Paul Reiser

Paul Reiser

Paul Reiser

Born March 30, 1957

Paul Reiser has helped to shape our popular culture through his comedy, his writing, his roles in movies or television. Whether you are enjoying Reiser trading quips with a talk show host or appearing on the large or small screen, Reiser’s own views and way of telling a story shine through.

Noteworthy

  • Aliens – Reiser was Burke in Aliens. While this is not my favorite part of the Aliens franchise I did dig Paul Reiser in this role.
  • My Two Dads – This is the first thing that I ever saw Paul Reiser in. I loved this show. It was a typical 80s sitcom. It had some very funny parts and tried to wing a little drama at you from time to time.
  • Mad About You – Potentially this is Resier most famous role. He was Paul Buchman for the full 162 episodes opposite the always amazing Helen Hunt. Great 90s sitcom that again had a little drama to go along with the funny.
  • Stranger Things – This is one of the best things that Netflix has ever turned out. Resier is Dr Sam Owens on the show. If you have not reached this point in Resier career… stop reading this and go watch Stranger Things.

And after you’ve done the acting, there’s a lot of places you can put your input – in the editing, in the production of it, in the rewriting of it and so on.

-Paul Reiser

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis Born March 19, 1955   Bruce Willis is a part of pop-culture. From the Seagram's ads back in the 80s and Moonlighting to the Die Hard movies, he has shaped how we look at leading men and what those leading men can look like and what they can do on screen....

What if the Flintstones Were More Realistic?

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Fats Domino

Fats Domino Born February 26, 1928   Lyrics to Fats Domino song Blue Monday "Blue Monday" Blue Monday how I hate Blue Monday Got to work like a slave all day Here come Tuesday, oh hard Tuesday I'm so tired got no time to play Here come Wednesday, I'm beat to my socks...

Stars with Disturbing Parents

Why are their so many stars with disturbing parents? Is it the same percentage as us normal folk and their celebrity puts them in the public eye? Or are they more prone to having a lot more crazy and creepy because of their talent? Stars with Disturbing Parents: JACK...

Robert Burns Bard of Ayrshire

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Martin Short

Martin Short

Martin Short

Born March 26, 1950

I LOVE Martin Short.

Noteworthy

  • Three Amigos – One of my all-time favorite comedies. Short plays Ned, one of the Amigos. His physicality, wit, and delivery are all top notch in this movie. Comedy perfection.
  • Innerspace – Fantastic Voyage meets the late 80s. Martin SHort and Dennis Quiad don’t even share the same scenes that often but they have such a fun chemistry in this movie. I am looking forward to re-visiting this one.
  • Jiminy Glick – Almost horrible and almost un-loveable, Glick has the interviewing bed-side-manner of a hammer wrapped in black licorice. That being said he is a train wreck that is hard to turn away from.
  • I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend – This is a wonderful snapshot of Martin Short’s life. I listened to the audio version of this, which he read, if you are a fan of audio books – get this one.

I think I’m funny because my family, my siblings were funny.

-Martin Short

Movie Collections

Raise your hand if you still have physical movie collections. I only ask because I think it will become a thing of the past in years to come. A movie collection will become as anachronistic as a Super 8 projector - a VHS tape - a VCR - a laser disc - or a vinyl...

Walking Dead Season 7 Finale

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Growing Up on the Sunday Comics

Growing Up on the Sunday Comics When I was a kid, my Dad got the newspaper every day whether it was delivered to our house by carrier, when times weren't so tight, or if he took the hotel copy at the end of his desk clerk shift when times were very tight and we ate a...

Call Me Lucky

Call Me Lucky is a 2015 documentary about Barry Crimmins. This is his story. The good the bad and the ugly of his life. I added this doc to my queue on Netflix because Bobcat Goldthwait was involved. The first half covers his comedy career - his comedy club - this...

Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe Born April 7, 1964   Lorem ipsum Noteworthy The Quick and the Dead - I LOVE this movie. Crowe plays a former gunslinger forced to be one again. He is in a quick draw competition set up by Gene Hackman. Maybe not his best role but a flick that I love....
Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins

Born February 13, 1961

Henry Rollins stand up comic, frontman for Black Flag, thought provoking and one hell of a powerful speaker, if you are not familiar go out and YouTube him. Prepare to have your thinking expanded.

Noteworthy

  • Black Flag – frontman and singer. Great punk rock band.
  • Radio Talk show host – This is someone that you need to listen, a lot. He is smart and his brand of activism and passion is awesome. Oh, and he has a podcast.
  • Sons of Anarchy – Yet another reason for me to eventually burn through this entire series.
  • Books – Here is link to his site and his store with all of his books – Click Here

Weakness is what brings ignorance, cheapness, racism, homophobia, desperation, cruelty, brutality, all these things that will keep a society chained to the ground, one foot nailed to the floor.

-Henry Rollins

Sherilyn Fenn

Sherilyn Fenn - Born February 1, 1965 Sherilyn Fenn first popped on to my radar and a lot of other peoples when she was starring in Twin Peaks in the early 90s. This show was a huge change in TV and it still holds up to a re-watch or two or three. Noteworthy Twin...

