The 4 Horror Movies that Truly Scared Me

I really enjoy a good horror movie (as you might have guessed from my repeated posts about the upcoming "IT" movie), and for the most part I don't get nightmares from them. I hide my eyes from suspense-building scenes and I am susceptible to jump scares, but I don't hesitate to walk around corners for a …

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Foo Fighters: “Back and Forth”

Is Dave Grohl really the nicest guy in the music business? Or is he just one of the more candid ones?  Back And Forth, the rock-doc that puts the Foo Fighters' career under the microscope in their own words, from pre-inception through Wasting Light, doesn't make him out to be that.  Or maybe it's like the …

Oscar Wilde, the Bible, and some Oscar-Winning Boobs

One of the most memorable plays I saw in my time as a quasi-regular Broadway attendee was a production of "Salomé" by Oscar Wilde.  Directed by Oscar-winner Estelle Parsons, it starred Oscar-winner Al Pacino as Herod; Oscar-winner Dianne Weist as Herodias; Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei as Salomé; and Oscar-nominee David Straithairn as John the Baptist. This …

“Oh, Hello on Broadway” (on Netflix) holds a mirror up to theater geekery

I have been repeatedly watching "Oh, Hello! On Broadway" ... on Netflix.  In addition to finding it hysterical, it has me digging deep into my theater-geek past. https://youtu.be/YPQL8RbwckU Inhabiting the role of foul-mouthed senior citizen George St. Geeglund, stand-up comedian John Mulaney describes the audience, to their faces, as a collection of "comedy nerds, theatre …

Poor Stan: How Excited am I about Andres Muschietti’s “IT” Movie?

My friend Lindsay had the misfortune of asking me a fairly apocryphal question about Stephen King's "IT," and she got a full-on geek answer.  "Interesting question.  Let me talk your ear off about it for the next thirty minutes ..." Like many people, she had seen the miniseries with Tim Curry but had not read …