Monday, December 31, 2012

Josh's Jukebox: ABBA

the song of the day is 'the songs of the day' abba remix

Sunday, December 30, 2012

'Argo' ****

'argo' the based on a true story about the rescue of 6 americans during the carter administration is really really good. we know how it will turn, out but i now say the brilliant, director ben affleck keeps us engrossed and on the edge of our seats throughout. the cast is one of the best ensemble casts of the year. special kudus to alan arkin a supporting actor nominee potential.

a potential best picture nominee i urge you to see it. and congrats mr. affleck. you are three for three.
it is the possible winner of that roque oscar.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

So Now What....

well i am pretty well on the mend so i can finally return to my passion...going to the movies. so today i begin with 'argo' as it may well be the first to disappear as it's been our the longest. so i'll see you tomorrow with more. but i leave you with this: music

Friday, December 28, 2012

Kate Weds for Third Time and Leo Gives Her Away

  1. leo  dicaprio walked kate down the isle in a private ny ceremony. best hope third time is the charm. her new mate i ned rocknroll(???) nephew of british tycoon richard branson. let's just hope she left this headgear home for the ceremony. what was she thinking?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

'Nine' Revisted

'overture belle donne'

'guido's song'

'a call from the vatican'

'folies bergere'

'be italian'

'unusual way'

'cinema italiano'

'my husband makes movies'

'take it all'

'i can't make this movie'


Saturday, December 22, 2012


Come See About Me

how great was it to see dianna agron, with naya rivera, back on 'glee?

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Josh's Jukebox: 'Holding Out for a Hero'

'glee' has shown new life this season. the musical productions are as good if not better than the past. 
with the exception of the bulimia crap, a horrible example to young girls, the plots have been fun and some bittersweet....more to come.

I'm Back....

i had major surgery after months of pain from cancer. i am now in recovery mode and hope to start here fresh and anew....

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Meryl, Audra, Kyra, Kevin and More

From the Vault: 'Release Me'

streisand's new cd release is not exactly new. barbra went t the vault picked out some 12 cuts she did not think worthy of release at the time of the recording. but what the hell. need to add a room on to the home or whatever and feeling a bit lazy and not in the mood to record well just go to the vault. a bit lazy? really lazy!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012

OK So Where the Hell Was Barack Last Night?

barack lost the debate on the economy. probably the most important of the three. what the f**k happened to him. who was inhabiting his body. this was sad. pitiful. discouraging. two to go. he needs to redeem himself. he better redeem himself! Oy.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

'666 Park Avenue' Sucks. That's Being Kind.

if the first episode is an indication of where this show is going it will be going going gone soon. it in a word was a BORE.
it's grade? F. really F. F- if there is an F-.
the worst yet! and i really wanted to like this series. really i did.

Dear Mr. President

Saturday, September 29, 2012

'Glee' Season 4 Is Adrift in Medocrity Since It Graduated Some of It's Best Talent

'glee' is in free fall. since graduation last spring the choir room now seems hollow and empty. and lifeless. with rachel finn, quinn and santana gone all we have are empty tables and empty chairs. where the hell is naya rivera and diane argon? these two are a major losses and makes the show a lot less gleeful. at this point i give it a more than generous c-

kate hudson? okay i am not a fan so when she is the best thing about the new season all bets are off. her character is miserable, her acting almost passable and with great amounts of editing her dancing is well...good. no more no less than good. i mean bebe neuwirth she ain't!

lea michelle is best off being in ny away from the mess in mckinley high. she's got a hot cute talented guy swooning over her. her best friend kurt joined her in search of his own dreams so now they are besties and roomies. but she does have to deal with ms hudson. all those who srtrive in the theater know it will be hard...damn hard. there will be more downs than ups. heartache and heartbrake are par for the course. many can do it and succeed. but can't you at least want your teachers to be better than you are. ms hudson is not better than lea michelle. she doesn't come close to lea michelle. and i ain't thinking ms michelle is on her way to an oscar. i'm jusy saying she'll get there faster than kate hudson. and yet she is the best thing in this new season. how can this be? i do not know. it boggles the mind.

lea wins hands down.

i'll keep trying to watch 'glee'. at least a few good musical numbers will show up. they always do.
like this:
lea and newcomer melissa benoist

'Revolution' Is a Boring Mess...

and i'm done with it already i gave it the required two episode test. it failed. it's like they took 'fast forward', 'terra nova', 'the event', 'the walking dead' and 'falling skies' in a blender and poured out this glob of nothingness. could they not have written just one likeable character. someone to care about. guess not. so i am revolting from this d- mess.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Sunday Sweet Sunday is Coming

5 of my faves return for a new season this sunday
night  and i keep my fingers crossed for a sunday newbie. abc's adding '666 park avenue' on sunday night with 'once upon a time' and the moving 'revenge' seems a good idea. i hate that 'revenge' and 'the good wife' are up against each other but....i dvr 'the good wife' because who the hell knows when football will end on any given sunday night? just add recording time!

anyway here is sunday on abc:

 i wish cbs would send this back to a night that is not forever delayed by football or even worse golf.
i still love 'the good wife' and julianna margulies. it also boasts one of the best casts on the flat screens.

and then there is 'homeland' also returning on sunday. gratefully we can schedule this one at will to get it out of the sunday traffic jam.

all in all sunday's are looking tv good.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Josh's Juke Box: 'On My Own'

from the soundtrack of my life.
since i showd the poster art for 'les miz' yesterday this beauty of a song needs a revisit.

and i was dared by another blogger to name my top 100 songs from musicals. i'm up to 136 as of today. HA!
yet with a lot of thought i have come up with one that i must say is my favorite. 'on my own' from 'les miserables'

and here to sing it is the once and future eponine, samantha barks, brilliant rendering it. this is from the 25th anniversary concert of lez miz. miss barks will thankfully reprise the role in the film version coming in december.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Les Miz' Art Work

'les misersbles' the film poster goes back to it's origins by using the young cosette rather than the name stars in it's artwork. it's a nice tribute to the original concept. and let's not forget the original is still running somewhere in the world these 25 years later.
the film has been moved to christmas day in the states

the film

the new featurette

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Glee Moment: 'Cough Syrup'

one of glee's best moments last season. darren chriss sang 'cough syrup' while another cast member attempted suicide for being bullied because he was gay. i understand this bullying as i was a gay kid growing up in brooklyn. thankfully i never attempted this final solution. not all kids are as lucky as i am.

