My Favorite Super Bowl Commercial 2019

Well, there were slim pickings in this year’s Super Bowl commercial race. Mercedes Benz featured The Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, Stella Artois gave us the return of The Dude, and that Bud Light/Game of Thrones mash-up was pretty cool. But the ad that had everyone at the Super Bowl I attended roaring with laughter was this one starring Craig Robinson:

Yeah I know, it’s sophomoric, but also funny as hell!!



It wasn’t pretty. Defense dominated the game, but a late scoring drive by Tom Brady led to a Sony Michel touchdown, and the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. It was the Pats’ sixth Super Bowl victory, tying them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for most championships in the Super Bowl era. Say what you want about it, but this native New Englander remembers when they flat-out sucked, making all this winning soooo much sweeter!

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – FEBRUARY 03: Sony Michel #26 of the New England Patriots scores a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Neither team could get anything going on offense, as the Rams’ #2 ranked defense and the Pats’ #4 ranked defense hit hard. Stephen Gostkowski nailed a 42 yard field goal in the second quarter to put New England up 3-0 at halftime. Following a kinda crappy Maroon 5 halftime show (just my opinion!), Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein hit a 53 yarder to tie the game in the third. But the 41-year-young Brady showed us why he’s the GOAT (that’s Greatest Of All Time) by executing a ten minute scoring drive in the fourth quarter, capped by rookie running back Michel bulling his way into the end zone for the game’s only touchdown. A 29 yard field goal by Gostkowski put the icing on the cake, and New England’s crusty 66-year-old coach Bill Belichick got to savor another Super Bowl success.

Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman

Pint-sized powerhouse wide receiver Julian Edelman was named game MVP for his 141 yards on 10 catches – eight of which went for first downs. Comparer that to the Rams total 198 passing yards AS A TEAM, and you can see why Edelman’s MVP is a no-brainer! Congrats to the New England Patriots – now football season is officially over, which means only one thing. Pitchers and catchers begin reporting to Spring Training in just nine short days!



Some Thoughts On Today’s Oscar Nominations Announcement

I really don’t mean to sound like your cranky old Uncle Elmo, but….

Seriously, Academy, I understand you don’t give two shits about Hollywood history. You prove that year after year with your truncated ‘In Memoriam’ segment, omitting far too many who’ve contributed to your industry. Last year, it was (among others) Don Gordon, Skip Homeier, Tobe Hooper, and Anne Jeffreys; the year before Gloria DeHaven, Madeleine LeBeau, William Schallert, Robert Vaughn… I get it. You’ve got to save time for those great “comedy” bits that Bob Hope wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot ski pole and lame musical production numbers, not to mention giving time for everyone to make their obligatory political statements. That’s why I put so much time and effort into my own yearly ‘In Memoriam’ tributes, so those you give short shrift to won’t be forgotten.

Orson Welles’ “The Other Side of the Wind”

But to completely snub Orson Welles’ last movie, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND ? I didn’t expect a film shot in the 70’s to cop a Best Picture nod, or any acting honors (though Peter Bogdanovich was more than worthy), but to ignore editor Bob Murawski’s painstaking putting together of all that mismatched footage and turning it into a cohesive film is UNFORGIVABLE! Murawski and his crew went through 96 HOURS of film in order to get a final cut, and the result was a dazzling piece of cinema that may not rank with CITIZEN KANE, but then again, what film does? A lot of hard work went into getting THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND right, and I really feel Murawski should have been rewarded for his efforts with AT LEAST a lousy nomination!

John C. Reilly & Steve Coogan in “Stan & Ollie”

While we’re on the subject of snubs, the biopic STAN & OLLIE received exactly zero, zip, nada nominations. Really? The film’s been released in New Yawk and El Lay, so it definitely qualifies for this year’s awards. John C. Reilly has picked up two Best Actor awards from the Boston and San Diego Film Critic Societies. What’s the matter, Academy, you don’t like Laurel & Hardy ? Not even enough to give a nomination for Best Makeup, or Production Design? I mean, come on!

Don’t get me wrong, I like superhero movies as much as the next guy, and was glad to see BLACK PANTHER get some recognition. And I’m happy Sam Elliott got tabbed with a Best Supporting Actor nod for A STAR IS BORN. But to totally disrespect THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND (and STAN & OLLIE, which I admit I haven’t seen yet – soon, though), shows me the Academy has turned it’s back on its history. It’s not only a damn good movie, it would’ve been a real kick to see Orson get a co-nomination along with Murawski.

Maybe I really have turned into your cranky old Uncle Elmo. But I’m passionate about film, and it seems to me the Academy has dropped the ball on this one. I’m not going to boycott, it’s not my style; I’ll watch the awards ceremony faithfully, as I always do. And you best believe I’ll be rooting for Sam Elliott, ya young whippersnappers!!

I’ll be rootin’ for ya, Sam!

Cracked Rear Viewer Gets Interviewed by John Greco on CMBA

2019 is shaping up to be an interesting year. A short time ago, I was contacted by John Greco, board member of the Classic Movie Blog Association, which I joined a little under a year ago (John’s own blog, Twenty Four Frames , is well worth seeking out!). The interview is now available on the CMBA website, and it’s an honor to be singled out and share my thoughts on classic film and my humble little site. The interview can be read at this link:

Cracked Rear Viewer Profile

And I hope you Dear Readers will check it out! Thanks again to John and all the CMBA members… gee, am I blushing?

