Wednesday, December 9, 2015


BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY
One of the things I would like to do on this blog is publish pics that I find interesting or just plain cool.
And one of the things I find most beautiful and one of my most profound interests is:  women.
Hey, what can I say, I'm single.
So, in the interest of keeping this blog as beautiful as possible, I'm going to be putting up pics of women that I think are beautiful.
Now, before anyone gets worried, there are a couple of rules:
1. No nudity - I will be displaying mostly head and shoulder pics that may show a bit of cleavage but will go no further but if I do show more, the woman will be clothed in a dress or in some other flattering manner.  No swimsuits or lingerie photos will be featured.
2. I will try to identify the woman featured.  Now, I may not be able to do this all the time as I have many pics that are not identified but on the whole I will try and provide a name to go with the beautiful face.
So, without further ado, here is the
BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY

A Bevy of Blondes
I have now come to the point in the Top Playmates List that consists of all blondes.
This will bring the list all the way through #50.
So stay tuned, because they are going to come hot and heavy for the foreseeable future.

DOUBLE FEATURE



At #38 on the Top Playmate List is Miss July 2007, Tiffany Selby.  Tiffany is one of those playmates that can be considered either very pretty as in the above pic or incredibly sexy as in the pic below.



And she is one of the few playmates that can make short hair look good...

Which brings us to #39 on the Top Playmate List with Miss September 2001 and Playmate of the Year 2002, Dalene Curtis who also sported short hair for her playmate pictorial and was an historic playmate in that she was the first playmate to go hairless in other ways (if you get my meaning).















Almost exactly ten years later, Dalene returned to Playboy for her Playmate Xtra but now featured long hair.








BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR

YEAR BY YEAR

The 1970s


Continuing my series of posts on the subject of what I think are the best films of each year, we now tackle the 1970s.  The movies of the 1970s changed from previous decades.  Gone were the big-budget biographic epics (except for one notable exception in 1970, but more on that in a bit) and the big-budget musicals (except for another notable exception in 1971, but more on that in a bit and the last of the great musicals Grease in 1978).  Taking their place were grittier, more realistic movies dealing with flawed and often violent anti-heroes (this trend climaxing in the Martin Scorsese movie Taxi Driver in 1980).  But also we see the beginning of sci-fi and adventure movies that would populate the movie cinemas in the late 70s and early 80s.

But, for now let's examine the best movies of each year for the 70s.
So, without further ado...

1970
Patton
In the tradition of Spartacus and Lawrence of Arabia comes this biographic epic of the famous WWII general played brilliantly by George C. Scott.  It is without doubt, one of the greatest male performances of all time, along with Peter O'Toole in Lawrence and Ben Kingsley in Gandhi of 1982 (but more on Ghandhi in a later post), housed within an almost perfect movie.

1971
Fiddler on the Roof
The last of the great musical movies, Fiddler is sometimes a forgotten classic with a towering performance by Topol as the milkman Tevye, but it is every bit as good as any musical ever made.

1972
The Godfather
Could there be any other choice?
Really nuff said.

1973
The Exorcist
Possibly the most disturbing movie of all time.  It is not easy to watch and not easy to go to sleep after watching.  But beyond the shock-factor of the subject matter, this is a very well-crafted movie and although he's only in the movie for a bit, Max Von Sydow gives an absolutely riveting performance as Father Merrin.

1974
Murder on the Orient Express
This could be the greatest ensemble cast ever assembled for a movie of this Agatha Christie classic mystery but the real star of this movie is Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot in a spot-on performance that is amazing to watch.  Watch it first to solve the mystery, watch it multiple times for that Finney performance.

1975
Jaws
Yep.
Easy choice.
Spielberg's best movie and the first true summer blockbuster movie.

1976
All the President's Men
A personal choice for this year (most people would probably go with Rocky in this year) but considering the times (post-Watergate), this movie was as timely and important as a movie can get.  And it is a quality movie as well.  If you haven't watched this one in a while, go back and pay attention to the way this movie is shot and directed.

1977
Star Wars
No other choice.
My personal favorite movie of all time.
The movie that changed my life by firing my imagination.
It also changed the movie business forever and was the sleeper hit of all time.
No other choice.

1978
Superman
A comic book icon comes to the big screen in this magnificent adaption with an iconic performance by Christopher Reeves.  Just Super!!!

1979
Apocalypse Now
A difficult year to pick the best picture.  It came down to Alien or Apocalypse and I have to go with the latter.  Apocalypse Now is an amazing movie (there are scenes in this movie that I wonder at how they were filmed).  Apocalypse Now is a disturbing movie (the scene at the bridge is about as weird as you will ever see in a war film).  Apocalypse Now is a timely movie.  The country was still reeling a bit out of control in 1979 and was not fully healed from the times of the Vietnam War and here comes this movie that illustrated the chaotic nature of that war probably better than any other movie on the subject matter and can be painful to watch even in all its disturbing greatness.


OK
1970s done.
Onward to the crazy 1980s.


