Monthly Archives: December 2015

Mozart In The Jungle – Review (No Spoilers!)

Mozart in the Jungle launched Season 2 yesterday, which is what I held off on a show review for, and I thought it was thoroughly enjoyable.

Mozart in the Jungle Long

Mozart in the Jungle is an Amazon Exclusive Show which follows behind the scenes of the New York Philharmonic in a fictional story as they get a new maestro.

The show stars Lola Kirke (Gone Girl) and Gael Garcia Bernal, who is nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as well as won the Image Foundation Award for Best Actor.

Hailey (Lola) is an up and coming oboist, teaching to children and trying to find her place in the music world, before trying out in the Philharmonic right as the famous maestro Rodrigo De Souza (Gael) gets set to take over the orchestra from a retiring maestro (Malcolm McDowell).

Other known actors are Saffron Burrows (Law & Order) as a cellist and Bernadette Peters as the Chairwomen of the Board.

Dealing with everything from the cohesion of the orchestra to ongoing labor issues (they need those bathroom breaks after all) this show will make you see the orchestra in a whole new light.

The show will also make you appreciate classical music more than you do now…which for most of us is probably very little.
They play enough of it to keep you interested, and don’t go overboard with it.
You also won’t see them walk down a hallway and break out in song…you know, like people do in real life…or in Glee.

Overall this show is an enjoyable 8.5 out of 10.

Mozart In The Jungle Streaming

Things To Look Out For In 2016

Brief list of some things I am looking forward to in 2016.

January

Kung Fu Panda

February

Deadpool

March

Batman v. Superman

House of Cards – Season 2

Daredevil – Netflix – Season 2

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix – Season 2 – Rumored for a Spring release

April

Catastrophe – Amazon – Season 2

May

X-Men: Apocalypse – The latest trilogy comes to an end

Money Monster – Directed by Jodie Foster and starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney

Captain America: Civil War – Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins

June

Finding Dory

July

La La Land – A musical movie starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling

Jason Bourne new movie – Matt Damon returns as Bourne in this yet unnamed movie

Ghostbusters — Female edition

September

Sully – The movie about Captain Sully and his miracle landing on the Hudson

October

The Accountant – Anna Kendrick…yes please

Inferno – The third book in the Dan Brown series heads to theaters

November

Bone Season Book 3 by Samantha Shannon – The third book in this series, The Song Rising, comes out.

Dr. Strange – Benedict Cumberbatch and Rachel McAdams star in this Marvel Cinematic Universe installment

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find To Find Them – The Harry Potter world starts taking on a new life

December

Assassins Creed – The Movie

Unknown Dates

Rumored albums for U2 and Gwen Stefani

Joy – Review

Joy came out in theaters this past weekend and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro.

It revolves around the true story of Joy Mangano, a divorced mother who uses her last monies to invent the Wonder Mop and promote it on QVC in a last stitch effort at making something of herself. You should be moved at the ebbs and flows of Joy’s life, from family emergencies to product troubles and patent issues are thrown at her.

But in the face of it all Joy stands up for herself, putting her foot down against those trying to boss her around and control, and when it’s all said and done she aims to create an empire for herself.

Never speak on my behalf, about my business, again.

When it all failed, due to a bad salesman, Joy stands up and markets herself, her true self and not the one being forced on her by the likes of Joan Rivers (played be Melissa), and sells a brand new mop, made by a working mother, for working mothers.

This movie is enjoyable, and has been nominated for multiple Golden Globes.

Overall it is a 7 out of 10.

Joy Movie Poster

Top Songs of 2015 – #SOTD

Here is my list of Top Songs of 2015.
Thanks to all those that played our guessing game, with the winners both correctly identifying all 10 songs!! I can safely say that most people had a lot of fun with it (and one person totally over-stressed on it).
The list is simple enough…the only restriction is that it needed to be released in 2015 and I generally won’t repeat an artist twice in the Top 10.


10. Here by Alessia Cara

I would rather be at home all by myself not in this room
With people who don’t even care about my well-being


9. Smoke Break by Carrie Underwood

He said, “I don’t drink”
“But sometimes I wanna pop that top”
“Take a swig and make the world stop”
“And watch it fade away”


8. Fight Song by Rachel Platten

This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song


7. New Americana by Halsey

Survival of the richest, the city’s ours until the fall.
They’re Monaco and Hamptons bound but we don’t feel like outsiders at all.


