A quiet night so far at the coffeehouse of Windber’s fabled Grand Midway Hotel. Blair had to work till 6 PM (which is when it was to open–so I was drafted to come in early and do the prep work). Our lead movie tonight was the great Tim Burton epic Ed Wood–Johnny Depp, the wondrous Martin […]Read more "COFFEEHOUSE NIGHTS: October 19 at the Grand Midway Hotel"
Apologies for posting this late. My laptop’s battery was running very low Thursday night and I kind of got into the evening’s 3rd movie (see below, I had never seen this–the Rob Zombie remake of the slasher classic…). Friday was Veteran’s Day and the public library was closed. I did get online briefly, sitting in […]Read more "10 Nov. at the Grand Midway, Part 2"
More chess matches! Debate about heavy metal covers. Walking sticks and homemade Roman sandals (complete with straps to wrap around the wearer’s legs). Ah, all parts of the fun strangeness that is the Shangri-La Coffee Lounge at Windber’s Fabled Grand Midway Hotel. And Blair is consulting with a regular attendee on cover art/design for his […]Read more "October 6 at the Midway, Part 2"
The night’s 3rd movie was Stargate: People coming and going at the coffeehouse (mostly coming in, of late). Porch talk: Various people comparing how well or badly (mostly badly) assorted companies treat their employees. The pulling/towing capabilities of different types of pickups and light trucks were discussed. Others talked about maternity policies of various companies (and […]Read more "August 11, Part 2"
One last report from tonight’s Grand Midway Coffeehouse night… THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES has just been followed by the inevitable ANCIENT ALIENS’ episode. Meanwhile, I’ve just survived (hardly came close to winning) a marathon game of Cards Against Humanity. Others are carrying on as I write this. Just handed Blair my phone with info on some […]Read more "May 19 at the Shangri-La, Part 3"
Produced in 2013, 12 YEARS A SLAVE is an exceptionally powerful and well-made movie from director Steve McQueen, with an unblinkingly fine script by John Ridley and a wonderful cast headed by Chiwetel Ejiofor. The period details are dead-on and the overall look of the film possesses a realism and a savage beauty that is […]Read more "Film Review: 12 Years a Slave"