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Classics Appreciation

TCM Movie of the Week (#2): Cleopatra (1963)

January 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

This week's TCM Movie of the Week is the 1963 historical epic "Cleopatra" starring Elizabeth Taylor in the titular role. The film, written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, will air this Friday, January 13th on TCM at 9 pm CT. If you haven't seen this epic, I highly suggest you tune in this Friday night. [...]

Classic Music Spotlight (#1): Bing Crosby – “Swinging on a Star”

January 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

Classic Music Spotlight is part of Vortex Effect’s Classics Appreciation Wednesday’s. This week, the musical spotlight shines on the Bing Crosby classic, “Swinging on a Star.” Smith’s Sentiment: Released in 1944, “Swinging on a Star” was composed by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Johnny Burke. The song was first performed by Bing Crosby and released in the musical film Going My Way (1944 starring Bing Crosby). The song took home an Academy Award for Best Original Song. “Swing on a Star” has been covered many times, including the likes of [...]

Classic Wrestling Match of the Week (#1): Bobo Brazil vs. Johnny Kace (1960s)

January 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Classic Wrestling Match of the Week is part of Classics Appreciation Wednesday’s on Vortex Effect. Each Wednesday, a classic wrestling match will get the spotlight. This week’s Match of the Week sees WWE Hall of Famer Bobo Brazil take on Johnny Kace. This match took place in the 1960s. If you know a date for it, let me know. Smith’s Sentiment: Good match and win for Bobo Brazil, one of the true legends in pro wrestling history. This match ended with a little controversy. Johnny Kace’s foot clearly was over the bottom rope, and thus the Abdominal Stretch from Brazil [...]

TCM Movie of the Week (#1): Citizen Kane (1941)

January 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

The first TCM Movie of the Week for 2017 is huge classic that is widely considered to be "the greatest movie ever made." It's Orson Welles' 1941 hit "Citizen Kane." The film, starring and written and directed by Orson Welles, airs tonight, Wednesday, January 4th on TCM. It's a late showing at 12:30am CT, so you may want to set your DVR. If you haven't seen it, you absolutely need to. [...]

TCM Movie of the Week: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

November 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

Airing on TCM: Saturday, November 5th @ 1:00 pm CT. Director: Sergio Leone Writer: Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone, Mickey Knox Starring: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach Studio: United Artists Release Date: December 15, 1966 Runtime: 177 minutes Trailer: Three men seek hidden loot during the Civil War. Smith’s Sentiment: Released in 1966, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is arguably the best “Spaghetti Western” ever made, and I’d certainly say the best film starring Clint Eastwood (who has starred in many great films). Coming in at right around three [...]

Classic Music Spotlight: Petula Clark – “Downtown”

November 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

Classics Appreciation Wednesday’s have returned to Vortex Effect, and this week the spotlight shines on Petula Clark and her hit song “Downtown.” Smith’s Sentiment: Released in November 1964, Petula Clark’s “Downtown” (composed by Tom Hatch) became an international hit that took the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1965. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Recording in 1965, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004. Most recently, the song has been featured in the television commercials for the WWE 2K17 video [...]

Classic Wrestling Match of the Week: Pedro Morales vs. Stan Stasiak (1973)

November 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Classic Wrestling Match of the Week has returned to Vortex Effect as part of Classics Appreciation Wednesday. Each Wednesday, a classic wrestling match will get the spotlight. This week’s Match of the Week sees Stan Stasiak (managed by The Grand Wizard) challenge Pedro Morales for the WWWF Championship. This championship match took place on August 27, 1973 from the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City. Smith’s Sentiment: This is a good old-school WWWF match. If you haven’t watched the match yet, then this is not the match where Stan Stasiak won the championship. [...]

TCM Movie of the Week: Lord of the Flies (1963)

March 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

Airing on TCM: Saturday, March 12th @ 11:00 am CT. Director: Peter Brook Writer: Peter Brook (screenplay), William Golding (book) Starring: James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards, Roger Elwin, Tom Gaman Studio: Two Arts Ltd. Release Date: August 13, 1963 Runtime: 90 minutes Trailer: Lost on an island, young survivors of a plane crash eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational boys’ attempts to prevent that. Patriot’s Point: Now here’s a classic film that I haven’t seen in years, and will definitely be setting my DVR. In my opinion, this 1963 black [...]

Classic Music Spotlight: The Andrews Sisters – “Bei Mir Bistu Shein”

March 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

This week, the spotlight shines on the 1937 classic Andrews Sisters hit, “Bei Mir Bistu Shein.” Patriot’s Point: This Yiddish hit was composed by Sholom Secunda and Jacob Jacobs (lyrics) for the 1932 musical comedy “I Would If I Could.” In 1937, a lyricist named Sammy Cahn bought the rights to the song and rewrote it with English lyrics to fit with Swing music and got the Andrews Sisters to record it. At the time, the trio were still largely unknown and this became their first major worldwide hit, and got them a gold record. Lyrics: Of all the boys I’ve known [...]

Classic Music Spotlight: Al Dexter – “Pistol Packin’ Mama”

January 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

This week, the spotlight shines on the 1943-1944 classic Al Dexter hit, “Pistol Packin’ Mama.” Smith’s Sentiment: Al Dexter wrote and performed this song that topped the charts during 1944, although it’s the cover by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters that is more well known today. The latter version appears in the hit game, Fallout 4. So thank you Bethesda for exposing a lot of younger folks to a timeless classic. Lyrics: Drinkin’ beer in a cabaret And I was havin’ fun! Until one night she caught me right, And now I’m on the run Lay that [...]

TCM Movie of the Week: The Nun’s Story (1959)

January 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

Airing on TCM: Saturday, January 30th @ 7:00 pm CT. Director: Fred Zinnemann Writer: Robert Anderson (screenplay), Kathyrn Hulme (book) Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft Studio: Warner Bros. Release Date: July 18, 1959 Runtime: 149 minutes Trailer: Smith’s Sentiment: If you read my latest feature, The Top 5 Audrey Hepburn Films, you’d know that I enjoyed The Nun’s Story enough to put it at number five on the list. It’s a wonderful drama and arguably Audrey’s finest performance. Instead of yammering on about it though, I’ll [...]

Classic Music Spotlight: Dinah Shore – “Buttons and Bows”

January 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

It’s Classics Appreciation Wednesday here on Vortex Effect, and this week we’re debuting the newest classics feature to the lineup: Classic Music Spotlight. That’s not to be confused with “classical music,” although it is very likely some Mozart could end up being spotlighted at some point. Instead, this is usually going to spotlight music from the 1920s-1950s, back when it was actually decent and worth listening to (unlike the popular crap put out today). This week, we’re shining the spotlight on Dinah Shore and her 1947 hit “Buttons and Bows.” [...]