Wednesday, December 28, 2016


THE EXCEEDINGLY-ASTOUNDING MONDO-AWESOME FLICKERS PROJECT 2016 WENT EXCEEDINGLY WELL THIS YEAR.  My goal of watching over 1000 hours of movies was met and surpassed; as of Dec. 28th, I've watched over 685 films this year.  As you can see below, I started the year off with a rewatch of an old fave:  the celluloid adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book THE SHIPPING NEWS and it was all go from there.  

Compliments of the wonderful movie site, I can see that the star I watched the most of in 2016 was Mantan Moreland (a total of 13 films) closely followed by Katharine Hepburn (with 11 films).  In third place, we have a three-way tie between dear Boris Karloff (a perennial favourite), Sterling Hayden (whose 100th birthday was this year) and Sidney Toler (testifying to the flurry of Charlie Chan movies making there way onto my watchlist).  The rest of my most-watched stars shakes out as follows:

As for my most-watched directors this year, the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock heads the list with a total of 11 films closely followed by John Carpenter and the trashy Charles Band.  Again, the rest of the most-watched directors shakes out as follows:

It was indeed a movie-watching year with more highs than lows . . . however there were some stinkers along the way.  Let's start first with the worst:

Poor Bela.  The snooze-fest that is MURDER BY TELEVISION features a murder mystery with a tiny bit of science-fiction added starring Bela Lugosi; sadly it seems MUCH longer than it's 53 minute running time.  Then there was the continued downward plummet that is SHERLOCK; this time the one-shot Victorian era THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE was lackluster and silly.  How can you go wrong with a Winston Churchill documentary???  Well, they did with WALKING WITH DESTINY:  an oddly worthless doc focusing on a limited time span that seems totally unnecessary.  There are MUCH better Churchill docs out there.  A waste of time.  And speaking of time-wasters, NAVY SECRETS stars Fay Wray & Grant Withers as two agents who fall in love while tracking down a spy ring.  The action is dull, the humour is flat, the romance is nearly non-existent and the film seems MUCH longer than its short running time.  And then there's SHARKNADO 3:  OH HELL NO!  OK, so I get the concept of the Sharknado movies:  they're over-the-top bonkers and silly and I liked the first two.  But for some reason it seems like the Asylum FORGOT the concept and this third entry is much less wacky and actually dull; it's almost like they're sorta taking themselves seriously in this one and it doesn't work.  TAKE THE STAND is an uninteresting "mystery" with Thelma Todd totally wasted in her role as a secretary.  SILENT HILL, a mess of incoherent nonsense, is one of the worst films I watched all year.  Oh, until I got to the 70's snore bore of MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE.  I've never seen any of the other Killjoy movies from Full Moon but KILLJOY GOES TO HELL was a complete plotless mess.  THE TOY BOX, a dull as dishwater horror "nudie cutie" was even worse than SCARE THE PANTS OFF YOU (which I watched last year) and had none of the wacky fun of, say, KISS ME QUICK.  MACBETH with Michael Fassbender, was a total botch of the Scottish play (and I write about it in more detail in an earlier post this year).  Italian horrors SOMETHING CREEPING IN THE DARK and Mario Bava's LISA AND THE DEVIL were both incredibly dull affairs with basically nothing really happening until the final 10 minutes. Which I guess is more than you can say for THE PHAROAH'S CURSE in which I don't think ANYTHING happens at all.  Opportunities to watch an previously-unseen Vincent Price movie don't come around very often anymore -- unfortunately CRY OF THE BANSHEE also commits the sin of being incredibly boring.  Then we have a continuation of the inept DC film franchise with BATMAN V SUPERMAN and SUICIDE SQUAD.  The former had some good points:  Affleck is OK as Batman and Wonder Woman is the best part of the movie.  But then there's whatshisname as Superman who looks right but can't act his way out of the bottle city of Kandor.  A really dumb movie with some glaringly stupid things going on; I mean, Batman using a gun?!?!?!?!  Really, guys?!?!?!  SUICIDE SQUAD was pretty bad but I didn't hate it as much as the overwhelming wave of vitriol foisted onto this movie.  It was pretty bad though without any coherent plot.  Lastly there was Werner Herzog's oddly unfocused documentary on the internet LO AND BEHOLD which meanders in all directions at once without any apparent planning.  Individual segments of the film are interesting but it feels like a pile of unconnected chunks of film.  This feels like what my friend Peg always called "a lunchtime production"; that is, they had a lunch hour free so they made this movie.  Herzog is so much better a filmmaker than this!  

