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Re: The Ultimate Tribute to WPIX.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 19:08:00 -0000

WPIX also did one other thing I've never seen other stations do. Late at night, they'd run uncompleted commercials, like the Honey Nut Cheerios commercial without the honey bee animation composited in. You'd hear the voice and see the spoon magically flip into the cereal bowl, but not see why it happened.

Re: The Ultimate Tribute to WPIX.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 19:04:57 -0000

Every day. It was Voltron after Heathcliff.

Re: The Ultimate Tribute to WPIX.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 19:04:22 -0000

Good stuff. You came to it a little bit later than me, but WPIX always was a little bit weirder than the rest (for the better). The week-long Godzilla movie festivals and Thanksgiving "Big Monster" marathons were particularly fun. When there was a mild resurgence of 3-D movie fever, they were on WPIX. There was the totally strange "video games over the phone on TV" phenomenon TV PIXXX ( and the strangely attractive hippie chicks and puppets of The Magic Garden. Good memories. We'll not see a station like it again.

Re: Dw. Dunphy On… The Millennial Problem

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 15:43:10 -0000

Amazing, isn't it, how quickly and stealthily we became our parents, blaming the newest generation for everything falling apart?

I'm not a total cheerleader, mind you. There are younger people out there who absolutely typify the spoiled, entitled stereotypes. But I think that the effort to make a subsection into the example of the whole is unfair and inaccurate.

Not a fan of the "Millennial Whoop" though.

Re: Introducing Isn’t That Awful, the Podcast

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 18:47:24 -0000

Although, in the end, they did. This furthers my proposal that the movie is as much a parody as Spaceballs. It's just not very transparent about that motivation.

Re: Song-engineering by committee

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 18:59:38 -0000

In a modern consumption framework where music is virtually free and only the streams that run into the millions of plays earns anything, I understand this from a purely pragmatic viewpoint. But it can't be called "music" anymore if it is machine-tooled in such an artificial, CAD-enhanced way. What we have is the audio equivalent of 3D printing.

Re: The Comic Shop Down $21,000 In Marvel Comics Sales Alone For 2017

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:53:45 -0000

At least for Marvel and D.C., a whole new generation of readership, formed because comics were a point-of-purchase store item versus a niche product of a boutique-type shop, is lost.

Re: The Comic Shop Down $21,000 In Marvel Comics Sales Alone For 2017

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 21:43:16 -0000

Marvel has to get back to the newsstand.

Re: A Christmas Story Live ratings flop as viewers slam remake |

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 20:35:38 -0000

It's comforting to know that it is so easy to ruin peoples' lives. Plus, I had no idea that all the remote controls in America disappeared in some mass techno-Rapture.

Re: How Bad Can It Be?: “Star Trek: The Animated Series”

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:33:23 -0000

And proud of it!

Re: How Bad Can It Be?: “Star Trek: The Animated Series”

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:51:10 -0000

You're eight years too late. I will send you a calendar for Christmas.

Re: Marvel Comics Rumored To Be In Some Serious Trouble

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 20:28:01 -0000

I do agree in part. But books were cheaper then too. And the movies weren't that big a deal. Maybe I'm too sensitive to overkill but, surely, Marvel is not sensitive enough.

Re: Marvel Comics Rumored To Be In Some Serious Trouble

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 16:43:36 -0000

This article best illustrates the problem: too many books. Too many freaking books. Too many godforsaken freaking books. And every one of these will be roped into another unnecessary event that strongarms the reader into buying them all, supposedly. Instead, the response is, "Oh, take all of your books and shove them," which I believe is what we are seeing.

The solution, if there is one, is a moratorium on 70% of the line. Now that will be a painful move. That means there will be only one Spider Man book, only one X-Men team, and so forth, but they desperately need this. Things are spread so ridiculously thin right now.

I as a now-casual reader am not going to get looped into a character that acts as a sort of Ponzi scheme. If you give me one year, one character, on one book, and a reason to care, I might be persuaded to try again.

Marvel has played a game of real estate, not of storytelling. If they insist upon taking up the majority of the comic shop shelf space, my response is not to buy them all. My response is to stop going to the comic shop. I think that is a rational, and apparently duplicated course of action.

Re: The Weird Reason The New Flatliners Isn't Really A Remake

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 06:06:53 -0000

This will only work if, in fact, it is revealed at some point that Sutherland's characters are the same. Aside from all the previously hashed-out issues with the Ghostbusters reboot last year, I think people were definitely put off that the previous actors made cameos in the new version, but not as their characters. The makers of the new Flatliners risk doing it all over again, but when has history ever burdened a Hollywood decision before?

Re: Dw. Dunphy On… Adam Again’s “Perfecta”: The Album That Killed CCM

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:13:42 -0000

Thank you, Jeff. I hope the campaign is a success. I'll be incredibly disappointed if this album cannot gather the necessary support. That will say something about this whole thing that I don't really want to believe.

Re: The Big Takeover: Greg Lawless (Adam Again) remembers "Perfecta"

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:58:18 -0000

It's a perfect album about imperfection and humanity's awkward walk through this world. The album really deserves a shot from anyone who missed it in the '90s. It's a "woulda, coulda, shoulda" in the alternative rock canon, and I hope people jump on the Kickstarter campaign and make it happen.

