On Movies & Movie-Watching: No, I Didn’t Watch the 94th Academy Awards Last Night. And Yeah, I Missed the ‘Slap Seen Around the World’….

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, March 28, 2022. It’s a warm spring day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 79˚F (26˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 53% and the wind blowing from the west-northwest at 8 MPH (12 KM/H), the feels-like temperature isContinue reading “On Movies & Movie-Watching: No, I Didn’t Watch the 94th Academy Awards Last Night. And Yeah, I Missed the ‘Slap Seen Around the World’….”

On Movie Collections: My Current To Be Watched (TBW) List – March 2022 Edition

Ever since I bought my first videocassette recorder in the summer of 1984 – it was a VHS machine from a company whose name I’ve forgotten and it cost me the princely sum of $400.00 ($1,092.27 in 2022 dollars) plus Florida sales tax – I have collected “home media” versions of movies I either sawContinue reading “On Movie Collections: My Current To Be Watched (TBW) List – March 2022 Edition”

On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: Coppola’s ‘Godfather Trilogy’ 4K Set is ‘Out for Delivery,” and ‘The Berlin Concert’ Has Shipped

One of the biggest peeves that I have about home media releases on disc (especially the new 4K UHD Blu-ray format) is with packaging, especially when it comes to commemorative box sets such as last year’s Indiana Jones: 4-Movie Collection (released to celebrate Raiders of the Lost Ark’s 40th Anniversary) or this week’s The GodfatherContinue reading “On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: Coppola’s ‘Godfather Trilogy’ 4K Set is ‘Out for Delivery,” and ‘The Berlin Concert’ Has Shipped”

On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: “…But Wait! There’s More!”

Well, with the recent arrival of my Ultimate Collector’s Edition set of West Side Story – it arrived at 3:49 PM Eastern yesterday – I can now say that this bit of my online shopping story is safely in the rear-view mirror of my life. Yes, the Best Buy Limited Edition Steelbook bit was unnecessarilyContinue reading “On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: “…But Wait! There’s More!””

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”

On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping, or: The Saga of the ‘West Side Story’ Steelbook…A Happy Ending at Last?

Today, all day I’ve had a feeling A miracle would happen I know now I was right… – Stephen Sondheim, “Tonight” from West Side Story When I last wrote about my issues with the exclusive-to-Best Buy Limited Edition Steelbook version of 20th Century Studios’ 4K UHD Blu-ray release of Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-nominated West SideContinue reading “On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping, or: The Saga of the ‘West Side Story’ Steelbook…A Happy Ending at Last?”

On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping, or: The Saga of the Missing ‘West Side Story’ Steelbook Continues

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, March 17, 2022. It is a cool – for Florida standards, at least – spring day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 72˚F (22˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 83% and the wind blowing from the west-southwest at 5Continue reading “On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping, or: The Saga of the Missing ‘West Side Story’ Steelbook Continues”

On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: Well, Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, I Guess….

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. It is a warm spring day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 76˚F (24˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 85% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 7 MPH (12 KM/H), the feels-likeContinue reading “On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: Well, Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, I Guess….”

On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping, or: Carefully Watched Packages and Jangled Nerves

Hi there, Dear Reader. It is late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. It is a cool (but gradually warming) spring day in the Tampa Bay area. The current temperature is 72˚F (22˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 80% and the wind blowing from the east at 10 MPHContinue reading “On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping, or: Carefully Watched Packages and Jangled Nerves”