So now that we've gotten THAT out of the way, we can get the bad taste out of our mouths by considering some of the best films I watched for the very first time this year . . . and there are a LOT more of them than the dreck.  Consequently, I can't possibly talk about each one in depth of we'd be here til NEXT December.  But these are the best films I saw for the first time in 2016:

  • LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF  -  Quite simply one of the best documentaries on film I've ever seen!  There must be clips from hundreds of films in this one showing how the city of Los Angeles has been depicted in film throughout the years.
  • SONG OF THE SEA  -  Beautiful animated film about the Celtic legend of the seal child from the makers of the equally spellbinding BOOK OF KELLS
  • LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN  -  I've never been a particular fan of Joan Fontaine . . . UNTIL I saw this film!  Heartbreaking.
  • MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE  -  Lesser known but still brilliant W.C. Fields comedy.
  • HELLZAPOPPIN  -  Absolutely insane and anarchic Olsen & Johnson comedy that gives the Marx Brothers a run for their money.
  • JAPANESE GIRLS AT THE HARBOR  -  Hiroshi Shimizu's silent masterpiece about two best friends torn apart by jealousy and revenge.
  • THE FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS - Lars Van Trier puts another director through hell by imposing five limitations on Jorgen Leth as he tries to remake his earlier short film THE PERFECT HUMAN.
  • THE FORBIDDEN ROOM - Guy Maddin's cinematic insanity results in an endless stream of consciousness for film lovers.
  • ONLY YESTERDAY  -  The one Studio Ghibli film that hasn't been available in the U.S. masterfully depicts the wonder of growing up.
  • CHUNGKING EXPRESS - A can of pineapple and a spare set of keys.
  • THE HATEFUL 8  -  QT's eighth film is a surprisingly effective claustrophobic ensemble piece.
  • A SEPARATION - Everyone's favourite Iranian film of late showing the breakdown of marriage as well as a "did he or didn't he".
  • ROUNDHAY GARDEN SCENE - The earliest surviving film.  About 3 seconds from 1888 and it's spellbinding!
  • DEADPOOL  -  No one was more surprised than me how much I enjoyed this one.

  • THE HEIRESS -  Like I just said about her sister, I've never been that much a fan of Olivia DeHaviland . . . until I saw THIS film!
  • YI YI  - Wong Kar-Wai's family classic.
  • MEMORIES OF MURDER - Absolute masterpiece of a true crime drama and the perfect double feature with ZODIAC.
  • BALLAD OF A SOLDIER  -  This film is beloved in Russia and now it's beloved of me.  Soldier tries to make his way home from the front and falls in love.  A masterpiece.
  • STANDOFF - Terrific little suspense film in which a little girl witnesses a murder and is chased into a stranger's house who then has to defend them both against the killer.
  • SITA SINGS THE BLUES - Stunningly beautiful and funny animated version of the Ramayana . . . with Annette Hanshaw songs!
  • SANS SOLEIL - A visual essay that kicks keister!
  • LES RENDEZ-VOUS D'ANNA - Chantal Akerman's superb character study with Aurore Clement as a filmmaker traveling through Europe trying to get her film made.
  • THE WITCH - Atmosphere by the bucketful!
  • REPO MAN - Absolutely cracked movie about . . . well a repo man, I guess.
  • BLUE - The first in the "THREE COLORS" trilogy and a palpable depiction of grief.
  • NEWS FROM HOME - My new second-favourite Chantal Akerman film after JEANNE DIELMAN.  Akerman let's her camera roll in early 70's New York City while she reads her mother's letters.
  • GOOD MORNING - Yasujiro Ozu's wonderful and funny film about some kids who constantly pester their parents for a television.  Oh, and a lot of fart jokes!
  • LAST DAYS - Thinly-veiled riff on the last days of Kurt Cobain; I've rarely seen a truer-feeling depiction of depression on film.

  • CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR - A film which takes place somewhere between dreaming and waking.
  • STARRY EYES - I don't know what it is about this movie.  Horror in Hollywood.  Unsettling and creepy.
  • KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS - Quite possibly the best film of the year.
  • THE GREAT SILENCE - Odd and haunting western with an ending you don't expect.
  • THE AGE OF INNOCENCE - Scorsese's overlooked classic.
  • SUMMER WARS - Heir to Miyazaki's excellent animated film about an artificial intelligence taking over.
  • CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT - Finally we have a release of Orson Welles' Falstaffian epic.
  • THE END OF SUMMER - I just LOVE Ozu!
  • SONS OF THE DESERT - Hilarious Laurel & Hardy feature length film about the efforts of two nitwits to sneak off to a lodge convention without telling their wives.
  • ME AND MY PAL - Classic Laurel and Hardy short where the groom and his best pal can't seem to make it too his wedding due to a jigsaw puzzle.
  • 45 YEARS - Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay (where are their Oscars for this???) play a married couple whose anniversary plans are tested by the discovery of the husband's former lover discovered frozen in ice.
  • MUSEUM HOURS - A lonely woman and a museum guard strike up a friendship.
  • THE HOLLOW CROWN 2 - Actually 3 movies.  Like the previous HOLLOW CROWN series, 3 excellent adaptations of Shakespeare's HENRY VI PART ONE, HENRY VI PART TWO and RICHARD III.
  • VIVRE SA VIE - Anna Karina being mesmerizing.

  • IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE - Neighbours in an apartment building slowly discover their spouses are having an affair with each other.  Masterpiece.
  • SPOOKY BATS AND SCAREDY CATS - Wonderful claymation-style Halloween.
  • PAPRIKA - Trippy hijinx inside the mind of human and computer.
  • TURBO KID - Hilarious, dead one parody of post-apocalyptic 80's style sci-fi.
  • PHILOMENA - Dench and Coogan give great performances in this true story of a woman forced to give her child up for adoption and her attempt to now track him down.
  • TIMECRIMES - Timey-wimey time paradox movie which is both funny and disturbing.
  • THE IMPOSTER - Masterfully directed documentary the less you know about going into it the better.  A young boy is kidnapped.  Several years later, the family receives a phone call . . . can their boy have been found???
  • CHICAGO 10 - Another excellent documentary outside the norm as the story of "The Chicago 10" is told using archival footage, talking heads, animation and movie star voice acting.  It doesn't sound like it should work but it does.
  • IT'S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY - Arresting depiction of mental breakdown . . . using basically stick figures.
  • AMERICAN BEAUTY - Best picture winner which, oddly, deserved to win.
  • DON'T BREATHE - Horror/suspense hit of the past year which amps up the nail-biting.
  • THE SNOWMAN - Who knows why it's taken me this long to see this short Christmas classic?!?!?!
  • MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW - Possible (indeed probable) inspiration for Ozu's TOKYO STORY.  As Orson Welles once said:  "That movie could make a stone cry!"


IT'S AROUND THIS TIME EVERY YEAR THAT I LOOK BACK AT THOSE WE'VE LOST.  At the risk of repeating everyone else, I would agree that this year seems to have been particularly bad in that we've lost too many hugely talented individuals.  As we prepare to move across into the new year, let's take a moment to remember them.

