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Bowery Boys Nostalgia

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark
Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

Woke to a rainy, cold day in the Cornfield. The chill was not a welcoming start to this Saturday. I sat drinking my coffee trying to warm my body.

Checked out the television listings and was transported back to Saturday mornings as a child in Columbus, Indiana. That’s when I saw what was playing on TMC. Perfect for this cold, rainy day – The Bowery Boys!

So many Saturdays were spent watching the hijinx and mangled English of Slip and the slapstick of Sach.

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This of course was usually followed by a rough and tumble Western. Today’s treat is Fort Apache with John Wayne and Henry Fonda.

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Absolutely perfect.

That’s the way it is in Mark’s Den.

And how is your Saturday going?

Rock Does It Right

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All the buzz before tonight’s opening monologue at the 88th Oscars was what Chris Rock would say.

Chris Rock did it right.

Never one to shy away from controversy, Chris Rock handled the current boycott of the Oscars by some within the black community with humor, insight and on the mark.

Often I have found Rock to be over-the-top and inciting anger and division. Tonight, Rock was a rock of rationality and hitting the mark.

Diversity is needed in all walks of the American life. But let us get our priorities right and focus on what is really important in life.

As Rock pointed out why wait until the 88th Oscars to boycott?

He rightly noted in decades passed the focus was on those things which had a real impact on every day life – like staying alive.

From the Cornfield, hats off and give that man an Oscar!

Chris Rock showed he was the right host for the right time.

Wahlbergs

Donnie and Mark Wahlberg
Donnie and Mark Wahlberg

Though never a big fan of the music of New Kids on the Block or Markie Mark, I have to admit I have become a fan of Donnie and Mark Wahlberg on both the big screen and the boob tube.

To think that two boys from Boston would leave their musical roots and in the case of Markie Mark his bad boy behavior to become accomplished actors.

In the case of Mark, I recall the days of his homophobic rants which only propelled him to being a bigger gay poster boy than ever. To see him have such a range from the dramatic to the comical is a journey worth watching.

But, to me, it is Donnie who I enjoy more as an actor. As Danny, oldest son of Police Commissioner Frank Reagan, following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps as a New York City Police detective in CBS’s Blue Bloods,

Donnie is the epitome of the role and seems perfectly cast. Donnie comes across not as an actor, but as if the character is actually him in real life we are watching.

While Mark does great in his roles, such as in the drama, The Shooter, or in his comedic turn in Ted, Donnie is the more realistic portrayal on the small screen in my opinion.

Both brothers prove that the folly of youth is not always an indicator of how one will be as he or she ages.

Look at how many “drop out and tune in” flower children of the 1960s became conservatives later in life. Or how about the “goody two shoes” in high school who became the “rebels with a cause” as the years went by.

For me and my money, I would rather continue to watch Danny Reagan than any of the silver screen roles of Markie Mark.

And what is your take on the Wahlbergs?