|HEY, WANNA BUY THE PAPER MISTER?|
January 11, 2009
This video is too long (producer could have used some quick fade-in/fade-out edits to get same point across in a lot less time) and not all that funny but VERY instructive…if you happen to be a dying industry attempting to peddle its wares to a younger audience; an audience that has never known a world without computers, the Internet, color TV, cell phones, iPods, texting, video games, eBay etc.
This video should be a SOP training tool for every Marketing VP at every old school, dead tree newspaper in the nation. They should show this thing to all new phone salespeople as a classic case of WHAT NOT DO in trying to sell a print newspaper product to a big segment of the population.
The fact that newspaper telemarketing departments are still using this sort of lame 1970's kind of pitch is a mind blower. Someone in a corner office with a view just does not get it. Watch this video closely and you'll see the most important element in the entire marketing process is missing here. Can you guess what it is? Click READ MORE to bring up the video icon and play video.
|LOS LONELY BOYS. DOIN' IT THEIR WAY|
January 10, 2009
We couldn't care less that Los Lonely Boys are no longer the cult hit band out of Texas that few people knew about. Sure they may be over exposed pop icons now (or getting close to it) but these guys still float a great boat on most everything they do.
If these three young men aren't a great (and classic) American fusion band that brings true originality to the Rock genre then such a band doth not exist. This video is the band doing the acoustic version of "My Way." CLICK READ MORE TO START VIDEO
|SWEET AS TUPELO HONEY|
January 09, 2009
It is a bit hard to figure out just what music category this guy fits into. Jazz? Blues? Jazz, blues and folk music combined? Fact is though when you listen to Van Morrison's body of work the past decade or so you know right quick this man has gone light years (as an artist) past what he was doing as a pop singer lo' those many years ago.
His creative juice never dried up. Morrison has, to a large degree, created his own music genre with the passage of time. No one really fits into his space but him. And that is saying something in the music business. It also says a lot that Morrison still has a solid recording and live performance music career thirty years past his pop music icon fame. Quick now, how many other pop stars can you say that about? Click READ MORE to bring up the video screen icon.
|RAT LOVES HIS CAT AND THAT'S WHERE IT'S AT|
January 09, 2009
This is really odd. Cool too. A rat who’s stone cold in love with this cat and the cat is, well, okay with it. There’s one scene where the rat kisses the cat right on the lips. Go figure. Kinda neat “sworn enemies” relationship. The rat’s name is Penut and the cat is Ranji. Click READ MORE to bring the video icon up.
|MICKEY ROURKE'S COMEBACK ROLE IN "THE WRESTLER"|
January 08, 2009
We thought we'd never see this after the huge cow pie actor Mickey Rourke turned his acting career into over the past fifteen years. Once a Hollywood glamour boy on the way up, up and up, Rourke took a huge fall due to his pride, big-shot attitude, loud mouth, disrespect for elders (translation: producers and directors) and his penchant for not showing up on the set to work once he was hired to do a gig.
For many years Rourke has been hard pressed to find a decent SAG scale acting gig in Hollywood. The insurance companies even refused to bond him for movie for a while (and if you cant get bonded, then you don't work as an actor in a major film).
But it is amazing what a great performance in a solid movie will do for a guy who's been down but not completely out for a very long time. Rourke is back.
By most accounts Rourke delivers a sizzlingly great, multi-faceted performance in the new film "The Wrestler" by produce/director Darren Aronofsky who is handling producer duties only in this film. The film opened in wide release a few weeks ago.
Rourke, now 56, plays Randy "The Ram" Robinson, a professional wrestler who is long past his glory days and is now reduced to performing in third-rate towns on fourth rate wrestling cards in order to make a living.
The Ram is way past his prime, lives in a trailer park, is behind in the rent, is emotionally shut down, has a paid stripper for a girl friend and has a broken relationship with his daughter. And if that ain't enough heartbreak for one man, he then gets to have a heart attack that for a while derails the only way he knows to make a living.
But through all this hard luck mud Rourke is said to give one of the most dazzling if not thee most dazzling, masterful performances of his career.
Reviewer Colin Covert of the Star Tribune calls The Wrestler, "a heartfelt underdog story that hits you like an elbow smash in the ribs" and Rourke's performance "reminds you why he once was mentioned in the same breath with Brando."
A few months ago the movie won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival, the event's top honor. Click READ MORE to being up the video icon and watch a clip from the film.
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