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In my opinion, José Feliciano is definitely a lost Spanish Treasure. José is a Puerto Rican guitarist and composer, and has an absolutely beautiful male voice and I really love his earlier music.  I don’t think too many children of this generation know anything about him. Listening to José is almost like listening to a Spanish version of Jim Croce. Although José performed different genres of music, my favorites has mostly been his folk style rhythms. Although José has had many hits throughout his career, once he released the holiday song Feliz Navidad (1970), it was almost as though he became immortal. This song was played everywhere, by everyone; it ascended beyond race and culture; Italians, Indians, etc, etc were playing this song literally every year (next to Nate King Cole Xmas albums). Two other iconic songs you may remember from José, Light My Fire (1968), and the theme song from the hit 70’s TV show called “Chico and The Man (1974).”

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Black Belt Jones (1974) Starring Jim Kelly and Gloria Hendry. Looking back at some of Jim Kelly’s movies, I can’t believe many people saw him as skillful as Bruce Lee. I have to be honest, most of the time I only watched him because I thought he was incredibly handsome (and because he didn’t take the classic traditional roles that were available for most Black male actors at the time (the classic drug dealer, butler, or porter)). I really thoroughly enjoyed this movie, but not because I thought Mr. Kelly’s performance was exceptional, but because the movie had a great cast, and plenty of action. However, this was one of those rare cases I think the co star Gloria Hendry was a much better fighter than the lead actor Jim Kelly! Gloria not only whoop ass, but she looked very natural doing it; whereas Kelly was what I called “a strike and pose” TV martial artist. So long story short, a big time mob boss of some kind wants to steal a building (karate school) that was thought to be owned by a guy named “Papa Byrd” (Gloria Hendry’s father). The mobster wanted to resell the building to the city so that the area can be turned in to a money making district. But the building actually belonged to Gloria. Although this movie is not really a comedy, it had a lot of hilarious scenes in it. I heard phrases I didn’t hear since back in the day; such as, “I’ll slap the black off of you!” Lots of twists, turns, and setups. How will Jim Kelly and Gloria Hendry save the day without getting hurt? Order it from Netflix and find out.

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Lots and lots of big stars in this movie. We have the gorgeous Jim Brown, Diahann Carroll, Ernest Borgnine, Julie Harris, Gene Hackman, Jack Klugman, and so many others. Jim plays a guy who never had a steady job it seemed; I got the impression he has always been a career criminal based on the interaction between him and Diahann Carroll who played his wife. They had one of those off and on again relationships, and she could not really break away from him because she loved him (typical). In efforts to make up for the fact he doesn’t have any money to Carroll, he dreams up an elaborate scheme to hold up a football stadium for $80+ thousand dollars. He knows that he couldn’t do it alone, so he gets together Ernest, Julie, Gene, Jack, and a few others, to help him with this immense scheme. Jim and his crew were able to pull off the biggest heist of their time. BUT, there was an unexpected turn of events. Jim was supposed to guard the entire money, but unfortunately that money was stolen from Jim. Now the very crew he put together to steal the money, is now after him. Will Jim be able to get out of this jam he’s in? Will he be able to find the money before the police find out? Or even worse? This movie was very entertaining. There were some slow moments, but overall I felt he movie was worth watching. IMDB has a 6.0 rating, from 742 users; I think this is a pretty good score considering how many people rated it. Unfortunately, it is not available for rental, or on Hulu/Netflix. Amazon has it available as “pay to own,” which is $15 for standard definition. Take a look here.

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500x500I’m not a fan of listening to anyone that is under 21 years of age, trying to sing any iconic classic song. But a long time ago, I heard a great song whilst in my local grocery store. It had a nice smooth Spanish beat to it. It took me a little bit before I realized  the song the singer was singing, was “Stand By Me.” “Stand By Me,” was originally performed by Ben E. King back in 1961. This time, this particular interpretation was done by Prince Royce. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to his version of this song. I loved the way he sang it because he stayed true to not only the melody, but preserved the whole feeling and essence of the song, as if he was singing the song for the first time (the way Ben E. King would have sang it originally (with a Bachata twist)).  I love it when musical cultures mix together, it is the most beautiful gift that any artist can give to the world (when it’s done right). I’m so happy I became aware of Prince’s rendition of this song, I think it’s really nice. There’s also another song he did quite nicely called “Su Hombre Soy Yo.” You can listen to them both on Rhapsody.

