Movie Review: ‘West Side Story’ (2021)

West Side Story (2021) Directed by: Steven Spielberg Written by: Tony Kushner Based on: The Broadway musical West Side Story, conceived, choreographed, and directed by Jerome Robbins. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Arthur Laurents. Produced for the stage by Robert L. Griffith and Harold Prince. West Side Story itself isContinue reading “Movie Review: ‘West Side Story’ (2021)”

On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: The Saga of the ‘West Side Story’ Steelbook – All’s Well That Ends Well

It’s only just out of reach Down the block, on a beach Under a tree. –  Stephen Sondheim, “Something’s Coming,” West Side Story Well, Dear Reader, after all the angst, all the aggravation, and all the chats with Best Buy customer service reps online, the West Side Story Limited Edition Steelbook incident had a happyContinue reading “On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: The Saga of the ‘West Side Story’ Steelbook – All’s Well That Ends Well”

Book Review: ‘West Side Story: The Making of the Steven Spielberg Film’

West Side Story: The Making of the Steven Spielberg Film Author: Laurent Bouzerau Illustrations: 20th Century Studios Pages: 256 Publisher: Harry N. Abrams Publication Date: November 16, 2021 TONY KUSHNER (screenwriter executive producer): Steven is an artist, first and foremost. Everything he makes comes from a deeply personal place; there’s great heart in his work,Continue reading “Book Review: ‘West Side Story: The Making of the Steven Spielberg Film’”

On Movies: He’s America’s Storyteller, or: Why I Am a Spielberg Fan

I don’t dream at night, I dream at day, I dream all day; I’m dreaming for a living.― Steven Spielberg On December 18, 2021 – less than two months ago – Steven Spielberg celebrated his 75th birthday. Eight days earlier, 20th Century Studios (the former 20th Century Fox Film Corporation and now a wholly owned subsidiaryContinue reading “On Movies: He’s America’s Storyteller, or: Why I Am a Spielberg Fan”

On Movies: ‘West Side Story’ – March 15 Can’t Get Here Soon Enough For Me

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, February 10, 2022. It’s a cool Florida-style winter day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 66˚F (19˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 42% and the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 11 MPH (17 KM/H), it feels likeContinue reading “On Movies: ‘West Side Story’ – March 15 Can’t Get Here Soon Enough For Me”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, February 9, 2022, or: Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Gets Seven Oscar Nominations, But We Still Can’t Pre-Order the Blu-ray

Hello, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. It is a cool, sunny day in the Tampa Bay area. Presently, the temperature is 62˚F (16˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 58% and the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 9 MPH (14 KM/H), the feels-like temperature isContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, February 9, 2022, or: Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Gets Seven Oscar Nominations, But We Still Can’t Pre-Order the Blu-ray”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, February 5, 2022, or: The ‘West Side Story’ Book Has Arrived!

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida on Saturday, February 5, 2022. It is a grey and chilly winter day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 64˚F (18˚C) under cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the northeast at 9 MPH (14 KM/H) and humidity at 73%, theContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, February 5, 2022, or: The ‘West Side Story’ Book Has Arrived!”

On Books & Reading: Something’s Coming (via Amazon Prime) – ‘West Side Story: The Making of the Steven Spielberg Film’

Hi there, Dear Reader. It is late morning here in lovely Lithia, Florida on Friday, February 4, 2022. It is a warm winter day in the Tampa Bay area. The warming trend that began yesterday continues. Currently, the temperature is 73˚F (23˚C). With the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 10 MPH (16 KM/H) andContinue reading “On Books & Reading: Something’s Coming (via Amazon Prime) – ‘West Side Story: The Making of the Steven Spielberg Film’”

Book Review: ‘The Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The Definitive Story Behind All Four Films’

This film could very easily not be a hit. All films are a risk. I mean, there’s no way to know. You can’t predict a hit.” – George Lucas, on Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981 On May 20, 2008, Del Rey Books – an imprint of Ballantine Books, a division of Penguin Random HouseContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The Definitive Story Behind All Four Films’”