Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mike Oldfield - Return To Ommadwan Album Review

Return to Ommadawn is Mike Oldfield's twenty-sixth studio album, and it is a sequel to his third album, Ommadawn from 1975. It should be emphasized again that the album is a sequel and not a re-recording.

He began working on the new album in the later part of 2015, and finished in November of 2016, and Mike Oldfield is pleased to present the new album as a pure solo work.

I’m the only musician who is involved. I play everything. There are no guest appearances whatsoever.” - Mike Oldfield

In pre-release promotion for the new album he went on to say that the suites that make up parts one and two were specifically designed for the for the album vinyl format. Stating that “I tend to think of them as being side one and side two of an LP. This was deliberately done because I love vinyl and the way it brings people closer to music. As far as I’m concerned, if you listen to downloads, that has the same impact as what you hear in a lift! Of course, the album will be made available in all the usual formats. But for me it’s the vinyl one that matters. The cover is very elaborate, and there will be a gate-fold sleeve. This will have hundreds of photos I’ve taken of all the instruments I’ve used in the recording sessions. The aim is to give everyone hours of enjoyment as they try to identify all of these, and what roles they might have played in the making of the record.”

In this new album you'll find all of those things that make Mike Oldfield music so easily identifiable. There is a strong Irish / Celtic influence in all of his work and these things are mingled well with English influences. It is an instrumental piece of music in two parts. The only vocals found are short samplings taken from the first Ommadawn, and they'll be found in short sequences in both parts.

Mike Oldfield elaborated further saying: “Looking on social media, the first three albums 40 years later are still everybody’s favorite, and Ommadawn more than Tubular Bells even. I think it’s because it’s a genuine piece of music rather than production: hands, fingers, fingernails. It didn’t have a goal; it was not trying to achieve anything nor please anybody. It was spontaneous music making, full of life. Doing Return To Ommadawn is like a return to my true self.”

The album is more ambient in essence than anything else, but here that is more than OK. There are many fantastic guitar performance that get wrapped seamlessly and integrated well with the other instruments that bring it all together as a whole piece. The guitar work is very prominent and as always it's Mike Oldfield exceptional.


All instruments played by Mike Oldfield.

Stringed instruments:

Acoustic steel guitar
Flamenco guitar
Bass guitar
Acoustic bass guitar
Mandolins
Banjo
Ukulele
Celtic harp

Electric guitars

Gibson SG Standard P90
Fender Telecaster
Fender Stratocaster
PRS Signature

Keyboards:

Vox Continental organ
Hammond organ
Farfisa organ
Mellotron
Solina
Clavioline
Piano

Percussion:

Bodhran
African table drums
Glockenspiel
Penny whistles in various keys &
Northumbrian pipes


Vocals that appear are sampled from the original 1975 version of Ommadawn.

The Top 10 Movies From The Month of January 2017

The Top 10 Movies From The Month of January 2017

The following list is of the top 10 money making movies from January of 2017. The Box Office Mojo link below can give you totals from past months, weeks, and years. This brief post only highlights the top 10 from the first month of the new year.

The link provided below also gives you more detailed information about theater showings, percent change, studio budgets and more.


Box Office Mojo         


















SOURCE: Boxofficemojo.com

Cheers!

Upcoming Hollywood Movies 2017

Here is a list of upcoming movies that will open in 2017. There may be others that open if studios decide to release films that are in limbo, on hold or as they like to say in the can.

In the following list you'll notice that many are remakes or sequels. Hopefully there's something listed that interests you and gets you planning a movie date either with your significant other or your kid(s). or maybe even both.

Movies are a great pastime and a good way to spend an evening out, so here's a list of the so far slated for release films coming out this year.

