1999 Records (Preview)

Though I won’t be podcasting as much as I used to, certain yearly traditions will continue including an upcoming conversation I will be having with friend and journalist Dan Solomon (of Texas Monthly). We like to go back 20 years to discuss and deconstruct a particular year in music. 1999 was every bit as strong of a year for music as it was for film.

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James Laczkowski
41 + Moving On

The best way to find me is through text or email which you can DM me on. I know it’s a bit of a contradiction to not want to share my life as it gets better, so maybe in a year or two, I will return in some form or another especially if things take off. But I need to focus better and express myself in ways that are less about text and scrolling. After all, that’s how it all started - writing, music, college, friendships, exercise. I have done much less of this since having been a part of social media.

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James Laczkowski
Favorite Tim Burton Scenes

With the release of the relatively disappointing Dumbo, I decided to rank and list some of my favorite moments and scenes from the films of Tim Burton, a director I used to love and hope to again one day.

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James Laczkowski
R.I.P Larry Cohen

One of my favorite writer/directors has passed at the age of 77. Larry Cohen is responsible for so many great scripts and features that it’s hard to know where to begin. Also, I would say that he was easily one of the best interview subjects I’ve ever had the pleasure of talking with.

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James Laczkowski
Two Losses, Too Soon

Within the past few days, two losses, although not terribly close to me personally, further highlights how addiction, mental illness and dependence are not going anywhere. If anything, they remain a constant plague in the lives of many that cannot be cured, but managed better. There are no answers and sometimes, those closest to you won’t even share their affliction or their patterns of behavior for fear of not only breaking the cycle but out of simple embarrassment that this happened in the first place.

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James Laczkowski