Vilmos Zsigmond, cinematographer  "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
Robert Stigwood, band manager/producer  "Bee Gees", "Grease", "Saturday Night Fever"
Pierre Boulez, conductor
Pat Harrington Jr., actor  "One Day at a Time"
Richard Libertini, actor  "All of Me", "The In-Laws"
Kitty Kallen, singer  "Little Things Mean A Lot"
Otis Clay, singer  "Tryin' to Live My Life Without You"
Angus Scrimm, actor  "Phantasm", "John Dies at the End"
David Bowie, singer
Brian Bedford, actor  "Robin Hood", "Nixon", "Much Ado About Nothing"
Alan Rickman, actor  "Die Hard", "Harry Potter"
Robert Banks Stewart, screenwriter  "Dr. Who: Seeds of Doom", "Dr. Who: Terror of the Zygons", Callan, The Avengers
Dan Haggerty, actor  "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams"
Noreen Corcoran, actor  "Bachelor Father"
Clarence Henry Reid, singer  "Blowfly"
Glenn Frey, singer  "The Eagles"
Sheila Sim, actor  "A Canterbury Tale"
Mike Minor, actor  "Petticoat Junction"
Abe Vigoda, actor  "The Godfather", "Barney Miller", "Fish"
Paul Kantner, musician  "Jefferson Airplane"
Jacques Rivette, director  "Celine and Julie Go Boating"
Gordon Goody, Great Train Robber  "A Tale of Two Thieves"
Frank Finlay, actor  "Othello", "The Pianist", "The Three Musketeers"
Terry Wogan, broadcaster
Bob Elliot, comedian  "Bob and Ray"
Jack Elrod, cartoonist  "Mark Trail"
Edgar Mitchell, astronaut
Maurice White, musician  "Earth, Wind & Fire"
Jimmie Haskell, composer/arranger  "Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry"
Sam Spense, composer  "NFL Films"
Johnny Duncan, actor  "Batman and Robin", "Plan 9 From Outer Space"
Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Justice
George Gaynes, actor  "Tootsie", "General Hospital"
Jean Rabier, cinematographer  "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg", "La Femme Infidele", "Bay of Angels"
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, United Nations Secretary-General
Harper Lee, author  "To Kill A Mockingbird"
Umberto Eco, author  "The Name of the Rose"
Sonny James, singer  "Young Love"
Humbert Allen Astredo, actor  "Dark Shadows"
Jon Rollason, actor  "The Avengers", "Doctor Who"
Douglas Slocombe, cinematographer  "The Lion in Winter", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Indiana Jones"
George Kennedy, actor  "Cool Hand Luke"
Frank Kelly, actor/comedian  "Father Ted"
Jerry Maren, actor  "The Wizard of Oz"
Bud Collins, sports journalist
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor
Pat Conroy, author  "The Great Santini", "The Prince of Tides"
Nancy Reagan, US First Lady
Paul Ryan, comic book artist  "Fantastic Four"
George Martin, producer  "The Beatles"
Richard Davalos, actor  "East of Eden", "Pit Stop"
Adrienne Corri, actor  "Madhouse"
Angela Paton, actor  "Groundhog Day"
Gogi Grant, singer  "The Wayward Wind"
Keith Emerson, musician  "Emerson, Lake & Palmer"
Ernestine Anderson, singer
Riccardo Garrone, actor  "La Dolce Vita"
Sylvia Anderson, producer  "Thunderbirds", "UFO", "Space: 1999", "Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons"
Frank Sinatra Jr., singer
Larry Drake, actor  "Dark Night of the Scarecrow", "Dr. Giggles", "Darkman"
Joe Santos, actor  "The Rockford Files"
