Though I don’t watch much basketball, college or professional, I do enjoy keeping abreast of the players who poke fun at themselves in commercials (and cameos for ESPN Sports Center). Last year I viewed a commercial with Paul George and Joe Young (both of the Indiana Pacers). The humor shone through the spot (“Too Much Fashion”), as did the product placement from Gatorade – the creators of the ad. The tagline struck me too. “If it’s not game time, it’s recover time.”
Like the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake is a singer and songwriter who has a knack for creating successful songs. In fact, Timberlake was prominently featured in “Love Never Felt So Good” (2014) with Jackson, the lead single from Xscape, Michael’s second posthumous album. I have no doubt that Timberlake was excited to be part of the project. In his words, “Any artist, I don’t care what genre you do, you should always aspire to be like Michael Jackson.” As for his own career, Timberlake has turned out major hits, including “My Love” (2006), “Mirrors” (2013), and the recent “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (2016).
In the opening scenes of Batman Begins (2005), a determined Bruce Wayne has finished scaling the side of a mountain with a rare flower to present to Henri Ducard (aka Ra’s al Ghul). After banging on the castle door and subsequently entering the main hall, Bruce’s wavering ability to stand is evident. He is exhausted, a man ready to collapse onto the floor in a heap. Ducard proceeds to ask Bruce if he’s ready to begin his training for membership in the mysterious League of Shadows. Gasping for breath, Bruce tells Henry that he can barely stand. Ducard’s reply and corresponding kick to Bruce’s body is both swift and fierce. “Death does not wait for you to be ready!”
I can close my eyes and recall the sound with great clarity. It is mighty, fierce, heroic. This sound resonates from the soul with power – more power actually. He grunts with a bellowing vigor and I laugh. I love his masculine heart. He is Tim Taylor, the host of “Tool Time” and the star of Home Improvement (1991-1999). As a young boy awkwardly lurching towards adolescence, I was drawn to the tool man and his tendency to take his tools and tweak stuff with a single thought in mind. “More power!”
Every month I visit the CNN website for a glimpse into what movies and television shows are going to be added to Netflix and Amazon Prime. In years past I typically gravitated towards film, but I’m finding that television shows – those off the air and still current – are equally compelling. Strong production value and the “To Be Continued” language at the end of a show have contributed to this, though I’m inclined to think that the ability to watch multiple shows without pause is why. This phenomenon is aptly called binge watching, and its popular. According to an article from Cinema Blend, author Kelly West cites a Netflix survey that defines binge watching as “watching between 2-6 episodes of the same TV show in one sitting.” 73% of the respondents agreed with this statement.