Saturday, December 17, 2005

A Few Odds and Ends

So, I'm trying to stay on top of this blog thing. I keep thinking that I need to have something "big" to write about in order to post a new entry, but then I realize, "It's YOUR blog, dude. You can post whenever the spirit moves you."

I've been doing a few interesting interviews the last couple of days. Last night, I interviewed playwright/screenwriter/director Del Close (Daddy's Dyin'! Who's Got the Will?, Sordid Lives) at his very nice house over in the Caynon. Then, this morning, I spoke with the one and only ... Sheena Easton. Yeah, you heard that right. Ms. Sheena will be playing a New Year's Eve gig over in San Diego, and so I did a short interview with her to help promote the show. She was actually quite fun to talk with. Very relaxed and laid-back and very, very gracious. I liked her sense of humor, too. She's a single mom living in Vegas with two kids these days. When the story gets published, I'll make sure to post a link so's you'ns can read it. (That was my attempt at a Pittsburghian accent. Haha)

Elsewhere, my boss at AVN Online asked me if I would be interested in writing a new column for the magazine. I've been doing a fun interview-type column for the Web site called "The School of Hard Knox," but Tony asked me if I'd like to do something different with it for the print edition. I'm pretty excited about having my own column in the mag. Now I just have to figure out something to write about for my first entry! LOL! :)

I even decided to have a brand new cartoon pic done up for the column, so I spoke to the folks over at, a site I've written about a few times (and whose in-house artist did my first cartoon shot) and asked if they would help me out with some new artwork. Their artist, Brian, is absolutely amazing. This sketch he did of me will not be the one that we run in the magazine (the POV is a little too high up above me for what we want), but it is still an awesome stab at what I was looking for, so I thought I would share it here with you folks. I'll post the final version once I get it back. Should be sometime next week. It's pretty cool to be a cartoon! :)

I guess I don't really have a whole lot more to say this time around, so I will leave you with a few quick reviews of movies I've seen this week. I took in three flicks in two days, and was really happy with my three choices. If you're looking to check out some of the upcoming holiday flicks, then check out my reviews below!


Brilliant! Simply f**king brilliant! Peter Jackson has filmed the definitive version of this timeless story, delivering not only a beautiful film steeped in the hues and moods of the 1930s (the art direction is flawless), but an epic love story of grand proportions. Kong is so real and life-like, it's impossible not to fall in love with him, and Naomi Watts is radiantly luminous as the damsel in distress. Some are bulking that, at 3 hours, the film is too long, but frankly, I could have sat there for another hour of Jackson's genius for making "big Hollywood pictures" that deliver thrills and chills for the popcorn crowd and true emotion and complexity for the more intellectually-minded. He is, quite frankly, a master of filmmaking. Grade: A


Simply hilarious and endlessly enchanting. Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick reprise their Broadways roles as theater producers scheming to make away with the big bucks by producing a sure-fire flop. The musical numbers are flawless, and the performances (particularly Lane, Gary Beach and Roger Bart) are briliantly over-the-top and jaw-droppingly hilarious. Uma Thurman is a riot as Ula. Seriously, we laughed so hard in this one that I was crying almost as much as I was during the final 10 mins of Kong. Grade: A-


One of my favorite books comes to life is an enchanting and lyrical film adaptation that takes quite a bit of time to fully get off the ground (the book was always a bit episodic in the beginning as well), but, once it does, it just soars. You'd have to be a ignoramous not to pick up on the Christian allegories, but they are very subtle and not at all intrusive. Besides, they are great life lessons to begin with. Tilda Swinton makes an excellent White Witch, and the four kids are all very talented. I was especially enchanged by Scottish actor James McAvoy, who plays Mr. Thomas the faun. What a cutie! Fauns, talking beavers, messianistic lions and mean old white witches... good versus evil never looked so good, or felt so damned comforting. Grade: B+

OK, folks, that's it for me this time around. Hope to catch up with you soon!

Hollywood Ken


At 9:18 AM, Anonymous Mark said...

I found your blog from "Madonna's" blog. You are the blog of the day. I love your blog!

I know that's just a comedy blog, but it is hilarious! You should check it out!

At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Mark said...

Oh, I forgot....

At 6:51 PM, Blogger Mr. Death said...

I was just as impressed by King Kong as you was honestly an amazing movie, especially considering that the premis is still a woman and an ape. O_o
Good job


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