Feb 27

Memorial Interview: An interview with Author Gordon Osmond

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Gordon Osmond is a man accustomed to attention. After many, many years of success as a Wall Street lawyer he gave it all up. He became a writer and a playwright. Gordon has since become a lauded playwright, and a well-respected writer. His novel Slipping on Stardust and his unauthorized biography Wet Firecrackers have become hot sellers, and he has found the home of his dreams… Brazil. He now hosts a weekly radio show for authors and spreads his thoughts about writing across the world. I managed to snag Gordon for an interview and here he is!



Hi Gordon, are you ready?

I’m here, Nick, waiting and anxious.

I’ve been looking forward to this one.

Me, too.

Well, let me start by asking– how is life in Brazil? Why Brazil? Didn’t Belize appeal to you?

Brazil is my reward for thirty years of hard work as a Wall Street lawyer in the Big Apple. The love of my life is Brazilian, so Belize didn’t have a chance.

Yes, you had an enviable life as a top lawyer in perhaps the most vibrant city in the world. What drove you to take a leap of faith into the poverty stricken world of writing?

You’re right. There’s a lot of poverty in the world of writing. However, sometimes, in the right circumstances, writing can produce great rewards, whether it be writing a winning legal argument or penning a best seller.

You’ve done both of those, of course. Am I right in saying that Slipping on Stardust is approaching bestseller status? It’s an excellent read.

Thanks for your favorable assessment of my debut novel. I hope that others will agree with you.

I enjoyed it immensely and I didn’t know what to expect. I think you have a very original style and I guess one of the big questions for me is where do you find inspiration for your work?

Thanks again for your generous comment. I gain inspiration from life experiences that have a strong impact upon me. I believe that conflict and intensity are the driving forces that produce compelling writing.

Do you think the trend of self-publishing has lessened the quality of writing? Do you think compelling writing is a rarer thing than it once was?

Wow, what a question. There is no doubt that publishing has changed radically in the past several years. As a purely personal matter, I decided that I was going to foist on the public only a book that had at least been read by eyes other than my own.

Thank you, I’m warming up. So, was being published always a goal for you? Did you write for others or did you write for yourself or both?

Yes, being published was always a major goal. I’d be most gratified if others find entertainment or enlightenment in my work. However, my primary motivation is to achieve the personal pleasure of expressing myself effectively. If others find value in it, that’s a bonus.

Have you always felt a need to express yourself? Are you naturally creative or have you only indulged in creative endeavors recently?

Yes, always. I have always expressed myself through love, education, and creation. For me, that’s all there is. Love is innate; education is a bestowed blessing; and creation is a wondrous byproduct of the other two.

Creativity is a wonderful thing. I was really impressed by your opinion on Johnnie Ray. At 23, I’ve never met anyone who saw him live or heard anything more than his hit Cry. What was he like as a concert performer? Was he as dynamic as he seems on record?

Yes, he was a fabulous performer in concert. He selected his material with great care and gave it his all. l also treasure his film performance in There’s No Business Like Show Business with Marilyn Monroe, Ethel Merman, and other greats.

I loved that film, too– his only film appearance, I believe. Are you a varied listener? Do you like all kinds of music or do you concentrate on the “great” singers? (He writes, as he puts an Ella album on…)

Ella, of course, was the greatest! Unfortunately, in concert, she was a bit dull as was Nancy Wilson, an equally mesmerizing jazz vocalist. Even the great Sarah Vaughan was disappointing in person. But who cares? The recordings are immortal. By the way, Pete Kelly’s Blues, with Ella and Peggy Lee, is to my mind, the most undervalued film ever!

I can imagine Ella being quite dull in concert, but the songbooks are magic and, as you say, the recordings are immortal. I loved that movie and believe it or not, the soundtrack to Pete Kelly’s Blues was one of the first LPs I ever bought. How do you feel about Elvis? Over-hyped? Undervalued?

I was a fan of gospel long before Elvis purloined its magic. But to his great credit, he brought it to mainstream audiences without them even knowing from whence it came. Elvis was an outstanding talent who, like so many others, couldn’t handle the meteor that propelled him.

I like how you don’t just jump to the conclusions people have about Elvis. I have always had great respect for him and it infuriates me when people judge him based on the caricature he has become in recent years. How would you like your work to be judged in, say, fifty years? Do you ever worry about your work becoming devalued?

