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TV Review: “Genius: Aretha”

Here’s my review of the Aretha Franklin bio-series that aired this week on NatGeo (and is streaming on Hulu), bolstered by a great performance by Cynthia Erivo that couldn’t cover up the flaws in the production.

POTD: George Segal

Long before he worked on sitcoms, George Segal (who died today at 87) was a movie star with a long list of credits. He and his banjo also made numerous TV appearances, including this one that’s my Picture Of The Day.

My Oatmeal Problem

I hate oatmeal. The problem is I can’t remember I hate oatmeal so, every few years, I try it again. Like I did this week.

Movie Review: “The Courier”

Here’s my review of a new movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch as a British businessman recruited to befriend a Soviet intelligence officer who wanted to leak nuclear weapons plans to the west in the era of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

MYMNK: “Working Man”

The newest title on my Movies You Might Not Know list is a small story with the great character actor Peter Gerety as a factory worker who refuses to stop doing the job just because the plant is closed down. Here’s my review.

Mr. Cassette

Upon hearing of his death at 94, here’s a tribute to the man who invented the first audio format that made our music collections portable.

How Is Katie Couric?

Several people have asked my opinion of Katie Couric’s stint as guest host of “Jeopardy!” Here’s my response, including why she won’t get the job permanently.

Three Random Thoughts

Quickies on an actor I was surprised did not get an Oscar nomination yesterday, a change for the positive in Las Vegas, and the career caveat my wife and I gave our daughter when she was a baby.

Movie Review: “The Father”

Here’s my review of a devastating movie starring Anthony Hopkins as a frustrated octogenarian with dementia and Olivia Colman as the daughter who tries to care for him.

Royals Flushed

One of the nice things about not having a daily radio show anymore is that I didn’t have to watch the Oprah-Harry-Meghan show on Sunday night. As this blog post reveals, I’ve never been a fan of the royal family or anyone in it.

Norton Juster

I was sad to hear of the death at 91 of Norton Juster, author of what I consider the greatest book of all time, “The Phantom Tollbooth.” Here’s my little tribute to him and his classic work.

Road Trip: Florida

Here are some stories from our recent trip to South Florida, which allowed us to finally get away from home for the first time in almost a year while avoiding the polar vortex that gripped much of the nation.

Seth Joins The White House

My brother, Seth Harris, continues his commitment to public service by returning to work in his third presidential administration, where he will yet again make a big, positive difference in the lives of Americans.

Movie Review: “Coming 2 America”

Thirty-three years after the original, Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are back in this sequel, with virtually the entire original cast returning, plus some new members of the entourage and a slew of musical cameos, too. Here’s my review.