Category Archives: film

The Music Of Strangers

The 2016 documentary is on a few streaming platforms. It explores the collaborative project begun more than two decades ago by musical superstar Yo Yo Ma. The focus is on his life and the mostly more tragic and troubled lives … Continue reading

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Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Who was it who sang, “Fifty-seven channels and nothing’s on”? This tune is outdated in the era of streaming tv. We have literally tens of thousands of channels today. How to find something interesting and worthwhile? I recently stumbled onto … Continue reading

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The Vast of Night

A “science fiction mystery” is how this film is described on wikipedia. Fair enough. It’s a good piece of filmmaking all around: acting, character development, music, pace, direction. It takes place in rural New Mexico about sixty years ago and … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 10

This image is from the best extended piece of film-making ever–the opening sequence of this movie. The hour-plus that follows is quite excellent, too. Easily my favorite animated flick–The Incredibles is second, but a little too derivative to be a … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 9

I like saint movies. This is the most recent of a few that have affected me. Gandhi. Romero. These might have been better films from an objective standpoint. I am neither a radical pacifist or a courageous bishop. In another … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 8

On facebook, I keep to the challenge: post a pic and say nothing about the movie. Here I can’t resist a bit of blab. A sports movie has to be in my top-ten. I considered Hoosiers, Miracle, and a good … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 7

Heading this movie challenge into this century, the first of four I’ve seen. In my mind, I can’t think of a thing wrong with it. Understated but distinctive musical score. Good actors in the significant roles. A very twisty plot … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 6

A film fanatic friend talked me into seeing this production. If I had to choose a Shakespeare film for my top-ten movie challenge, it would be this one. What to say about a movie that I could follow in Japanese … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 5

  I might struggle to keep up with this series. I posted on fb this morning, but I haven’t added commentary there–at least until my friends ask me about a Russian and an American sitting on a Scottish dock at … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 4

Installment #4 of significant movie experiences. I know the filmmaker has a tarnished rep in many eyes. I liked the depiction of dysfunctional relationships, of which there are many. Alcohol was a raging demon in my extended family, and even … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 3

Continuing with the third installment of significant film experiences, the image above is fairly easy to notice. Admittedly, there are probably more Academy Award winning films better than this than worse. Still, it’s a fun travelogue with a little scientific … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 2

  Continuing on the challenge of significant film-watching experiences, I offer a “simulcast” with my fb page. There, without commentary, but here, a brief text. Space has its allure. But so did exploring the interior of the Earth. I was … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 1

  A friend didn’t tag me, so I thought I’d respond. I’m doing this on fb without commentary, but the blogging medium beckons a few words. Like many boys, I liked adventure and science fiction. Preferably both in the same … Continue reading

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Talky Science Fiction

Sometime in the last century, producers of pop culture discovered that science fiction and fantasy mixed with visual special effects and action makes for both popular movies with the general public and money for the corporations behind them. Between the … Continue reading

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On Shelf And Screen: Ursula LeGuin

As a science fiction reader, I’ve overlooked Ursula LeGuin. But after two recent experiences, I’ve become a fan. First, I reacquainted myself with┬áThe Lathe of Heaven. The novel was made into a tv movie in 1980. It’s interesting that as … Continue reading

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