A) Never. I’m much more concerned about how my work is being valued today, by persons whose judgment I respect. For example, your opinion means a lot to me, as do the professional reviewers that have given my book 5-Star reviews on Amazon. Sorry for sneaking in that plug.

Thank you! It means a lot to me that you value my work to such a high degree. If you were a reader and you were looking at the work of Gordon Osmond, which of your books would you choose to read first?

Slipping on Stardust, my debut novel. It’s a work easily stuffed into beach bags and holiday stockings. If the reader is interested in knowing more about the author, my “unauthorized autobiography” Wet Firecrackers would be a logical next step.

You’ve written a guide to English language, too? How did you find the experience of writing a guide that would have all the so-called English experts out there re-examining their education?

Of course, if a reader is an English teacher or a language maven who enjoyed Eats, Shoots, & Leaves, my book So You Think You Know English–A Guide to English for Those Who Think They Don’t Need One would be a good choice.

How have you enjoyed this interview? Have you been surprised or disappointed?

Are you kidding? It’s been a blast, and I’ve so much enjoyed the wide range of subjects we’ve discussed. Thank you SO much for the opportunity to spout off, and best of good fortune to you and your website in the very important work you’re doing to help authors.

A multi-talented and entirely unique individual, Gordon Osmond, age 82, died peacefully on February 20, 2017 having lived his life in exploration and fulfillment of his manifold talents and interests. You can read his obituary here.

Feb 15

The Widget Interview: A Short Conversation with Bestselling Author Rebecca McLendon

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This interview is with the ever-talented Becky McLendon. One of her bestselling books, “Settling In: At Home in My Sky,” has recently been turned into an audiobook. Readers around the world can now sit back, listen to her great story and decide whether they have what it takes to become an aviator in retirement.

Her new audiobook is available now from Amazon. You can download it right here. You’re still not convinced? Let’s get on with the interview then… 

What do you think people are looking for when they buy audiobooks? What really grabs their attention?

I know what I am looking for.  I like an engaging or entertaining audio for long car trips.  It makes the drive much more pleasant, and the time passes quickly.  People tend to search for subject matter that strikes their interest, for example a passion, a hobby or quest for adventure.

How do you find the right voice—and how do you know which voice is the right voice?

I listed preferences when requesting interviews of narrators.  I selected a voice that best suited my particular dialect, age group and accent to tell my story.  After listening to several recorded auditions, I made my selection, and she did both of my books.

What were your major concerns about having your book turned into an audiobook?

I did not want audio to take away from my tone and voice as it was depicted in the writing.

Do you think there is an element of risk to the process? A chance that the right voice might not be quite “right”?

I am sure there is risk involved.  One could get over half-way through a book and the author might see that the narrator’s heart was simply not “in” the material. I was fortunate that my narrator really began to “feel” my books and grew to love them.  That to me is most important.

How long did it take for you to turn your book into an audiobook?

The whole process takes a month or two at the most.  My narrator worked quickly and made corrections quickly.  The only slow process was when I decided to take the audiobook down to settle issues.  Taking down, reviewing and re-doing took about two months. 

Why don’t you take the time to join Becky on BOOK DAILY? Just check out her widget below. You won’t regret it!



Jan 30

Western Superpower Paul L. Thompson Reveals Why He Wants Revenge of the Bullet!

Paul ThompsonDo you love a good Western novel? If so, you need to hunker down with a taste of Paul Thompson. His book “Revenge of the Bullet” has been setting the Western charts alight. It takes a touch of Thompson to really make your Western party swing… let’s view the man!



Paul, it’s great to meet you!


I know you’ve written a ton of books– but what is your latest called? 

“Revenge of the Bullet” is my latest release. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever written, and readers seem to be really enjoying it.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your books?

All ages are welcome to read my books. I’ve never put age limits on reading habits. I think they should read my books if they want Westerns that entertain them. You know a lot people denounce the Western as dead—but all I ever hear from my readership is that they want more dang Westerns! I love it!

How did you come to be a writer, anyway?

I was inspired by my father and great-grandfather. They were huge influences on my decision to become a writer.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular style?

I leave that up to Outlaws Publishing. They show me the covers; if I like what they’ve come up with, I accept it. They know if I write back and say “that’s great” that it’s a go! If I don’t, I send them back to the workshop and make them work harder to get the right cover made.

Who is your favorite character from your books and why?

M D (Shorty) Thompson is by far my personal favorite. If you’ve read the stories, then you’ll know why.

