Music

Fascination with Madness: Thoughts on The Weeknd

Some thoughts on The Weeknd for Sailor Twift, a site I guest write for at times.

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3Admittedly…The Weeknd wasn’t on my radar until reading the Philadelphia Inquirer Music Critic Dan DeLuca’s article on the Canadian singer’s upcoming headlining performance the Sunday of the 2015 Budweiser Made in America Festival.  It was surprising to see an artist (at least in my eyes) so fresh to the music scene headlining a festival with more than 70,000 attendees.  

After a superficial online search about The Weeknd at that time, I found his name (Abel Tesfaye), his hair, an autumn 2014 raunchy duet with another up-and-coming Republic Records label-mate, Ariana Grande, and the track “Earned It” that appropriately supported the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.  The latter ultimately becoming his first Top 5 hit, receiving an Academy Award nomination and a Grammy win for Best R&B Performance.

DJing mostly weddings, private parties, corporate and radio events, my music collection is curated with the latest up-tempo hits and…

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Movies

A Missed Opportunity to Make the Blair Witch Great Again

My first horror movie review for Sailor Twift!

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blair-witch-poster-sWith Freddy and Jason in Hell, Ghost Face waiting for the turn of the century to make rich Californians “Scream” again, Candyman banished to behind the mirror and Michael Myers without a head, the summer of 1999 would end the decade without a gory drop of blood being shed — thanks to The Blair Witch Project.

After an exceptional marketing campaign leaving the actors hidden until the movie’s release, and Entertainment Weekly calling it “One of the Creepiest films since The Exorcist,” the original Blair Witch would go on to gross more than $240 million dollars…on a $60,000 budget.  Its sequel, Book of Shadows, would receive the Hollywood treatment, a star-studded soundtrack and even Jeffrey Donovan; but wound up forgotten with a 13% on the Tomatometer.

After the success of the first film, a 90s pop culture icon that gave birth to the words “found-footage” in the mainstream…

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