Ken Howard, actor  "1776", "The White Shadow"
Rob Ford, mayor of Toronto
Jim Harrison, author  "Legends of the Fall"
Joe Garagiola, baseball player
Garry Shandling, comedian  "It's Garry Shandling's Show", "The Larry Sanders Show"
Mother Mary Angelica, nun  "EWTN-TV"
James Noble, actor  "1776", "Benson"
Patty Duke, actor  "The Miracle Worker", "The Patty Duke Show"
Douglas Wilmer, actor  "The Vampire Lovers", "El Cid"
Ronnie Corbett, comedian  "The Two Ronnies"
Gato Barbieri, saxophonist
Erik Bauersfeld, actor  "Star Wars"
Merle Haggard, singer
David Gest, producer
Gareth Thomas, actor  "Blake's 7", "Children of the Stones"
Cracker, cat
Doris Roberts, actress  "Everybody Loves Raymond", "Soap"
Pete Zorn, musician  "Steeleye Span"
Victoria Wood, comedian/actor  "Dinnerladies"
Guy Hamilton, director  "Goldfinger"
Chyna, wrestler
Prince, singer  "Purple Rain"
Lonnie Mack, blues singer
Billy Paul, singer  "Me and Mrs. Jones"
Papa Wemba, Congolese singer
Peter Thomas, narrator  "Nova", "The Great Depression"
Isao Tomita, musician  "Snowflakes are Dancing", "The Planets"
William Schallert, actor  "The Man From Planet X", "The Patty Duke Show"
Gareth Gwenlan, producer  "Only Fools and Horses"
Bill MacIlwraith, screenwriter  "Two's Company"
Mark Lane, lawyer/author  "Rush To Judgment"
Julius La Rosa, singer  "Eh, Cumpari"
Darwyn Cooke, comic book artist  "Justice League: The New Frontier", "Catwoman"
Guy Clark, singer  "Desperadoes Waiting for a Train"
Ian Watkin, actor  "Dead Alive"
John Berry, musician  "Beastie Boys"
Morley Safer, journalist  "60 Minutes"
Alan Young, actor  "The Time Machine", "Mister Ed"
Buck Kartalian, actor  "Planet of the Apes"
Burt Kwouk, actor  "The Pink Panther", "Goldfinger"
Gustav Meier, conductor
Rick MacLeish, hockey player  "Philadelphia Flyers"
Carla Lane,  TV screenwriter  "Butterflies", "Solo"
Dave Swarbrick, musician  "Fairport Convention"
Muhammad Ali, boxer
Theresa Saldana, actor  "Raging Bull"
Sir Peter Shaffer, playwright  "Amadeus", "Equus"
Marina Malfatti, actress  "The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave", "All the Colors of the Dark", "Seven Blood-Stained Orchids"
Janet Waldo, actress  "The Jetsons", "Penelope Pitstop", "Josie & the Pussycats", "Wacky Races"
Henry McCullough, guitarist  "Spooky Tooth", "Wings", "My Love"
Ann Morgan Guilbert, actress  "The Dick Van Dyke Show"
Yumi Shirakawa, actress  "Rodan", "The H-Man", "The Mysterians"
Mary Ann King, TV host  "Romper Room"
Attrell Cordes, singer  "P.M. Dawn"
Anton Yelchin, actor  "Star Trek Beyond", "Star Trek Into Darkness"
Harry Rabinowitz, conductor/composer  "I Claudius", "Reilly Ace of Spies"
Ralph Stanley, musician  "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
Bernie Worrell, musician  "Parliament-Funkadelic"
Bill Cunningham, photographer
Alvin Toffler, author  "Future Shock"
Mack Rice, songwriter  "Mustang Sally", "Respect Yourself"
Buddy Ryan, football coach  "Philadelphia Eagles"
Scotty Moore, guitarist  "Hound Dog", "Don't Be Cruel"
Robin Hardy, director  "The Wicker Man"
Elie Wiesel, author  "Night"
Michael Cimino, screenwriter/director  "The Deer Hunter"
Noel Neill, actress  "The Adventures of Superman"
John McMartin, actor  "All the President's Men"