CHRISTMAS ALBUM SPOTLIGHT


Every year from Thanksgiving to Christmas, I like to exclusively listen to Christmas music.  It gets me in the Christmas spirit and I just like Christmas music overall.  I also try to, each and every year, buy at least one new Christmas album so you can imagine that through the years I've managed to collect quite a few Christmas CDs.  In this post I would like to highlight one of the best Christmas albums that I've ever heard.
It is Michael W. Smith's Christmas from 1989 (the best year of my life and one of the best years of the century).  If you don't know the name, Michael W. Smith is one of the most successful and talented Christian music artists of all time.  In his nearly 30 year career he has released 23 studio albums that represent the best of Christian music.  He is my favorite Christian singer and I have all of his albums on CD.  Around the time of the release of Christmas in 1989, Smitty (as he is known) was at his peak.  In 1988 he had released  i 2 (EYE), his best and most successful album up to that time (and IMO still his best) and followed it up with 1990's Go West Young Man followed by the monster album Change Your World in 1992 which had huge crossover appeal with the hit "Place in this World".  And lodged in between these releases was Christmas in 1989.  As a Christmas album, Christmas offers up the expected carols such as "O Come All Ye Faithful", "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" and "Silent Night" but in unexpected arrangements such as piano solos (all the keyboards on the album are played by Smitty) or accompanied by orchestra and choir.  Some tracks don't even feature Smitty singing at all and are just choral works with orchestral accompaniment.  The album also features some original songs such as "All is Well" and the highlight of the album, a song called "No Eye Had Seen" which is a duet with fellow Christian singer Amy Grant.  But this duet is not like a common duet as each singer (Smitty and Grant) sing different words at the same time crescendoing to an almost euphoric climax of sound.  The conclusion of the album is a song called "Gloria" which incorporates "Angels We Have Heard on High" with Smitty singing and on piano accompanied by full orchestra and a full choir.  It is a tour de force which can be heard below.
If you have never heard of this album, do yourself a favor and pick it up.  It is a true Christmas delight.

"Gloria"

Monday, December 7, 2015


BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY
One of the things I would like to do on this blog is publish pics that I find interesting or just plain cool.
And one of the things I find most beautiful and one of my most profound interests is:  women.
Hey, what can I say, I'm single.
So, in the interest of keeping this blog as beautiful as possible, I'm going to be putting up pics of women that I think are beautiful.
Now, before anyone gets worried, there are a couple of rules:
1. No nudity - I will be displaying mostly head and shoulder pics that may show a bit of cleavage but will go no further but if I do show more, the woman will be clothed in a dress or in some other flattering manner.  No swimsuits or lingerie photos will be featured.
2. I will try to identify the woman featured.  Now, I may not be able to do this all the time as I have many pics that are not identified but on the whole I will try and provide a name to go with the beautiful face.
So, without further ado, here is the
BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY

A Bevy of Blondes
I have now come to the point in the Top Playmates List that consists of all blondes.
This will bring the list all the way through #50.
So stay tuned, because they are going to come hot and heavy for the foreseeable future.


At #37 on the Top Playmate List is Miss April 2001, Katie Lohmann and what an incredible beauty.  She was the playmate of my birthday month the year I turned 30 and I was incredibly smitten with her (and I found out later, so was Hugh Hefner as Katie became his main girlfriend in 2000-01 but she left the mansion soon after her playmate pics came out which was a trend for many of Hef's girlfriends at the time - begs the question of who was using who).  Katie returned to Playboy in 2013 and did a couple more pictorials displaying a more mature and less platinum-blonde look but still as beautiful as ever.

Thursday, December 3, 2015


BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY
One of the things I would like to do on this blog is publish pics that I find interesting or just plain cool.
And one of the things I find most beautiful and one of my most profound interests is:  women.
Hey, what can I say, I'm single.
So, in the interest of keeping this blog as beautiful as possible, I'm going to be putting up pics of women that I think are beautiful.
Now, before anyone gets worried, there are a couple of rules:
1. No nudity - I will be displaying mostly head and shoulder pics that may show a bit of cleavage but will go no further but if I do show more, the woman will be clothed in a dress or in some other flattering manner.  No swimsuits or lingerie photos will be featured.
2. I will try to identify the woman featured.  Now, I may not be able to do this all the time as I have many pics that are not identified but on the whole I will try and provide a name to go with the beautiful face.
So, without further ado, here is the
BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY


Well, its now December and all the Playboy Playmates of 2015 have been revealed and, I must say that the quality of playmates featured in Playboy has declined in the last few years or perhaps it is better to say that it has changed.  It seems that the buxom (meaning enhanced) beauties usually associated have been replaced by more natural model types, meaning that the playmates of the last couple of years seem to be non-enhanced women that are very tall and thin.  Voluptuous and curvy doesn't really describe these women and that's what I always liked about playmates.  However, there was one playmate this year that defied this mold and hearkened back to what I think of when I think of Playboy Playmate.



This is Ana Cheri, Miss October 2015 and she is everything a Playboy Playmate should be.  She's 5'7" with voluptuous breasts and a chiseled hourglass figure.  She actually began working with Playboy in 2012-13 and then returned in early 2015 with a couple more pictorials before her playmate selection.  She is a fitness fanatic whom I believe has recently opened a gym in LA and she is easily and by far my pick for Playmate of the Year.
However, as things usually go for me, Ana did not get picked as PMOY and I just recently found out that she was married (BOOOOOO!!!), so she won't be finding her way onto the Top Playmate List anytime soon.  Too Bad.