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Johnny on the spot

My chum Rich from Wide Screen World left me a link on my Facebook page two days ago, pointing me to this article at Mediaite that asks the musical question: “Remember When Late Night Talk Shows Were… Entertaining?” What in the heck has happened to late night comedy?  As a kid I remember Johnny Carson…… Continue reading Johnny on the spot

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Best of the west

To commemorate the release this week in UK theaters of Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff (2010)—a western that competed with Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere (2010) for the Golden Lion at last year’s Venice Film Festival and lost—several critics at Time Out London have compiled a list of what they believe to be The Fifty Greatest Westerns of all time.  Cutoff makes the list (at #45) and I… Continue reading Best of the west

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“…Lobster Thermidor aux Crevettes with a Mornay sauce garnished with truffle pâté, brandy and with a fried egg on top and Spam.”

Sunday evening, some technically proficient miscreant who apparently doesn’t have enough extracurricular activities to occupy his/her free time hacked into my Gmail account and sent everyone on my contact list a generous offer to purchase what I believe to be (I didn’t click on the link, obviously—my blogging compadre at Allure gave me the heads up) Canadian… Continue reading “…Lobster Thermidor aux Crevettes with a Mornay sauce garnished with truffle pâté, brandy and with a fried egg on top and Spam.”

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The good, the bad and the ugly

Here’s why making New Year’s resolutions are ultimately an exercise in futility: I’m not even halfway into the month of January and already my resolve to get more posts up on the blog has pretty much fizzled out.  Blog inactivity is never a good thing because when you stay away from the blogosphere too long… Continue reading The good, the bad and the ugly

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…and now here’s something we hope you really (don’t) like…”

I’m going to be away from the blog for the next day or so—got a few family-themed events on the calendar, including a promise to help the patriarch of the Shreve family on Saturday with a thing that’s going on at his storage building. The people who rent space there will be selling stuff in… Continue reading …and now here’s something we hope you really (don’t) like…”

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The Half-Assed Gourmand #8: Gumby’s Pizza edition

It hasn’t been a very productive work week here at Rancho Yesteryear. My particular area of Athens lost power on Wednesday morning, and when it finally came back on I had to deal with restoring the juice in my own domicile because the outage ended up tripping a few circuit breakers…not to mention dealing with a… Continue reading The Half-Assed Gourmand #8: Gumby’s Pizza edition

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“I’m sorry…I’m just a guy who cares an awful lot about my classic movie channel…”

I don’t make it a point to visit Big Hollywood too often—mostly because I haven’t had all my shots—but this recent post by editor-in-chief John Nolte sort of started in me an involuntary rolling-of-the-eyeballs. Titled “Will Ben Mankiewicz Be Allowed to Destroy Turner Classic Movies?”, it describes how Johnny-O had to mosey on over to his fainting couch because Big… Continue reading “I’m sorry…I’m just a guy who cares an awful lot about my classic movie channel…”