Category Archives: Movies

That’s Where They Got That Picasso

The pool of people that remember The Blues Brothers is shrinking.

CYCLES – A film by Jason Goldwatch & The Alchemist

I’m sure I know more of The Alchemist’s work than I can think of right now, but this is a great audio/visual show.

The Super Cops (1974)

I caught the last chunk of this movie last night while flipping channels. It’s got lots of standard-issue 70’s NYC cop movie stuff in it, but the standout to me is the music. Holy cow is it good.

Jerry Fielding, a victim of the Red Scare in the 50’s, did the score to this but is more famous for his work for The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs. I’m gonna pull this whole movie down as an audio file so I can dig into some audio clips and beats.

SaMcast 168: Young Suckers

They made a 30 for 30 just for Me and Adam actually “read” a book, with paper and everything.

(11:36) They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us
(18:41) Once upon A Time in Queens (ESPN)
(30:16) LuLaRich (Amazon Prime)
(37:25) Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)

Adam – Equilibrium Brewery 400x
Mike – The Princeton

Followup and Footnotes
Music Break: Duke Deuce – “WTF!”
Brooklyn 99
The Courier

SaMcast 154

The cold open here is really a triumph and a testament to the friendship I share with Adam.

(13:06) Valheim
(21:33) Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet(Apple TV 2020)
(28:30) Mark Rober
(36:55) The Flight Attendant (HBO Max 2020)

Mike – Negroni with Del Profesore vermouth
Adam – Marlowe Artisanl Ales – Blackout Jinx

Followup and Footnotes
Music Break: No.Stress “Prelude No.1”
Fight Club
Coming 2 America
The Goonies


Family movie this weekend was suggested by the youngest. None of us had seen it or knew anything about the plot, really. (I knew the big twist from it being referenced in podcasts, but had no idea about the journey)

At almost three hours it was a lot longer than our normal choices.

We all enjoyed it and I think we’re going to have a mini space movie festival with Contact and The Martian the next two weekends.

Hamilton with the family

We were all excited to watch Hamilton over the holiday weekend. Like so many families, ours had a strong bout of Hamilton-Mania back when it was a national sensation. The soundtrack was on all the time and the kids sang the songs themselves when it wasn’t. There was a minor flareup when the show started to tour the US, but it died down pretty quickly. This week leading up to the Disney+ debut of the filmed stage production saw a return to the full-blown Mania but this time I was also excited about it.

I was the last person in the family to see it and it somehow exceeded my expectations. The show is great. The way it’s filmed is great. It looks and sounds so good that I never felt like I was watching a filmed stage production. I can’t recommend it enough if it something you’re remotely interested in.

“Out of Sight”

I talk about this movie so much and I was *hyped* when it made the cut for a family viewing. It’s peak Steven Soderbergh, peak Jennifer Lopez, peak George Clooney, with great small roles from Luis Guzman, Dennis Farina, and Michael Keaton (and there are another half dozen folks in it that I *love*).

And I haven’t even mentioned the David Holmes score. The whole soundtrack is perfect.

Rom-Com Week 3/3

After a month-long delay, we finally closed out Rom-Com Week.

The Big Sick was a big hit with the kids. It’s a really good movie, too.

No Maps On My Taps

NO MAPS ON MY TAPS Trailer #1 from Milestone Film & Video on Vimeo.

featuring music by Lionel Hampton and the dance artistry of Bunny Briggs, Chuck Green, and Harold “Sandman” Sims. Nierenberg’s real love for the dancers and their art made this joyous documentary a hit with audiences and critics. The thrilling talent and ebullient charisma of the three dancers shines through in every fame. No Maps on My Taps showed on multiple television outlets in the US and abroad and screened in theaters and college campuses.

I am a sucker for good tap dancing, much to the chagrin of the rest of my family. No Maps On My Taps is a cool artifact from the late 70’s that has a lot of good tap dancing in it.