6. Hello by Adele

At least I can say that I’ve tried
To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart
But it don’t matter it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore


5. On My Mind by Ellie Goulding

You didn’t love me, no, not really
Wait, I could have really liked you
I’ll bet, I’ll bet that’s why I keep thinking about you
It’s a shame, you said I was good


4. Cool For The Summer by Demi Lovato

Take me down into your paradise
Don’t be scared ’cause I’m your body type
Just something that we wanna try
‘Cause you and I
We’re cool for the summer


3. Hold My Hand by Jess Glynne

Darling, hold my hand
Oh, won’t you hold my hand?
‘Cause I don’t wanna walk on my own anymore
Won’t you understand? ‘Cause I don’t wanna walk alone


2. Love Myself by Hailee Steinfeld

I’ll take it nice and slow
Feeling good on my own without you, yeah
Got me speaking in tongues
The beautiful, it comes without you, yeah


1. Lean On by Major Lazer & DJ Snake

Blow a kiss, fire a gun
All we need is somebody to lean on


End of a Toys R Us Era – Times Square

Only a few weeks remain before the Times Square Toys R Us store shuts down for good.

Toys R Us Front Of Store

This store is their flagship location, and features a giant indoor Ferris Wheel, loaded with cars and other popular kids toys (like the Mystery Machine Van and fire trucks).

Toys R Us Ferris Wheel

Previous years the store was open 24-hours a day in the lead up to Christmas, but with less snowstorms across the country this year (leading to less impact on their sales) and with the rise of internet shopping, they skipped that tradition this year.

Earlier this year Toys R Us shut down the famous FAO Schwartz store on 5th Avenue (as made famous in BIG) after buying them out six years ago. FAO Schwartz products are still carried in Toys R Us stores.

Both closing are being attributed to rising prices of real estate in NYC.

Movies In 2016

Here are some movies that I am looking forward to in 2016 (likely in order of excitement):

X-Men: Apocalypse – May 27
The X-Men come back to wrap up another awesome trilogy…and of course we shall see some more of Jennifer Lawrence.

Suicide Squad – August 5
I love most of these superhero movies (although don’t care about Batman v. Superman) and this one has potential with a huge cast.
Will Smith. Jared Leto. Margot Robbie. Cara Delevingne.
Deadshot. Joker. Harley Quinn. Echantress.
Among many others. Awesome.

Captain America: Civil War – May 6 
The last Avengers movie was incredible, and the trailers for this one are insane. Captain America vs. Ironman with everyone taking sides…Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson!!), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen!!), Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp!!) and possibly even a Marisa Tomei appearance!!! Can you tell I’m excited?

The Jungle Book – April 15
One of my favorite movies as a kid is being redone, with Bill F. Murray as Baloo!!! Add in Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken, and we are all gonna sing The Bare Necessities.

Finding Dory – June 17
Just keep swimming, over and over on repeat, would be reason enough to watch this film.

Deadpool – Feb 12
What’s that? Another Superhero movie, this time staring Ryan Reynolds? Okay, I can go for that.

The BFG – July 1
Another great book (Roald Dahl) that I read growing up (and promptly forgot about until this moment), I’m excited that Spielberg is turning it into a real life movie! Starring Bill Hader, Rebecca Hall and Mark Rylance.

TMNT: Out of the Shadows – June 3
I did not grow up watching the episodes, but I loved the first movie in this series, and the second one should be just as fun!

Assassin’s Creed – Dec 21
One of the great video game franchises these days gets turned into a movie…how bad can it be? 🙂

Independence Day: Resurgence – June 24
We’ll all watch it to see if it’s any good, especially after the first in the series…but no Will Smith is likely to equal No Good.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny – Feb 26
Theaters & Netflix Simultaneously
This is one of the movies that Netflix has being released on their system at the same time as theaters, as we try to fully evolve into the digital age. I’ll watch it…probably.

The Intern – Review

If you are looking for a refreshing movie to watch, check out The Intern.

Starring two award winners, Robert De Niro (Ben) and Anne Hathaway (Jules), the story focuses on a company created by Jules that looks to hire Senior Interns, and has Ben finding that role while looking for ways to pass time in his retirement.

From sweet “father-daughter” moments, to ones of a company just trying to get through typical issues (shipping mess-ups, cluttered desks, etc.), this story has it all, including a few laughs (thanks in part to Adam Devine and Zack Pearlman).

The Intern comes out on DVD next Tuesday (Dec. 29) and is available now via Digital Download.

This movie is an 8 out of 10.

The Intern