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What the heck is this blog?

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A successful blog is really supposed to be focused on one thing and/or provide lots of very practical information.  Stark Raving Ray does neither.

This is a place where I discuss anything and everything that matters to me.  Movies, books, photography, politics, travel, religion, wart hogs, whatever.

If I accidentally stumble upon something that matters to you, I hope you’ll leave a comment.

I was born in Baton Rouge, raised in Texas, and have spent my entire adult live living in either New York or Los Angeles.  I’m a city boy.  I was a musician and an actor for most of my youth. I’m now a technical training consultant.

I write a weekly newspaper column for the Bryan College Station Daily Eagle.  In it I talk about the movies.

I also write extensively about computer and video games for JustAdventure.

I’ve lived in Hollywood for twenty-five years and I like it a lot.

 

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4 comments

  1. we receive The bryan/College Station Eagle by mail, & because of size, never receive Sunday’s for a few days. we never miss your column and have written before.

    you requested responses on the Russian Ark–sadly to say i was greatly disappointed. had alread set to tape & seen it when i saw your item regarding it in your column. understanding that it was originally a residence, still hoped to see the many artworks displayed there. instead it seemed that it dwelled mostly on the attire and partying indulged by that class during that time the movie was set.

    thanx

  2. Hi, Virginia. Yeah, I pretty much agree with your assessment. However, I DO love big gimmicks in movies, and I wondered if for some viewers, the great gimmick at the heart of Russian Ark would be enough. Thanks for commenting!!

  3. Every Sunday I look forward to your movie selections in The Eagle, try unsuccessfully to guess the movie trivia, then enter the interesting ones my Netflix queue. Ernst Lubitsch’s Trouble in Paradise was bundled with very detailed and insightful commentary by his biographer, Scott Eyman. The biographer packed his commentary with such minutiae as the actor’s salaries, speculation on Lubitsch walking the fine line on hedonism during the depression, actors’ angling for more camera attention, the fact Herbert Marshall had a leg prosthesis and the pains Lubitsch took to work around his gait, Lubitsch’s unorthodox opening scene setting (the first scene of garbage scow gondola instead of an esthetic long shot of the canals of Venice). I had no idea the image of the grand Venice hotel was a replica. His take was, well, interesting; for instance, he characterized the two suitors (played by Edward Everett Horton and Charles Ruggles) as eunuchs, compared with the urbane Marshall, who was actually a crook. There were also some juicy bits about Marshall’s private life involving Gloria Swanson. Keep up the good work.

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