Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman and Elvis Presley

 Remembering "ELVIS" The King ! His Birthday January 8th when Thousands of ELVIS Fans descend on Memphis and "Graceland" Elvis's beloved home, where he is buried along with his Twin Brother who died at birth, and Elvis's beloved mother Gladdis.

   Elvis, "The King of Rock and Roll"  both has a legion of Fans fanatical and not. Elvis is remembered everyday, the same as "Frank Sinatra," John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix (Ah Move Over Rover), Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and more, through their wonderful Music and spirits of all these Great Artists.

   As I was walking around the Village on this fine Snow-Day January 12th 2011 and passing by Sheridan Square in the heart of Greenwich Village, taking pictures on my iPhone, I snap one of the statue of Civil War General Phillip Sheridan, I think about the Civil War and what this country (The United States of America) and the World would be like if so many thousand s of men fought and died in the Civil War to preserve the Union. General Sheridan was one of the War's Great Leaders and a favorite of Ulysses S Grant who himself rose from obscurity to become the Leader of the Union Army and later go on to become President of the United States.

Picture of a Painting of ELVIS

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Above photos: ELVIS, Village Cigars in the Heart of Greenwich Village at 7th Ave. and Christopher,
                       Statue of General Philip Sheridan at the Square in Greenwich Village named in his Honor.

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ROcKIN on The F-TRAIN LedZeppelin





Was Rockin-It-Out on the E train going home from work last night. Was listening to "Ramble On" by Led Zeppelin from the Led Zeppelin II Album and "Fly Away" by Lenny Kravitz. Listening to theses songs on my iPod Touch, I was just Groovin on my way home from work. Lenny Kravitz totally Rocks it out with Fly Away, as does Robert Plant, Jimmy Paige, and Zeppelins drummer, I beleive his name is John Bohnam or something like that. The Bass Drum really Rocks on "Ramble On" like I've never heard on a song before or after. Plants voice, Jimmy Paige on guitar and the drummer, everything Jells perfectly and just "Rambles On" Boop, Boop, Boop, Ramble ON!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

LUV it!!!

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Two of the Hottest Movies of the Holiday Season 2010/2011 are the "Cohen Brothers" TRUE GRIT, and the "Fighter" starring "Mark Wahlberg" and "Christian Bale" which may very well prove to be a Oscar Winning performance for Bale, at least a Oscar Nomination anyway along with many other accolades.
  Back to the Movies on a whole. In short, quick, and simple terms, if this was a fight and you were to compare the two films, first off, in terms of the Box Office, "True Grit" as the Top Money earner and #1 at the Box Office at this point in time is blowing the Fighter out of the water. On the other hand, which film is of better quality in terms of the story, acting, and total totality of quality, the reverse is true in that The "Fighter" Blows "True Grit" Out-of-the-Water in that, overall the Fighter is a MUCH Better movie.
  The "Fighter" is the true-life story of two former "Boxing Brothers," Micky and Dicky Ward of Lowell, Massachusetts (near Boston). Dicky the older brother once fought the Great "Sugar Ray Leonard" and Dicky's Claim to fame is that he knocked the great Sugar Ray down. Dicky's younger brother Micky looks up to his brother and idolizes him in a way, even though Dicky has become a hardcore "Crack Addict."
And in his role, playing the Crack Addicted Micky Ward, "Christian Bale" has done a phenomenal job. Without question a Oscar Winning Performance. There is not much doubt about this, in most peoples minds. Bale's performance is Scary, as it should be, he is a crack Addict after all. And for those who see this movie and Tour de Force performance, if you thought about it, you would not be able to imagine another actor taking on this role. That there people is the kind of performance that might rank amongst the great ones. That is, for those who are true movie aficionados and you pick movies apart and do things like trying to imagine another actor in a particular role, and you know, no one else will do. Such as the case of performances like; Marlon Brando as Stanley in Tennessee Williams "A Streetcar Name Desire" or Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta in Martin Scorsesee's "Raging Bull." No one else will do.
    The movie is wonderful. Mark Wahlberg as Micky Ward  chases the title. Will he, or will he not get a shot at it with his crack addict brother Dicky as his trainer and mother his manager. Mark Wahlberg does a fine job as Micky, but his part does not compare to that of Bale's, who takes a complex character and runs with it.
    Back to "True Grit" the Cohen Brothers and Jeff Bridges. The Cohen Brothers are Great film makers and Jeff Bridges is a wonderful actor and who could ever forget Jeff's awesome performance as The "Dude" in the Cohen Brothers masterpiece The Big Lebowski? "The Dude Abides." To put it bluntly, True Grit was "So-So," not bad, but not that great either and definitely not worth the $13 you will have to shell out to go see it in New York. True Grit is a definitely "Wait til it is On Cable" type of Movie. If you're smart, you'll do just that. And though I'm a huge Jeff Bridges fan, I've got to say, the Rooster Chogburn character is annoying. The story had no suspense or drama. You always know what is going to happen, Chogburn is going to get his man. The Cohen Brothers are great, as is Jeff Bridges, True Grit is not. Far from it!  The movie is entertaining, but, in this economy, "Save Your Hard Earned Money" and wait to see True Grit for Free and on TV.

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