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NSFCCDP Movie Review: The Hobbit III – WTF was that?

I know I should have expected it, but this movie was actually worse and less satisfying than I feared it would be.  It was perhaps even worse than the first two abortive films in the series, The Hobbit I and The … Continue reading

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TV Series: Best Shows of 2014 (Updated)

There was a LOT of excellent television again in 2014. Making my list and rating each of the shows against each other is challenging. And let me also state that all the shows in the top 20 below were outstanding. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: ‘Round Midnight (1986) – A Jazz Masterpiece

I read Herbie Hancock’s autobiography, Possibilities, a few weeks ago and he talked about winning the Oscar for the soundtrack of ‘Round Midnight which he also acted in. This peaked my curiosity so I watched it on the airplane on … Continue reading

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TV Series: Gracepoint S01 (2014) – Great buildup but disappointing conclusion

My dad pointed me to this show starring Anna Gunn and David Tennant a few episodes into the season. It is a murder mystery based on a successful British show also starring David Tennant called Broadchurch. Not having seen the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reading Jazz edited by Robert Gottlieb (1999) – Worthwhile anthology of Jazz

After year’s of receiving their accusing stares from my bookshelf, I committed to myself that I would finish both Visions of Jazz by Gary Giddens and Reading Jazz. The latter is an anthology of Autobiography, Reporting, and Criticism from the major … Continue reading

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TV Series: The Leftovers S01 (2014) – Interesting and Involving despite a slow pace

The premise of a post-rapture suburban New York might seem a bit hokey, but the recent HBO show The Leftovers did a credible job of portraying it. Through its ten one-hour episodes, we see the way that people are driven … Continue reading

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TV Series: Gomorrah S01 (2014) – Great adaptation of the book and the movie

Roberto Savianno has got to be one of the bravest people on the planet. Having taken on the Camora (the Naples mob) in the book and movie of the same title (both of which are excellent) and having been assigned … Continue reading

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