Movies

Song of the Season: Christmas Blues

by M.C. Antil on December 21, 2016

It remains, for my money, the greatest film noir ever made. I put it up against Laura, Out of the Past, Sunset Boulevard, Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, any of them. What’s particularly amazing is that it was made 40 years after noir’s heyday and shot, not in that genre’s traditional black-and-white, using ultra-dramatic shadows and light, but in […]

{ 0 comments }

Lesley Gore — An Appreciation

by M.C. Antil on February 17, 2015

The T.A.M.I Show, the concert film pieced together from a two-night parade of pop stars at a Santa Monica theater in 1964, could be viewed as a metaphor for Lesley Gore’s life and career. Acting as bookends of the now-legendary film are three dark and edgy titans of rock, pop and soul, Chuck Berry at the […]

{ 8 comments }

A Jingling Christmas Gift for You

by M.C. Antil on December 18, 2014

One thing about Christmas music on the radio these days, it’s one more opportunity to experience for yourself the extent to which the soulless, heartless modern music machine – from corporate radio to the major labels – has remained steadfast and unwavering in its zombie-like pursuit of sameness, marketability, and an almost mind-numbing lack of […]

{ 0 comments }

As we inch closer and move up this list of, if not the greatest, than at least one man’s most beloved singles from the decade of the ’60s, below for your consideration please find songs #21 through #25.  And again, I truly hope someday you’ll share with me your list, just as I am sharing with you mine. […]

{ 16 comments }

As I was working on the segment below I began reflecting on the biggest pop stars and names of the 60s that, for whatever reason, failed to make the cut. And when I thought about it, made some notes and did some research, I was somewhat surprised to see I had excluded the following five […]

{ 25 comments }

At long last, here it is: the final installment on my list of the most over-looked, poorly reported and/or under-appreciated deaths of 2012.  And of all those who we lost this past year, these five lives are five I felt strongest about making sure to include, as they either touched me personally, were the greatest at what […]

{ 0 comments }

As I continued piecing together the stories behind this list of 40 people who died this past year, whose lives and impact were under-appreciated or mis-represented by many in the media, one thing became clear.  The deeper into the list I got, the harder it became to distill the legacies into two hundred or so words.  […]

{ 3 comments }

In advance of the final part of my four-part list of some of the most overlooked or under-reported deaths of 2012, please enjoy some more of the varied and often esoteric names, faces and characters who left us in 2012, any number of whom may have touched your life and somehow escaped your notice. Widow of the […]

{ 2 comments }

Below, please enjoy part three of my four part tribute to those we lost this year whose deaths and legacies were largely overlooked, or at least under-reported, by the mainstream media. 21.  Helen Gurley Brown In one sense she was just like so many others girls her age.  Born in Arkansas in the 20s; raised […]

{ 7 comments }