Jan 6
  • Hidden Figures 
  • Underworld: Blood Wars 
  • A Monster Calls 
  • Lost & Found
  • I, Daniel Blake 
  • Amityville: The Awakening

Jan 10
  • The Summoning

Jan 13
  • Patriots Day
  • Live by Night 
  • Monster Trucks 
  • The Bye Bye Man 
  • Sleepless 
  • 20th Century Women 
  • The Comedian 
  • The Book of Love
  • Bad Kids of Crestview Academy 
  • Claire in Motion 
  • 100 Streets

Jan 20
  • XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage 
  • The Founder 
  • Split
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions 
  • The Resurrection of Gavin Stone
  • Detour 
  • Kedi 
  • The Red Turtle

Jan 27
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter 
  • Bastards 
  • Gold 
  • The Salesman
  • A Dog's Purpose 
  • Padre No Tan Padre 
  • Staying Vertical

February...?
  • My Life AS a Zucchini 
  • Growing Up Smith 
  • The Ottoman Lieutenant

February 3
  • Rings 
  • Untitled Blumhouse Horror Project Feb. 2017
  • Same Kind of Different As Me 
  • I am Not Your Negro

February 10
  • The LEGO Batman Movie 
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 
  • Collide
  • Fifty Shades Darker

February 17
  • The Great Wall 
  • Patient Zero 
  • Fist Fight 
  • A Cure for Wellness 
  • XX
  • A United Kingdom 
  • Land of Mine

February 24
  • God Particle 
  • Get Out 
  • Rock Dog 
  • Tulip Fever 
  • Bitter Harvest

March...?
  • God of War
  • Brimstone

March 3
  • Logan 
  • The Shack 
  • Before I Fall 
  • Table 19 
  • My Scientology Movie
  • T2: Trainspotting

March 10
  • Kong: Skull Island 
  • The Last Word 
  • The Wall 
  • Raw

March 17
  • Beauty and the Beast 
  • Free Fire 
  • The Belko Experiment 
  • Weightless

March 24
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 
  • Power Rangers 
  • Their Finest Hour
  • Keep Watching 
  • Tommy's Honour 
  • Wilson

March 31
  • The Zookeeper's Wife 
  • Ghost in the Shell 
  • The Boss Baby 
  • Cezanne Et Moi
April...?
  • GOD KNOWS WHERE I AM

April 7
  • The Case for Christ 
  • Wonder 
  • Smurfs: The Lost Village 
  • Sleight
  • Going in Style

April 12
  • Gifted

April 14
  • Fast 8 
  • Spark

April 21
  • Born in China 
  • Unforgettable 
  • The Lost City of Z

April 28
  • The Circle 
  • Untitled Paramount Event Horror Film 
  • How to Be a Latin Lover
  • Untitled Blumhouse Horror Project II
May 2
  • The Autopsy of Jane Doe

May 5
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • My Cousin Rachel

May 12
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
  • Low Riders
  • Mother/Daughter
May 19
  • Alien: Covenant
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
  • Everything, Everything
  • The Nut Job 2

May 26
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Baywatch
  • Life

June 2
  • Wonder Woman
  • Captain Underpants

June 9
  • The Mummy
  • World War Z 2

June 16
  • Cars 3
  • Rock That Body
  • The Book of Henry

June 23
  • Transformers: The Last Knight

June 30
  • Despicable Me 3
  • The House
  • The Beguiled

July 7
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

July 14
  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Bad Dads
  • Midnight Sun

July 21
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Dunkirk
  • Girls Trip
July 28
  • The Dark Tower
  • The Coldest City

August 4
  • Emojimovie: Express Yourself



  • All I See Is You

August 11
  • Baby Driver
  • Annabelle 2

August 18
  • The Hitman's Bodyguard

August 25
  • Polaroid
  • Villa Capri
September 8
  • IT

September 15
  • The Solutrean

September 22
  • The LEGO Ninjago
  • Granite Mountain
  • Victoria and Abdul

September 29
  • Flatliners
  • American Made

October 6
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • My Little Pony: The Movie

October 13
  • Friday the 13th
  • The Snowman
  • The Commuter

October 20
  • War With Grandpa
  • The Mountain Between Us
  • Geostorm
  • Insidious: Chapter 4

October 27
  • Saw: Legacy

November...?
  • Creed 2

November 3
  • Thor: Ragnarok

November 10
  • Red Sparrow
  • Show Dogs
  • The Star

November 17
  • Justice League

November 22
  • Coco
  • Let It Snow
  • Murder on the Orient Express

November 24
  • Darkest Hour

December 15
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII

December 22
  • Jumanji
  • The Six Billion Dollar Man
  • Pitch Perfect 3
  • Downsizing
  • Ferdinand

These Films are slated for release sometime in 2017, but as of this posting have not been given a release date. For more up to date information, be sure to check the link provided below.

