Thursday, September 29, 2016

Intense ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Grabs You and Won’t Let You Go

Review of "Deepwater Horizon"
Mark Wahlberg in Deepwater Horizon (Summit Entertainment)
There are two powerful scenes in the action/adventure/true story Deepwater Horizon that are pretty subtle and short. Blink and you’ll miss them. The first is when three of the main characters are taking a helicopter from the mainland over to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig sitting in the Gulf of Mexico. Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) does the sign of the cross prayer. Another character looks over and shrugs. This trip is just another everyday trip for this crew and nothing really worth praying over, right? The second comes minutes before the end of the film where all of the survivors of the huge blowout explosion on the vessel get down on their knees and recite The Lord’s Prayer. In just a few short hours, the importance of prayer has risen significantly.

I have to say that Deepwater Horizon is the second film to really affect me emotionally this year. The first was just a week ago watching Queen of Katwe which was an inspiring film (and under-appreciated) on so many levels. This film was equally compelling, but for different reasons altogether. Director Peter Berg crafted a truly unique film that makes you feel as if you are a member of this crew and what they experience, you experience. The characters are real and the dialogues are real. I can’t say that I understand everything that they are saying throughout the movie, since I’ve never worked on an oil rig, but I understood enough of to really feel a part of the action and danger.

When the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon happened in April of 2010, I didn’t really appreciate all that had happened just by watching the news, but the event has gone down in history as one of the worst man-made disasters of all time and it is so frustrating to know that it shouldn’t have ever happened. Heading into the film, I knew that eleven of the 126 crew members would not make it out alive. I went from terror to anger in the span of less than two hours.

Love American Style Airs for the First Time

Love American Style TV show premiered September 29, 1969
September 29, 1969
While never a huge rating hit, Love American Style was a unique and different type of sitcom. The show premiered on this day in 1969 and featured different stories of romance and marriage, most in the form of 15 to 30 minutes in length. While each episode featured guest stars, there was a main cast as well that played different characters in different scenarios each week. It is said that the show paved the way of the “mini comedic soap opera” that was used in later TV shows like The Love Boat and Fantasy Island. Most stories were light and fluffy and jokes were accentuated by a laugh track. In 1985 ABC tried a daytime revival of the show, New Love, American Style, but it didn’t last long. Another attempt was created in 1998, but the show never made it past the pilot stage.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Doctor Strange is Coming - Video of the Day

Trailer for Doctor Strange.

Journey Rocker Jonathan Cain To Release New Solo Christian Music Album, Originally Wanted To Be A Priest

Jonathan Cain
Jonathan Cain (Inquisitr)
Who isn’t familiar with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'”? The song was written by the band’s keyboardist, Jonathan Cain, who is embracing his Christian roots and will release his first solo Christian album, What God Wants to Hear, this October. This might seem like an unlikely choice for the rocker, but Cain says that his return to the Christian faith came after meeting his wife, Paula White, who is the senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Orlando, Florida.

“This is a small way of giving back what the Lord has given me over the years,” Jonathan says on his website. “As a result of the Lord blessing me and blessing Journey, this is my offering back to him.”

Don’t Know Dr. Strange? You’re Invited to Find Out for Free

(Marvel Studios)
Marvel Studios has announced that they are offering free tickets to see 15 minutes of the upcoming Dr. Strange movie. The Marvel Studios’ Expand Your Mind: An IMAX 3D Exclusive First Look (which is a much bigger title than it needs to be) will be shown in over 115 theater locations in the U.S. on October 10, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

“As a movie fan, I am thrilled to take audiences along on the visual journey of Doctor Strange and give them an early peek at what we’ve been working on,” says director Scott Derrickson. “The completed film will feature more than an hour of specially formatted IMAX sequences that will provide audiences with a totally immersive—and mind-blowing—film-going experience and I’m excited to share a taste of that with our fans on 10/10.”

Remember, that this will not a pre-screening of the entire film. Instead, it is a “sneak peek” into the upcoming movies that opens in theaters on November 4, 2016. Fans you attend these mini-screenings will also receive a limited-edition Doctor Strange IMAX poster. For more information and to download tickets here.

Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt and Scott Adkins, with Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. Scott Derrickson is directing with Kevin Feige producing.

Roy Lichtenstein's Most Popular Painting is Displayed

Roy Lichtenstein's Most Popular Painting is probably Whaam!
September 28, 1963
You may appreciate pop art, but did you know that Whaam!, a 1963 pop art piece painted by Roy Lichtenstein, is one of the best-known works of the art form? The painting was first exhibited at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New Your City on this day in 1963. It was purchased by the Tate Gallery in London three years later and has been on permanent display at Tate Modern since 2006. It is said the Lichtenstein was inspired by several comic book panels. Lichtenstein studied art before and after serving in the United States Army during World War II. His themes of art focused on romance and war.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Gilligan's Island Premieres

"Gilligan's Island" debuted on September 26, 1964.
September 26, 1964 
It is said that if you’ve seen one episode of Gilligan’s Island, you’ve seen them all. However, when the show premiered on this day in 1964, the show was already altered a great deal from its original concept. The basic premise was the same, but three of the seven castaways were totally different. Instead of the Professor, Ginger and MaryAnn, the “lost pilot” featured a high school teacher (John Gabriel), Bunny (Nancy McCarthy) a dumb blonde secretary and Ginger (Kit Smythe) a “practical” secretary. The theme song was completely different too. The music was written by John Williams with a calypso-styled beat and the lyrics were sung by Sherwood Schwarz, the creator of the show. This theme song was twice as long as the now famous one and was, well, horrible.


Just like many of you, it was time for some fall cleaning at Writer of Pop and we collected a dozen CDs to give away in the process. It's a great way to score some new music. These CDs have only been played a few times by myself and were given to me for review purposes, so if you are okay with the fact that they are not wrapped in cellophane, then please, enter today.