Here we discuss Music, Movies, Books, and all the incredible Art they inspire.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Well folks, as promised I said we would discuss books too (try not to yawn already). I realize nowadays, reading is almost a lost art. So few people, these days, seem to have even the vaguest interest in it. Sure, life is hectic. Who has any extra time between working 40-60 hours a week, running errands and trying to catch what the idiots on Jersey Shore are up to? Well my friend, Trust me. You need to MAKE time for this one.

This book changed my life.

Like the little red pill in the Matrix, this book will wake you up. It’s not a book about government conspiracy, or a get-rich-quick scheme. It simply points out the differences between what the low to middle-class are taught about money, and what the children of the rich are taught. And it shows how you can benefit by “knowing what they know” (at any age) and literally, changing your financial future immediately.

Ever wonder why “The rich, get richer”? This tells you. Ever consider how an eighth-grade drop-out can be worth millions, while a successful doctor can be struggling to make end-meet? It’s in there. The differences are HUGE, and believe it or not, fairly easy to overcome. But you have to “take the pill” and read the book.

If knowledge is power, this book is nuclear.

I know a lot of people would rather have a root canal, than read a book about personal finance. But this book is clear, concise, and easy-to-read. One of my favorite features is that Robert Kiyosaki also recommends other books (not just his own) if you want to learn more about any given topic he discusses.

As I said before (albeit in a sarcastic tone), I know time (and money) is tight for everyone. But you do have options. You can buy the audio book format, and listen to it on your way to work. You could even upload it to your Mp3 player, and listen while you mow the grass, or on your morning walk. I personally, have the e-book on my smart-phone, and will read through it occasionally in waiting rooms etc.

If you are tired of being broke (like I was), than you owe it to yourself to read this book. Go ahead, take the first step to a better financial future, and you’ll be amazed how deep your rabbit hole can be.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The 5 Best Movies you've NEVER seen.

There comes a time when everyone, either at their local video store or browsing on Netflix, draws a complete “blank”.

After all, getting a video is almost an art form. If you get something you haven’t seen before, you’re taking a chance it will suck. And if you stick with the “ol’ standbys”, you get to hear “Ughhh, That one AGAIN?”. In short, it can be a BIG decision. And most likely, you’re screwed where you stand.

But take heart, faithful reader. After much deliberation (and debate) with my panel of movie experts, we have devised THE short-list of great movies, you probably haven’t seen. And the best part is, all of them are most likely in the “cheapy” section of your local video store.

Let’s get rolling (in no particular order).

V for Vendetta: I especially like this one (hence, my art work to the right) It’s the film adaptation to Alan Moore graphic novel series. But I think it’s appeal is a lot further-reaching than just to fans of “comic book” movies.

It takes place in England, in the not-too-distant future. And swirls around a revolutionary figure who’s sole purpose is to open the public’s eyes to government corruption and control.

It’s extremely well-written, and the special effects are incredible. There’s plenty of action for the most die-hard fans, but not so much gore, women won’t enjoy it too.

This one is buy-worthy (I actually watch it, at least, every November 5th) And it never gets old.

Only word of caution is that some of the concepts in the movie may need to be explained to pre-teen children. In fact, I would watch it first, and make your own decision on how/or if they see it. But as an adult…Guaranteed, You’ll love it.

Next up: Boondock Saints.

Yeah I know, I mentioned it a blog-or-two ago. But this list wouldn’t be complete without it.

What’s not to like? two irish brothers taking on the mob, with Willem Defoe hunting them down. It’s got it all: humor, action, and characters you really grow to love. Parental note: LOTS of strong language in this one, and arguably, the largest shot of a woman’s breast on mainstream film. Use discretion.

for more of this movie see: “The Art of the Saints.” below.

Suicide Kings : Yep, mentioned this one before too. But it begs for more detail.

The story follows a group of well-off college guys hatching a plot to kidnap a retired mob-boss (played by Christopher Walken) to raise money for a ransom of their own. Only to find out, things aren’t what they seem.

This is a subtle thriller, the kind that just sneaks up on you, and grabs you by the throat. Most kids won’t enjoy this one too much because it’s more intensity than action. But the story and cast are great, and face it, to see Denis Leary as a hit-man is worth the price of the rental alone.

The Thomas Crowne Affair: I love a good “heist” movie. The Ocean’s 11 Series, and Italian Job have long been a part of my collection, and this one is just as good (albeit, more unknown).

Pierce Brosnan plays a powerful business mogul who is suspected of a high-profile art theft. And Rene Russo is the tenacious (and often, undressed) bounty hunter assigned to find the painting (AND the thief) at all costs.

This is a great cat-and-mouse type movie with some great plot twists and a little old-school seduction. This movie is slick and sexy, perfect for a date-night at home. Again, kiddie-caution: not bad on language, but LOTS of nudity. An excellent show, overall.

Snatch: (Keep reading, it’s not what you think)

There’s a lot to like about this one. Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. And believe it or not, I consider it a comedy.

This movie has everyone in it: Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Benico Del Toro etc. This is the only one of this list I would recommend renting before you buy. Just because it’s unusual brand of comedy, I realize, isn’t for everybody.

But I really enjoyed it, and feel it has a lot to offer. And I think you will too. NOT FOR KIDS AT ALL, Lots of guns & gore. Some nudity, and (at last count) 145 f-words. Besides, I think the finer points of this one would be lost on them anyway. But at least you’ll have a good time.

Let me know what you think, and enjoy the shows.

To buy autographed, limited edition 11 x 14 prints of "V" and "Brothers, Killers, and Saints" (both shown above) visit My eBaY Seller.

For custom-sized prints and cards visit My Print Gallery at Fine Art America.