Everybody knows Frank Sinatra was one of the best singers in the world, but his talent as an actor should not be forgotten. Sure, there was his Oscar winning performance as Best Supporting Actor in From Here to Eternity, but his credentials go much further than that. He was Frankie Machine in The Man With the Golden Arm, Det. Sgt. Joe Leland in The Detective, and Major Bennett Marco in The Manchurian Candidate, not to mention his lighter roles as Danny Wilson in Meet Danny Wilson and Danny Ocean in Ocean’s 11. The list of Sinatra’s theatrical achievements could go on and on, but his best role was as Joe E. Lewis in the bio pic The Joker Is Wild. This story about a man who gets his throat cut by the Mob for singing at the wrong night club allows Sinatra to convey a wide range of emotions, not to mention croon “All the Way”—the Oscar winning Best Song of 1957. This clip shows the man making peace with himself as he pursues a new career as a comedian. Sinatra comes off as natural as any guy who talks to his reflection in store windows, and despite the corniness of the scene, he is cool. Hey, it’s Sinatra, was he ever anything else!
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The major networks brought us some October-related programming, but there were other big events in the TV world.
Halloween was well-represented on TV as ABC aired the classic It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, while NBC went with the more modern Monsters Vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space. Also adding to the spooky fun was ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween specials.
Conceived as a gift for fans who pre-ordered the new Angles LP, the Strokes’ video for mellow album track “Call Me Back” features slow motion water droplets and a pretty girl. Need more be said?
According to Wikipedia, punk rock bands “created fast, hard-edged music, typically with short songs, stripped-down instrumentation, embracing a DIY (do it yourself) ethic”.
This sounds familiar to me. It sounds like the greatest band of all time circa 1963 knocking out their first masterpiece in a marathon single day session. The Beatles had more edge than the Sex Pistols, rocked harder than the Clash, and had a revolutionary attitude that would make Black Flag blush. Simply put, the Beatles embodied all of the major punk rock ideals a decade and a half prior to the invention of the genre. Paul McCartney’s “1, 2, 3, 4” was not only the count in to the first punk rock song, but also the count in to the greatest revolutionary force of the 20th century. Vladimir Lenin, Che Guevara, Mao Zedong eat your heart out.
Never mind the bollocks, here’s the Beatles…
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