Uncle Jay’s Movie Reviews: “Murder on the Orient Express”


We saw “Murder on the Orient Express” last night.

Capsule review: I had very low expectations, because the reviews have been mixed. It exceeded all of my hopes.

It is a very faithful adaptation of the original Agatha Christie novel — probably more faithful than the famous 1974 movie starring Albert Finney.

And the cinematography is wonderful.

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Movie review: “The Nice Guys”

During my day off yesterday, Denise and I saw “The Nice Guys.”

Capsule Review: Denise liked this a lot better than I did. Set in the late 1970s in Los Angeles, Ryan Gosling is a hapless private eye (think Richie Brockelman in “The Rockford Files”) who’s coerced into working with a tough guy enforcer played by Russell Crowe.

The reluctant duo is paid to find an aspiring porn film star who’s on the run from mobsters and a federal agent.

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The Feb. 20 show is only online

The Saturday, Feb. 20 show is only on Internet radio www.wmck.fm, and if I do say so myself, it’s three hours of smokin’ radio.

(Our flagship station, WRCT 88.3 FM, is doing “Massive Music Weekend,” and you should totally check that out, too.)

And hey! Please check out WMCK.FM when Jay Thurber isn’t on, because it’s a lot of great, new alternative and independent rock, soul, R&B and pop.

There are plenty of ways to listen right here … http://wmck.fm/?p=listen

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Pre-empted Nov. 7 on WRCT, re-run on WMCK.FM

We’re preempted on Nov. 7 on WRCT (88.3) due to Carnegie Mellon football, which obviously we hope you’ll listen to!

If you’re not interested in football, we have a re-run of a December 2009 episode of “Radio 9” on Internet radio station WMCK.FM.

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A tribute to a great statesman

And now, our tribute to one of Pennsyltucky’s great statesmen, the pride of Butler County, Pa., as originally heard Sept. 26, 2015 on “Radio 9.”

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Capsule Movie Review: “Shaun the Sheep Movie”

Despite not having children, we went to see the “Shaun the Sheep​ Movie.” We were looking for something lighthearted and silly. Continue reading

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Capsule Movie Review: “Trainwreck”

We saw “Trainwreck” last night. Continue reading

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Pittsburgh Symphony ticket winners

Thank you to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for giving WRCT two pairs of tickets to see Randy Newman with the PSO on July 30.

Winner of the first pair of tickets, given away on “Radio 9” on Saturday, July 18, was Yolanda from Mt. Washington.

Winner of the second pair of tickets, given away by Kenny Joe on “Pinckney Hall” on Friday, July 24, was Scott from Highland Park.

Thanks for listening to WRCT!

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Jeb! He’s a complicated man

I was so inspired by Jeb Bush’s new campaign logo that I wrote a song for him.

(There’s no need to thank me, governor.)

Who is the man who will cut aid for mothers with dependent children?
(JEB!) You’re damn right.
Who’s the cat who won’t cop out, when there’s ISIS all about?
(JEB!) Right on!
He’s a complicated man, and no one understands but David Brooks.
(JEB!) Jeb Bush.
They say that cat Jeb! was a bad f–kin’ governor …
(Shut your mouth!)
But I’m talkin’ about Jeb!
(Then we can dig it!)

Also, I’ve created my own new logo:

jay-2016

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The dorkiest photo on the Internet

Thank you to Kennywood Park for hosting our live remote! We had a great time and enjoyed talking to folks from Kennywood and from Carnegie Mellon University, which was holding its employee and faculty picnic.

However, this might be the dorkiest photo you ever see on the Internet:

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