The End Of the Innocence

From a schoolmate of mine. I share her sentiments.

Corner of the Soap Box

2016 has started with great losses to the music industry, most notably David Bowie, Glenn Frey and Maurice White.  Three artists who were a major part in the songbook of the lives of kids in my generation, the 70’s.

While we have suffered other notable losses this year, the loss of these three forces hit home pretty hard.  Writer Marc Eliot, in an op ed on CNN.com, wrote “For people who came up in that time, the death of Frey — and earlier this month the death of David Bowie — comes as a reality check, a resounding reminder that the days of “Take it Easy” and the promise of “One of these Nights” are long behind us. Instead, music, the blood of our youth, has somehow been replaced by mortgages, credit cards, spouses, children, divorces, alimony, expanding waistlines and diminished dreams.”

While I do agree their passings are a reminder that…

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Valentine’s Day: Unusual Movie Romances

I know that today, some people are thinking of Groundhog Day (which is one of my favorite movies). But I’m thinking a little ahead, to Valentine’s Day. (Note: Only 12 shopping days left.) In PRC’s usual geeky view of pop culture, here are four movies that involve an unusual take on romance:

Ghost (1990)

This very popular movie features Patrick Swayze, as the ghost of the title, with Demi Moore as his lover. This movie also contains an oft-parodied romantic pottery making scene. Ghost is also the reason why, to this day, I cannot stand to watch Tony Goldwyn in anything (sorry, Scandal fans).

Whoopi Goldberg played a very funny, yet believable, psychic in the movie. She deserved her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for this role.

Ghost also revived the oldies music standard, the Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody.

Love at First Bite (1979)

This disco-era movie starred George Hamilton as a well-tanned Dracula and Susan Saint James as Cindy Sondheim, the object of his desire. Richard Benjamin, as Dr. Jeffrey Rosenberg, is the third piece of this love triangle. My favorite scene in the movie? When Dr. Rosenberg tries to kill Dracula:

Dr. Jeffrey Rosenberg: [triumphantly] Well, Count, what do you say to that?

[Pulls out a Star of David]

Dr. Jeffrey Rosenberg: [Dracula hides his face, then realizes what it is and removes his hands]

Count Dracula: I would say, leave Cindy alone and find yourself a nice Jewish girl, Doctor!

Dr. Jeffrey Rosenberg: Huh?

[looks at star]

Dr. Jeffrey Rosenberg: Ah shit! It’s the other one, isn’t it?

Love at First Bite also features a great disco song, Alicia Bridges’ I Love the Night Life. 

Starman (1984)

The great sci-fi movie director John Carpenter directed this human/alien (in human form) love story. It had an unsuccessful TV show spin-off. I only have four words to say about this movie: Jeff Bridges. In 1984.

This movie does have songs, but none (in my opinion) worth noting here.

Did I mention that Jeff Bridges is in this movie?

Superman II  (1980)

I’ve noticed that people either love or hate this movie. I belong to the first category. As with all things Superman, there are those people who try to read deeper meeting into this movie. I am not one of those people. Its enjoyable as what it is on the surface – a romantic movie featuring a superhero, his witty reporter girlfriend and some really good actors (Gene Hackman, Terrence Stamp) playing villains. 

Two lessons from this movie? Sometimes it’s not about what you want, it’s about what’s best for the world. Also, not having superpowers sucks! (Sorry, I don’t know what the statute of limitations is for spoilers.)

While Superman II doesn’t have a stand out song, the first Christopher Reeve movie, Superman (1978), does feature the pretty song, Maureen McGovern’s Can You Read My Mind?

Other than Ghost (which is available on Netflix), unfortunately it doesn’t appear that any of the movies are available on a streaming service. This might be the time to check out your local library (or Netflix DVD) for availability on DVD.