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#1 STEVE HUNTER
The Manhattan Blues Project
#2 Star Trek
#3 IRON MAN
Iron Man 3 Review:
When a film rakes in over 300
million dollars overseas prior to the U.S. opening you know it is
setting up some great buzz. Yes, Iron Man 3
holds up well and is not only the best of the Iron Man
films, it is one of the most solid of all the Marvel and D.C. comic
book heroes translating to film. It is as if the producers and the
director looked at the legacy of the comic book hero on film –
Christopher Reeve as Superman, Christian Bale as Batman, the Spiderman
movies and decided to perfect the formula by taking it all up a notch.
Iron Man 3
brings in lots of robots, of course, and as stated in my review
of the second epic, the robot vs. robot was an incredibly artful moment in Iron Man Two
, so putting a spin on that angle works very nicely here.
Think about it, the strongest X-Men foe in the early days of
Professor X was the sinister Sentinels (an idea lifted in miniature
fashion for the Matrix series). That we only got a taste of those
fearsome (robot) machines in a “holo-deck” of one X-Men film is a good
reason why the more popular Marvel franchise – X-Men – is outdone by a
lesser character – Iron Man. With a strong actor in Robert Downey Jr.
and very tight scripts all that is needed is a better villain that what
The Avengers faced, the one big flaw in an otherwise great movie.
Read more here:
Oblivion: Tom Cruise on the way to redemption
Oblivion is a stellar science fiction movie from director Joseph
Kosinski (Wikipedia noting “… made his big-screen directorial with the
science fiction film Tron Legacy, the sequel to the 1982 Tron) and has
Tom Cruise in his best acting job since Collateral (2004). Kosinski is
quoted as saying that “Oblivion pays homage to science fiction films of
Indeed it does, with a scene completely lifted right out of Star
Wars, a lift that is so in your face it’s impossible to think otherwise.
Same with Morgan Freeman appearing as his own rendition of Morpheus
from The Matrix…and we can’t tell you who the smiling “Sally” (actress
Melissa Leo) is emulating, you’ll have to figure that out on your own (a
character from I, Robot.) What is intriguing is that Freeman and Leo
are also in the current Olympus Has Fallen epic, the “Die Hard” pseudo
remake amped up a few hundred notches. These pliable performers add
their considerable skills to the core story, which is the undercurrent –
the cake, if you will, to all the frosting (films from the past) that
Oblivion touches on.
Read more here:
Dee Dee Warwick
"Cold Night in Georgia"
Richie Unterberger review
Gary Private –
In 1982 Gary Private
released his rendition of The Atlantics’ “Lonely Hearts” as well as a short
version and dance version of the Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” - six minutes and 57 seconds of the
Holland-Dozier-Holland classic, all very nicely done with production by Fred
Munao of Select Records. “Reach Out” has
an especially nice long fade with Private’s heart-felt vocal swimming in
Munao’s wonderful musical colorings.
Reach Out (I’ll Be
1983 brought the
world three mixes of “Don’t Go Walking in the Dark”, a dub mix, A Capella
version and a 4:42 opening track radio mix.
Dee Dee Warwick
"Baby I'm Yours"
STEVE HUNTER BIO by Joe Viglione
Most of May I will be in Marseilles, Paris & Brussels.... But check
out the schedule for June and come on out and have a good time.
June 1st – BB Kings Lucile Bernard Purdie & Friends
(featuring Miho Nobuzane, Jason “Malletman” Taylor & Tetsuya Sato).
June 2nd An afternoon Clinic & Concert suitable for the whole family to come
out and learn, appreciate & enjoy.
The Pat Clark Band & Bernard Purdie & Friends (See Flyer for details)
June 15th Maxfield’s in Boonton w/Rob Paparozzi
June 19th off to Cologne, Germany.