Robin Williams passed 6 years ago today…

Robin Williams was definitely one of my favorite actors like most people. I grew up watching all of his movies just like you. Robin was an actor who could play anything that throws at him. He wasn’t just a “comedic” actor, though… and yes he did mostly comedic roles but he can also do serious dramatic roles and he can do much darker roles like “One hour Photo”, “Insomnia” and “Death To Smoochy” which are all great movies, btw. He definitely was a great talent and a true comedian too.

Some of the other movies I loved he was in were “Popeye”, “Dead Poets Society”, “Jack”, “RV”, “Toys” and even though “The Birdcage” was a weird as hell movie it’s definitely one of his best comedies. I’m also not afraid to admit he was good in “Hook” and I liked him as Peter Pan. He did too many good films and I loved “RV” too. Even if “RV” was a low budget B movie type of film, it’s still good and entertaining as hell.

Robin should be good enough proof that movie stars and celebrities aren’t perfect as people wanna believe. A lot of people want to believe that movie stars have it all and think they’re happy and perfect ’cause they’re famous but you’d be surprised to find out that no, not really. When will people realize that celebs and movie stars are human like the rest of us? Yes, they are richer than the rest of us but they talk like us, eat like us and they have their problems like us. Nobody is perfect even them. They don’t carry around this “I’m a movie star” thing with them, a lot of them just see acting as a job and it’s what they do for a living to survive.

Celebrities and Hollywood people committing suicide is on the rise ’cause fame is tough. If they want suicides to stop in Hollywood and the music industry then I wish people would start treating them better ’cause that’s a part of it. People suck in this world for sure. Losing Robin should be a pretty good wake up call that depression is real and I think more people has woken up about it. Before Robin’s suicide, he was on the verge of getting Parkinson’s but he was suffering depression years before then… he had it for a long time.

Robin was a great talent for sure, I’ve watched his films ever since I was a child. If he was alive today, I’m sure he would still be making movies. Too bad people couldn’t help him and I’m sure they tried.

Kev

The future of Hollywood, will they ever go back to work? They are still shutdown…

Yeah, Hollywood is a mess right now… no doubt but many conservatives in America won’t publicly admit that they all watch movies and TV shows. Even through this pandemic while we are all on lockdown, that means Hollywood is on lockdown too. Many major movies and TV shows that were currently being made had to stop production. Movies that were already made before pandemic are being sent to streaming services and “on demand” releases ’cause many states in America don’t have movie theaters open. With no movie theaters open, that means there’s no where for Hollywood to release their films whether national or indie films. Future film releases go on streaming services or “On Demand” through TV like I said.

It’s harder to find new movies to watch ’cause with Hollywood out of work, that means directors, producers, screenwriters, actors, actresses are all stuck at home and they can’t give us any new entertainment as of this moment. Most of the movies getting released were made before the pandemic. Hollywood out of work, that means no film.

Believe it or not, Hollywood film people are all stuck at home like the rest of us. That’s why you’re seeing more movie stars online more often trying to entertain their fans in different ways: online q&a’s, live twitter chats, live stream, etc. Whatever.

Admittedly I do miss going to the movie theaters as I haven’t been in a movie theater in a couple of months. I still do try to catch new 2020 movie releases the best I can, though. I’m hoping movie theaters get back open this year and I’m sure they will come back. What will happen when movie theaters stay shut down through the Fall and Hollywood stays shut down? That means all the movies in the Fall will be pushed back even later and the new James Bond movie which is supposed to be the biggest movie of the year may not get released in theaters at all and might get an “on Demand” release. Same might happen with Spielberg’s remake of “West Side Story” and the Dune remake. We’ll have to see wait and see what happens.

You may think it or may not care but Hollywood is suffering through this pandemic. Yeah, Hollywood is in a lot of trouble right now with all this “pedo” stuff and the “Me too” movement but it’ll all calm down soon, I’m sure.

I still like to watch movies and you do too, admit it.

