Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Hot Rock 1972 - Reviewed

The Hot Rock of this 1972 comedy-caper is a priceless diamond that is known as the Sahara Stone and is  temporarily on display in a Brooklyn Museum. It is owned by one African Nation while the Representative Dr. Amusa of another African Nation believes it belongs to his Nation and sets about to recruit master thieves to steal it back and return it to its original home, apparently the jewel has been stolen back and forth for generations.

The heist goes off, and then it becomes a matter of stealing this diamond again and again, in a comedy of errors the crime becomes a perpetual crime until Dortmunder conceives his most daring scheme to either get that damn diamond or as he says, it gets me!

The story takes place in New York City and the most interesting aspect of this film that never gets talked about is the fact that the Twin Towers, the original World Trade Center is seen in this film while still under construction, just before its completion and from a helicopter view you get to see ground level from the top of those towers. That alone makes this movie one worth watching.

The film is not without errors, in a few scenes there may be issues with authenticity, and continuity, if you really want to nit pick, but this is light hearted comedy, fluff 'n stuff. Not to be taken too seriously, and with that said, this film is an excellent feature film for family entertainment. Don't fret the small stuff, go with the flow Joe...ya know what I mean.

  • Robert Redford - Dortmunder
  • George Segal - Kelp
  • Topo Swope - Sis
  • Ron Leibman - Murch
  • Paul Sand - Greenberg
  • Moses Gunn - Dr. Amusa
  • Zero Mostel - Abe Greenberg
  • Christopher Guest - Policeman
  • Graham Jarvis - Warden
  • Lynne Gordon - Miasmo
  • Charlotte Rae - Ma Murch
  • Harry Bellaver - Rollo the Bartender
  • Seth Allen – Stoner thief
  • Graham Jarvis - Warden

Release Date: January 26, 1972

Running Time: 105 min.

You'll find it on Netflix and Amazon, so check it out.

Tori Amos - Native Invader Review

Tori Amos' Native Invader is a lyrically relevant magical experience, so...
Here we go again, another Tori Amos record. Well, maybe there isn't much fanfare for new Tori Amos records these days, but after listening to her latest effort Native Invader I have to say that this one is different.

Native Invader has what her previous efforts lacked, and that is clear conceptual inspired direction. These songs are great, they shine with brilliant arrangements and production that fits the material. The songs on this new album are better and seem more inspired than those from her previous 3 or 4 albums. This is an album worth playing over and again. 

Fans of Tori Amos will love this new album, it's her best in many years! For the younger generations that may not be on the Tori bandwagon this new album is a great place to start.

The following quote comes from her official website...

“The songs on Native Invader are being pushed by the Muses to find different ways of facing unforeseen challenges and in some cases dangerous conflicts. The record looks to Nature and how, through resilience, she heals herself. The songs also wrestle with the question: what is our part in the destruction of our land, as well as ourselves, and in our relationships with each other?
In life there can be the shock of unexpected fires, floods, earthquakes, or any cataclysmic ravager -- both on the inside and outside of our minds. Sonically and visually, I wanted to look at how Nature creates with her opposing forces, becoming the ultimate regenerator through her cycles of death and re-birth. Time and time again she is able to renew, can we find this renewal for ourselves?”

Best songs are... Reindeer King - Broken Arrow – Cloud Riders – Up The Creek – Wildwood.

It's hard to believe it's been 25 years since her debut masterpiece Little Earthquakes album came out, and even more impressive is how after all these years her voice is still so Tori and doesn't seem to have aged a bit.

Tori's music is more of an intimate experience, so to really get it, you need to listen to this without distraction and if you don't connect with it right away, just play it again. I heard it differently on the third time around...it's just one of those things.

Do yourself a favor and get this new album, you'll love it!

Native Invader is Tori Amos' 15th album and was released on September 8th and a new tour will follow. A 27 date US Native Invader Tour will begin on October 24th in St. Paul, Minnesota and will conclude with a 3 night gig in LA December 1-3.

Tori Amos Tour Dates

October 24 - Saint Paul, MN @ O'Shaughnessy Auditorium
October 26 - Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
October 27 - Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theater
October 29 - Cleveland, OH @ State Theater at Playhouse Square
October 30 - Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
October 31 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater
November 2 - Boston, MA @ The Orpheum Theater
November 3 - Washington, DC @ MGM National Harbor
November 4 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Tower Theater
November 7 & 8 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theater
November 10 - Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Symphony Hall
November 11 - Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
November 12 - Nashville, TN @ The Ryman Auditorium
November 14 - New Orleans, LA @ Mahalia Jackson Theater
November 16 - Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
November 17 - Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
November 19 - Denver, CO @ The Paramount Theater
November 22 - Portland, OR @ Schnitzer Hall
November 24 - Seattle, WA @ The Paramount Theater
November 25 - Eugene, OR @ The Hult Center for Performing Arts
November 26 - Oakland, CA @ The Paramount Theater
November 28 - San Diego, CA @ The Balboa Theater
November 29 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Mesa Arts Center (MAC)
December 1-3 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Theater at Ace Hotel

How To Stream NFL 4 Free

The best way to watch everything NFL related is of course to subscribe to NFL Game>Pass and enjoy everything there for a full year. It has a $99.99 one time payment option or you can pay $29.99 in four installments. Either way it's costly, but it's still the best way to enjoy full NFL access and coverage. Another great feature about NFL Game>Pass is that you will have access across all platforms and devices, from your phone, tablets, computers, and even your television via the available app.

