On Film and Film-Watching: My Ephemeral, Aspirational, and ‘Take with a Grain of Salt’ TBW List for the Week of June 6-12, 2022 (Already in Progress)

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. It is a warm early summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 81°F (27°C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 87% and the wind blowing from the west-southwest at 4 MPH (7 KM/H), the feels-likeContinue reading “On Film and Film-Watching: My Ephemeral, Aspirational, and ‘Take with a Grain of Salt’ TBW List for the Week of June 6-12, 2022 (Already in Progress)”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, January 13, 2022, or: Amazon Delivers, USPS Does Not

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, January 13, 2022. It is a chilly – but not freezing – winter day in the Sunshine State. Currently, the temperature is 69˚F (20˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 70% and the wind blowing from the west-northwest at 3 MPH (5Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, January 13, 2022, or: Amazon Delivers, USPS Does Not”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, January 12, 2022, or: Blu-ray Collecting: A Cure for the Blues?

Hi there, Dear Reader. It is early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. It is a mild winter day in the subtropics. Currently, the temperature is 72˚F (22˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 10 MPH (16 KM/H) the feels-like temperature is 72˚F (22˚C). Today’s forecastContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, January 12, 2022, or: Blu-ray Collecting: A Cure for the Blues?”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, January 11, 2022, or: Good Things – and ‘Great Escapes’ – Come in Small Packages

Hey, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. It is a chilly winter day here in west-central Florida, though it’s bound to warm up a bit as the day progresses. Currently, the temperature is 58˚F (15˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 68% and the wind blowingContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, January 11, 2022, or: Good Things – and ‘Great Escapes’ – Come in Small Packages”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, January 7, 2022, or: Keeping an Eye on the Post….

Hey, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Friday, January 7, 2022. It is a cool Florida “winter” day. Currently, the temperature is 75˚F (24˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the north-northwest (with emphasis on “north”) at 6 MPH (10 KM/H) and humidity at 72%, the wind-chill factorContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, January 7, 2022, or: Keeping an Eye on the Post….”

Even More Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, October 11, 2020: Gray Skies Over Florida, the Loss of the ‘Pathétique,’ and Other Insignifica

Of Rain and Men Hello again, Dear Reader. It’s now evening here in New Hometown, Florida. The sun is low on the western horizon; sunset is not until 7:03 PM Eastern, but the light from outside is dimming ever so steadily, and it will be dark here soon. The rain showers come and go asContinue reading “Even More Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, October 11, 2020: Gray Skies Over Florida, the Loss of the ‘Pathétique,’ and Other Insignifica”

Music Album Review: ‘The Great Escape: Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Music Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein’

In 2011, the San Francisco Bay area-based record label/store Intrada Records released The Great Escape: Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein. This 3-CD set collects two versions of the score for producer-director John Sturges’ 1963 The Great Escape, the classic action-adventure film based on the biggest escape attempt byContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘The Great Escape: Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Music Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein’”

Digital Music Review: ‘The Great Escape Soundtrack Suite’ (Original Soundtrack Theme from ‘The Great Escape’)

Hilts:How many you taking out? Bartlett:Two hundred and fifty. Hilts:Two hundred and fifty? Bartlett:Yeah. Hilts:You’re crazy. You oughta be locked up. You, too. Two hundred and fifty guys just walkin’ down the road, just like that? Elmer Bernstein (1922-2004) was one of the most prolific and respected composers of film music in the modern era.Continue reading “Digital Music Review: ‘The Great Escape Soundtrack Suite’ (Original Soundtrack Theme from ‘The Great Escape’)”

Movie Review: ‘The Great Escape’

The Great Escape (1963) Written by: James Clavell and W.R. Burnett Based on: The Great Escape (1950), by Paul Brickhill Directed by: John Sturges Starring: Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, James Donald, James Garner, Gordon Jackson, David McCallum, Steve McQueen, Hannes Messemer, Heinz Weiss Group Captain Ramsey (BSO): Colonel Von Luger, it is the swornContinue reading “Movie Review: ‘The Great Escape’”