Movie Insider
  • Silence 
  • All Eyez On Me 
  • Kidnap 
  • Renegades 
  • Before I Wake
  • Chicken Soup For The Soul 
  • MIB23 
  • LAbyrinth 
  • Super Troopers 2
  • Step Sisters 
  • Splinter Cell 
  • I Am Pilgrim 
  • Friend Request 
  • Road House
  • Death Wish 
  • Goodbye Christopher Robin 
  • American Assassin 
  • Dick Cheney
  • Paddington 2 
  • The Life and Death of John Gotti

Source:

http://www.movieinsider.com/

The Top 20 Films of 2016


These were the top grossing films for the year of 2016. These films reveal that the masses will continue to flock to films with super heroes, sequels, animated fantasy and everything fantastic.

These films do not represent the best of what was made in the past year, they only indicate what was the most popular.

The top grossing films of 2016 listed here are what was big on the domestic front. There is a slight difference, although not much, between the US domestic tallies and what the worldwide totals were.

I've included a link for that also if you have a curious inquisitive nature, then by all means check it out.

What was your favorite film from the past year, I wonder?




















TV Shows of 2016 / 2017 News: Cancelled - Renewed

With the new year having just begun, here are the latest updates on the most relevant shows. Many have been renewed through the current season and some have been renewed for this season and beyond.

Reality shows, no matter how popular will not get listed here, because they are the biggest joke / fraudulent scripted shows that get air time.

There are a few cancellations, but not many and the ones getting axed just weren't very good. Then there are a few listed here that have simply run their course and are ending without getting renewed.

Finally, if you don't see a show listed, then it was probably axed before this posting.

The following list covers programs airing in the 2016/17 season.


A

Adventure Time (Cartoon Network): Renewed through Season (final season)

The Affair (Showtime): Renewed through Season 3

Agent Carter (ABC): Cancelled

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC): Renewed through Season 4

Almost Royal (BBC America): Renewed through Season 2

American Crime (ABC): Renewed through Season 3

American Dad! (TBS): Renewed through Seasons 11 & 12

American Gothic (CBS): Cancelled

American Horror Story (FX): Renewed through Season 7

The Americans (FX): Renewed through Season 8 (final season)

Angie Tribeca (TBS): Renewed through Season 2

Animal Kingdom (TNT): Renewed through Season 2

Another Period (Comedy Central): Renewed through Season 3

Aquarius (NBC): Cancelled

Archer (FX): Renewed through Season 7

Arrow (CW): Renewed through Season 5

Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz): Renewed through Season 3

Atlanta (FX): Renewed through Season 2

Awkward (MTV): Renewed through Season 5 (final season)

B

Ballers (HBO): Renewed through Season 3

Banshee (Cinemax): Renewed through Season 4 (final season)

Baskets (FX): Renewed through Season 2

Bates Motel (A&E): Renewed through Season 5

Beauty and the Beast (CW): Renewed through Season 4

Being Mary Jane (BET): Renewed through Season 3

Better Call Saul (AMC): Renewed through Season 3

Better Things (FX): Renewed through Season 2

The Big Bang Theory (CBS): Renewed through Seasons 9 and 10

Billions (Showtime): Renewed through Season 2

black-ish (ABC): Renewed through Season 3

The Blacklist (NBC): Renewed through Season 4

Black Sails (Starz): Renewed through Season 4 (final season)

Blindspot (NBC): Renewed through Season 2

Bloodline (Netflix): Renewed through Season 3 (final season)

Blue Bloods (CBS): Renewed through Season 7

Blunt Talk (Starz): Canceled

Bob’s Burgers (Fox): Renewed through Season 8

Bojack Horseman (Netflix): Renewed through Season 3

Bones (Fox): Renewed through Season 12 (final season)

Bosch (Amazon): Renewed Through Season 3

BrainDead (CBS): Cancelled



Broad City (Comedy Central): Renewed through Season 5

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox): Renewed through Season 4

C

Call The Midwife (PBS): Renewed through Season 8

The Carmichael Show (NBC): Renewed through Season 2

Castle (ABC): Cancelled

Casual (Hulu): Renewed through Season 3

The Catch (ABC): Renewed through Season 2

Chelsea (Netflix): Renewed through Season 2

Chicago Fire (NBC): Renewed through Season 5

Chicago PD (NBC): Renewed through Season 4

Childrens Hospital (Adult Swim): Renewed through Season 7 (final season)