How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?

I don’t really have a least favorite. How can anyone dislike any character that they’ve created! They’re all like my children.

If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?  Why?

In hindsight, and this something we are working on currently, I’d actually have my books printed in large print. I think it’s important for authors to remember that a large percentage of readers, especially Western readers, are older, and we need to make sure that our books are accessible to those wonderful folks.

What other books are similar to your own?  What makes them alike?

Louis L’Amour, of course. I am proud of the fact that every location in my book is a real location. I like everything about my Westerns to ring true.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

Writing Western novels is, some would say, my talent. More importantly, it’s my hobby, and it keeps me busy for hours. I can’t get enough of it.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

You are very welcome to check out my official website (OLDWESTNOVELS.COM). You can also email Outlaws Publishing, and don’t forget to check out Amazon. You can see my books there, read my reviews, and find out all about me.

What can we expect from you in the future?

More wonderful novels! Seriously! I will be writing more books, promoting those books, making interview appearances, releasing audiobooks and keeping busy.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Tell the next person what a wonderful novel you just read. Review the book on Amazon. Review it on Goodreads. Share it on your Facebook wall. Do whatever you can to spread the word that you liked the book. I’d be mighty grateful for your help!

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Do your research! That’s the most important piece of advice I can give. Always do your research.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

There’s a lot I’d like to say—but one thing that I really do want to get across to people is that the Westerns are coming back in a big way. More Westerns are sold every day, and if you have a Western in your head, rolling around… work on it and turn it into a story. Then publish it. You won’t be disappointed. Writing Westerns is fun, it’s healthy and it’s gratifying.

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The exciting new Western action novel from Paul L. Thompson… This is REVENGE of the BULLET!

An exciting new Western in the style of Robert J. Thomas, Ralph Cotton, and Duane Boehm filled with action, adventure and plot twists such as A.H. Holt, Robert Vaughan, and G.P. Hutchinson! This is Western action-adventure filled with the bodies of the dead and the dying hit with an avenging bullet!

Burton and Ida Campbell stood by their wagon as four young killers rode in slinging bullets. Both their fathers were killed. Burton pushed Ida under the wagon and lay on top, protecting her. With blood dripping down the side of his head, the outlaws thought them dead.

But they survived.

When the killers left, their fathers were to be buried before they continued their trip to a ranch their fathers had purchased in the New Mexico Territory. They had no hope of ever catching the killers, but strange events prove otherwise.

While in Raton, New Mexico searching for the killers, they stopped long enough to get married. Now to finish the job they came to do. As the two of them seek revenge—the killers’ days are numbered.

So, if you like reading Brad Dennison, Dave P. Fisher, and Chet Cunningham, you’ll love “REVENGE OF THE BULLET!” Download your copy right now from Amazon!

Jan 24

Meet The New Western Superpowers: Actor Alex Cord & Author Mike Hundley Release Their First Interview

stevyyAn exclusive interview with veteran actor and Western author Alex Cord and Virginian Western author Mike Hundley.

This interview is one of those rare combinations that come together only after a lot of telephone calls, hounding and blatant salesmanship. This is an interview that combines the best of the Western world in one easy-to-read package. First, we have Alex Cord, a film star who has turned his hand to writing. His Western, “A Feather in the Rain,” is both a top 20 hit and likely to become a movie. Then we have Mike Hundley, who has one of the acclaimed Westerns of 2017. A Western that has been pleasing readers across the world—action-packed, filled with all the right ingredients, it has been likened to some of the great Western novels of our time.

Both have acclaimed books. Both have a vast experience. Both have the answers. Click here to see the interview.


****STOP PRESS****

Since this interview was recorded both Alex Cord and Mike Hundley have seen their books climbing the charts. Alex Cord is currently in the top ten with his giant size hit “A Feather in the Rain” and Mike Hundley has started to climb into the top 100. A new interview with these two Western superstars will be released in March 2017.

Jan 24

Hit Western Superpower Holt Holds Up The Top 100 With #1 Bestseller On The Charts

holt topOne of the biggest success stories of 2016—A.H. Holt—has scored her first #1 bestseller on the Amazon Western bestseller charts. “High Plains Fort” has achieved a platinum sales certificate from her publisher.

MIDLOTHIAN, TexasJan. 23, 2017PRLog — It was announced by the publicity office of Outlaws Publishing that Outlaws Western author A.H. Holt has achieved her first number one bestseller with the company. Holt who held the #2 spot for an unprecedented four week run now has one of the bestselling Westerns of 2017.

