Not So Fantastic Voyage

As a nerd, I am a huge fan of ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture.’ After the TV series got canceled in 1969, it was awesome to see the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise return to the big screen a decade later. Capitalizing on the popularity of science fiction movies like ‘Close Encounters of the Third […]

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Trickle Down Economics

The ‘Rocky’ movies are some of my favorites, and the films probably would be in my Mount Rushmore of movie franchises. ‘Rocky III’ is probably my favorite. One-time opponent Apollo Creed, played by Carl Weathers, decides to train Rocky, portrayed by Sylvester Stallone, after Rocky’s trainer, Burgess Merideth’s Mickey, suddenly passes. During the training montage, […]

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Bad Fore Business

My son got a membership to a golf course this year and has golfed more rounds this summer than I probably have in the last 10 years combined. He’s made me proud, as he’s inherited my game: he hits the ball a mile, only nowhere near the fairway. We’ve had a little trouble finding the […]

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Hypnotic

Growing up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, a commonly used trope by villains in movies and on TV was hypnotism. The bad guys would pull out a pocket watch and swing it back and forth in front of the face of their intended target. They would then say, “empty your mind, only listen to the […]

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Taking Care of Business

This summer a new biopic on Elvis Presley is being released. Aptly named ‘Elvis,’ the film explores the complex relationship between the King of Rock’n’Roll, played by Austin Butler, and his longtime manager, Colonel Tom Parker, portrayed by Tom Hanks. As Cliff Claven from ‘Cheers’ would say, it’s a little-known fact that in 1948, Parker […]

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How to Kill Your Husband

A while back, my son and I watched ‘The Raven,’ a thriller starring John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe. In the film, people are murdered in the same fashion as depicted in Poe’s writings. While he’s initially a suspect, Poe is ultimately cleared and then cooperates with the police to find the real killer. Like […]

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Financial Wiz

When I was little, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ would air once a year on TV, usually on a Saturday night. My buddy, Pearl, and I would alternate sleeping over at one another’s homes to watch. We would stay up too late, eat lots of sugar, get freaked out by the flying monkeys, and get very […]

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Right on Track

While channel surfing the other night, I came across ‘Stand By Me,’ the classic ‘80s coming-of-age movie directed by Rob Reiner and based on the novel by Stephen King. The flick is set in 1959 in rural Oregon, and is about four 12-year-old buddies who go looking for a local boy who has been missing […]

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Out of this World

About 50 years ago, a landmark event occurred that would alter history. Today, a possible law change may have a gigantic impact on that occurrence. Of course, I’m talking about the moon landing. Last month, Canada introduced an amendment to its criminal code to allow for the prosecution of crimes committed by Canadian astronauts “on, […]

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