Category: Lloyd Carroll

Entertainment, Travel

ELVIS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

This is shaping up to be a joyous holiday season for Elvis Presley fans as RCA has just dug into its vaults and released two albums from The King, “Prince From Another Planet” and “The Classic Christmas Album.”

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

SILVER LINING PLAYBOOKS is not the easiest film to watch. I can’t think of a single film where the two lead characters suffer from deep psychological issues and yet we like and root for them throughout.

JOHNNY RIVERS – RIVERS STILL ROCKS

A favorite, and justifiable, pastime among many pop music aficionados is to grouse about who has not yet been enshrined in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You’ll frequently hear such worthy names as Chicago, the Moody Blues, Heart, KISS, and Hall & Oates on that list. What is truly a crime is that you rarely hear anyone lament why Johnny Rivers, who placed 17 singles on Billboard’s Top 40 charts and sold over 30 million records in his career, has not yet received rock music’s ultimate honor. “Johnny Rivers is a talented guy,” admitted Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, the person most responsible for determining who makes it through the hallowed doors of the Cleveland shrine, when I spoke to him at a media event for the ill-fated Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex in SoHo a few years ago.

WON’T BACK DOWN

The state of K-12 education in this country has been a hot button topic for decades. “The system is broken and we need to fix it” was the theme of the 2010 controversial documentary, WAITING FOR SUPERMAN, and it gets a fictionalized treatment in the just released WON’T BACK DOWN.

DORM LIFE/BACHELOR PAD 101 (FALL SHOPPING GUIDE)

Going out on your own is never easy, whether it be as a freshman in your first dorm, or leaving your folks’ home for your first apartment. There are a number of consumer goods out there to make your life a bit easier.

SPORTS BEAT – PADRES EXPOSE METS FLAWS

The Mets’ 2012 postseason dreams pretty much perished when they dropped 12 out of 13 games in a malaise that began just before the All-Star break and continued until they left for a western road trip two weeks ago.

RUBY SPARKS

You have to give Fox Searchlight Films a lot of credit. It takes guts to release a film whose lead actors are far from household names and whose budget was a paltry $8 million into movie theaters during the summer when most of the screens are showing big budget super-hero films. RUBY SPARKS, though certainly not flawless, is a clever and relatable film for grownups; and that is hard to find at a cineplex anytime, let alone Summer.

SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME 2012 INDUCTION CEREMONY

Although it was created seventeen years before the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame has never gotten the attention from the entertainment media and the public that it deserves. Part of the problem is that the Songwriters Foundation has never gotten the funding to build a permanent home in a city (it’s currently a wing in LA’s Grammy Museum) the way Cleveland stepped up for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. It’s a shame because New York, with its rich music publishing and theatrical history would be a natural fit to pay tribute to the greatest tunesmiths in history.