James Gilbert, producer  "The Two Ronnies", "Last of the Summer Wine"
Abbas Kiarostami, director  "Taste of Cherry"
Garry Marshall, producer/director  "Happy Days", "Laverne & Shirley"
Bill Cardille, TV horror host  "Chiller Theater", "Night of the Living Dead"
Marni Nixon, singer/actress  "My Fair Lady", West Side Story"
Youree Del Cleomill Harris, actor/TV psychic "Miss Cleo"
Sandy Pearlman, producer/manager  "The Clash", "Black Sabbath", "Blue Oyster Cult"
Jack Davis, artist  "E.C. Comics", "Mad", "TV Guide"
Fred Tomlinson, singer/composer  "Monty Python's Flying Circus", "The Two Ronnies"
Gloria DeHaven, actor  "Three Little Words", "Summer Stock"
David Huddleston, actor  "Blazing Saddles", "The Big Lebowski"
W. Carter Merbreier, actor  "Captain Noah and His Magical Ark"
Glenn Yarbrough, singer
Kenny Baker, actor  "Star Wars", "Time Bandits"
Fyvush Finkel, actor  "Picket Fences"
Bobby Hutcherson, jazz musician
John McLaughlin, TV host  "The McLaughlin Group"
Arthur Hiller, director  "Love Story", "The In-Laws", "The Out-of-Towners"
Jack Riley, actor  "The Bob Newhart Show", "Spaceballs"
Toots Thielemans, jazz musician
Michael Leader, actor  "EastEnders", "Star Wars"
Rudy Van Gelder, recording engineer  "Blue Note Records"
Marvin Kaplan, actor "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World", "Alice"
Gene Wilder, actor  "The Producers", "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory", "Young Frankenstein"
Jon Polito, actor  "The Big Lebowski", "Modern Family"
Hugh O'Brian, actor  "Ten Little Indians", "The Fiend Who Walked the West"
Prince Buster, singer  "One Step Beyond", "Al Capone"
Jerry Corbetta, singer  "Sugarloaf"
Greta Zimmer Friedman, woman kissed by sailor in iconic end-of-WWII photo
Alexis Arquette, actor  
Edward Allbee, playwright  "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", "A Delicate Balance"
W.P. Kinsella, author "Field of Dreams"
C. Martin Croker, voice actor  "Space Ghost Coast to Coast", "Cartoon Planet"
Bobby Breen, singer/actor  "Let's Sing Again", "Rainbow on the River"
Curtis Hanson, director  "L.A. Confidential", "Wonder Boys"
Buckwheat Zydeco, musician
Bill Nunn, actor  "Spider-Man", "Do the Right Thing"
Robert Weinberg, author  "Lovecraft's Legacy"
Arnold Palmer, golfer
Shimon Peres, Israeli prime minister
Tommy Ford, actor  "Martin"
Bhumibol Adulyadej, king of Thailand
Curtis Roosevelt, author  "Too Close to the Sun"
Herschell Gordon Lewis, director  "Blood Feast", "2000 Maniacs"
Laura Troschel, actor  "Four Flies on  Grey Velvet"
Oscar Brand, singer
Sir Neville Marriner, conductor  "Academy of St. Martin in the Fields"
Trịnh Thị Ngọ, Vietnamese radio personality  "Hanoi Hannah"
Bill Warren, author  "Keep Watching the Skies"
Andrzej Wajda, director  "Ashes and Diamonds"
Ted V. Mikels, director  "The Astro-Zombies", "Girl in Gold Boots"
Steve Dillon, comic book artist  "Hellblazer"
Jimmy Perry, scriptwriter  "Dad's Army"
Tom Hayden, author/activist  "Chicago Seven"
Pete Burns, singer  "Dead or Alive"
Bobby Vee, singer  "Walkin' with My Angel", "Take Good Care of My Baby"
John Zacherle, TV horror host  "Shock Theater"
Don Marshall, actor  "Land of the Giants"
Tammy Grimes, actor  