Code Black (CBS): Renewed through Season 2

Colony (USA): Renewed through Season 2

The Comedians (FX): Cancelled

Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC): Cancelled

Containment (CW): Cancelled

Conviction (ABC): Cancelled

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW): Renewed through Season 2

Criminal Minds (CBS): Renewed through Season 12

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS): Renewed through Season 2

D

Damien (A&E): Cancelled

Daredevil (Netflix): Renewed through Season 2

Dark Matter (Syfy): Renewed through Season 2

Defiance (Syfy): Cancelled

The Detour (TBS): Renewed through Season 2

Deutschland 83 (SundanceTV): Renewed through Season 2

Devious Maids (Lifetime): Renewed through Season 3

Difficult People (Hulu): Renewed through Season 2

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (BBC American): Renewed through Season 2

Divorce (HBO): Renewed through Season 2

Doctor Ken (ABC): Renewed through Season 2

Doctor Who (BBC America): Season 9 premieres in 2015

Documentary Now! (IFC): Renewed through Season 3

Drunk History (Comedy Central): Renewed through Season 3

E

Elementary (CBS): Renewed through Season 5

Empire (Fox): Renewed through Season 3

Episodes (Showtime): Renewed through Season 5

The Expanse (Syfy): Renewed through Season 2

F

Faking It (MTV): Cancelled

Falling Skies (TNT): Renewed through Season 5 (finale season)

Fargo (FX): Renewed through Season 3

Fear the Walking Dead (AMC): Renewed through Season 3

Flaked (Netflix): Renewed through Season 2

The Flash (CW): Renewed through Season 3

Fortitude (Pivot): Renewed through Season 2

The Fosters (Freeform): Renewed through Season 4

Fresh Off the Boat (ABC): Renewed through Season 3

From Dusk Till Dawn (EL REY): Renewed through Season 3

Fuller House (Netflix): Renewed through Season 2

G

Game of Thrones (HBO): Renewed through Season 7

Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce (Bravo): Renewed through Season 5 (final season)

Girls (HBO): Renewed through Season 6

The Goldbergs (ABC): Renewed through Season 4

Good Girls Revolt (Amazon): Cancelled

Gotham (Fox): Renewed through Season 3

Graceland (USA): Renewed through Season 3

Grantchester (PBS): Renewed through Season 2

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC): Renewed through Season 13

Grimm (NBC): Renewed through Season 6

H

Halt and Catch Fire (AMC): Renewed through Season 4 (Final Season)

Hand of God (Amazon): Renewed through Season 2

Hap & Leonard (Sundance): Renewed through Season 2

Haters Back Off (Netflix): Renewed through Season 2

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS): Renewed through Season 7

High Maintenance (HBO): Renewed through Season 2

Homeland (Showtime): Renewed through Season 8

House of Cards (Netflix): Renewed through Season 5

House of Lies (Showtime): Ending with Season 5

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC): Renewed through Season 3

Humans (AMC): Renewed through Season 2

I

Idiotsitter (Comedy Central): Renewed through Season 2

Insecure (HBO): Renewed through Season 2.

Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central): Renewed through Season 5

Into the Badlands (AMC): Renewed through Season 2

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX): Renewed through Season 14

iZombie (CW): Renewed through Season 3


P

The Path (Hulu): Renewed through Season 2

Peaky Blinders (BBC): Renewed through Season 5

People of Earth (TBS): Renewed through Season 2

Person of Interest (CBS): Will end after Season 5

Playing House (USA): Renewed through Season 3

Please Like Me (Hulu): Renewed through Season 4

Poldark (BBC): Renewed through Season 3

Portlandia (IFC): Renewed through Seasons 6 and 7

Power (Starz): Renewed through Season 5

Powers (Playstation): Cancelled

The Powerpuff Girls (Cartoon Network): Renewed through Season 2

Preacher (AMC): Renewed through Season 2

Pretty Little Liars (Freeform): Will end after Season 7

Q

Quantico (ABC): Renewed through Season 2

Queen Sugar (OWN): Renewed through Season 2

R

Ray Donovan (Showtime): Renewed through Season 5

Real Rob (Netflix): Renewed through Season 2

Rectify (Sundance): Renewed through Season 4 (final season)

