Unforgettable Live Performances: George Michael

Unforgettable Live Performances: George Michael

It has taken me a while to sit down and write this post. I remember the exact moment and time when Paul told me that George Michael had died. I have to say 2016 gave me so many blows in that sense that it didn’t come as a huge surprise, but I am still not over the irony of it being his Last Christmas. I always knew I liked George Michael, and I have defended his voice on more than one occasion, but what I forgot is how present he was when I was growing up, how influential he was, and the Read more »

Good Morning, Vietnam: The light and the shade of Robin Williams.

Good Morning, Vietnam: The light and the shade of Robin Williams.

In the wake of Robin Williams’ self-inflicted passing on August 11th this year many of us were moved to make some kind of comment in tribute. Indeed, rarely has an outpouring of grief for a superstar of any kind been so sincere and lacking in petty hate. There were no poor-taste jokes about his suicide, no dissenting voices (not that I heard anyway) talking wrongly about how over-rated he was, no cynicism or dismissive sarcasm as there often can be after a celebrity dies. Instead, most of us were moved to recall our favourite performances. And let’s face it, everyone Read more »

Robin Williams – In memoriam

Robin Williams – In memoriam

  Robin Williams July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014   It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write this post today. Last night the world found out about a tragic and unexpected death: that of Robin Williams. The news outlets and initial police report have said it was an apparent suicide by asphyxiation, which shocks us all a bit more since he seemed to be always happy, making everyone laugh with his jokes, spirit, energy and contagious laughter. He apparently had it all: a loving wife, a wonderful daughter, the affection his family and friends, the respect Read more »

Groundhog Day – A Journey Into the Self

Groundhog Day – A Journey Into the Self

Today, February 24th, we say goodbye to a beloved figure: Harold Ramis and we celebrate the movie “Groundhog Day”. If you are still trying to place him, you will probably remember him as “Egon” from the movie he co- wrote “Ghostbusters” Recently, Paul wrote a post about “Ghostbusters” which you can find here: http://musicvideosdeconstructed.com/2014/01/31/how-about-a-little-music-songs-for-busting-ghosts-to/  Ramis was renown for acting or writing famous comedy classics like “Ghostbusters”, “Caddyshack”, “Analyze this”, “National Lampoons Vacation” (oh! I will do a post about that movie!) and the movie I am going to focus on now: “Groundhog Day”,  Directed by Ramis (who also wrote the screenplay). Read more »

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Our tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman Sunday February 2nd was a sad day. One of my favorite actors died of an apparent overdose in New York City. I would like to write my first “outtake” post about him and show you my favorite scenes staring him and say that like many, I will always wonder what roles he left “unplayed” and how he would have interpreted someone. He was credited on over 63 films, but of those there are several that have classic soundtrack: “Magnolia”, “Almost Famous”, “The Talented Mr. Ripley” among them. I have chosen a song from “Almost Read more »