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”

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: 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”

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”

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”