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Happy Monday!

Just watch the video below. You’re welcome.

Seeing the creative process of John Williams scoring the soundtrack for ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ alongside Steven Spielberg is about as cool as it gets. Quite simply, Steven Spielberg and John Williams are the greatest movie director & musical composer duo in history. This behind-the-scenes video clip is Nostalgia Gold.

Ladies and gentlemen, if this collaboration between a cinematic genius and a musical genius does not inspire you, then I don’t know what will.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

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Happy Monday

Well…hmmm…OK…I…huh.

Some character revivals should be left in the cartoon bottle.

Disney’s latest live-action-ish reboot of the 1992 animated smash success ‘Aladdin’ looks…well…hmmm…OK…I…

As a big fan of Will Smith, this particular role seems like it might be a good idea on paper yet once that paper is animated, it should’ve become perfectly clear that this is simply a character and story that should have stayed bottled from back in Disney’s 1992 vault. Why? Robin Williams.

Need I say more?

I’ll say a little bit more.

The late Robin Williams was a brilliant comedian and actor with a razor-sharp, racing imagination that we will never see again. He was hilarious–ironically with clean and blue comedy–and heartwarming and real and surreal all when he needed to be. That was his gift. And his vocal portrayal of the Genie in ‘Aladdin’ in the early ’90s was perfect and memorable. He brought the Genie to life in a way no other actor could. Attempting a live-action adaptation without Robin Williams just doesn’t work. It’s akin to going forward with ‘Mrs. Doubtfire 2’ without Robin Williams.

Will Smith, good intentions aside, cannot embody this Genie role. Pus, the blue look on Mr. Smith doesn’t help…at all (just ask Tobias Fünke). It looks like either a caricature or an imaginative letdown of the famed magical character in the trailer above.

After seeing the fan reaction to this brand new trailer–specifically, that one character–Disney may be hoping for a wish or two that might involve a time-traveling DeLorean.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

P.S. The same scene–and more–involving the Genie from above, just with Robin Williams. 

You see my point. 

Happy Monday!

Boring and uninspiring:

Super Bowl 53 and its Halftime Show.

This sentiment extends to about 91% of the commercials during the breaks in the game. People were paid big money for these ads?

Having said that, there were a couple of inspirational ads last night during the Super Bowl. The best was the heartwarming Microsoft gaming controller for kids with disabilities that is the extended version of an already heartwarming ad featuring the focus of last night’s Super Bowl commercial.

In terms of clever commercials, the Hyundai elevator ad starring Jason Bateman was well written and imaginative.

The Peanuts ad with a surprise cameo by Charlie Sheen providing the apt tag line “And people think I’m nuts” was just good fun.

A moderately funny commercial (or separate storyline of a full-length commercial) starred Harrison Ford and his dog. Suffice it to say that automatic ordering is a dangerous thing with Amazon’s Alexa. Unfortunately, Amazon has not posted this sidekick commercial online.

Now the winner for most bizarre yet creative Super Bowl 53 commercial goes to advertising giant Ogilvy with its throwback ad of sorts for Burger King featuring a retro/living appearance by the equally famous and bizarre American artist Andy Warhol from a past documentary who is unwrapping and eating a burger from the aforementioned burger chain. The commercial was almost silent sans unwrapping sounds and a barely audible “it doesn’t come out” by Mr. Warhol concerning the Heinz ketchup bottle. The 45-second commercial simply ends with #EatLikeAndy.

Will Burger King earn 15 minutes of fame from this Super Bowl ad? Time will tell.

This Andy Warhol ad is weird and kind of good, like Burger King.

But there was an ad (well, a reaction to a recent ad) that aired a couple days ago that should have aired last night. And it was nostalgic gold that made ‘Home Alone’ fans–one in particular–smile.

Bonus points if you get the gold reference.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

Happy Monday!

There’s no wrong way to start the workweek.

Or is there?

It just might depend on who your boss is once you start those ‘Star Wars’ impressions…

Well, if you can pull off impressions like hilarious SNL alum Bill Hader, you’ll probably be fine. Most people won’t know who you are impersonating, but it’ll make everyone forget it’s Monday.

And isn’t that the point?

Have a Better Week Than Last Week.