Kev

Aaaah the summer, more people go on vacations more during this pandemic…

Well this “pandemic” is still on obviously and vacation cities and beaches all over America are busy. People are getting outraged over that but I can understand why people would want to vacation while this country is still under lockdown. People are not gonna get holed up in their homes all summer during this nice weather, ya know? It’s not gonna happen. People just want to get some sun and get some fresh air… get out of the house. People are getting fed up staying home so they go on vacation and hit the beaches and I can’t blame them at all.

The reason people do it is because for a few reasons… they are bored for starters, hitting the beaches helps relieves stress while the country is on lockdown and their way of getting out to socialize with people since they can’t do that anywhere else. Yes, the big vacation cities are mostly on lockdown still and all you can pretty much do is hit the beaches but it’s still good to get out and be away from home for a while.

Yes, in big vacation cities all over America… you can probably eat at restaurants now and go do some shopping in some places but you won’t be able to go to malls, movie theaters, visit museums. I’m sure you can still do some sight seeing in some places, though.

I’ll be going to Cape Cod in a few weeks and there probably won’t be much to do but hit the beaches, go fishing and ride the bike on the rail trails. I’m not a fisherman at all but I’ll probably hit the beach and I’ll probably hang out in downtown Hyannis for the day ’cause restaurants and shopping places are back open there, I believe.

You can’t blame people for wanting to go on vacation in this pandemic. They’re fed up of this lockdown and want to do fun stuff while people are out of work.

I love Cape Cod and looking forward to going back.

Kev

New “Unsolved Mysteries” on Netflix… thoughts and opinions on all 6 cases shown on new season…

I’ve always had an interest and always been a huge fan of real true crime stories. I’ve always had an interest of it all… ya know… murders, missing persons cases, serial killers, mobster stories… I love it all… and I’m also a huge fan of the supernatural and UFO’s.

When I was young, I used to obsessively watch Unsolved Mysteries with Robert Stack as host all the time. It used to be my favorite show and now the show is back but exclusively for Netflix only with a new 15th season. I loved the old show with Robert Stack ’cause it was so scary and I love scary stuff. The dark music, Robert’s scary voice over and all that stuff.

I watched the new “Unsolved Mysteries” over the weekend, watched the first season with the first 6 episodes. I loved them all. The new season and revival of the show was surprisingly impressive and very well done show. It’s the similar format of the original show, people interview and talking about unsolved cases, scary and dark music and actors playing during scenes… except the new show didn’t have a host and no scary voice over. I kind of like that, though ’cause if they got a host and a voiceover, it would have been like Robert Stack and they probably didn’t want that. Something new and different…

Anyhow… here are my thoughts on the 6 episodes and the 6 cases so far… these are just my theories and opinions of what I think may have happened for each one so here we go:

Mystery on the Rooftop:  Was Rey Rivera fall from that historic building a suicide, accidental or a murder? Like most, I’m looking more toward a murder and the murderer is easy to figure out. I’m pointing my fingers at Rey’s so-called best friend, Porter Stansberry. No doubt Porter did it. I think there was a point where Rey and Porter didn’t get along and had a big fallen out over money or something and Porter lost it. Usually when the police wants to talk to someone in a case like this and they refuse to talk and cooperate like Porter, that always scream “guilty”. Porter did it, no doubt. Sometimes best friends don’t last forever.

13 Minutes – the murder of Patrice Endres: Patrice Endres was a young woman who owned a hair salon in a small town of Cumming, Georgia. She suddenly vanished and her remains were found in the woods by a stream. They are looking at three suspects: her husband Rob and two local serial killers. My thoughts is that they aren’t looking at Patrice’s own son, Pistol as a suspect too? On this episode, Rob and Pistol appears to be blaming each other. Pistol thinks Rob did it but Rob maintains his innocence and blames Pistol. It’s scary ’cause as Rob talks about the murder of Patrice on the show, he laughs and smiles about it. They shouldn’t rule out Pistol being a suspect ’cause he could be just as guilty as well. I don’t think those two serial killers did it… I think someone really close to Patrice did it so it had to be either Rob or Pistol. Yeah, it is possible that a son can murder his own mother, it happens lots of times in America.

