Badfinger
Music

Badfinger

B is for Beatles.  B is for Britain.  B is for better than the Raspberries but not Big Star.  B is for bad hair, and B is for bad luck.  B is for “Baby Blue” ending the show Breaking Bad on a bittersweet note.  B is for belated recognition.  B is for Badfinger. P is … Continue reading

Play Misty For Me
Film

Play Misty For Me

In Play Misty For Me (1971), Clint Eastwood’s directorial debut, he plays Dave, a late-night disc jockey who has a fling with a crazy bitch (Jessica Walter) named Evelyn Draper.  Fatal Attraction (1987) ripped the film off, but Misty predates a slew of stalker films.  It is not a deep movie — just one of the scariest. If you think … Continue reading

Ride Lonesome
Film

Ride Lonesome

Pre-dating the revisionist westerns we know and love, Ride Lonesome is that rare thing — a cheap chamber western shot in CinemaScope in Lone Pine, California, starring Randolph Scott.  Basically, a Budd Boetticher film. Through hot and dangerous terrain, Scott rides, his jaw a jut.  Equally adept at killing and riding lonesome, he gets the bad guys … Continue reading

Doctor Sleep
Literature

Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep is Stephen King’s long-awaited follow-up to The Shining.  It reads like a breeze.  And yes, both books are about alcoholism, only the sequel is less scary and more sobering. Skip any recitations of the plot.  The boy with the shining, Danny Torrance, is a man now.  In The Shining, his daddy succumbed to … Continue reading