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)”

Music Album Review: ‘West Side Story – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’ (2021)


West Side Story: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Label: Hollywood Studios Release Date; December 10, 2021 Formats: Compact disc, vinyl LP record, digital Genre: Movie soundtrack On December 10, 2021 – the same day that Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story began its theatrical release – Hollywood Records dropped West Side Story: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack inContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘West Side Story – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’ (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’”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, March 6, 2022, or: On Muted Birthday Observations and Other Topics


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday, March 6, 2022. It is a warm ˚spring day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 87˚F (30˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 38% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 13 MPH (21 KM/H), the feels-likeContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, March 6, 2022, or: On Muted Birthday Observations and Other Topics”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, February 21, 2022, or: The Best-Laid Movie Watching Plans Go Way Astray


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, February 21, 2022. It is a mild, cool (but warming up), and “Florida winter” day. Currently, the temperature is 76˚F (24˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 62% and the wind blowing from the east southeast at 11 MPH (17 KM/H), the feels-likeContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, February 21, 2022, or: The Best-Laid Movie Watching Plans Go Way Astray”

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”

Movie Review: ‘West Side Story’ (1961)


West Side Story (1961) Directed by: Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise Screenplay by: Ernest Lehman Based on: The stage play 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 SideContinue reading “Movie Review: ‘West Side Story’ (1961)”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 16, 2022, or: Why Can’t I See a Movie Musical…at the Movies?


Hola, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday. It is a gray and chilly – for the subtropics, that is – day. The current temperature is 62˚F (17˚C) under cloudy skies.  With the wind blowing from the west at 14 MPH (22 KM/H) and humidity at 79%, the wind-chill factor isContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 16, 2022, or: Why Can’t I See a Movie Musical…at the Movies?”

On Movies: ‘West Side Story (2021)’ – Gotta Wait a While Before I See It


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s midafternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Saturday, December 11, 2021. It is a warm, even muggy early winter day. Currently, the temperature is 83˚F (29˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 59% and the wind blowing from the southwest at 7 MPH (11 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 87˚FContinue reading “On Movies: ‘West Side Story (2021)’ – Gotta Wait a While Before I See It”