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Lovelace Hits The Right Notes About Golden Era Of Porn

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poster for the fim Lovelace (2013)I had the opportunity to check out the new film about porn star Linda Lovelace titled ‘Lovelace‘. I thought it used an interesting take on the period in the 1970s when pornography went mainstream by giving us two films in one. The first half is like a Hollywood style biography that never goes below the surface while the last half of the film gives us what really happened behind the scenes. The film not only gave a look at the pop culture impact of the actress, ‘Lovelace’ also humanized the woman. I also liked how the film didn’t go after pornography as a whole but did point out the dark and dirty underbelly of the industry in the 1970s. Unlike how Linda Lovelace was exploited during her short stint in porn, the film ‘Lovelace’ isn’t exploitive and gives a true examination of the woman and the industry she popularized.
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Willy Wonka Hated Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

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Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka
Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka

In a recent news article, Gene Wilder who played Willy Wonka in the 1971 children’s classic ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory‘ said he thought the 2005 reboot, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory‘, directed by Tim Burton was an insult to his film. I love Gene Wilder and loved the 1971 film but I think he is wrong about Burton’s adaptation and the author of the original book might have thought the same. Come on Gene, can’t we love both versions?
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Blue Monday is 30

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New Order today

A friend posted on Facebook that Blue Monday a song by the techno group New Order was released today in 1983. Thirty years ago?!? I am sooooo old. I remember when the song came out and I wanted to hear it on a loop forever – that’s how great and ground breaking it was then. It changed my taste in music for the better.
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So It Is Flim And NOT Film? WTF?

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Rare live performance from Flim & the BB’s – notice the IBM 8150 sitting on the right

One of the best things to happen to me in college – besides beer – was rooming with a music student my freshman year in the dorms. Mike turned me on to many bands and singers I never knew existed in my AM radio bubble while growing up. He showed me his CD of Flim & the BB’s album “Tricycle”. This was the mid 80’s and CD’s were the new thing and I was amazed. Mike had a kicking stereo system so the album sounded so good it spoiled me since then. Even after becoming a long time fan of Flim & the BB’s it wasn’t until the other day I realized I had been calling them Film & the BB’s finally solving the problem I had finding their music online.
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My Favorite Year – 1976

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?Everyone has a special time of year in their lives that they remember. It’s almost like it happened yesterday and leaves one with such good feelings that you want to relive that one year over and over if you could. For me 1976 is that year. Not just because it was the US Bicentennial but the time I had and the music on the radio brings back warm and fuzzy memories of that time.
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Old Movie Sunday: Hostesses With The Mostess Of Fun In Mind

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image of Come Fly With Me posterThe other day I finally was able to see an uncut version of the 1963 film “Come Fly With Me” that starred Dolores Hart. At the time she was a rising star in Hollywood and had even been in a movie with Elvis Presley. Hart eventually gave up a film career to become a nun. “Come Fly With Me” is a romantic comedy with a 1950’s tone. Hart and the two other women leads are of course looking for a man to marry as women in film, at this time, usually did. I like these kinds of movies as some people like trashy romance novels, sure there is a formula, but it’s candy for the brain. It feels good to watch it but adds nothing of substance that lasts.
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30 years ago today MTV went on the air: where did the video go?

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MTV Logo circa 1981 Back in ancient times there was a new cable channel that would play pictures with music on your TV set. They called it Music Television or MTV for short. At 12:01 AM on August 1st 1981, MTV switched on and changed history and the culture forever. The first video played was from The Buggles and it was called “Video Killed the Radio Star”. Who knew that MTV wouldn’t stay in the music video business by its 30th birthday.
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Flash of Genius – be careful what you wish for

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I have not seen the film although I know about the real life story of Bob Kearns. He invented the intermittent windshield wiper and Ford Motors stole it. Eventually he wins his decades long fight against the company.

The commercials for the film make it sound like a feel good movie. One quote used is “entertaining”.

The Bob Kearns story isn’t feel good or entertaining. The court fights he has with the car makers becomes his obsession. He loses his marriage and his family. Toward the end of his life he even had a nervous breakdown and had to be put in the hospital for awhile.

That’s the problem I have with Hollywood making a movie of true events. If you want to change the ending or make a “feel good” movie when the facts say otherwise then fictionalize it completely. Use fake names and events etc….

That way people don’t learn the wrong “facts”.