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Is Trick or Treating Becoming Extinct? 

Trick or Treating holiday tradition extinctOne of the great annual joys from my childhood was Halloween. Getting dressed up in my choice of costume, getting together with my friends, posing for pictures for the parents and then being let loose on neighborhood doors to fill up our plastic pumpkins and pillow cases with as much candy as our little arms could carry.

We all knew we would be putting miles on our sneakers, ringing countless doorbells and not stopping until we couldn’t find any house with their lights still on. The yearly Trick or Treat Expedition was on!

I’m going to fall back on the overly used line that everyone is destined to use in their lifetime as they reflect back on events from years ago – ‘those were the days’. READ MORE

Top Five Things To Do At Westworld

Westworld 2016 HBO tv series

I watched the first two episodes of HBO’s new series Westworld, which is based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film. I thought it’s pretty good so far.

It was certainly better than CBS’ MacGyver! That pilot was just painful to sit through. I attempted to give that show another chance with episode two and I only lasted four minutes with it. Bailing on that I gave Westworld a shot and was pleasantly surprised. After the first episode I immediately wanted to watch the second. The show certainly got me intrigued and interested in continuing to watch it and where the story goes.

I started thinking of how they would promote Westworld to tourists. What kind of selling points would they use in their brochures for their theme park. So I came up with five things that maybe the creators of Westworld would use in their marketing. READ MORE

Farewell to the Most Annoying Man in Show Business – Billy Bush!

Billy Bush scandal fired NBCI’m not going to get into the details of the big 2005 audio tape scandal that has caused Presidential nominee, Apprentice star and former husband of Executive Decision star Marla Maples a major headache and has sent his campaign into a tailspin. There are enough people talking about that and sharing their opinions.

I’d like to just express great jubilation that former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush was caught on that tape going along with Trump’s remarks – and now finds his head on the chopping block that will hopefully put an end to seeing this annoying guy on TV!

Maybe something good will come from this election! READ MORE

The MacGyver Reboot – It Stinks!

MacGyver CBS 2016 reboot Lucas Till Angus MacGyver is back and this time he’s in one shoddy, bland procedural drama that you could easily mistake for half the shows that CBS airs.

I finally got around to watching the pilot episode for the new MacGyver and thought it was really, really lousy. It reminded me why I don’t bother watching network television anymore and how incredibly dull and uninteresting their shows have become. At least to me. I’m sure their are plenty of their shows that attract fans, but man do they all look so generic and interchangeable to me.

Probably the best place to watch any ‘television’ shows is on cable or through streaming services. That’s where I hear much more excitement by audiences lies and where most of the television awards go to. If you want safe, banal, uninteresting programming – go to the networks. READ MORE

Are Hitchcock’s Films A Shared Cinematic Universe?

Alfred Hitchcock Films Cinematic UniverseAlfred Hitchcock directed over fifty films in his career. From early grainy silent films to big glossy Hollywood productions. Thanks to so many of his popular, classic films and his talents behind the camera he would become known as ‘The Master of Suspense’.

He would also become one of the most recognizable directors of all time, thanks to his weekly appearances on his own television show ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’. His rotund shape, distinct profile and dry dark humor would make him a memorable figure. READ MORE

Fantastic Voyage – 50 Years Later

Fantastic Voyage 1966 50th anniversaryFifty years ago movie audiences sat down in darkened theaters to witness a film that would take them to ‘where no one has ever been before‘.

They learned from the intriguing title card that ‘No eye-witness has actually seen what you are about to see. During an era where going to the moon would soon be upon us and where the most incredible things are happening all around us, someday, perhaps tomorrow, the fantastic events you are about to see can and will take place‘.

What a build up from an opening title card! Folks, we’re about to take a FANTASTIC VOYAGE! READ MORE

Superhero Films – Batman (1989)

Batman 1989 Haphazardstuff reviewMy superhero series continues with one of the most popular superhero films of all time.

As the summer of 1989 approached there would be one film in particular that would dominate the season, one movie that would be the most anticipated film of the year helped along by endless hype of merchandise and billboards – Batman.

With a huge budget, a young director by the name of Tim Burton, Jack Nicholson getting a huge payday, the controversial casting of Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight, complete secrecy from the set and an early movie trailer that ignited the spark in the eyes of everyone who saw it, when the film finally hit Bat fans and everyone else swarmed theaters to make it a huge hit. I go back and revisit Burton’s Batman. READ MORE