House of Terror: This story is about the murder of the Dupont family in France and a man by the name of Xavier Dupont is getting blamed for the murder of the family. He hid the bodies under the house and now Xavier is out on the run. At the same time in the murders, Xavier disappeared and hasn’t yet been found. It’s been speculated that he killed himself. A murder suicide kind of thing but I don’t think so. I think Xavier is alive and out in hiding somewhere. He is out of country somewhere, no longer living in France. Definitely hiding from the law.

No Ride Home – the Alonzo Brooks story: Alonzo Brooks was a young man who suddenly disappeared after attending a house party where he got into a heated argument with a few white guys. Alonzo’s body was later found but the case was closed ’cause they can’t find any evidence of what happened to him. I agree that Alonzo was jumped by some other men and was probably beaten to death. I would think Alonzo was probably getting beaten by those guys he was arguing with at that party. There were two guys from that party getting interviewed on that episode but who knows, they might have had something to do with it. They made us believe they only saw him at that party and that’s it and they tried to show emotion but it’s easy to make people believe they’re innocent.

Berkshires 1969 UFO encounters: I’ve always believed in UFO’s and things like that so I totally believe these people and they aren’t crazy. We’re definitely not alone.

Missing Witness… the murder of Gary McCullough and disappearances of Sandy and Lena: Wow this case was something. You want a case that is a total trainwreck and that it makes you angry and frustrated, you gotta check this one out. A young woman by the name of Lena Chapin disappeared when she was 20 years old in Cassville, Missouri. She disappeared in the year 2006, which was 3 years after she came forward to Albert that she witnessed her mother, Sandy kill her third husband, Gary. Sandy had Lena help clean the place up and get rid of the body by burning it. Later on though, Lena changed her story and told law enforcement that she made the story up after she learned that her phone conversation with Albert was recorded and sent it to police. Sandy remarried to a guy name Kris Klemp after divorcing Gary even though he is no longer around. Lena suddenly vanished after she claimed she witnessed her mother killing Gary and saw it all. In 2013, though, Gary McCullough’s daughters won a wrongful death civil suit and was awarded $8 million from Sandy and Klemp. No new news about Lena since 2006 and she still hasn’t been found. Lena had a son named Colter who is probably living out there with Sandy, Lena’s Mom.

Hmmmm, wow once again. A lot of people are speculating that Sandy had something to do with both disappearances, Gary and Lena. She definitely had something to do with Gary but her murdering Lena is just speculation, though. What if Lena is still alive and out in hiding ’cause she’s scared to death of her evil Mom? Could be a big possibility and not many really thought about that. Maybe she’s just scared for her life ’cause she knows how much of a psycho her own Mom really is. Some say, Lena wouldn’t do that ’cause she wouldn’t leave her son to Sandy but she could. Don’t always assume things. It could be that Lena is still alive or she could be dead, ya never know. No doubt, though that Sandy is an evil woman and it’s incredible how she’s still out there living her life. This case is not related to Jaliek Rainwalker at all but there are a lot of similarities and totally reminds me of the Rainwalker case.

Speaking of Jaliek Rainwalker, I hope “Unsolved Mysteries” does a future episode on him for season 2. I’m sure all of Season 1 has been filmed already but we’ll have to wait to see if they’ll do something on Jaliek for Season 2 ’cause we just sent in a submission on their website so it could happen. I hope they do an episode on Jaliek in the future ’cause it’ll be cool. We’ll have to wait and see.

The new Unsolved Mysteries was surprisingly great and I can’t wait for the next 6 episodes. Looking forward to more and if you’re a Netflix subscriber yourself, definitely check it out.

Kev

RIP: Wilford Brimley… 1934 – 2020

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Wilford Brimley was a well known commercial actor… that guy was such a star in commercials like Quaker Oats and commercials about diabetes that he earned a pretty successful film career out of it. He didn’t become a film actor over night, though, as it took him a long road to get there. In the beginning, he had no formal training as an actor and was pretty much self-taught. Like most actors, he got his start in acting through theater on the stage. Then he got casted for “The Waltons” TV show… him starring in those commercials I remember was later in the years.

