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Griff’s Riffs, by Griffin Kelly

These films are a reminder that humans will prevail

All this coronavirus hubbub made me realize, we haven’t experienced this before in the modern day, but we’ve most certainly seen it in film. This week I’m looking at three of my favorite pandemic movies you might want to watch while under home isolation. On a realistic note, I know the ...

The best Bond song wasn’t in a Bond movie

I recently listened to Billie Eilish’s “No Time To Die,” the song that will play before the upcoming James Bond film of the same name. It was fine. Bond has had his fair share of lackluster songs. From “Octopussy” and Rita Coolidge’s “All Time High,” which sounds more like ...

Good music can make a film

Mixing media is an impressive feat, and finding the right song to match a film can be tough work. When it’s done right, you can really capture audiences. Here are a few of my favorite uses of popular songs in films. --- “All I Want for Christmas is You” --- I can’t help but love ...

Please tell us: How has music impacted you?

I’ll admit it. I’m a real sucker for Instagram. As soon as I start scrolling through artsy photos and funny videos, it’s hard to stop. First, I’m checking out supermodel Ashley Graham and her new baby, next I’m watching two guys build a primitive swimming pool out of mud and palm ...

How comics get journalism wrong

Comic books and their Hollywood equivalents just do not understand journalism. Last week, I talked about one of my favorite films, “Ace in the Hole,” which follows an unethical writer played by Kirk Douglas who makes the news instead of reporting it and ultimately gets a man killed. ...

Kirk Douglas plays his cards wrong in ‘Ace in the Hole’

Kirk Douglas died recently at the insane age of 103. He’s played Spartacus, Vincent Van Gogh and Ulysses (Odysseus), but the role I love him most for is Chuck Tatum in the 1951 film “Ace in the Hole.” If you hate journalists or operate a fake Facebook account specifically for trolling ...

Throwing fry pans looks like a lot of fun

I attended the Winter Carnival ladies’ fry pan toss on Saturday, and the whole time I was thinking, “I want to throw one, too.” The women, who ranged from first-graders to senior citizens, each got a chance to launch skillets across the snow. The little girls used a smaller pan. It was ...

Video games just ain’t what they used to be

I finally get to use this expression. Back in my day, video games were finished products and publishers weren’t trying to drain you for everything you got. You bought Super Mario 64, and you knew damn well you were throwing Bowser on a bomb at the end of the game. You picked up Metal Gear ...

Take a walk on the wild side; it’s dangerous, but you might like it

Back in the 1950s, certain groups condemned Elvis Presley and the Beatles for being too sexual and promoting delinquency among youth. “Jailhouse Rock,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” were seen as the Devil’s music. Flash forward and people started pointing their fingers at bands and ...

Seeing it to the end

This past weekend I started and finished “The Witcher” on Netflix. I had never read any of the books nor have I played the highly popular video game series, but for some reason, the show intrigued me. The story follows this beefy, white-haired mutant brother who slays both men and monsters ...

Magazines are becoming fine art

In “Ghostbusters,” Harold Ramis’ Egon says, “Print is dead,” as Annie Potts’ secretary character flips through a People magazine. That film came out in 1984, long before the internet, smartphones and E-readers were common amenities. While I don’t necessarily agree with Egon, I ...

Looking forward . . .

I don’t care what all you Farmers’ Almanac loyalists say. We’re in a new decade as far as I’m concerned, and I can finally start referring to this time as “the ‘20s.” Know your onions, take a jorum of skee and let’s blouse, kid. Roaring ‘20s jokes aside, I wanna get real ...

And the award for best movie of the decade goes to …

Movies are a huge part of my life, so as we enter a new decade, I figured we take a look back at the best films of the last 10 years. OK, now I obviously haven’t seen every movie ever made, so I’m sure your favorites might be missing. - 2010: “Blue Valentine” - Get ready to ...

Have yourself a Murray little Christmas

After seeing Pendragon Theatre’s production of “Mr. Toad’s Christmas Carol” this past weekend, it got me thinking, what’s my favorite adaptation of the ghost story? It’s “Scrooged,” and I’m putting that as the best Christmas movie of all time. If you haven’t seen the ...

A magical place where you can find (almost) anything

What if I told you there was a place where you can go to get books, movies, music, newspapers, magazines and sometimes even video games — seemingly infinite pieces of media, culture and entertainment at your disposal — and it’s all free (sorta)? You’d probably be like, “Psh, yeah ...

A movie theater in SL would be a dream come true

Last week, Saranac Lake village Mayor Clyde Rabideau threw out an idea on his Facebook page: Would you like to see a movie theater in Saranac Lake? My answer: HELL YES!!! However, I personally feel like there should be some stipulation to this fantasy movie house. Lake Placid and ...

Griff’s alternative Christmas playlist

Thanksgiving may have originated from a dinner between Pilgrims and Native Americans, and maybe there was a turkey somewhere in the mix, but in recent history, it’s turned into the day where you ask, “Can we listen to Christmas music yet?” As soon as the calendar hits that last ...

Check out your local cork board

As an arts reporter, I’d like to think I have my finger on the cultural pulse of the Tri-Lakes. I perform and mingle at open mic nights. I attend performances at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts and concerts at the Recovery Lounge in Upper Jay. I rub shoulders with local artists at the ...

Resurrecting Dean’s face is a flat-out disgrace

The film industry isn’t just recycling movie plots. The next unoriginal step is recycling actors...who have been dead for 64 years. Despite being in only three movies (he played very bit parts in a few others, but I’m not counting those), James Dean has been considered one of the best ...

Why I love those little plastic rectangles

What’s my favorite way to listen to music? Streaming opens up whole new worlds of sonic discovery, and records have exquisite sound quality, but in all honesty, I prefer cassette tapes. You know, those things teenagers in ’80s movies would make for each other as a sign of ...