Has this holiday season stunk for movies!
Normally, each year, the movie studios release the best films at the end of the year making them eligible for Academy Award nominations.
This season, the only movie I can think of that was released on Christmas Day was "Black Christmas." I don't believe this horror film will be nominated for anything.
I was just looking at the list for the Golden Globes. I know I've written this before but there was a time when I would have seen every film on the list.
Nominees for "Best Motion Picture Drama" are "Babel," "The Departed," "Little Children," "The Queen" and "Bobby." I've seen none of these movies.
Nominees for 'Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy" are "Borat," "Little Miss Sunshine," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Dreamgirls" and "Thank You for Smoking." I actually have seen two of these "Little Miss Sunshine" and "The Devil Wears Prada" and I thought both were good.
With children again everything changes. Long gone are the days when I would go to work, go home, take a nap, go eat Chinese food at the Great Wall, take a nap and then watch sports all night.
I remember the day the St. Louis Rams played the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in February 2002. I went to the theater over by Sheffield Lake and saw three straight movies and then came home to watch the Super Bowl.
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As I had previously announced, thrash metal band Slayer is playing the House of Blues in Cleveland on Feb. 13. I have decided to attend this show.
There's really nothing like a Slayer concert at a smaller venue. This will be the fifth time seeing the kings of thrash.
I remember the Slayer show in June 1998 at the now-closed Odeon Concert Club in the Flats. When Slayer took the stage, people were literally moved across the floor by the power of the crowd.
A friend of mine said at a 1996 Slayer show, also at the Odeon, that "every communicable disease known to man was probably passed back and forth at that show."
I saw Slayer in August 1988 at Cleveland's Agora Theatre. My memory is a bit fuzzy on that one. I do remember going to the concert, riding in the back of Mike Hammersmith's truck with some friends at the time. I know the ticket to that 1988 show was $15 and the ticket to next month's concert is $49.50.