Uncomfortable Rapping, Part 3: Strictly Commercial 90s

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more… and perhaps (hopefully) for the last time. I’m back with some 90s entries into this walk of shame I call Uncomfortable Rapping, Part 3.  First we hit my senior year in high school for this commercial I happily do not remember. Rappin’ Rockin’ Barbie came out …

Uncomfortable Rapping, Part 2: The 80s

Once upon a time, I introduced you to the world of white people grabbing something they didn’t create, rap, to use it for their own commercial purposes. I didn’t have the term “cultural appropriation” handy when I first wrote about Uncomfortable Rapping, but I sure do now. It’s not a new concept, that advertisers, filmmakers, …

Madness, 2017 Style

With recent events, I haven’t felt much like watching horror movies, much less posting about them. But I have been watching and trying to contextualize and square the real life horrors happening in the world with the movies I’ve chosen. It’s not easy. After 9/11/01, I had to take a break from horror movies for …

Dear Dad

We recently lost a great, unsung talent.  I’m taking a look back at the best performances of William Christopher as Father  Francis Mulcahy in the long-running classic series, M*A*S*H. “Dear Dad,” original airdate December 12, 1972 With few exceptions, I really love the early seasons of my favorite television shows. There is something intriguing and comforting …

Requiem for a Lightweight

We recently lost a great, unsung talent.  I’m taking a look back at the best performances of William Christopher as Father  Francis Mulcahy in the long-running classic series, M*A*S*H. Requiem for a Lightweight, original airdate October 1, 1972 The plot of this episode centers around Trapper John (Wayne Rogers) being coaxed by Hawkeye (Alan Alda) …

Month of Madness Montage

I’m already looking forward to Month of Madness 2016. I’m tentatively thinking about a theme and listing some movies. I love Month of Madness so much! I don’t want to rush summer, but I won’t be too sad when October arrives. Until then, I’m satisfying myself with this montage of everything I watched last year, …

Going Steady

If you thought Nick had a dilemma in figuring out What To Do on a Date, wait until see you see what poor Jeff and Mary are in for when they discover they’re GOING STEADY! Going Steady? (1951), with that purposeful question mark in the titles pretends to leave the question open with title and end cards …

Isn’t She Pretty in Pink?

A little while ago, I was listening to this podcast, on which the special guest was one of my friends from grad school, Chris. The subject of John Hughes movies came up, as it will, and inevitably the hosts noted that Hughes had a keen ear for the music of the time. OMD’s If You Leave was mentioned, …

What To Do on a Date

Here’s one of my favorites, first re-introduced by Mystery Science Theater 3000 in the early 90s. Watch that version – it’s fantastic. What To Do on a Date (1950), produced by the prolific and amazing Chicago-based Coronet Films, is the story of gooney high school guy, Nick, as he learns how to ask class cutie Kay on …