August 11, 2022

Cineversary podcast rediscovers the magnificence of the Ambersons

James Naremore and Joshua Grossberg
For Cineversary podcast episode #50, host Erik Martin revisits the magnificence of The Magnificent AmbersonsOrson Welles’ follow-up to Citizen Kane that marks an 80th anniversary this summer. For this commemoration, Erik partners with two outstanding guests: film scholar James Naremore, author of The Magic World of Orson Welles; and filmmaker Joshua Grossberg, director of the forthcoming documentary The Lost Print. Collectively, they discuss why The Magnificent Ambersons remains a cherished cinematic work, why RKO removed 43 minutes from the film and how it significantly altered Welles’ vision, and the search for this lost footage.

To listen to this episode, click here or click the "play" button on the embedded streaming player below. Or, you can stream, download, or subscribe to Cineversary wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, SpotifyStitcherCastboxGoogle PodcastsPocket CastsPodBeanRadioPublic, and Overcast.

Learn more about the Cineversary podcast at anchor.fm/cineversary, and email show comments or suggestions to cineversegroup@gmail.com.


August 8, 2022

Know which drivers should be listed on your auto insurance policy

Choosing which drivers must be listed on your car insurance policy is quite important and, fortunately, easy to do.

Your auto insurance premium is partially determined by the drivers listed on your policy. While your insurer looks at more than a dozen factors that affect your insurance rates, any drivers (and their driving record) listed on your policy will absolutely push your premium up or down. The big question is, who exactly has to be listed on your policy, and how will that impact your premium? While a fully licensed teen driver certainly needs to be listed, what about a teen with a learning permit, a parent living with you, or a neighbor who borrows your truck to move?

Get helpful answers to these and other questions by reading my latest story for Insure.com, available here.

August 1, 2022

Housing market halftime is over: Here's what the 3rd quarter will look like

The third quarter of the year, which kicked off a month ago, brought a few surprises to the market – including a slight dip in mortgage rates and signs of falling home sales.

But the near-term future looks relatively predictable to many pros, who foresee slightly lower or stabilized mortgage rates, relatively high home prices, and lingering supply issues despite more inventory expected. Industry insiders are also mindful of a possible recession, which could alter prospects for the rest of 2022.

Curious what housing drifts are anticipated by those in the know? Eager to learn if buying or selling is a smart move between now and the end of September? Read my newest piece for Bankrate (available here) for valuable insights and helpful recommendations offered by different industry experts.

July 25, 2022

How buying a home can be a hedge against inflation

Americans are paying a lot more today for goods and services than just a few years ago. That’s due to inflation, a factor that can impact prices across the board – including real estate prices and mortgages.

Even though home prices are higher, purchasing a residence can be a smart move that outpaces the inflation rate. Take the time to better understand how inflation works, why homebuying may be a good inflation-proof strategy, and where inflation is headed by reading my current piece for Bankrate, available here.

July 18, 2022

Your loved one passes away and owes taxes. Here's what happens next

The passing of a loved one can be an emotionally difficult period. There are also a lot of financial matters that need to be sorted out, including any taxes owed. Which begs the question: Who is responsible for the taxes of a deceased person? When are they due? And where do the funds come from?

Take the time to learn what’s involved tax-wise after a loved one dies and what to expect by reading my first article for new client TaxCure, available here.

July 14, 2022

Cineversary podcast speaks up about The Quiet Man on its 70th anniversary

In Cineversary podcast episode #49, host Erik Martin takes an audio trip to the Emerald Isle to pay tribute to one of John Ford’s finest works, The Quiet Man, which enjoys a 70th anniversary this summer. Erik is joined in the celebration by two terrific guests: Joseph McBride, a film professor at San Francisco State University, cinema historian, and author of several books including Searching For John Ford, Billy Wilder: Dancing on the Edge, and The Whole Durn Human Comedy: Life According to the Coen Brothers; and Des MacHale, a mathematics professor at University College Cork in Ireland and author of The Complete Guide to the Quiet Man. Together, they explore why The Quiet Man remains so beloved around the world, its cultural impact, elements considered controversial today, and more.

Joseph McBride and Des MacHale
To listen to this episode, click here or click the "play" button on the embedded streaming player below. Or, you can stream, download, or subscribe to Cineversary wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, PodBean, RadioPublic, and Overcast.

Learn more about the Cineversary podcast at anchor.fm/cineversary and email show comments or suggestions to cineversegroup@gmail.com.