While Wilford was mostly known as a commercial actor, he had some pretty huge roles in the movie industry though… like he was the leading actor for Ron Howard’s “Cocoon 1 & 2” and I remember watching those two movies a lot when I was young. Loved those two movies but haven’t seen them in a long time. He also had a big role in John Carpenter’s “The Thing” in which he starred alongside Kurt Russell. He also had a big role in the action movie “Hard Target” alongside Jean Claude Van Damme. Yeah, he was definitely in some pretty big movies over the years.

Brimley was also a Mormon as a member of the Later Day Saints and he was also a big Republican voter and conservative.

The year 2020 lost another good talent. The man was a great actor. I definitely remember watching him on TV a lot. “The Thing” is one of my favorite movies, though and he played a great character in it too. Wilford was the best part about that movie.

Kev

 

Been re-watching all the Marvel superhero films on Disney plus, love ’em all…

On Disney Plus streaming service, I’ve just re-watched all the Iron Man, Thor and Captain America movies that are on there. Yup, I re-watched all 9 movies of those three characters. I love them all… they are all amazing and well-done movies but I think my favorite Marvel character of them all would have to be Captain America to be honest. I think the three Captain America solo movies: “The First Avenger”, “The Winter Soldier” and “Civil War” are all mind-blowing movies, love them so much. The Iron Man and Thor movies are real cool too but Captain America is my favorite.

I would like Marvel/Disney to continue making Iron Man and Captain America movies in the MCU but the way “The Avengers: Endgame” movie ended… I think Iron Man and Captain America are both finished making movies for good unfortunately. Without giving spoilers, those two characters are definitely done ’cause I believe Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. finally wants to move on from Marvel. They want nothing to do with superhero films anymore and want to move on to other things.

The good news though is that the Thor movies can continue ’cause the way the “Avengers: Endgame” ended is left open the possibility of more Thor movies and there is a 4th Thor movie in the works with Chris Hemsworth still playing Thor. Some of you may ask, is Tom Hiddleston done playing the iconic character of Loki??? He maybe done playing in the Avengers movies but it isn’t clear yet on whether or not the Loki character is done in the “Thor” solo films; however, though… Tom Hiddleston is still playing Loki in his original series coming out for Disney Plus. Loki is coming out with his own series on Disney Plus so that’s not the end of Loki for sure.

I used to not be that crazy about Marvel but it’s growing on me, really. I’m planning to re-watch “Captain Marvel” tonight and I want to give “Black Panther” another watch too.

Disney Plus is a great streaming service but I wish it’s got all the X-Men movies on there. They are trying to get all X-Men movies on there but they only added two of them so far. I think there are like a total of six X-Men movies but maybe they couldn’t get ’em all on there due to “rights” and all that stuff, ya know? I’m sure they’re trying to get ’em all on there but it would be nice. They don’t have all the Wolverine solo movies on there yet either and no Incredible Hulk films but I’m sure they’ll get them all on there in the future. Small baby steps, I guess.

Disney Plus is really quite impressive. Great streaming content but I won’t touch “Hamilton” and that Beyonce “Black is King” thing, I’ll stay away from those. I’ve become addicted to Disney Plus and watching a lot of stuff on there already. Not bad for a streaming service that’s $6.99 a month with no ads but I have a feeling they might raise the price in the future like all streaming services do.

Kev

Happy August 1st, this means it’s Jerry Garcia month…

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Today would have been Jerry Garcia’s 78th birthday. Some may not think it but yes, I’m a huge Grateful Dead fan. Always has been since I was a young kid. I don’t think I’m a true deadhead; however ’cause I never followed their concerts like a true deadhead would do but I do have all of their studio albums and a few of their live albums, though.

