Daniel Craig “No Time To Die” Movie Review and Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

[Cover Photo] Photo Credit: Nicola Dove MGM Pictures

It’s the end of an era for James Bond fans, including myself, and we say goodbye to Daniel Craig as he closes the chapter on the iconic role. 

The movie is called “No Time to Die” and runs two hours and forty-three minutes, and throughout the entire duration, you are in it from start to finish. Daniel Craig has played the role of Ian Fleming character for 15 years.

Photo Credit: MGM

Starting in 2006 with Casino Royale, then Quantum of Solace in 2008, Skyfall in 2012, Spectre in 2015, and closing things out with No Time To Die in 2021. Initially, the movie was supposed to be released in 2020 but postponed numerous times due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Now that society is returning to a “New Normal” we are heading back to the movies. My first movie back from the pandemic is “No Time to Die,” and I couldn’t be more excited because the trailer released presented a promising film, closing out the character’s storyline for fans of Craig’s character.

The film, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga has everything you expect from a James Bond film. Action, Romance, plenty of tech, and a fantastic cast. Rami Malek, who plays Lyutsifer Safin, the main villain, was perfection. His dialogue with bond was pure art towards the end. Creating a similar pain, he endured in his past for bond.


Photo Credit: Nicola Dove | MGM Pictures

So what about the plot? It’s a familiar plot that we’ve seen in other science fiction movies. Science experiment from the past comes back to haunt the scientist with the bad guy wanting total world domination for himself. Felix Leiter, played by Jeffery Wright, comes back to recruit bond to stop Malek’s character from succeeding in this one. 

Even though he is MI6, Bond works with the CIA in this mission since he’s officially retired for five years now, and his 007 status reassigned to new character Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch. The rest of the cast from previous movies returns, including Ralph Fiennes as M, Rory Kinnear as M’s chief of staff, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, and Madeleine Swann as Léa Seydoux (Bond love interest). 

With returning faces and new faces, the movie provides a balance to make up the emotional closure to Craig’s character as we say goodbye. All I will say is that the film’s ending will tug on the heartstrings if you’re a long-time fan of bond and have been part of the Daniel Craig era since the beginning. 


Photo Credit: Nicola Dove | MGM Pictures

Did the film provide the proper closure? Absolutely. It may not have been the outcome I specifically wanted, but fans will be happy with the movie knowing that the Daniel Craig era will come with complete closure. While I was hyped and ready at the beginning of the movie, the film did not disappoint. The film was bold, fun, and emotional and provided the proper send-off. I highly suggest you check out this film on the big screen. 

Craig, 53. Shared with CNN in a recent interview that seeing the movie in theaters is better than watching it a home. “That’s where movies like this belong, where all movies belong, in my opinion,” he shared, “We’re very social species ordinarily, and we need to get out there and experience a few things together.”


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In addition to the movie release this week, the actor had the honor of receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame near the late Roger Moore, who passed away in 2017. Mr. Craig is the fourth Bond actor to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

No Time To Die is now playing in theaters and if you check it out, let me know your thoughts by connecting with me on Twitter and Instagram @MikeStarkCA 

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Post Malone’s Posty Fest Postponed to 2022

(Cover Photo) Photo Credit: Astrida Valiforsky | Getty Images

Bad news for Post Malone fans, Posty Fest, will not take place this year.

Post Malone’s annual “Posty Fest” event is postponed until 2022. As a result, the annual event hosted in Texas is postponed. “Due to logistical issues impacting the production of the festival, Posty Fest is rescheduling to 2022,” shared the festival in a statement on their website.

Photo Credit: Official statement from the Posty Fest website

In July 2021, the festival announced its return to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, after a year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The 2021 event was to feature performances by Post Malone, Megan Thee Stallion, Jack Harlow, Lil Uzi Vert, Tyga, and Roddy Ricch, with tickets on sale at the end of July. 

Refunds were available to posty fest-goers “at the point of purchase.” A statement on the festival site continued, “We can’t wait to make 2022 our biggest year yet. Stay safe everyone, we’ll see you soon.” No word yet if talent from this year’s line-up will be part of 2022. 

The 2021 event was scheduled for two full days of entertainment over Halloween weekend from October 30-31, entirely outdoors.

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

JAPANESE BREAKFAST: Live at The Observatory in North Park

Oct. 4, 2021

The Opening Act: Luna Li 

On Monday I attended The Observatory on a rainy night to see Japanese Breakfast. Let me tell you all about it. 

