Tag Archives: movie

inconvenient.

Standard

after watching

“an inconvenient sequel”

on a hot summer night

in ann arbor

i was left

absolutely chilled.

“a man has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct 

though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.”

-walter lippmann

Advertisements

walk around in it.

Standard

“you never really understand a person

until you consider things from his point of view…

until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

― harper lee, to kill a mockingbird

57 years ago this month, in july, 1960,

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was first published.

one of my favorite books.

 

 

credits: universal pictures, j.b. lippincott & co., harper lee

 

the red turtle.

Standard

saw this beautiful film yesterday

very moving and mesmerizing

drawn in mostly soft colors 

it captures the subtleties of

 nature, man, balance, human connections, family,

impermanence, the circles that life takes

very simple lines and images

bamboo, trees, water, sky, people, animals, land

created by three studios in three countries

japan, england, belgium

does not require any translation

as there is no dialogue

except for one word

only lovely music

to take you through this

fairy tale, fantasy, fable, legend

 when you get to the end

the quietly powerful and touching final scenes

will draw you in

it was 81 minutes of

pure perfection in every frame.

“this film was simple and and elemental.

like a picture book that needs no words.”

– a.o. scott – new york times

‘the red turtle’ premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 cannes film festival, where it won a grand jury award. the film was also nominated for the best animated feature film for the 89th academy awards.

credits: studio ghibli, wild bunch studio, toho studio, sony pictures classics

it goes in the show.

Standard

so, i actually cried while watching “the smurfs”

luckily there was some magic involved

that turned things around

as the universe tends to do

in its own strange way

unexpectedly 

with no explanation

and all at once

everything was right with world again.

“if it makes you cry, it goes in the show.”

-annie leibovitz

image credit: sony pictures

short.

Standard

img_8024

we were an audience of six

(including the organ player)

at the beautiful michigan theatre

where we saw some amazing short films

thus proving once again that

sometimes less is more.

2017-oscar-nominated-short-films-live-action-54“if you have the audience, that is good, that gives you a good motivation!

if you don’t have the audience, that is good, that gives you a good motivation to try to have some!”
― mehmet murat ildan

trolls.

Standard

%d7%98%d7%a8%d7%95%d7%9c%d7%99%d7%9d

i’ve now seen this movie 3 times

couldn’t get the grandies viewing schedules to mesh

so we went in groups

it was colorful, happy, and musical

all felt and sparkles and big hair and eccentric characters

and i have to say

it is a totally fun and trippy, dreamy movie

that asks and answers the question:

“what is the nature of happiness?”

and really, it is quite impossible

not to be happy when you watch this film.

“it is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”

-charles spurgeon


credits: dreamworks animation, 20th century fox

 

To be able to look back upon one’s past life with satisfaction is to live twice. – Lord Acton

Standard

Image

     freda kelly was just a shy teenager from liverpool who left school at 16 to make her way in the world. in this documentary, freda tells her story for the first time after 50 years, for very personal reasons all her own. it is the story of a young girl, who, through fate and circumstance, found herself working for a local band, the beatles, hoping to make it big. while none of them had any concept of how far they would go, it was her undying loyalty and dedication that kept her in their inner circle, a rare thing among the many who came and went from their universe.

Image

at only 16, she became their devoted personal secretary and fan club president, and she understood the young girls’ frenzy them as they grew in fame, as she was herself just a young girl, as well as a fan. she was fiercely protective of each of them and never was swayed by the fame and fortune that came along. Freda saw it all, and became a sister and friend to them, and a daughter to their families. 

Image

she witnessed their evolution to international fame and watched history unfold before her eyes, taking it all in with amazement and pride.

 Image

 

it was her dream job, and she was there at the beginning, and there at the end. and as was said, ‘they were together for 10 years, and she worked for them for 11 years.’  the archival footage in this film is amazing, and if you are a fan of the beatles, music history, or just of the pure and sweet side of human nature, you will fall in love with freda and with this movie.

Image

freda today, as she tells her story, with a few tears and a lot of laughter.

You learn from a conglomeration of the incredible past –

whatever experience gotten in any way whatsoever.
Bob Dylan

 —-

image credits: magnolia pictures, the guardian.com,dailymail.co.uk,scope features,sxsw film festival