In late 2007 on this blog, I posted a video of The Rubberband Man, sung by the Spinners back in the mid-1970’s but the actual video was done in the 2000’s by two white dudes. I again have a clip of the song Rubberband Man by the Spinners performing on a show back in the 1970’s called Midnight Special which had on the greatest musical artists of the time and I will even assert these artists KNEW what music was supposed to be. The Spinners were no exception. As I have said before, I hope the coming second decade of this century (the 2010’s) we will see some kind renaissance and deliverence from the garbage of music what was foisted upon us in the 90’s and ’00’s.
Oh by the way, I just kicked this video in. A Christmas version of the Rubberband Man edited by Office Max in the form of a commercial. Cute and brilliantly done!
Trekkies and other admirers of the Star Trek franchise, mark the dated above down on your calendars. This is a story of going right back to the beginning. One friend believes that the original TV series (with William Shatner) is all you all need to know about the beginning and it is sort of sacrilege to tell the beginning in a different way. I can understand the sentiment but I am a lot less purist about it. I think an updated version about the beginning is the best way to connect to a new and may I add younger (and we’re talking under 20 here) generation of fans and admirers, they may think the original series is a little out of date, compared to the special effects and technology today. Also about the movie, I believe it has a talented young cast. With the trailer I am impressed with the Matt Damoneseque Chris Pine who takes the role of Captain Kirk and Hero’s Star Zachary Quinto who is a more edgier Spock. The actors and actresses I am a little more familiar would be the sexy Zoe Saldana who takes on the Uhura role, Anton Yelchin of Charlie Bartlett fame takes on the role of Chekov and John Cho (of the Harold and Kumar franchise of all places) takes on Sulu. Eric Bana plays a bad guy Romulan (Nero). This should make for an interesting movie in May of 2009. Now I present you the recent trailer that I seen last week in the theatres when Quantum of Solace premiered.
You think you ultra-conservatives in the Republican party think I am being harsh??? I haven’t even scratched the surface! Again Bill Maher gets it! Listen to him.
Since I started my blogsite (starting with blogger.com in 2005), I have almost every year on Remembrance Dayput a picture of my late grandfather Alvin MacLean, thanking him for the service he gave and committed in World War II. Thankfully, he survived World War II and lived until his death in June of 1986 at age 77 from complications of liver cancer in his home province of Nova Scotia. His wife (my grandmother—still going strong at 84!) had close relatives who did not make it home to Nova Scotia after the war. They paid with their lives, thus giving the ultimate sacrifice to their country and protecting the freedoms that we all take for granted and love. My grandfather’s spirit is probably saying, “You did enough thanks for me, but it’s time to give thanks to those who went waay before I did—in battle!” This year, I will do something a little different and show Bryan Adam’s video from the mid-80’s rightly called “Remembrance Day”. Let us remember those who never came back home because they paid the ultimate price for their country. Let us never forget it.
A picture of me and journalist David Menzies at Toronto City Councillor (Ward 2) Rob Ford’s place for his annual get together in early warm September (actually the day of the Canadian election was called). Those in the Greater Toronto Area who watch CTS television on Cable 9, will be familiar with David Menzies appearance on The Michael Coren Show weekdays at 8 p.m. Great guy, a very warm and friendly guy and I was glad I met him that day. Hope to meet him many more times. As Michael Coren would say, “A fine gentleman, inded!”
“Write what’s in your heart. To be fulfilled as a writer, you have to write something that you care about.”
—Darn good sensible advice from “retired” actor now writer Gene Hackman
Now on a very sad note, I was shocked to discover on my friend James Pate’s site about the death of famous author Michael Crichton who was the creator of the TV series ER and the author of Jurassic Park which became a blockbuster movie among others. 66 years is way too soon to lose this great writer and very smart man. Rest in peace Michael.