2011 has been the year of the Adele cover with Rolling in the Deep being covered by anyone with a camera phone, a YouTube account and no shame. So I figured it would be fitting to have the inaugural edition of Cover Me Monday feature Adele covering someone else. There were a few songs to choose from like her cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” or Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” but I chose to go with her cover of UK pop star Cheryl Cole‘s “Promise This”.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93% (Critics) / 88% (Audience)
Directed By: Brad Bird
Written By: Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg
Studio: Paramount Studios
Synopsis: When the IMF is shut down and blamed for a terrorist attack on Russia, Ethan Hunt and his team go rogue in order to clear their names and stop a nihilistic scientist from starting a nuclear holocaust.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 14% (Critics) / 73% (Audience)
Directed By: David Dobkin and Dennis Dugan
Written By: Barry Fanaro, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Jessica Biel
Studio: Universal Pictures
Synopsis: Two straight New York firefighters enter into a domestic partnership so that one of them can name his children as life insurance beneficiaries. Their seemingly harmless ruse quickly becomes headline news and the added pressure form the spotlight threatens to expose their lie as well as destroy their friendship.
The musical Jackson’s have a long and storied career going from the beginnings of the Jackson 5 to the mega-stardom and icon status of Janet and Michael in their solo careers. It is due to the gigantic shadow cast by Michael and Janet that a lot of the music made by the rest of the Jackson clan has gone unnoticed (in some cases criminally) so I felt it was my duty to spread a little bit of the love around to some of the other musical offerings by folks from the Jackson clan with this list of tunes that, while heavy on the Jermaine catalog, touches upon pretty much the entirety of the music put out by the various children and grandkids.
Decorated Vietnam hero Frank Vega returns home only to get shunned by society leaving him without a job or his high school sweetheart. It’s not until forty years later when an incident on a commuter bus (where he protects an elderly black man from a pair of skin heads) makes him a local hero where he’s suddenly celebrated once again. But his good fortune suddenly turns for the worse when his best friend Klondike is murdered and the police aren’t doing anything about it. – IMDB
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 24% (Critics) / 64% (Audience)
Directed By: Rob Zombie
Written By: Rob Zombie
Starring: Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell and Tyler Mane
Synopsis: Rocker-turned-director Rob Zombie tries his hand at expanding on the John Carpenter property about a homicidal killer who returns to his hometown on Halloween to find and kill his last remaining relative.
Nichelle Nichols was born yesterday in 1932 and as a tribute to her great talent I present her greatest acting moment.