Another option is NFL Sunday Ticket for out of market games on all your devices for 69.99 for 4 months. This option seems like a real waste of time and money. Check the details in this carefully if you are considering this as an alternative.

There are many other ways to live stream the NFL. If you've searched online then you've found that there are countless websites with NFL content. If you don't already know, most all of those sites are very bad and extremely dangerous, loaded with ads, pop-ups and malware and other tricky tracking that'll lead to more trouble and headaches than you ever imagined.

Most of the sites out there really are genuinely bad and should be avoided.

There a few that can be used that have proven to be reliable and they are listed below. There may still be an occasional pop-up that needs clicked off, but in general the sites listed are the best that you can use to get all of your NFL streaming for FREE.

First Row Sports


Sports Stream TV

Here's to watching the games live online for free. Bookmark all three and see which one works best for you. The best thing about the links I have suggested is that they also cover College Football, so you'll be able to watch all the Football you want.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

What is BookBub - is there an App?

What is BookBub - is there an App?

What is BookBub? I keep hearing about it, but I can't find the app on my phone. What is it all about? These are a few things I keep hearing from others as of late, and so I am going to answer this with just the basic straightforward bare-knuckle facts!

BookBub is not an app, it's just a mailing list, pure, plain, and simple. That's it. No more information is necessary!

Not enough, can't seem to quench that curiosity? Read onward for more, if you must. BookBub is a FREE daily email that gives you basic notifications of discounted ebooks. These can be new or old titles. They only give you a notification of an ebook bargain, a promotion or a title marked down where they think it may be of interest to you for you to buy.

BookBub does not sell ebooks. They do provide links for you to make ebook purchases from the major outlets that do. All you do is sign up for their newsletter and select genre's that you're interested in or follow some authors. The staff at BookBub are very picky about what they list. It's for that reason they have come to be well regarded as a site that can alert you to some fantastic deals, ones that are usually limited-time offers, for promotional purposes.

Their listings range from top-tier publishers to independent authors. You choose the types of ebooks that you're interested in, and they'll send you great deals to choose from, straight to your inbox.

The low-down for authors who want to get featured on their mailing list, is you'll have to have a great book, a very well established social media presence and some cash!!! Yep, you'll have to pony-up a good chunk of change for them to even consider listing your work. The good thing about getting listed with them even on a 3 day promotional run is that if your book is priced low enough, you'll probably make your money back twice over. At least that's what I've heard from a few author friends I know who have been listed.

If you really want to add the BookBub to your screen like an app, just load the site's web page, and from the options in the upper right corner (three dots) select add to homescreen. You can actually do this with many other sites and publications. Your essentially creating a shortcut to something you choose. Try it with some blogs and free newspapers, you may like it better than adding the BookBub shortcut.

Searches related to is there a bookbub app

Chipotle Now Has Queso

Chipotle Now Has Queso
The Chipotle restaurant chain, will be adding Queso to their menus, rolling out at every location nationwide beginning on Sept. 12th.
For years, Queso has been the No. 1 requested item everyone wanted added to their menu.

Chipotle has until now always resisted having Queso on their menus, because of the additives used in most Quesos.
Steve Ells who is Chipotle's founder and CEO has said that the Queso's may taste different from day to day based on the aged cheddar cheese that gets used at establishments, and the taste may also vary from one restaurant to another.
I'm sure none of that will really matter, it's a long overdue addition to their menu, that I for one will be sampling tomorrow.
Prices may vary from city to city, but all will range from $1.25 to $5.25 for a large side order.

The Top 10 Movies of August 2017

The Top 10 Movies of August 2017

 1 Annabelle: Creation
 2 The Hitman's Bodyguard
 3 The Dark Tower
 4 Kidnap (2017)
 5 The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
 6 Logan Lucky
 7 Wind River
 8 The Glass Castle
 9 Leap!
10 Birth of the Dragon

Here's your top ten films from the month of August. A longer list of feature films that are still in live release can be found with the provided link below. The link below also gives you more detailed information about theater showings, percent change, studio budgets and more. This brief post only highlights the top ten films from the past month.