Some would think that the music of the Grateful Dead would be for die-hard lefties but not really. When the Grateful Dead were around when Jerry was alive, they did their best to stay apolitical… meaning staying out of politics the best they could. Their music was meant for everybody, didn’t matter the political side. Jerry’s goal with the music of the Dead was that he wanted everybody to be happy and bring everybody together. the Dead was meant to be a peaceful thing. It may seem like that the Dead brings hippies and druggies together but not really, that wasn’t their goal either.

I love the Dead so much, though. Their music really was beautiful and amazing stuff. Jerry was a killer guitar player and was a beautiful singer too.

I remember being bummed when I first heard about Jerry’s passing in 1995… I really was bummed out like most dead fans. Unfortunately, I never got to see the Dead live when Jerry was around… this is why I’m starting to collect their live albums. While the Dead’s studio albums were great, I prefer to listen to their live albums more ’cause that’s how the band should be listened to. They were meant to be a live band.

I’ve got into the Grateful Dead ’cause I’ve got a lot of family members that are big time deadheads and I’ve got drawn into their music ’cause of them.

Even though Jerry died in 1995 and the Grateful Dead are no longer around, the band is still extremely popular even to this day. I guess that’s why Bob Weir sort of brought the Dead back together into other formations like Dead & Company with John Mayer as guitarist. So I would say Bob revived the music of the Grateful Dead??? He certainly did. I never saw Dead & Company live yet but I want to pretty badly. The Grateful Dead is still loved even to this day and we’ve never forgotten about Jerry.

Kev

Is the Ellen show about to go down because of toxic work environment? I’m not surprised her show is toxic, though…

Well this one is interesting…. it is getting out there more and more that the Ellen show, the longtime and iconic daytime talk show that it is a toxic work environment behind the scenes. I’m not surprised to see this seeing that Ellen and most of TV are very leftist people and they are very toxic people.

Now it’s getting out there that Ellen may quit the show and the show may get off the air ’cause of it all.

https://nypost.com/2020/07/31/ellen-degeneres-allegedly-wants-to-end-her-talk-show/

The Ellen Show has been on the air for like 17 years, I think so that’s a pretty long time and I wouldn’t be surprised that it’ll finally hang it up.

Ya know, on TV Ellen may seem like a real sweetheart of a lady with a bubbly personality and all that… she may seem down to Earth and likeable but behind the scenes, she’s actually very bitchy and very demanding woman it looks like. Reports aren’t clear of why the place is very toxic… they say intimidation and racism. Backstage at her shows, though, I’m sure there are lots of arguments, politics, harassment and verbal abuse by co-workers.

Being out there in the real world working may seem fun and to earn some cash and make a living but at the same time working can be overwhelming ’cause of “toxic” work environment. I’m sure a lot of people out there had jobs where it’s a toxic work environment… I know I’ve experienced jobs like that… where co-workers are nothing but assholes and mean to you and the boss is overly demanding. Yup, I’ve been there too. Admittedly, I’m not ashamed to be “unemployed” still and really quite enjoying it honestly.

The work force can be tough some times. I’m sure the world of TV can be much tougher, though.

I’m glad the show might be gone soon ’cause it was garbage since the beginning. Now if only we get “The View” off the air next. HMMMmmm….

Kev

Jeff Cavaliere of AthleanX youtube channel accused of using “fake weights”… I don’t think so, they’re just jealous as hell of him… all of them…

Jeff Cavaliere is a personal fitness trainer who has his own youtube channel called, AthleanX. It’s one of the biggest fitness youtube channels ever. In the past, I used to watch Jeff’s videos ’cause he is actually pretty knowledgeable and informative. Admittedly, he has helped me a lot and I use his deadlift instructional videos to help me.

Anyway, Jeff is in hot water for over a stupid reason… he is accused in the fitness youtube community of using “fake weights” when it comes to his deadlifting videos and other types of lifts. People also wanna criticize his form.

Ya know, I don’t think Jeff using fake weights ’cause he seems like a smart guy to me and I don’t think he’ll do that to himself on his youtube channel. I just laugh at people accusing him of using “fake weights” ’cause these are so-called experts who hasn’t even worked out in his gym and those accusing him haven’t even trained with him so these assholes trying to prove his “fake weights” are just wasting their time.