(anyway more on the new season coming soon)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Julianne Moore Vindicated

after getting thumbs down from the real pit bull julianne gets two thumbs up from emmy. AND FROM ME! i am sure sure ms moore knows an insult from the moronic palin is a compliment. yeah she knows!

does anyone come off more insincere than claire danes? she comes off a bit condescending and downright arrogant even when being honored. this does not take away from a brilliant performance. it just makes her a less than desirable human being with no humility at all. perhaps she can platy ann romney in 'game change 2'

New Rules

Finally Someone Who Agrees with Me about 'The Music Lovers'

 i actually love most of the madness of director ken russell. this is madness personified in visual lushness. this film should have made richard chamberlain a 'star'. glenda jackson is brilliantly courageous. it is not for the weak of heart, mind or spirit.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Emmy Awards Tonight

as much as i love a lot of tv the emmys don't grab me as say the oscars do. even though the oscars draw a lot of dreck they tend to pick 'most' of the best. most! not all. 

the emmys tend to get monotonous mostly due to repetition. 'mad men ' again? really? yes really. i'm not into most tv comedies to me they died with seinfeld, raymond, friends and the golden ladies.

but tv drama still gets me. i think most tv dramas are written better than big screen films. but the emmys also tend to ignore the real 'best of'. i mean 'once upon a time' and 'good wife' are ignored for best drama but those damn mad men keeps getting the nod. i still can't figure out who the hell nominates and eventually vote the winners. who is this committee?

well anyway the category that i think is the tightest and best this year is for actress in a leading role drama. it appears claire danes will win it. she is certainly worthy. i'd love michelle dockery to be the surprise winer. she is flawless in 'downton abbey'. ans a repeat win by julianna maggulies would be always welcome. i'd have voted for dockery. sublime. yes i repeat sublime. but hell i did not get a vote. 

enjoy them for what they are tonight. i do like the glamour of it all.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Josh's Jukebox" 'The Weddind Song'

for blake and ryan

paul stookey


blake and ryan quietly married this weekend. congrats to both.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Josh's Juke Box: 'The Prayer'

from the soundtrack of my life

'the prayer' is a beautiful song especially as a duet. many have been done but this one vocalized by andrea bocelli and katharine mcphee is my favorite.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

'Downton Abbey' Season 3 New Trailer

the date for the usa premier is jan. 6th on pbs. six months from today. damn! i know time flies but this seems like almost forever.

in the meantime

Monday, September 3, 2012

And Today the Intelligent Convention Begins

Josh's Jukebox: 'Rags'

what labor day is all about. the triangle fire factory showed the need for reform the musical 'rags' brought it to life. the amazing judy kuhn gave it life.

Happy Labor Day

kristen chenoweth and 'the star spangled banner'

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

One Man 'Les Miserables' Nick Pitera Medley

i have no idea who this guy, nick pitera, is but i think we all will hear more from him. his one man medley of 'les miserables' songs is brilliant. i've been doing this in my mind and in my shower for years. bravo!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Say It Ain't So

but alas it is so. 'pretty little liars' ends it's summer run tonight. so we find out who killed maya not really one of my favorite characters. yet it remains one of my favorite shows and still gets an A for this partial season. see you in october girls.

Vera Farmiga Joins 'Psycho' for AMC

the ever promising vera farmiga joins amc's 2013 series as norma bates mother of future serial rapist killer norman. accepting the role makes me believe this is more than a schlock rip off of a film classic. it will be titled 'bates motel'.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Idiot of the Week: Todd Akin the 'LEGITIMATE RAPE' Moron

Approved by the Catholic Chuch...Shame on Them!

so much for separation of church and state. this video could have been produced in fascist germany. damn papists!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

'Homeland' Season 2 Trailer

premiers september 30th on showtime

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

'Revenge' Season 2 Trailer: Emily's In Way Over Her Head!

Bill Maher: Voter ID Yet Another 'Tricky, Racist Law'


A Look Back at 2011's 'Take Shelter' ***1/2stars

2011 gave us two apocolyptic films. the brilliant 'melancholia' and it's extremely close runnerup 'take shelter'. a man on the verge of a breakdown as he has visions, dreams, of the impending end of the world. michael shannon who stole 'revolutionary road' from kate winslet, leonardo decaprio and kathy bates, turns in one of the best performances of the decade. he is up and coming and oneday will have an oscar on his mantle. he is simply put brilliant. jessica chastain gives another great performance which is one of many she showed in 2011.
althugh i believe 'melancholia' is the better 2011 apocalyptic films of 2011 his is the more accessible to a wider audience. i can't recommend them enough if you love film.


Friday, August 17, 2012

Michelle My Belle

as i await season 3 of 'downton abbey' and awaiting michelle dockery in 'anna karenina' and thus being in withdrawal here's a bit of a michelle interview. i love this actress.
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