Red Oaks (Amazon): Renewed through Season 2

Regular Show (Cartoon Network): Renewed through Season 8 (final season)

Reign (CW): Ending after Season 4

The Returned (SundanceTV): Renewed through Season 2

Review (Comedy Central): Renewed through abbreviated final season

Rick and Morty (Adult Swim): Renewed through Season 3

Rizzoli & Isles (TNT): Renewed through Season 7

Roadies (Showtime): Cancelled

Rosewood (FOX): Renewed through Season 2

Royal Pains (USA): Renewed through Seasons 7 and 8

The Royals (E!): Renewed through Season 3

S

Salem (WGN America): Cancelled after Season 3

Schitt’s Creek (Pop): Renewed through Season 3

Scandal (ABC): Renewed through Season 6

Scorpion (CBS): Renewed through Season 3

Scream (MTV): Renewed through Season 4

Scream Queens (Fox): Renewed through Season 2

Search Party (TBS): Renewed through Season 2

Secrets & Lies (ABC): Renewed through Season 2

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (FX): Cancelled

Shades of Blue (NBC): Renewed through Season 2

Shadowhunters (Freeform): Renewed through Season 2

Shameless (Showtime): Renewed through Season 8

The Shannara Chronicles (MTV): Renewed through Season 2

Sherlock (PBS): Renewed through Season 4

Shooter (USA): Renewed through Season 2

Silicon Valley (HBO): Renewed through Season 4

The Simpsons (Fox): Renewed through Season 30

Sleepy Hollow (Fox): Renewed through Season 4

South Park (Comedy Central): Renewed through 2019

Spotless (Esquire): Renewed through Season 2

Stitchers (Freeform): Renewed through Season 3

Star Wars: Rebels: Renewed through Season 3

The Strain (FX): Renewed through Season 4 (final season)

Stranger Things (Netflix): Renewed through Season 2

Suits (USA): Renewed through Season 7

Supergirl (CW): Renewed through Season 2, moving from CBS to CW

Supernatural (CW): Renewed through Season 12

Superstore (NBC): Renewed through Season 2

Survivor’s Remorse (Starz): Renewed through Season 4

Switched at Birth (Freeform): Renewed through Season 5 (final season)

T

Teachers (TV Land): Renewed through Season 2

Teen Wolf (MTV): Renewed through Season 6 (final season)

Those Who Can’t (truTV): Renewed through Season 3

Top of the Lake (SundanceTV): Renewed through Season 2

Transparent (Amazon Prime): Renewed through Season 4

True Detective (HBO): Nobody knows

Turn: Washington’s Spies (AMC): Renewed through Season 4 (final season)

Tyrant (FX): Cancelled

U

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix): Renewed through Season 3

Underground (WGNA): Renewed through Season 2

UnReal (Lifetime): Renewed through Season 3

V

The Vampire Diaries (CW): Renewed through Season 8 (final season)

Van Helsing (Syfy): Renewed through Season 2

Veep (HBO): Renewed through Season 6

Vikings (History): Renewed through Season 5

Vinyl (HBO): Cancelled

Voltron: Legendary Defender: Renewed through Season 2

W


The Walking Dead (AMC): Renewed through Season 8

Wayward Pines (Fox): Renewed through Season 2

Westworld (HBO): Renewed through Season 2

Workaholics (Comedy Central): Ending with Season 7

Wrecked (TBS): Renewed through Season 2

Wynonna Earp (Syfy): Renewed through Season 2

Y

Younger (TV Land): Renewed through Season 4

Young & Hungry (Freeform): Renewed through Season 4

You’re the Worst (FXX): Renewed through Season 4

Z

Z Nation (Syfy): Renewed through Season 4

Zoo (CBS): Renewed through Season 3



And lastly but never the least there are these programs...

2 Broke Girls (CBS): Renewed through Season 6

12 Monkeys (Syfy): Renewed through Season 3

24: Legacy (Fox): Premieres in the 2016-17 season

The 100 (CW): Renewed through Season 4


By the look of things listed here, it's time to get busy with other things, find a new hobby, something...anything, because it looks like more of the same 'ol same 'ol.