So far, Jeff hasn’t defended himself and responded to all the accusations yet but I think he will… give it time.

I think people are accusing Jeff of using “fake weights” ’cause they don’t think it’s possible for a guy that small to be lifting like 4 or 5 plates on a barbell on each side. Bullshit. It’s definitely possible for a small and skinny guy to lift the big ones. I think these fitness youtubers attacking him ’cause his channel is pretty big and they’re just jealous that he can lift the big deadlifts and they can’t, ya know?

Maybe Jeff’s deadlift form is a little off, sure but at least he can do it. Technically, though, Jeff isn’t really that small… he has a pretty damn good physique from the looks of things. Maybe that’s another thing they’re jealous about. You don’t have to be a fat ass to lift big weights and I think Jeff just proved that here. I think they are real 100%. The weight plates may look a little questionable but maybe it’s because it’s the padding on it and stuff. A semi-muscular man can still lift the huge deadlifts by good muscle and strong bone which Jeff has both.

Too many fitness youtube “experts” attacking Jeff like crazy and makes me want to be a fan of his work even more. They’re just jealous of him and that’s all.

How would Jeff prove that he can deadlift all them weight plates? I want to see him deadlift the old-school weightplates, the ones without the covered padding… the grey metal ones I’m talking about. Soon, I can see him releasing a deadlift video so he can silence all his doubters and critics.

Jeff seems like a stand up guy too. He seems very nice, polite and very humble the way I’m seeing things. Most fitness youtube gurus are just know it alls and arrogant assholes. They can’t stand how nice Jeff is, hey???

I’ve seen many powerlifters that are about Jeff’s size lifting deadlifts like 495 lbs. or way over. Yeah, it can be possible, don’t listen to the assholes. Strong bones, good muscle and good technique is all it takes and Jeff has all three.

Don’t judge the book by it’s cover.

Kev

With technology nowadays, it’s much easier to be a one-man band…

In the old days when it comes to making music, you had to learn all instruments yourself if you wanted to be a one man band when recording your own music. Now with technology nowadays, it’s much easier to be a one-man band with just a simple click of a mouse.

I’m not sure when MIDI technology started coming out for musicians. I think MIDI started in the 80’s but it got its start on keyboards and synthesizers at first. Then all these MIDI pads and samplers started coming out later in the years. In the late 90’s and up, you could hook up your MIDI keyboards, synthesizers into any DAW like ProTools for example. Now there’s MIDI everywhere, making it easy to  play virtual instruments, any virtual instrument that sounds realistic enough.

Earlier this year, ToonTrack just released Ez bass software and I’m already looking at it. From the looks of things it looks pretty good and the bass sounds so real too. I’ve also been looking at ToonTrack EZ drummer for a long while and now ToonTrack just released EZBass software. It is now easier to make full band tracks with just a click of a mouth and both softwares does look easy, hence the name of them “EZ” giving you a hint that they are really simple to use. Only issue that both of these softwares are kind of pricey, $150 each and I’m probably gonna end up getting both. They maybe pretty pricey but I’m sure they’re worth it. I can use them as plugins for my DAW, I just found out. For a DAW, I just use Mixcraft 8. Mixcraft 8 already has loads of virtual instruments that sounds realistic but I’m looking for something better.

I’m dying to make full band rock n’ roll tracks. Make a full band rock album and I could do it all myself. Learn how to program drums and learn how to create bass lines and I’ll be good to go. My music is not that complicated… I’m not gonna be making Dream Theater and Iron Maiden like songs. I’ll just make simple original rock and metal songs with the likes of Ac/Dc, Megadeth Nirvana and Metallica as inspirations. I’ll be banging out heavy distorted riffs, singing over them and playing solos too. I’ll also make slower ballads too ’cause I’ve always loved writing slow songs as well. I like writing slow stuff ’cause it’s fun to sing songs like that. Good to mix it up some.

I want to make music again but I’m kind of tired of acoustic songs. I want to try writing electric rock stuff and I believe I can pull it off.

Kev

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