Posted in December 2016

On Grey Gardens

On Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens is a 1975 documentary film by Albert and David Maysles, featuring the eccentric Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (“Big Edie”), and Edith Bouvier Beale (“Little Edie”), the aunt and first cousin to former First Lady Jacqueline Lee Kennedy Onassis (née Bouvier). In 2010, the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National … Continue reading

Methuen, Massachusetts

Methuen, Massachusetts

For two years, I also had the pleasure of living in Methuen, Massachusetts, where I had worked a few jobs. Methuen is also the only place in the world, named just that. No other city or town bears this name. According to The Americana: A Universal Reference Library, Comprising the Arts and Sciences, Literature, History, … Continue reading

Tower Hill, Lawrence

Tower Hill, Lawrence

For twelve years I lived at Tower Hill, in Lawrence, MA, for nearly 14 years. I was close to the Reservoir, and Bellevue and Immaculate Conception Cemeteries. The most distinctive feature though, was the High Service Water Tower, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. According to Municipal History of Essex County … Continue reading

On Super Mario Bros. 2

On Super Mario Bros. 2

Continuing from Super Mario Bros. 3 is it’s predecessor, Super Mario Bros. 2, which adds the ability to lift and toss enemies and objects—a defining feature of its earliest prototype, and adds many characters into the greater Mario universe, such as Birdo, Pokeys, Bob-ombs, and Shy Guys. According to the Arstechnica article, “The secret history of Super Mario … Continue reading

On A Diva’s Christmas Carol

On A Diva’s Christmas Carol

Certainly, the best adaptation of A Christmas Carol, IMHO. Where can you go wrong with Vanessa Williams, Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas, and Kathy Griffin? You just can’t. Let’s also not forget Scrooged. According to the ApeCulture review: Jesus Christ, enough with the Diva crap! I don’t think I can stand it anymore. But hey, this isn’t … Continue reading

A Special Look at: A Christmas Carol

A Special Look at: A Christmas Carol

What would Christmas be without Doctor Who? Since 2005, it simply wouldn’t be, so in appreciation of this, and the relative theme of the day, we’re taking a look at the first Christmas Special featuring Matt Smith (and without David Tennant), and written by Steven Moffat (not written by Russell T Davies): A Christmas Carol. … Continue reading

On The Muppet Christmas Carol

On The Muppet Christmas Carol

Continuing from Sesame Street Presents Follow Thar Bird and The Muppets Take Manhattan is The Muppet Christmas Carol, which was dedicated to the now-deceased Muppet creator, Jim Henson. The film notably features Michael Caine (Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, Children of Men, Miss Congeniality, Inception). According to The Telegraph review: The Muppet Christmas Carol was the first Muppet film … Continue reading

On A Christmas Carol

On A Christmas Carol

Featuring Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and films, Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Wolverine, and X-Men: Days of Future Past), Richard E. Grant (Dr. Simeon in Doctor Who‘s 2012 Christmas Special The Snowmen, and The Great Intelligence in The Name of the Doctor), Ian McNiece (Winston Churchill in Doctor Who‘s The … Continue reading

On A Christmas Carol

On A Christmas Carol

What would Christmas be without Ebeneezer Scrooge? There are many adaptations of A Christmas Carol, however, this version featuring George C. Scott can be considered “the definitive version of the beloved literary classic.” According to Salon‘s article, “The best “Christmas Carol” ever” regarding George C. Scott’s Scrooge: Well, Cratchits and ghosts come and go, one … Continue reading

On Super Mario Bros. 3

On Super Mario Bros. 3

Continuing from other classic video games, like Sid Meier’s Civilization, The Legend of Zelda, and Super Metroid is Super Mario Bros. 3, which has been cited as game canon and selected for preservation by the Library of Congress. It also introduces the ‘Super Leaf.’ According to WatchMojo‘s Top 10 Video Games of the 3rd Generation, this game ranks #1. Additionally, according … Continue reading