Kay Starr, singer  "Wheel of Fortune", "Rock and Roll Waltz"
Jean-Jacques Perrey, musician  "The In Sound from Way Out", "Moog Indigo"
John Carson, actor  "Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter", "Plague of the Zombies"
Janet Reno, U.S. Attorney General
Leonard Cohen, singer  "Everybody Knows", "Hallelujah"
Al Caiola, musician
Robert Vaughn, actor  "The Magnificent Seven", "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."
Lupita Tover, actor  "Dracula (Espanol)"
Tom Neyman, actor  "Manos, Hands of Fate"
Leon Russell, singer
Janet Wright, actor  "The Perfect Storm", "McCabe & Mrs. Miller"
Gwen Ifill,  journalist  "PBS NewsHour", "Washington Week"
Mose Allison, jazz musician  "Seventh Son"
Jerry Tucker, actor  "Our Gang", "Captain January"
Florence Henderson, actor  "The Brady Bunch"
Andrew Sachs, actor  "Fawlty Towers"
Ron Glass, actor  "Barney Miller"
Fidel Castro, Cuban President
Fritz Weaver, actor  "Fail-Safe", "Holocaust", "The Thomas Crown Affair"
Valerie Gaunt, actor  "Curse of Frankenstein", "Horror of Dracula"
Grant Tinker, producer  "Mary Tyler Moore", "The Bob Newhart Show"
Van Williams, actor  "The Green Hornet"
Peng Chiang-kuei, chef  "inventor of General Tso's Chicken"
Alice Drummond, actor  "Ghostbusters", "Doubt"
Don Calfa, actor  "Return of the Living Dead"
Billy Chapin, actor  "Night of the Hunter"
Wayne Duncan, musician  "Daddy Cool"
Peter Vaughan, actor  "Porridge", "A Warning to the Curious", "Brazil"
Greg Lake, singer  "Emerson, Lake & Palmer"
John Glenn, astronaut
E.R. Braithwaite, author/teacher  "To Sir, With Love"
Jim Lowe, singer  "The Green Door"
Alan Thicke, actor  "Growing Pains"
Bernard Fox, actor  "The Mummy", "Bewitched", "Titanic"
David Berry, playwright  "The Whales of August"
Zsa Zsa Gabor, actor  "Queen of Outer Space"
Michele Morgan, actor  "Port of Shadows", "Passsage to Marseilles"
Richard Adams, author  "Watership Down"
George Michael, singer  "Faith", "Father Figure"
George S. Irving, actor  "Year Without A Santa Claus", "Underdog"
Carrie Fisher, actor/author  "Star Wars", "Postcards from the Edge"  
Debbie Reynolds, actor  "Singin' in the Rain"
William Christopher, actor  "M*A*S*H*"

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


HECTIC HECTIC HECTIC.  But despite all the hect, here are the 2016 Penguin Awards nomz.


A Woman's Face - Reprise (Sonnet 20) - Rufus Wainwright

Blackstar - David Bowie

Did I Ever Love You - Leonard Cohen
Lazarus - David Bowie

Marz - John Grant
Outer Space - John Grant

S.O.B. - Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men's Eyes (Sonnet 29)  -  Florence Welch & Rufus Wainwright


Blackstar - David Bowie

Queen of Denmark - John Grant

The Winding Stream: The Carters, The Cashes & the Course of Country Music


Dancing in the Moonlight - Christian Lopez Band
Forever Country - Artists of Then, Now & Forever
God Only Knows - Brandi Carlile
Starman - Furiosa
While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Regina Spektor
The Winding Stream - Rosanne Cash


Gold Watch and Chain - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Kris Kristofferson
When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men's Eyes (Sonnet 29)  -  Florence Welch & Rufus Wainwright