Re: World’s Worst Songs: “Coward of the County” by Kenny Rogers

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 11:59:02 -0000

I won a Nobel Peace Prize.

Re: Dw. Dunphy On… The “Magic” Disappearing Act: Bruce Springsteen and the Short Legacy Tail

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:49:14 -0000

I see I have touched a nerve. It is not a radio station's job to indulge nostalgia to the detriment of all else. It is their job to play music that people will listen to which will sell advertising. The current business model believes you have to yank that memory wire all the time, but that resolution comes without having made a fair attempt to mix old and new from established artists. You can't say that doesn't work if that isn't attempted, and if you look at the pitiful playlists of rock stations across the country, it is near-empircle that they haven't.

No one is saying radio stations have to be completist. I am saying they do have to be far more representative of the artists from which they're making a living from. That means, yes, radio stations ought to play latter Springsteen. They should play songs post-Load from Metallica. Do you realize that Rush received some of their biggest accolades for Clockwork Angels from media that disregarded them for the entirety of the band's existence, and yet the band seems invisible after "Time Stand Still"?

Further, focusing on New Jersey radio, I absolutely believe that we should be playing more Jersey artists and not being exclusionary. Nicole Atkins was on Columbia and got nothing. The Smithereens had significant hits and regularly get nothing. Your argument on all these levels seems to be: "Leave them alone. The system is fine as it is." One man's petition for context is another man's assessment that this is an excuse.

If I am to be knocked for anything here, I'll happily accept I feel New Jersey radio stations should support New Jersey artists, unreservedly. I think that is the only responsible thing to do. I hear all the time that the days of the Asbury Park music scene are behind us. Well, of course! How could it not flounder when the states' own radio stations won't support their own. It is easy to get lost in the nostalgic haze of the past. That haze is the residue of focusing solely in the past while putting the torch to future opportunities.

The system as it is has fostered a culture that further creates situations where artists, old and new, have no financial incentive to create. This system institutionalizes the Endless Oldies Tour mentality and further engenders the false impression that these artists don't do it now because, somehow, they can't.

Again, you are invested in this concept that the way things are is somehow optimal. As someone who has experienced radio, a vital music discovery tool, degrade into a regurgitation machine, I simply cannot agree with you.

Roger Waters has a new album coming out soon. Radio likely won't play anything from it, but they'll play "Comfortably Numb" again. That's wrong.

Re: Dw. Dunphy On… The “Magic” Disappearing Act: Bruce Springsteen and the Short Legacy Tail

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:57:24 -0000

One rebuttal: I mentioned four titles. That's not an indication that I only have four of the albums -- those are simply the four I chose to focus on. But no, I am not a completist by any stretch.

Re: Listening Booth: Deep Purple, “Time For Bedlam”

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:48:23 -0000

In some ways, but Clockwork Angels was so much better. There are songs on that album that I rank as some of Rush's best, believe it or not. Maybe not as potent but still strong, Van Halen's A Different Kind Of Truth is also one of those that succeeded. But "Time for Bedlam" is just...deflating. I can't see them releasing this as the single and expect that the rest of the songs are going to rise above this.

Re: The Popdose Interview: Thomas Walsh from Pugwash

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:56:13 -0000

Right? But if it can't be me, I'm glad it is Thomas. Probably one of the easiest, most cordial interview situations I've ever been a part of.

Re: Dw. Dunphy On… The Other Side of Charles Foster Kane

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:52:28 -0000

I know what you mean. There are books upon books about this movie, and they always go on forever about the technical achievement and how it is the degradation of a selfish man. I saw it differently.

Re: Film Review: “Lion”

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:38:36 -0000

Terrific review. Now intrigued, I'll have to check this movie out.

Re: New Podcast! David Medsker Presents Dizzy Heights

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:58:01 -0000

Terrific stuff. Glad that Dizzy Heights is here!

Re: Film Crit Hulk SMASH: The Slippery, Sloping Story of ROGUE ONE

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 16:14:09 -0000

Film Crit Hulk is missing some points that, while they won't change his opinion, do attempt to make reason of some of the movie's issues he holds.

Chris Weitz scripted Rogue One. Replacing Gary Whitta, Weitz shares writing duties with acclaimed filmmaker Tony Gilroy. Weitz is also known for the adaptation of The Golden Compass, a fantasy film that was meant as a sort of anti-Narnia religion polemic. His point in all of this is that if there are still remnants of the Force, it's all bad, all corrupting. Donnie Yen's character and Jyn's crystal have no "force." THAT'S HIS POINT. These characters have no deus ex machina to fall back on. It's only the strength they themselves can summon.

Now, whether people are ready to accept a Star Wars story where the Force, if it exists at all, exists on a very negative level, only time can say. Critical arc for every entertainment is:

Week 1 - It's the best!
Week 2 - Serious problems!
Week 3 - It's actually pretty bad! We feel duped!
Home video release - It's the best!

We're plainly stuck in Week 2 here.