Celebrate Chanukah With This Playlist

Happy Hanukkah everyone! As we’re ending day 2 of the holiday and begin day 3 tonight, here are some tunes to help you celebrate the Festival of Lights.https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/qui_scribit_domina/playlist/5HwQnyhTnkNNrwhf0M2Pmw

Enjoy and have a wonderful and festive Chanukah!

 

KPop Minute: EXID Loves You, EXO Doesn’t Want You To Mess Up Their Tempo, & Monsta X Release English Version of Shoot Out

Welcome back to another KPop Minute! Hope you enjoyed your holiday, did you stuff your tummy like I did with delicious food?  Good! If you didn’t have a great holiday, I’ve got some new music for you to cheer you up.

 EXID I LOVE YOU.

The group made their comeback last week and this is the first time in two years that the group makes a comeback as a complete unit! Leader and main vocal  Solji could not participate in group activities due to illness but she’s back healthy and better than ever!  And so’s the group.

The new single was written by the group’s main rapper  LE with producer Shinsadong Tiger. “I LOVE YOU” is an addicting dance track which features the is repeated phrase “I love you like lalala.”  The music video showcases each member of the group waking up with a hangover from a night of partying and heartbreak.  It’s a colorful MV highlighting Solji and Heylin’s power vocals,  LE’s sharp witted raps (“Like the beer chill you drink on holiday after work
Like game and 3 bottles of Dom 88 champagne…”) and Hani and Jeonghwa’s soft unique voices. Also the dance choreography’s stylish and sexy.

EXO

If you were sick and tired of hearing Ko Ko Bop and The Eve, EXO made their return with a the  earlier this month with “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo.” This track is a bop.  It’s a mix of old school sounds with new school beats. The song’s breakdown is my fave part of the track.

Monsta X

Monsta X who had their comeback last month recently released the English version of their hit “Shoot Out”.  It still captures the sound and feeling of the original version. The seven member group returns to the US this month as the first Korean act to ever headline of the Jingle Ball Concert Series.

 

5 Favorite Leonardo DiCaprio Flims

Leonardo DiCaprio is one of my favorite actors.  I was first introduced to him on the TV show Growing Pains where he played Luke Brower, but I became a huge fan after watching his performances on film. Today marks the actor’s 44th birthday so in honor of his birthd, here are five of my favorite Leonardo DiCaprio films.

5. Inception

I’ve mentioned this sci-fi heist thriller before. In the film DiCaprio plays Dominick “Dom” Cobb, a professional thief who steals secrets by infiltrating the dreams of his victims. He’s facing a murder charge due to his wife’s demise and as a result, is separated from his children.

DiCaprio brilliantly captures the emotions of the character. I’m glad that director Christopher Nolan didn’t give up on asking the actor to appear in the film. For years Nolan had been trying to work with the actor and met him several times, but was unable to convince him to appear in any of his films until this one. I hope that there will be more collaboration between the two of them.

4. Django Unchained (2014)

I’ve always wondered if DiCaprio would ever be in a Quentin Tarantino film, and I finally got my answer when this movie arrived. In it, the actor plays the main villain, “Monsieur” Calvin J. Candie, a charming and brutal owner of the Candyland plantation. This was the first time I watched the actor play a villain and he did an excellent job of portraying this character who appeared to be somewhat angelic on the outside but was the devil on the inside.

One scene in which DiCaprio shines is when Candie confronts Django and Dr. Shultz after learning that the pair have pulled an elaborate scam on him in order to retrieve Django’s wife Broomhilda. During the scene, the actor cuts his hand as the cameras rolled. But that didn’t phase him, as he continued through the scene, never breaking character. As a result, his real-life, bloodied hand made it into the final cut of the film, as you can see above.

3. The Departed (2006)

I enjoy Martin Scorsese-directed films and I love it even more when DiCaprio partners up with the director, specifically in The Departed. The actor plays Billy Costigan, an agent for the Massachusetts State Police who is deep undercover in the Irish-American mob in South Boston. After discovering that there’s a mole (played by Matt Damon) in the police force employed by the criminal organization, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues and the tension mounts leading to an awesome, climatic, ending.

2. The Basketball Diaries (1995)

This film is an adaptation of poet Jim Carroll’s juvenile diaries that chronicle his fall from a promising basketball player into the world of drug addiction. DiCaprio portrays Carroll in the film and it is his riveting performance that captures the poet’s fall from grace down into the rabbit hole and back to a sane existence.

1. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

This was the first Leonardo DiCaprio movie that I saw. I was in ninth grade at the time and in my English Honors class we were discussing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet! I loved the modern, yet still classic, take of the film and the actors did a fantastic job. I still have the two film soundtracks and the film on VHS. This remains one of my all time favorite movies.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s acting is amazing, showing that he has an immense range giving the variety of roles he’s portrayed throughout the years. It’s a wonder he has yet to win an Oscar. Regardless of awards, DiCaprio has proven that he is a force to be reckoned with onscreen.  What are your favorite films? Leave a comment below or on my Facebook page.

Horror On the Radio: 31 Favorite Inner Sanctum Mysteries Episodes

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

As we celebrate this spooktacular day, I wanted to share 31 of my favorite episodes from the classic horror radio show Inner Sanctum Mysteries.  The show originally aired on the Blue Network from January 7, 1941 to  October 5, 1952.  Listeners entered the creaking door and were welcomed by the show’s host Raymond Edward Johnson who acted as “Raymond” a character known for his chilling introductions and morbid puns, and his infamous closing “Pleasant dreaaaams, hmmmmmmm?”  He was often accompanied by the bouncy Lipton Tea representative Mary Bennett.

While there were a total of 527 episodes, a good number of them are missing from the archives.  However what remains doesn’t disappoint. It’s from the surviving episodes that I pull my 31 favorites that I hope you enjoy.

1.The Voice On The Wire

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2. The Black Seagull

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3. A Corpse For Halloween

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4.  The Corpse In The Taxi

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5. The Corpse Laughs Last

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6. Dead Man’s Deal

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7.  The Deadly Dummy

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8. Death Has Claws

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9. Eight Steps To Murder

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10.  House of Doom

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11. The Judas Clock

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12.  The Edge of Death

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13.  A Lady With A Plan

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14. The Magic Tile

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15. Murder Comes At  Midnight

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16. Musical Score

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17. Night is my Shroud

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18. No Coffin for The Dead

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19. Over My Dead Body

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20. The  Silent Hands

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21. Skeleton Bay

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22.  The Song of the Slasher

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23. Strands of Death

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24. Study for Murder

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25. Terror by Night

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26. Till Death Do Us Part

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27. The Undead

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28.  The Wailing Wall

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29. Make Ready My Grave

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30. The Lonely Sleep

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31. Dead Man’s Vengeance

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Horrific Listen: Halloween Playlist Spooktacular 2018

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYBODY!

Let’s get this party started with some spooky tunes. Enjoy this playlist and if you’ve got an awesome Halloween playlist please share in the comments below or on my Facebook page. Enjoy!

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KPop Minute: Monsta X’s ‘Shoot Out’ and BoA’s ‘Woman’

*KPop Minute is a new column on my site in which I feature a post on something related to KPop. I’m new to the KPop scene (got interested back in May 2017) and so I’m sharing my journey with my followers. Enjoy!*

It’s been a long since since I’ve posted a KPop Minute, but I’m back with new beats for you to step to!

First up is one of my favorite groups Monsta X.

Last week they released their second album “Are You There?” with this banging track ‘Shoot Out.’ They go hard in the music video below:

And next month they’ll be touring as one of the acts to perform on the 2018 iheartRadio Jingle Ball national tour, making them the first KPop act to do so.  They’ll appear in the following cities:

  • 102.7 KIIS-hosted event in Los Angeles on Nov. 30.
  • San Francisco at WILD 94.9’s event on Dec. 1st.
  •  101.3 KDWB’s Jingle Ball in Minneapolis on Dec. 3rd
  • Boston event hosted by KISS 108 on Dec. 4th.
  • Philadelphia with Q102’s Jingle Ball on Dec. 5th.

Up next is the legendary queen of KPop BoA who is back with her 9th full album Woman‘! Here’s the MV for the self-titled track off the album:

You can listen to the highlight melody of her full album below:

 

Horror On The Radio: DONOVAN’S BRAIN

Tales of horror come in various media formats and one that has kept fans up at night are radio dramas.  For Halloween Month, I’ll share some of my favorite horror/mystery/thriller stories from classic radio dramas. 

Congratulations, you’ve survived last week’s entry! But are you prepared for this week’s terrifying installment? You are? We shall see dear follower, we shall see. But enough of this prattle, let’s get on with our story.

This week’s tale is from the classic radio drama Suspense and is titled Donovan’s Brain.  The show’s adaption is based off of author  Kurt Siodmak’s novel of the same name and stars Osrson Wells in multiple roles!  As you can see there’s only story instead of two this week, and that’s because this story originally aired in two parts-a significant departure from Suspense’s format-on two consecutive Mondays back in May 18th, 1944.

Here’s the synopsis and the story:A determined scientist plans to keep Mr. Donovan’s brain alive in a jar…not such a good idea!