Why Do I Watch

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Kurt Russell

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Embrace that Movie for What It Is or Was Supposed to Be

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Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele Born February 21, 1979   Jordan Peele is a truly funny guy. He is a truly talented guy. He is going to be around hopefully stretching his horror movie leanings for a long time to come. Noteworthy King of the Internet Short/Skit Show - Go look for Key and...
Robert Burns Bard of Ayrshire

Robert Burns Bard of Ayrshire

Robert Burns – Born January 25, 1759

Tonight is Burns Night. It celebrates Robert Burns Bard of Ayrshire on the day of his birthday January 25th of each year. Burns is regarded as the National Poet of Scotland and though his poetry is difficult to read and understand; if you are working on your Scottish accent… his poetry drips with it. Instead of noteworthy today I will post part of Tam O’ Shanter

Tam O’ Shanter

But to our tale:—Ae market night,
Tam had got planted unco right,
Fast by an ingle, bleezing finely,
Wi’ reaming swats that drank divinely;
And at his elbow, Souter Johnie,
His ancient, trusty, drouthy crony:
Tam lo’ed him like a vera brither;
They had been fou for weeks thegither.
The night drave on wi’ sangs and clatter;
And ay the ale was growing better:
The landlady and Tam grew gracious
Wi’ secret favours, sweet, and precious:
The souter tauld his queerest stories;
The landlord’s laugh was ready chorus:
The storm without might rair and rustle,
Tam did na mind the storm a whistle.
To view the entire poem.

Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.

-Robert Burns

Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt - Born January 27, 1969 As a professed stand-up comedy addict, Patton Oswalt is one of my drugs of choice. I really dig smart humor and when a comedian uses language well, wraps their humor and stories back around to a common thread, and at the end don't...

Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson Born April 15, 1959   Emma Thompson has been a professional actress on stage and screen since the 80s. She is an amazing actress and her ability to bring a strong woman to life on the screen is beyond belief. Noteworthy Primary Colors - Thompson plays...

The Eighties – A Documentary

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Walking Dead Season 7 Finale

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Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig Born March 2, 1968   Daniel Craig has not been in my favorite Bond movies but he is one of the best actors to ever utter the phrase of naming from that series of movies. Besides Bond, Craig has managed to keep up his skills by acting in all manner of...
Forgotten Books – Sorta

Forgotten Books – Sorta

Forgotten Books – Sorta

Yes, I’m a geek hence the reason I write for thisgeeksworld.com.  Or at least I was before kids when I still had time for geeky endeavors. Video games have taken a back seat to Elmo and the rest of the Sesame Street gang, Epic Rap Battles of History and learning every verse gave way to the Wiggles and trying not to remember anything that they sing, and reading…. Well, I still read as long as the kids are asleep or I have one hand available while giving the baby girl a bottle in the middle of the night.

Instead of focusing on the latest book series out or waiting very patiently (Yeah right!) on the next book in a series, I have gone back to my geek roots reading old pulp and sci-fi stories from the 30’s 40’s and 50’s. Kindle allows me, often on the cheap or even better free (overdrive app is a godsend for the cheap geek), to find these old stories lost to the annals of time except to the pulp lovers of that genre.

Right now, I’m revisiting an old friend I made by accident years ago when I picked up the Complete Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper at my local comic book store on the cheap. Not sure what I was in for, but for three dollars and getting a complete trilogy it was worthy of a chance.  I found a rich world with well-written characters and a thought provoking story with a lovable main charter in Little Fuzzy. No way could I have known how far down the Fuzzy hole I would go with those three dollars well spent.

With the book placed with so many others upon a shelf and awaiting such a time as when I couldn’t beat a boss level and swore off video games again, this was in my middle teenage years before the internet and walkthroughs, it was when a large storm came up that the power went down that I started my adventure into Piper’s world. Reading all three books in one sitting by oil lamp helped set the ambiance for a space adventure with morality questions that I didn’t expect and have rarely experienced outside of a physiological or religious text.  But mostly I really liked the cute fuzzy friends.

After this, I had to find more books, find more out about the author but most importantly find if there were more Fuzzies. Asking at the local library led me to some other short stories but few and far between because the rights to the author’s works had lapsed and most were long out of print. Talking to the librarian I found out the only reason they still had these was that they had been checked out within a year but were to be put into the annual book sale. Of course, I asked if I could go ahead and buy them but as all good stern librarians must she said no and even those were lost to me.

Years later, after the technological revolution finally reached the South, I found Project Gutenberg had, by donated time from fans and volunteers digitized many more of his works. Not only was I able to finally restart my adventure but this led me to many other writers of the same time with thoughts and questions like Piper’s but to other authors who had been influenced by his work. Now being able to read these books I tried to get my friends to sample them and be drawn into these amazing worlds and timelines along with me but this was the time when Peter Jackson was bringing The Lord of the Rings to the big screen and even many of my geeky friends were of the opinion, “why read about it when we can just watch it.”…..I didn’t have words then and I still don’t about that kind of thinking.

So, I set forth by myself uphill…both ways….in the snow, wait that’s a different story. Continuing to read over the years and later subjecting my wife to long tirades about no one to share these great books with, they aren’t her cup of tea as sometimes they deal with time travel and as seeing he doesn’t use a police call box, she won’t allow that in her stories of choice thank you very much, but she introduced me to many other authors along the way. (What I said about not waiting for books goes out the window for Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs) My blushing bride went so far as to gift me The Complete Paratime with all the short stories of Lord Kalvan and other Paratime police stories in one volume.

So now I subject…I mean introduce to you dear reader an author that was influenced and influenced many writers and lovers of sci-fi and hope that you get lost in the Paratime space but can find your way back. Just to be on the safe know, where your towel is and don’t panic.