Moon Sign

John Fraim My family home was in the six hundred block of Linden Drive in Beverly Hills. It was only three blocks from one of the greatest things I had ever seen constructed, a magnificent place called the Beverly Hilton Hotel. It occupied that strategic corners of Los Angeles where two of the great streets […]

Grizzly Bear

“Southern Point” by Grizzly Bear (2009) / Play While Reading Below In my mind, Grizzly Bear is the great rock/pop/alternative band today. First, a short background on the recent history of Grizzly Bear thanks in part to Wikipedia. In the summer of 2008, Grizzly Bear opened for Radiohead on the second leg of their North […]

The Duffer Brothers

The Duffer Brothers / Creators of Stranger Things   “There’s a particular feeling that I experienced in those summers in North Carolina that we are attempting to recapture because they were the best times of our lives … As much as Stranger Things is a love letter to these films and books we grew up loving – […]

Stranger Things/Second Episode

ELEVEN “The Weirdo on Maple Street” The Hook Into Large Viewership / Second Episode Resurrection of a Modern ET John Fraim   Based on research from Netlix, the second episode can hook up to 70% of loyal series’ audience. Stranger Things accomplished this task in the summer of 2016 after the second episode “The Weirdo on […]

Wake Up

“Wake Up” From Shooter Jennings’ Black Ribbons album (2010) “Electricity will take the place of God. Let the peasant pray to electricity: he’s going to feel the power of the central authorities more than heaven.” Vladimir Ilyich Lenin / 1918  “Instead of tending toward a vast Alexandrian library the world has become a computer, an electronic […]

Us

Jordan Peele’s Us After the film Get Out, there were high expectations for future Jordan Peele films. He has met and surpassed expectations in his second major film Us. While not as tightly bundled as Get Out, Peele’s Us is more ambitious in scope. Its large ambitions are met in many ways and the resulting […]

Secret Knowledge

Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters (2006)   One of America’s great modern artists David Hockney set out on a project a number of years ago. It started when he started noticing unusual changes in paintings in the 15th century. The changes invaded the talent of many artists of the Renaisannce. […]