January 2012

Let’s be honest, almost any yahoo can put together a list of the best baseball movies of all time.  Heck, you ask a roomful of even non-baseball fans to name nine great baseball films, and the chances are 6 or 7 titles would appear on every last one of their lists, if not more.  Sure, not […]


Wally Osterkorn’s Untold Tale of Redemption

by M.C. Antil on January 26, 2012

Perhaps the most moving scene of any western ever made is the final two minutes of Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-winning tale of regret and redemption, Unforgiven. In that final scene, it’s sunset and Eastwood’s William Munny is gently, wordlessly bringing flowers to a simple, solitary grave. He’s an aging, recovering drunk and a one-time lying, robbing and […]


The Honey Badger Goes Mainstream

by M.C. Antil on January 15, 2012

I’m not sure what’s more amazing, the fact that a simple piece of video featuring a nasty, ornery and severly bowlegged rodent (bouyed by some hilarious and gloriously bitchy voice-over work by a narrator known only as Randall; a guy my grandmother might have once referred to as “loose-limbed”) has gone viral to the point that it currently has over […]


The Greatness of Sean Penn

by M.C. Antil on January 12, 2012

It’s funny how so often we fail to appreciate greatness when it’s standing right in front of us, while at other times cling so stubbornly to what is clearly no longer great and insist upon calling it such. I’ll go to my grave, for example, contending that if you were to remove the remarkable Michael […]


Award-winning journalist Tom Wicker, who was the lead reporter on the New York Times coverage of the JFK assassination, Jack Jones, who won a Pulitzer for his coverage of the 1965 Watts riots for the L.A.Times, and Robert Pierpoint, long-time CBS newsman whose iconic radio reporting on the Korean War found a second life on […]


Quotable — Michael Stipe

by M.C. Antil on January 5, 2012

A while ago, former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe was quoted as saying the Beatles had no influence on him.  In fact, he went as far as calling the Fab Four’s music, “elevator music.” Stipe recently sat down with Andrew Goldman for the New York Times Magazine Q&A, and flushed out his “elevator music” comment further, […]


Dobie Gray Texas-born singer/songwriter who took his stage name from one-time teenage TV icon Dobie Gillis, who first hit the charts with 1965’s vasty underrated The In Crowd, and who achieved some level of lasting fame with ’73’s Drift Away, a song written for him by Grammy-winning composer Paul Williams’ brother, Mentor Gary Moore Power guitarist for […]


Among the, literally, hundreds of musicians and others in the art and/or the business of making music who once had a moment in the sun (or longer),  and whose passing may have slipped your notice Nickolas Ashford Legendary Motown composer and arranger (Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Your Precious Love), who with his songwriting partner […]


Mitchell Page One of the most exciting young players that Charlie Finley, the one-time maverick owner of the Oakland A’s, received when selling off one of the last members of his powerful, mustachioed and electric green-and-yellow-wearing, three-time World Champions of the 1970’s.  A guy whose oh-so promising career seemed to end almost as soon as it […]