“You’ve been given a gift, this profound connection to everything. Just look for it, and I promise you it’s there, the collateral beauty.” – Madeleine, “Collateral Beauty” Movies often entertain, but every so often you will come across a film which really makes you think. If you’re a poetic soul who loves to ponder […]Read more "P – The Philosophical Perspective on Love & Death in “Collateral Beauty”"
“When there is kindness, there is goodness. When there is goodness, there is magic.” Cinderella (2015) When an old film is given a makeover, audiences always hope that the new version will be even more breathtaking – more magical – than the last… and with Disney’s March 2015 release of Cinderella, audiences were not […]Read more "3 Lessons from “Cinderella”"
“Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.” Cooper – Interstellar My wife and I are both incredible fans of science fiction films, and were thrilled when Interstellar, the November 2014 release directed by Christopher Nolan, was recently released on DVD. If you’re the type of person who loves […]Read more "Interstellar – Best Movie (with a Bad Message) Ever"
In 1919, pulp fiction writer Johnston McCulley introduced the world to Zorro, one of the many masked marvels who has graced the pages of our most beloved comic strips. The name “Zorro,” which is the Spanish word for “fox,” captures the crafty skill and sly cunning of Don Diego de la Vega, a wealthy nobleman […]Read more "Z: Zorro and the Danger of Hiding Behind a Mask"
“Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.” Blaise Pascal As a high school student, I found myself spending the night alone in an Intensive Care Unit. One of my lungs had spontaneously deflated while I was lifting heavy boxes of books at work, and the doctors had been forced […]Read more "Y: “You’ve Got Mail” – Why Ordinary Characters Are Something Quite Special"
You know things are bad when your own film crew tells you a movie is going to be a disaster… yet George Lucas persisted with his Star Wars project. The first film was released on May 25, 1977, and the galaxy has never been the same. All six of the Star Wars films were nominated […]Read more "S: “Star Wars” – A Glance and a Giveaway!"
“Now and then, for no good reason, life will haul off and knock a man flat.” Jim Coates – Old Yeller (1957) “You crazy, wonderful dog!” Katie Coates – Old Yeller (1957) Okay – confession time. I stand among the ranks of those who were absolutely traumatized by Old Yeller as […]Read more "O: “Old Yeller” – Why It’s Okay to Cry Your Eyes Out"
It’s perhaps the most recognized musical theme in the world. Every child who has ever pretended to be a shark in the swimming pool has heard it, and even those who haven’t have played it on the piano. John Williams, the composer who gave us the memorable film scores to cinematic treasures such as Indiana […]Read more "J: “Jaws” and Beyond – the Genius of John Williams"
“There was a land of cavaliers and cotton fields called the old south. Here in this pretty world gallantry took its last bow. Here was the last ever to be seen of knights and their ladies fair. Of master and of slave. Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a […]Read more "G: “Gone With the Wind” – Triumph in the Face of Adversity"
“The sun will come out tomorrow.” -Annie When Harold Gray first introduced the world to Little Orphan Annie with his comic strip, there is no way he could have known the way this little red-head would take the world by storm and never let go. There was such fascination with this comic, it inspired a […]Read more "A: Why “Annie” Still Makes Us Smile"