Luna Li, who is from Toronto, was opening and I had never heard of her before. The lead came out on stage with three other bandmates: Hallie Switzer, Char Aragoza, and Braden Sauder.

As Luna Li started playing, I was instantly enchanted with her dreamy-rock sound and angelic voice. I never stopped swaying and grooving to her heavenly sound. Luna was also great on stage, she truly is a garage rock princess, as Mick Magazine calls her. With every song that was played, she did not fail to surprise me. Luna has a diverse skill palette with over 14 years of piano and violin training, and she can also play the harp. Luna whipped out her pretty butterfly guitar and played violin for her song, “Afterglow.” The band meshed so perfectly together, especially with the backup vocals. At one point, she told the crowd to just close their eyes and float away, and I did as she said. Although after a while I did peek to see who else was following orders. My favorite song by them right now has got to be Alone But Not Lonely. 

Hannah Bussiere is the Korean-Canadian artist behind Luna Li. According to Fashion Magazine, Hannah wanted a stage name that she could “step into,” to become her best unapologetic self when performing. She channels divine feminine energy, which is where the name “Luna” comes from. 

The self-proclaimed “moon fairy” expressed how grateful she was to be on tour with Japanese Breakfast because she felt represented by the band, since the lead, Michelle Zauner is Korean as well. 

Now, I am absolutely in love with Hannah Bussiere’s sound and vision. I’m so happy that I got to experience her music live before ever hearing her beautiful music. 

The Main Act: Japanese Breakfast

Not knowing much about the artist, besides her sound, I was eager to see what she’s all about live. As soon as Japanese Breakfast came out they started playing Paprika, an energetic piece which is my favorite song from her new album titled, Jubilee. 

I was blown away and uplifted by her performances. Wow… just wow. I couldn’t stop moving my body and taking it all in, it was quite emotional for me. The night was such a refreshing experience that I haven’t felt since seeing Unknown Mortal Orchestra live a couple of years back. The crowd was so chill and groovy. For the first time, I thought, people don’t have to always be dancing or screaming lyrics in order to gain something from attending a show. 

Japanese Breakfast’s talented lead and visionary, Michelle Zauner, is also a writer and director. I found out that she wrote a memoir about her relationship with her late mother, titled, “Crying in H-Mart.” Zauner is also married to her bandmate Peter Bradley, who she wedded nearly seven years ago, in her parent’s backyard before her mother passed. There was so much love at the show. At one moment, Michelle was introducing a song that she wrote for Peter, then saying that most songs she writes are for him as well. They played so well alongside one another. Aw. 

As usual, the band disappeared into the back and reappeared for an electric encore. What a beautiful night. 

Japanese Breakfast and Luna Li were absolutely breathtaking and incredibly talented. The experience was so elevating and I felt so humbled and full of love at the same time by the end of the night. The Woman That Loves You was my cry song and still remains, along with new pieces that I’ve discovered along the way through that night’s venture. Thank you so much.  

Written by Maya Tomasik

New Music: Dad Vibes – Limp Bizkit

Cover Photo Photo Credit: Limp Bizkit “Dad Vibes” Single Artwork

“Hot Dad Riding In on A Rhino”

Limp Bizkit is back with new music for the first time in seven years. On September 29, 2021, the band released the bop “Dad Vibes” and if you’re a dad, this song is definitely for you.

The rap-rock anthem first heard during the band’s set at Lollapalooza in July is about fathers and the lyric video for the song does not disappoint. We see singer Fred Durst rock his new signature hipster dad look. 

“Check out your dad with the swag on the floor/momma gonna brag when I walk in the door/Y’all ain’t ever seen a guerrilla in the mist/Walk the line so fine with a blindfold,” Durst raps.


Photo Credit: Screenshot of Dad Vibes Music Video on YouTube

Throughout the song, you hear the groups signature sound of beats and guitar which takes me back to the days of “Nookie” and “Break Stuff

Limp Bizkit’s last album released was Gold Cobra in 2011 with the group recently performing in 2021 at Lollapalooza in July.

Their upcoming album “Stampede of the Disco Elephants” does not have a release date yet, however, the group recently said in an Instagram Story they will release new songs in rapid succession before the release of the new album. 

For now, you can stream “Dad Vibes” on music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music and let me know your thought on their latest release by hitting me up on Instagram and Twitter @MikeStarkCA. 

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA