Spartacus: Vengeance Episode 1 Review

Spartacus: Vengeance
Synopsis: The third season of the STARZ network’s sword and sandals series about gladiator slaves rebelling against their Roman masters. This season sees a recasting of the main character and a move away from gladiator training to a full on slave rebellion.

My Take: The first thought I had upon seeing Liam McIntyre (stepping into the late Andy Whitfield’s shoes as the titular character) was that he looked kinda tall. That notion was born out upon seeing his first encounter with Manu Bennett’s Crixus where McIntyre seemed to be half a head taller than him. One of the things that always stood out about Andy Whitfield in this role was that he was almost always guaranteed to be smaller than all the other gladiators he was in scenes with (except for Crixus) and when he would eventually triumph over them it made the feat that much more impressive.

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The Wayback Machine: No One Gets the Prize

Wayback Machine
I love R&B music. I was raised in a household where it was played all the time and the music of the 70s and 80s really holds a special place in my heart. As I have grown older I find myself looking back to those times and noticing that some truly great music was released back then that came and went with very little fanfare and even less recognition. To that end I have decided to share some of the R&B music that I think deserves to be heard and appreciated.
Sherman, set the Wayback Machine to 1979!

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Good, Bad & Ugly Review: The Artist

The Artist
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  97% (Critics) / 92% (Audience)
Directed By: Michel Hazanavicius
Written By: Michel Hazanavicius
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo and John Goodman
Studio: The Weinstein Company

Synopsis: With the arrival of talking pictures the career of a silent movie star begins to fade into oblivion while the object of his affection sees her own star rise just as fast.

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Good, Bad & Ugly Review: My Soul To Take

My Soul To Take
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 9% (Critics) / 28% (Audience)
Directed By: Wes Craven
Written By: Wes Craven
Starring: Max Thieriot, John Magaro and Denzel Whitaker
Studio: Universal Pictures

Synopsis: A serial killer returns 16 years later to the town where he met his demise intent on killing the seven teenagers who were all born on the day of his death.

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Happy Birthday Carol Channing!

Carol Channing
Carol Channing was born on this day in 1921. While most of the whippersnappers in this generation will either not know who the hell Carol Channing is or think she is just a character from an episode of Family Guy (Up yours, young people!), in actuality Carol is a veteran of stage and screen with multiple Tony Awards and even an Oscar nomination. Of course my love of Ms Channing comes from her iconic appearance as the White Queen in the 1985 Alice in Wonderland TV movie.

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Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Straw Dogs

Straw Dogs
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 42% (Critics) / 35% (Audience)
Directed By: Rod Lurie
Written By: Rod Lurie
Starring: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgård, James Woods
Studio: Sony Pictures/Screen Gems

Synopsis: A Los Angeles screenwriter David and his actress wife Amy relocate to her family home in a small town in the deep South after her father’s death. Before long old conflicts and relationships begin to boil leading to an explosive confrontation that the transplanted couple may not survive.

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Cover Me Monday: A Sunday Kind Of Love

Etta James
While most people associate the dearly departed songstress Etta James with her signature tune “At Last”, I have always been partial to her cover of this Louis Prima number that was first popularized in the 1940s by Fran Warren. “A Sunday Kind of Love” has been recorded by a laundry list of great performers from Ella Fitzgerald to Reba McEntire  but to me it belongs to Etta James.

A Sunday Kind Of Love

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