The book tells the story of a cowboy who rides west to find a new life for himself and his beloved Amelia. Justin faces murderers on the trail. In Bent’s Fort, he finds friends, but also a traitor planning to take the fort with the help of the Comanche. Warned, he prepares the fort and its people for the attack.

Both Holt’s previous book, “Ten in Texas,” and her current release, “High Plains Fort,” were released in late 2016. Both books are now occupying the top twenty of the Western bestseller lists.

Outlaws Chairman J.C. Hulsey was quoted as saying, “I knew from the beginning A.H. Holt was star material. She’s shining brightly and will continue to do so. The only question we have is—how long will it be before fans are clamoring for another book?”

Both Holt Western novels are available on Amazon. You can learn more about Outlaws Publishing and A.H. Holt by visiting their official website www.outlawspublishing.com.

If you want to see the original press release you can click here. You can see a larger version of the above image below.

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Jan 06

One Of the Great Westerns Of 2017? “GUNSIGHT JUSTICE” Is Now On Sale!

Western writers are some of the most undervalued writers in the world. Their books sell to millions of readers, their styles are honed, their stories are filled with nourishing history, dramatic climaxes and all the action of the Old West– and then there’s Mike Hundley– a writer in his own class, with a Western that stands above all competition. A writer who feels the Old West and makes his stories as refreshing as a drop of sweet Texan rain. “Gunsight Justice” is his first book, a book that is sure to win awards, and sure to win a place on your bookshelf. Readers across America right now are enjoying the writing of Hundley. They are riding along with him. Have you joined their happy throng? Are you ready to sign up for the read of your life? THIS IS HUNDLEY MONTH! 




Which Westerns have most influenced your life? 

I would say it’s bits and pieces of many mostly old TV shows and movies. In my childhood, it was black and white TV at the country store a mile away. We had no electricity in our farmhouse for a few years. I think The Lone Ranger and Silver got in every young boy’s head in those days. He was my first superhero, a symbol of good in the West. I loved Marilyn Monroe in River of No Return. Her beauty stunned us. I couldn’t wait to see the next episode of Lonesome Dove and the strong parts played by Robert Duval and Tommy Lee Jones. The one liners like when Captain Woodrow Call beat the hell out of the rude man with a branding iron and then proclaimed, “I can’t tolerate rudeness in a man.” I like most Westerns if they have a real story. Not all shoot ’em ups are good watching or reading. I think Westerns ought to honor our history and present a meaningful story about very real people. They ought to have that bigger than life epic feel, like the West is bigger than life. I hope my books will be seen as an epic story about real people who just happen to live in those hard times in the Old West, with some romance bound to happen.

How did you research your Western? 

I asked my brother, Ran Hundley, who wrote “Blind Legacy,” questions about the War Between the States, timeframes and weaponry, etc. My buddy, Jim Haynes, answered my questions of horses and riding. I used the heck out of Google and Wikipedia. I have hunted in the mountains and canyons of the West many times. And I know some stuff! Like the movie “The Revenant,” I tried to capture the feel of the Rockies. I hope you will call me promptly Alejandro. We can work on this together.

Tell us about the series. What is the overall story of the series? 

The Confederate Garrison family moved from Virginia after Lee surrendered; it was too painful to stay after their loss of the war. They headed to California, hoping to claim land under the Homestead Act, but the beauty of the Rockies stopped them in southwest Colorado. Over the next two decades, despite family death and many challenges, the Garrisons built a big cattle ranch with constant fights against warring Indian tribes, encroaching railroads, injustices and bullies. The Garrison sons become warriors, and Gabe, the eldest, found the truest love while running for his life. It goes on from there—timeframe 1865-1885. And then on into the sequel– maybe.

Do you prefer writing about the heroes or the villains?

I get a feeling of anger and disgust writing the villain’s part. It’s why they turn out to be so bad. And writing about good people takes me back to how I was raised on a tobacco farm in Southside, Virginia. My mama and daddy brought us up to be humble, kind and respectful. I think it’s how I have always lived. I get a swollen heart writing with passion about goodness, love or grief. I am unafraid to feel or show it, and I think the reader will also feel it.

A good villain is hard to write. How did you approach writing your villains?

Like the whole book, they just came out of my heart and then my fingers. The bad things they did just seemed naturally to happen in the heat of the moment. Once maybe good men, they worked themselves into becoming evil. And I had to give the Garrisons someone worth shooting at.

