Some days, you just need to step back into some nostalgia when things aren’t going so well, and after receiving some disturbing news, which might not be so disturbing, after all, you need to kick back with an old movie. This was in our collection, and hadn’t made it to Musings as of yet, so we thought we’d give it a try.
This is a tale of Americana in the 1890s, not in the Wild West, but in New York City and an upstate Hudson River town, Yonkers. Dolly Levi (Barbra Streisand) is the ultimate yenta, and she can arrange just about everything from dates and marriages to dance lessons, but as she is widowed, she has a bit more freedom than single or married women do, and she uses this to her advantage. She is also getting a bit lonely and has an itch to find a new husband. This begins her campaign to snag a “well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire” from Yonkers, Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau). Read more...(742 words, 162 images, estimated 2:58 mins reading time)
I read first three book of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles back in the 1980s, and this movie adaptation was far superior to the first movie from the series, but it was more of a melding of the second and third book. Back in the 80s, vampires did not sparkle. Sure they were easy on the eyes, and very charming from a mortal’s POV, but in Rice’s world, it was a whole other world normal people could not be privy to.
In this tale, Lestat (Stuart Townsend) is back in his favourite home town of New Orleans, and the the city has grown up around him while he slept. He woke to hear music, and after quenching his thirst on a wharf drug dealer, he follows the sound and finds it is coming from his old home. A goth punk band has taken up residence in the antebellum house, and Lestat can’t get enough of this new beat. Off the bat, no pun intended, he tells them exactly who and what he is, thus breaking a centuries- old code that vampires around the world are bound to. He is tired of living in shadows, and wants to rule the night, if not with his charms, then through music and technology. Read more...(803 words, 120 images, estimated 3:13 mins reading time)
If you like many variations on a theme in one game, then World’s Greatest Temples Mahjong is exactly what you are looking for. This takes the old-fashioned mahjong solitaire and kicks it up a notch with variations, such as logic match, and match 7, in which you match the tiles with the seven tiles at the bottom of the screen. There is also some historical eye candy to keep you interested as your game takes you through history and around the globe to places like Amenhotep’s Temple of Karnak, and Angkor Wat in Southeast Asia, just as an example. Read more...(221 words, 32 images, estimated 53 secs reading time)
Today I heard the absolute best rock version of The Star Spangled Banner I have ever heard. The song sent chills down my spine and goose bumps on my skin. It was not the old dry and drawn out for ever and a day version you keep hearing at sporting events. No, this one is a celebration of America and a tribute to those that choose to serve this country, not only those that service in the military but also the police and fire fighters as well. They want you to know and feel what those that protect us are doing so proudly and many times at great cost to themselves. Sometimes even their lives. This is a song that is fresh and invites you to stand when you hear it.
Here is the song itself being hosted on YouTube on the bands own account. This is a band that is worth taking not of and following.
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As the tag in the title says, this film will get your toes and fingers tapping as you are watching the film. While Musings has reviewed this film before it deserves a revisit not only because it is a different reviewer but it just really is that good of a film. We get to see the journey of discovery by a loveable little fuzz ball of a penguin named Mumbles and how it is that he is able to save his entire race from starvation and death. It is a film that will move your heart and might even bring a tear to your eye but in the end you are going to be feeling good about yourself and those around you. It really that powerful a movie that will stick with you for a very VERY long time. Read more...(834 words, 112 images, estimated 3:20 mins reading time)