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Movie Bars: Bloody Bateman

Movie Bars: Bloody Bateman

It is certainly a true statement to say that American Psycho, released in 2000 and directed by Mary Harron, is a bizarre and disturbing movie. It tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a Wall Street investment banker impeccably played by Christian Bale, who has a penchant for expensive wine, fine dining, Valentino suits, and murdering people in the most bloody and violent ways possible. The film is set in 1987 when the hedonistic world of Wall Street was at its pinnacle. Although there are bar scenes

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Music and Cocktails: Who Would You Rather Be?

Music and Cocktails: Who Would You Rather Be?

About half the music that I listen to comes from artists that I’ve known since forever and have loved for years. The other half is much newer and comes from songs that my kids recommended that I’ve grown to enjoy and love just as much. They will tell you that I influenced their interests when they were young and helped them gain a solid sense of appreciation for what music could bring to their lives, and now they continue to do the same for me. It’s a true statement on both counts. A few years back, my

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Movie Bars: You’re My Exception

Movie Bars: You’re My Exception

I’m going to guess that the movie He’s Just Not That Into You doesn’t need much in the way of an introduction. It’s a fairly huge hit from 2009 that grossed $181 million at box offices worldwide. I know that when I happen to see it playing while channel surfing I cannot resist watching it, even if just for a few minutes. My favorite storyline is the one between Beth (Jennifer Aniston) and Neil (Ben Affleck) because who cannot love his marriage proposal at the end, but I confess to finding the absolute

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Music and Cocktails: Fire and Rain

Music and Cocktails: Fire and Rain

For most of us who grew up in the 70s, James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” was one of those songs that became like a puzzle to figure out. The lyrics were ambiguous, and we had no real way to uncover their meaning other than to think about them, and talk about them, and draw our own conclusions. Taylor’s mention of “Susanne” in the first stanza led many of us to believe that she must have been a love interest of his. The later reference to “sweet dreams and flying machines” prompted the thought that

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Music and Cocktails: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme

Music and Cocktails: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme

You already know where I’m going with today’s post; in fact, you’re already singing along, right?? “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” was the lead track on the album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme in 1966, but it was not released as a single until 1968 after it had appeared on the soundtrack for the movie The Graduate. I didn’t become aware of this song until it was included as part of the Greatest Hits album, which I listened to on repeat during the summer of 1973. I was fascinated by the two interwoven

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