What real-life inspirations did you draw from your book?

Are any of your character’s people you know? I think to do good in the face of evil is the inspiration, to be patriotic and fearless when bad-thinking people try to do you or your family or your country any harm, fight back, make them pay.

Ransom Garrison is a lot like my little brother, Ransom—tough and hot blooded. I’m a good shot and think boldly like Gabe but can only wish I was as tough and courageous. Lee Garrett is a bit like I was—a volunteer soldier in the Confederacy or Vietnam; our country needed us and we stepped forth, but thankfully I never lived his war experiences. May is like my mother, May—brave and beautiful. Without her many sacrifices, neither I nor Ran would have had much of a life.

Where do you think the Western is heading? Is it dying or growing? 

I sometimes feel like a dinosaur in America now. Many people live like nothing I know, heads stuck in the sand politically, faces buried in social media. I love the Old America I once knew. Schools don’t teach history like when I was a youngster. There is so much competition in entertainment today and not as many readers out there. I hope Westerns find their way into more homes, a new age of enlightenment—wouldn’t that be something?  Western history is the true story of America growing. Fiction embracing history enhances it. I think people will always embrace and love the adventure of that Western migration, the unforgiving journey of our forefathers, I hope so, anyway. We need more really good Western books to be written to keep that alive. And epic Western movies and high quality TV shows would really help. The audience is there. It would explode in size. That’s my 2 cents.

What was the hardest part of writing the first book? 

I think finding the courage to start was the hardest, and that came from a good friend, Galen Pederson, who after reading my lengthy emails and messages to friends over the years, said on a visit last year, “Mike, you need to write something. You have a way with words.” So I came home and began, and couldn’t stop my fingers. You’ve got to start, then find excitement in the writing to finish, I think. That’s how it happened for me, chapter after chapter. I will always be thankful to Galen. He saw the writer in me and called me out.

Can you see your series turned into a TV series or movie? 

It would be the fulfilment and validation of my life to see this on a screen. I think it’s written to fit a TV series over several weeks. Parts of it might make a grand movie, epic, a saga like the old Westerns. I guess it would have been easier and more realistic years ago to dream this big. But I have always dreamed big; no reason to stop now that I can see. Dream it, believe it, do it. Big dreams are free.

Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it? 

I found it to be a wonderfully amazing adventure just like I was living it real time—sad when the characters were sad. I felt all their moods. I think feelings were the driver, and the book is written from an array of feelings I had as I was writing, like watching a movie out of body. I seemed to have little control of the characters. I set them out into a scene, and they acted and I just took notes. A romance bloomed as I watched. I never expected it in all that blood, but it would not be denied. In my years, I never felt anything like it before. I like the feelings of living in that era of American history and hope to do it again soon. It was crazy wonderful. I hope it will grab onto the readers and have them feeling the same way. They will smell the sweat of the horses. I don’t feel this is your typical Western in some ways. Readers can decide. The ending is surprising to many readers, and I never saw it coming. I am not to blame.

Is there a message in your novel that you hope readers will grasp? 

First, I hope all the readers will feel the thrill of adventure, wild and unabated, as they read it. I think the message is to understand in the world there is good and evil. Understand the difference, fight the evil and defend the good. Love the good people you know while they are alive, and avoid the bad ones. And hold on tight. Life moves on. Learn to shoot straight like Gabe. Be a good Arch Angel—it’s inside you. Embrace goodness! Repay the good in the world. Help others.

What comes next?

I’m working on a sequel, hoping to build a series. It’s a way off but working toward that. Time is compressed. Inspiration fleeting.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be? 

NASCAR driver, pro bass fisherman, pro golfer—I mean, if I could break 80! Or a superhero who could save America from itself. That would be the best job in the world, and I would have plenty of work to do. Lots of job security, too!

Where can readers reach you to send ideas for your books?

I have a Facebook page, and they can contact me there. It is the title of the book: “Gunsight Justice.” And to close, let me say many thanks to all who read my book and support me. It’s the thrill of my life when someone really enjoys the words I put on paper. Contact me, and by all means, if you loved “Gunsight Justice”, please leave a nice review on Amazon and on Goodreads.com. Thank you, Nick Wale, for promoting me, and thanks to all my friends old and new.