Cracked Rear Viewer’s 2018 Year in Review

Happy New Year, Dear Readers! 2018 was a banner year here at Cracked Rear Viewer, with a record-breaking 58,214 views from 36,781 visitors. As Sally Field said, “You like me, you really like me!”. I appreciate all the support for my efforts to entertain and enlighten you about classic film, TV, music, and pop culture. In fact, I appreciate you so much, it’s time to put the spotlight on YOU…


You’re obviously a diverse and intelligent group of people who visit this site from various sources. Most of you arrive via Google Search, though following close behind is the Cracked Rear Viewer Facebook Page, where you also enjoy some bonus features. WordPress Reader is next, then CRV’s sister site Through the Shattered Lens , where Lisa, Arleigh, and the gang allow me to repost my musings (thanks, guys and gals!). The WordPress Android App was next, something that surprised me… guess you’re busy, on-the-go people like me!

What really never ceases to amaze me is all you Dear Readers around the globe! Though the United States remains first in readership (USA! USA!), rounding out the top ten are the UK, Canada, India, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, France, Japan, and Italy. A special shout-out goes to those solo viewers in Cuba, Antigua, Granadines, Angola, San Marino, Bhutan, Fiji, Belize, Sudan, Mongolia, St. Kitts, Brunei, Gambia, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Guam, Tanzania, Caicos Islands, Botswana, and Moldova… please start spreading the word!


Instead of the usual Top Ten of 2018 litany (everybody does that), I thought it would be interesting to see what you liked most on a month-by-month basis this past year:

January: Pre-Code Confidential #16: Gable & Harlow in RED DUST

Though you’re an eclectic bunch to be sure, I can tell by looking at this year’s stats you really dig films of the Pre-Code Era. There’ll be more to come in 2019, I promise!

February: Moanin’ Low: On Claire Trevor and KEY LARGO

You also liked different takes on classic films, such as this post spotlighting Claire Trevor’s Oscar-winning performance as the boozy gangster’s moll Gaye Dawn. I’m going to continue to challenge myself with more posts in this vein…

March: SUNSET BOULEVARD: Film Noir or Hollywood Horror Story?

…like this “Fresh Take” on an old favorite! Finding a way to add to the classic film conversation is my goal for 2019.

April: The Horror Stars of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

Believe it or not, this was a “throwaway” post I came up with after my annual Easter viewing of the Cecil B. DeMille epic, which surprised me when it became the most-viewed new post of the year! (Second place was another surprise: Familiar Faces #8: In Search of Angelique Pettyjohn . See, eclectic!)


I began a new series to go along with all the others (That’s Blaxploitation!,  Pre Code Confidential,  Rockin’ in the Film World, etc), and since I grew up loving those low budget 60’s & 70’s drive-in/exploitation movies, rest assured there’ll be more to come.

June: Forgotten Horror: THIRTEEN WOMEN

I’d never heard of this minor 30’s proto-slasher starring the exquisite Myrna Loy before, and was thrilled to bring some attention to it!

July: Pre Code Confidential #21: Wheeler & Woolsey in DIPLOMANIACS

I’m a latecomer to the comedy team of Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey, but quickly became a fan. Apparently, I’m not alone!

August: Pre Code Confidential #22: GABRIEL OVER THE WHITE HOUSE

See what I mean about you loving those Pre-Code films! This post caused a bit of controversy over on Facebook… but hey, what doesn’t these days, right?!?

September: Star Vehicle: Burt Reynolds in WHITE LIGHTNING

This 2017 post gained traction with the death of superstar Burt Reynolds. To find out how Burt landed me in Facebook jail, click this link!

October: Halloween Havoc: THE BLACK CAT

This year’s annual Halloween Havoc frightfest (31 horror movies in 31 days!) was devoted to Universal Horrors, and this first pairing of horror legends Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi (directed by Edgar G. Ulmer) topped the list. Halloween Havoc is a labor of love for me, not to mention a lot of work! I think I’ll start planning it sooner this year – like, next week!

November: The Origin of Billy Jack: BORN LOSERS

TCM ran a Billy Jack fest, and this post from 2016 became a popular read. For more on Tom Laughlin’s mystical martial arts master, see The Legend of BILLY JACK Continues,  Heavy Hitter: THE TRIAL OF BILLY JACK,  and Strange Bedfellows: BILLY JACK GOES TO WASHINGTON.  Now, if someone would air THE MASTER GUNFIGHTER…

December: 12 Days of Random Christmas Songs: “Santa Claus and His Old Lady” by Cheech & Chong

From 2017, the Godfathers of Stoner Humor’s Xmas comedy hit was the Yuletide season’s most popular post. More C&C, anybody?


Well, for me personally, I’m starting a new job tomorrow. It’s quite an ambitious project I’m pretty excited about, but it may have an effect on my postings for a time. I’ll be busy, busy, busy, but I’m going to keep the blog going as much as time permits. The Friday afternoon posts will probably fall by the wayside, and I really can’t say whether I’ll be able to maintain the three-times-a-week schedule. Time will tell…

I recently did an interview via email with John Greco over at the Classic Movie Blog Association – be on the lookout for that soon! Meanwhile, I’ll continue my mission to bring you Dear Readers the things you want to read. Let me know what you want more of (or less of, for that matter), and thank you all for your continued support – especially that guy over in Moldova! Happy 2019!

A Thanksgiving Without Turkey? Say It Ain’t So!

Yet that’s what the Johnson family faces in this corny time capsule “A DAY OF THANKSGIVING”, made in 1951 by the Centron Corporation of Lawrence, Kansas, purveyors of educational and industrial films from the late 40’s up until the 1990’s:

You know something? Maybe those Johnsons aren’t so corny after all!