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I think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve never really been an Osmond fan (especially Donny; his singing never appealed to me). There were only about 3 songs I ever liked from the Osmonds (the really old ones). However, not too long ago, I discovered a song that Donny had redone called “Peg,” and it was originally sung by Steely Dan, released in 1977. I really liked they way Steely Dan sang it; but when I heard Donny sing it, I was impressed! Very impressed. The song now has an updated funk and pop sound to it. I have to say that Donny’s vocals were on point with this song, and right on beat. He just nailed it. I was dancing all over the place with this song. In fact, I think it’s so good that I recommend my visitors to add it to their exercise playlist. I’m not saying I like this whole album, but I do like this one song. The way he sings this song actually kind of reminds me of Robin Thicke’s style of music. Listen to “Peg” on Rhapsody.

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“Believe It Or Not” was a huge hit song in the early eighties; and it was the theme song to a hit TV series called “The Greatest American Hero (1981-1983),” starring William Katt. The song was originally sung by Joey Scarbury. If you still don’t remember who William Katt is, you may remember him as Tommy Ross, who played Carrie’s boyfriend in the huge cult classic movie “Carrie (1976).” “The Greatest American Hero” was an action/comedy that had a story line similar to “The Green Lantern.” An alien visits the planet earth, and gives him a special suit that gives him all sorts of powers. Unfortunately, somehow Katt loses the instructions for the suit, and he’s left to figure out what it does as he goes along. He’s also helped by two trustworthy friends. Listen to “The Greatest American Hero” theme song on Rhapsody.

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You know, after seeing The Bionic Woman so many times as  a child, it is really difficult for me to see Lindsey Wagner in anything else.  The movie could be about her being attacked by a vampire, and I’d still yell “throw a damn chair or something Jaime!” 🙂 I have to say, even though The Bionic Woman is a fictitious television series, this particular episode drew me in as if it was actually real. I think this is my top favorite Bionic Woman episode. IMDB rating is 8.9 for this episode, and that’s pretty damn high. A lot of television shows don’t have ratings that high for their episodes, so it’s very impressive. I think in comparison to all her episodes in the series, this was her greatest acting performance. This was her greatest performance because she has shown the audience that she is not just bionic, but a woman with feelings, and a person willing to do anything to save life on the planet. In essence, the episode is about a rich and crazy scientist/doctor played by David Opatoshu, who takes it upon himself to teach the world the ultimate lesson as a result of the planet’s violent ways. He has created a super intelligent computer, designed to drop a bomb that would destroy all life on the planet. Jaime’s job of course, is to stop this super computer from dropping this bomb at all cost. Jaime really took a beating by the super computer in this two part episode. Each time Jaime thought she defeated the super computer, it was smart enough to logically switch gears and throw up another barrier at Jaime. This episode proves to use what a great actress she is, because she basically did this movie almost by herself, and the voice of the super computer named Alex (played by Guerin Barry). The ending was really powerful, and almost made me cry because of (which was the cherry on the cake) a very true statement that was said by actor Kenneth O’Brien (Dmitri Muskov). Will Jaime succeed in destroying the super computer, while trying to prevent the bomb from being droppped on the planet? Login to your Netflix account and order Season 2, Disc 4.

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This movie should not be confused with San Andreas Earthquake (2015) (which I have not seen yet). Much to my surprise, the movie was better than I thought. Although there was a lot of action, the 3D was somewhat disappointing. With all the action that was in this movie, I expected expected the 3D to be a little more dramatic. By the way, the I should mention that the retail 3D version is actually a conversion. The entire movie was not shot in 3D (hence, explains my disappointment) 🙁 . The special effects alone in the movie were believable. The CGI was pretty well done, and I did not detect any fake scenes (that I can remember). However, don’t spend extra money to purchase the 3D blu-ray version, your better off watching the standard 2D version on stream (or wait until it the 3D version comes available on cable).  In essence, The Rock, is an air rescue guy, who’s job is to save as many people as he can during a deadly earthquake. This earthquake is so bad that it hits over 9 points on the richter scale! So basically the whole of California and then some is at risk of being destroyed. Unfortunately, as with all movies like this; it is very typical that no one believes the weather scientist/doctor played by Paul Giamatti. While The Rock is doing his best to stay alive, keep his ex-wife (or separated) alive, and trying to save his second daughter; we also learn that he was riddled with guilt, because of an accidental death of his first daughter. Having that regret, he risks all manor of danger trying to save his second daughter.  Ioan Gruffudd also had a very small part in this movie. I hated his character, because he did something really messed up, but I can’t white about it because it would be a major spoiler. Check out the movie; like I said the special effects where pretty good; lots of action; just don’t waste money on the 3D. The 2D version of San Andreas (2015) is available on Amazon, but it’s not worth $20. Wait a little longer until the movie studio offers a license for rental.

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