Patriots! There are times when a man must stand up for the things he believes in. There are times when he must holster a gun and ride out to right a wrong—at times, a man has to demand GUNSIGHT JUSTICE! This is the new action-packed acgunsight-justice21claimed Western saga, a full storied novel from Mike Hundley.

After the Civil War, Will Garrison takes his family west. Together they build a ranch and battle powerful Indian tribes who have hunted the lands for centuries. A peace feather is offered after a climactic battle. With the Indian tribes and the Garrisons now walking a path of peace, a new threat has emerged… the railroad. Greedy government-backed killers plan to annihilate everyone and claim the land they need to expand their rail lines north across Colorado and into Utah. Their vile, sinister plan is revealed after many fights.

Will Garrison’s son, Gabe, fights back and unleashes his pent-up vengeance against the railroad and kills one of their hired mercenaries. A destined meeting of chance leaves him rescuing a bloodied woman and falling hopelessly in love with the dark beauty. May is a brave woman who fights to guard a secret of her own. Together they flee to ancient trails, and as paid assassins track them, it becomes a long vengeance trail of dead men. When May reveals her deadly secret, Gabe finds himself at war with the railroad, an evil killer, and with everything he ever knew. He knows it’s time for GUNSIGHT JUSTICE!

This is the action-packed Western that will remind you that freedom is something you must always fight for. Good battles evil as epic conflicts become climatic love scenes, and you find yourself breathlessly riding a trail of danger, deceit and passion with Mike Hundley in this Western that leaves no bullet unfired, no emotion untouched, and no reader left behind. Just click the button below to download YOUR copy!



Dec 20


Box SetAre you looking for something special this Christmas? Why don’t you check out some of the great products currently for sale by artist and author Judy Mastrangelo. You can check out her FANTASTIC new holiday product interview by clicking right here. Act quickly though… These products may sell out quickly… If you like what you see… grab it!

If you want to learn more about Judy Mastrangelo you can check out her latest fantastic interview about her love of movies right here.


Dec 19

Take Seven of Seven: A Night At The Movies With Artist Judy Mastrangelo

cover-image-7This wonderful new interview series with Judy Mastrangelo is all about the movies. This is a seven part series… Let’s delve in!

Films have always inspired my life and my art, ever since I was young.  They fulfill needs for fantasy, excitement, etc., which can be experienced vicariously by everyone who loves to partake in the adventure of this delightful art form.

I don’t watch movies all day long, only when I have some time to spare for them.  But many great movies stay with me forever in my memory. Several of the films I mention here, I’ve seen several years ago.  But they were so enjoyable that sometimes they will come to mind, and I’ll enjoy thinking about them and the actors who were in them.  I find the realm of film a magical place of enrichment for my soul, since when I visit it, I can become other characters, visit fascinating lands, and partake in exciting adventures.

Personally, I enjoy both the old and the new films.  They each have something to offer.





SHERLOCK HOLMES – To my mind, BASIL RATHBONE and NIGEL BRUCE portray the perfect Sherlock Holmes duo.  This early series, based on the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is set during the Second World War.  But even though this time period was not Doyle’s original intention, it is still delightful.  Once in a while, I make a mistake and refer to Basil Rathbone as “Sherlock Holmes.”  Sometimes actors become so very believable as their characters that people tend to really identify them with these fictional characters.

My second favorite Sherlock Holmes series done in 1984 stars Jeremy Brett. It was set in the actual time that Doyle intended it to be in.  JEREMY BRETT’s portrayal is very believable as the nervous, brilliant and quick-witted sleuth.

Sci-Fi and Fantasy:

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY – A great futuristic film by Stanley Kubrick based on the story by Arthur C. Clarke (1968). Kubrick always has great use of music, and the opening bars of “THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA” by Richard Strauss is an extremely memorable opening to the film.

STAR TREK – My favorite Star Trek series is the original one, with Leonard Nimoy as Spock and William Shatner as Kirk. I also very much enjoy the TV series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION starring the great Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. The stories were wonderful, as was the acting, etc.  All of the Star Trek movies were great also.

X FILES TV SERIES – I enjoy the older X Files TV series, as well as the recent new 2016 one, plus the X Files movies.  The themes are fascinating in that FBI agents Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Mulder (David Duchovny) are looking for the “Truth that’s out there” regarding all things extraterrestrial.  It’s wonderful that these two actors reunited to make some more episodes after a fourteen year pause. I hope there will be another season.

