Aunt Muriel to be ready to fobbed off to somebody else the next season, we are ready, willing, and to start anew!
In short, the number “21” is very lucky! That’s the age when you can legally drink! “21” is the number you want to hit on in Las Vegas, or wherever gaming is accepted. It’s also a nice number because it’s not “20”! But we turned 21 four years ago. We are now on a silver lining!

So let’s make that term to be just as good as gold, even if it’s just silver!

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