RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES or The Descent Of American Intelligence


Has anyone else noticed that around the time we elected Ronald Reagan president, American cinema began a steady decline? The same mentality that led us to George Bush, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann and the Tea Party, has led us to deliver films like RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES to a public no longerContinue reading “RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES or The Descent Of American Intelligence”

Favorite Quotes: David Gordon Green on Kevin Smith


Back in 2001, then first-time feature film director David Gordon Green made a comment about fellow filmmaker Kevin Smith: “He kind of created a Special Olympics for film. They just kind of lowered the standard. I’m sure their parents are proud; it’s just nothing I care to buy a ticket for.” I have to admit,Continue reading “Favorite Quotes: David Gordon Green on Kevin Smith”

Jerry Garcia Week 2011 Days 8 & 9: A Body Of Work


As this year’s Garcia week comes to a close, I want to direct everyone’s attention to the incredible body of work, musical and otherwise, that Jerry Garcia was a part of. Here are just a few of the places one can find Garcia’s vast legacy online: Here’s a web site many of you are already familiarContinue reading “Jerry Garcia Week 2011 Days 8 & 9: A Body Of Work”

Jerry Garcia Week 2011 Day 7: Soundcheckin’


In 1976, the Grateful Dead returned from a year and a half hiatus during which time they recorded the amazing studio album BLUES FOR ALLAH. ’76 has a reputation for being a somewhat lackluster year. I, personally, find that to be a gross misconception. The Dead were well rehearsed and feeling precise. The music was oftenContinue reading “Jerry Garcia Week 2011 Day 7: Soundcheckin’”

Jerry Garcia Week 2011 Day 6: Oliver Sacks On Seeing The Grateful Dead


World-reknowned physician and professor of neurology, Oliver Sacks, is the author of the book THE LAST HIPPIE, which the recent film THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED is based on. The book chronicles Mr. Sacks’ real-life experiences with a patient who, as a result of a brain tumor, loses a large chunk of his memory and is rehabilitatedContinue reading “Jerry Garcia Week 2011 Day 6: Oliver Sacks On Seeing The Grateful Dead”

Jerry Garcia Week Day 5: Why Now? Why Then?


I’m already at my day job (bright and early), so instead of skipping today’s post, I’m going to refer back to a favorite post I wrote a few years back that helped sum up my thoughts on why I love the Dead so much and what they mean to me. It’s part of a seriesContinue reading “Jerry Garcia Week Day 5: Why Now? Why Then?”

Jerry Garcia Week 2011 Day 4: Part Of Something Bigger


I have to keep this short as this week is, for me, one of the busier work weeks and that, sadly, limits the time I can commit to waxing endlessly about my love of the music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. So, as I’ve been doing all week, I’ll let Garcia speak forContinue reading “Jerry Garcia Week 2011 Day 4: Part Of Something Bigger”

Jerry Garcia Week 2011 Day 3: The Movie That Changed Jerry’s Life


Back in 1995, the year of Jerry’s passing, AMC ran a series titled THE MOVIE THAT CHANGED MY LIFE. Garcia was interviewed for this series and the movie he chose to discuss was ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN. Yes, you heard me right. It is so heartwarming and comforting to see Jerry discussing this filmContinue reading “Jerry Garcia Week 2011 Day 3: The Movie That Changed Jerry’s Life”

Jerry Garcia Week 2011 Day 2: The Interview


When the Grateful Dead Movie screened theatrically a few months back, it was preceded by a recently discovered 15 minute “interview” with Garcia. The footage was shot on 16mm and was part of the footage originally intended for the movie back in 1974. However, none of this footage actually made it into the film. ThoughContinue reading “Jerry Garcia Week 2011 Day 2: The Interview”

Jerry Garcia Week 2011. Let The Music Begin!


I’ll try and jump in here throughout the next 9 days encapsulating Jerry’s birth (Aug 1) and Jerry’s death (Aug 9) with some fun music and other discoveries. In the meantime, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JERRY! We certainly do miss you! I started the day off with a terrific ’74 EYES OF THE WORLD->WHARF RAT from SeattleContinue reading “Jerry Garcia Week 2011. Let The Music Begin!”