THX 1138  – A 1971 film which was the first film directed by George Lucas of STAR WARS fame.   This was a masterpiece of a movie by Lucas, showing a frightening futuristic society.  It depicts a bleak world that we wouldn’t want to live it.  A wonderful cast with Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasance, and Ian Wolfe. (Ian Wolf was a wonderful old-time actor who was even in some of the early Basil Rathbone Sherlock Homes movies.)  It has great modern music, plus a wonderful use of the introductory chorus to J.S. Bach’s great Mass in B minor in the dramatic ending of this film.

FORBIDDEN PLANET  ~ 1956  This is considered to be one of the great science fiction movies of all time, which influenced many science fiction movies to come later on.  Many feel that it has a story line similar to Shakespeare’s “THE TEMPEST.”

THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES ~ 1980   Based on the stories of Ray Bradbury (the “poet of science fiction/fantasy”), his “The Martian Chronicles” was beautifully developed into this mini-series, showing the mysterious Martians and the way they interacted with Earthlings.  Fascinating.

Here are three films that were old ones, which were redone:

FLASH GORDON – 1980  This was based on the 1936 film serial of the same name.  It has a “camp” flavor to it, which is fun and stars some great actors.  Memorable ones are Max von Sydow as Ming the Merciless, and Brian Blessed as Prince Vultan.

WAR OF THE WORLDS – I know I’m speaking of films here, but I want to diverge briefly regarding a version of this famous HG Wells story.   In 1938, during the early days when people were not used to science fiction, the actor Orson Wells did a radio broadcast of the story.  He read it in such a believable way that people thought it was really taking place at that time.  As a result, it caused an awful panic, and several people were hurt.

The following two WAR OF THE WORLDS films show wonderful special effects of the invasion of the strange aliens and the terrific destruction they cause:


(1956) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_the_Body_Snatchers


Donald Sutherland is outstanding in the remake of this frightening film, in which humans are taken and replaced by alien duplicates.  It has a surprising and terrifying ending.




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Dec 12

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This wonderfulju new interview series with Judy Mastrangelo is all about the movies. This is a seven part series… Let’s delve in!

Films have always inspired my life and my art, ever since I was young.  They fulfill needs for fantasy, excitement, etc., which can be experienced vicariously by everyone who loves to partake in the adventure of this delightful art form.

I don’t watch movies all day long, only when I have some time to spare for them.  But many great movies stay with me forever in my memory. Several of the films I mention here, I’ve seen several years ago.  But they were so enjoyable that sometimes they will come to mind, and I’ll enjoy thinking about them and the actors who were in them.  I find the realm of film a magical place of enrichment for my soul, since when I visit it, I can become other characters, visit fascinating lands, and partake in exciting adventures.

Personally, I enjoy both the old and the new films.  They each have something to offer.





THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY with Charlton Heston as the great artist and Rex Harrison as the Pope Julius II. This 1965 movie is beautifully done and filmed on location.  It’s fascinating to see Michelangelo in the process of painting the Sistine Chapel, and all of the conflict and turmoil that went into the creation of this masterpiece.

Van Gogh:

LUST FOR LIFE – In this 1956 film, Kirk Douglas portrays the sensitive and troubled artist Vincent Van Gogh.  I feel it is one of Douglas’s greatest films.  He was a great choice for the part, since he even resembled Van Gogh.


Charles Laughton beautifully portrays the famous artist Rembrandt van Rijn in this 1936 film.  He brings this unfortunate genius to life for us.  Today, this great artist’s original paintings command millions of dollars, but when he was alive, he could barely get enough money to buy food and art supplies.  It was so sad.  Laughton, who really resembles the artist in this old film, does a wonderful acting job.

Beatrix Potter:

MISS POTTER ~ 2006 ~ About the life of artist Beatrix Potter.  She is beloved for her children’s book animal stories and illustrations. This film was a great delight for me, since I am a great fan of Beatrix’s artwork.


James Barrie:

FINDING NEVERLAND ~ about James Barrie and the events leading to the production of his famous play PETER PAN.  Johnny Depp stars as Barrie.  This is a wonderful film, with special interest for all lovers of this beloved story.  It shows Barrie’s sensitivity and imagination, as he develops a friendship with the mother and children of the Davies family.  The surprise ending is beautiful and touching.

C.S. Lewis:

SHADOWLANDS:  There are two versions of this movie about the sad, yet inspired life of the great Oxford don and author who penned the delightful series of Fantasy books THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA.

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