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New old music - part 12: "Good Times!"

Posted by Nathan Strum, 30 May 2016 · 63 views
No... I am not going to start off this blog post with "Hey, hey - it's The Monkees' 50th anniversary".
Even though it is anyway.
Fortunately, I'm not quite old enough to remember when they were originally on TV. But I am old enough to have started watching them in the mid-70's. Anyway, you can read all about that whole thing here .

New old music - part 11: "The Wrecking Crew"

Posted by Nathan Strum, 27 May 2016 · 52 views
Music, Movies
This is part movie review, and part music review. Because it's a review of a movie about music.
A few years ago, I'd heard there was a documentary in the works about The Wrecking Crew. I waited years for it to get released, as it was hung up in trying to get the rights for all of the mus...

New old music - parts 8, 9 & 10

Posted by Nathan Strum, 25 May 2016 · 82 views
It's been awhile since I wrote reviews for Herb Alpert's music. But that doesn't mean he's stopped making it.
Previously, I reviewed a pair of duet albums he did with his wife (here and here ).
Since then, Herb (still going strong at 81) has cranked out a new album every year  for the past three years.
2013: Steppin' Out

Captain America: Civil War - Spoiler-free movie review

Posted by Nathan Strum, 07 May 2016 · 279 views
I'm just about to head off for a late-night show at the ArcLight. I'll be posting a review either much later tonight, or in all likelihood, tomorrow.
I hadn't quite planned on going to see the movie this soon, but it's getting really difficult to avoid spoilers.
I've really been looking forward to this movie, since Winter Soldier was so go...

Once more unto the breach

Posted by Nathan Strum, 04 May 2016 · 157 views
As with last year , and the year before , and the year before , and the year before , and the year before , and the year before , and the year before , and the year before , and even the year before that, (and all of the years before that before I had a blog), it's the end of the school year here at CalArts, and I've been buried in work, putting our stu...

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Spoiler-free movie review

Posted by Nathan Strum, 29 March 2016 · 338 views
Back on April 8, 2015, I posted a status update about the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice teaser trailer , and my impression at the time was, "Batman v. Superman sure looks... dreary."
Monday night (admittedly, at an 11:15PM showing) I saw BvS in at the ArcLight  theater in Sherman Oaks. This was in one of their biggest thea...

Zootopia - Spoiler-free movie review

Posted by Nathan Strum, 04 March 2016 · 260 views
Animation, Movies
Sometimes, working at CalArts is a good thing. Like on Thursday.
Co-director Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph ) held a screening and Q&A session for his latest Disney animated film - Zootopia - which opens in the U.S. Friday. So hey - free sneak preview!
Now, I thought Wreck-It Ralph was excellent , so I was hoping for good things from Zootopi...

It's all about transparency

Posted by Nathan Strum, 01 March 2016 · 302 views
Comic Strips
Remember the days when comic strips would fill an entire newspaper page? Well... here you go!
(Click here for supermassive version ) (1.6 MB)
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