RIP Robin Williams (1951 – 2014); The World Loses A Comedic Genius

Robin Williams

He’s gone.  He was an unrestrained joyous comedic presence in American television, film and stage.  His boundless energy, willingness to tackle any subject with humor and to use humor to fight some of the world’s most desperate ills made him a beloved figure  to myself and millions of fans around the world.  The news has just broken, but it appears Williams took his own life after battling severe depression.  He was very open about problems with substance abuse and depression and would work them into his act, giving others with the same battles a smile where none previously could exist.  He was….simply brilliant at anything he did and it breaks my heart that someone who brought so much joy to so many people reached a he place where he couldn’t go on.  I don’t think any celebrity death has so shocked me and personally affected me in years.  The feeling I’m most left with, past the shock and sadness, is one of profound gratitude.  I owe this man thousands of smiles and laughs, and I’ll always remember him dispensing those with an energy I’ve never seen before and I don’t think I’ll ever see again.  The latest on the situation is below, courtesy of CNN.  Rest well, Robin. Continue reading RIP Robin Williams (1951 – 2014); The World Loses A Comedic Genius

Trailer Time: Better Call Saul Teaser #1 (AMC – 2015) *Breaking Bad Prequel*

AMC today released the first teaser for Better Call Saul, the prequel series focusing on the lawyer of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul’s characters during Breaking Bad.  Starring Bob Odenkirk as Saul, AMC has already greenlit a 10-episode first season and a 13-episode second season.  Following Breaking Bad in any way is a tall order.  I want this to be good, but spin-off series have traditionally not been huge hits.  For ever Frasier, there are 20 After M*A*S*H*es.  Look for the return of Saul in early 2015.  For a full description read more below, courtesy of AMC. Continue reading Trailer Time: Better Call Saul Teaser #1 (AMC – 2015) *Breaking Bad Prequel*

Trailer Time: The Book of Life Trailer #2 (2014) *Produced by Guillermo del Toro*

20th Century Fox has released the second trailer for The Book of Life, opening in theaters on October 17 and voiced by Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Kate del Castillo, Cheech Marin, Placido Domingo, Hector Elizondo, Ana de la Reguera, Eugenio Derbez, Gabriel Iglesias, Ricardo “El Mandril” Sanchez and Danny Trejo. The animated comedy is produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Jorge Gutierrez.

The Book of Life is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, The Book of Life encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.

Book of Life

Movie Review: Get On Up (2014)

Get On Up, Chadwick Boseman

We’ve had some truly fantastic musical biopics in the last decade with Ray and Walk the Line.  In both cases, you had an actor who was able to almost become that musician and through their music we learned the narrative of their lives.  In Get On Up you have half of that.  Chadwick Boseman is fantastic as James Brown, but the movie is so without a driving narrative line that at times it’s almost incoherent (and I mean incoherent in comparison to James Brown talking.) Continue reading Movie Review: Get On Up (2014)