Tune in Tomorrow: The Ongoing Cultural Relevance of the American Soap Opera, Part One – Music

On game nights, my friends and I enjoy playing a game entitled "Nouns in a Bucket."  I'll save the explanation of gameplay for another article, but the more relevant point is that every time I write down my nouns for the bucket, I always include at least one soap opera, or something soap opera related, … Continue reading Tune in Tomorrow: The Ongoing Cultural Relevance of the American Soap Opera, Part One – Music

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TCM Dedications: To All The Films I’ve Loved Before

A few months ago, Turner Classic Movies announced a 25th Anniversary Fan Dedication Contest, in which anyone could send in a 90-second video where they would dedicate a classic film to someone else. I decided to enter the contest, but didn't quite know which film to dedicate, and to whom I should make the dedication. … Continue reading TCM Dedications: To All The Films I’ve Loved Before

What’s to Happen All Happened Before: “Mary Poppins Returns” (2018)

Winds in the east, mist coming in,Like somethin' is brewin' and 'bout to begin.Can't put me finger on what lies in store,But I feel what's to happen all happened before. Lest we forget, Bert warned us at the beginning of 1964's Mary Poppins that this isn't the first time the mysterious nanny flew in out of … Continue reading What’s to Happen All Happened Before: “Mary Poppins Returns” (2018)

The Hidden Depths of “Mamma Mia”: Strength in What Remains Behind

Behind every bubbly ABBA cover and colorfully-coordinated dance number, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again subverts its expectations of audiences looking for just a light-and-frothy musical sequel.  To be sure, we have a lot of fun on this return trip to Kalokairi.  After all, young Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is now grown up, ready to re-open the … Continue reading The Hidden Depths of “Mamma Mia”: Strength in What Remains Behind

Won’t You Be My Whitney?: Portraits of 60% Perfect People

    Two documentaries have been released this summer, focusing on beloved public figures whose deaths came about unexpectedly. The first, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, gives us a three-hankie reminiscence of children's television presenter Fred Rogers.  The gentle, soft-spoken man helped shape the early childhoods of generations of children across a television career that lasted … Continue reading Won’t You Be My Whitney?: Portraits of 60% Perfect People

The Albert Film Institute: Volume Two – The Great Film Ride

As fast becoming the norm when it comes to deciding on 100 films to recommend, my friend Zack made another Facebook post asking for his friends to chime in with recommended movies, this time to help him reach a goal of 100 new-to-him movies to watch before the end of summer.  I joked, "Any particular genre … Continue reading The Albert Film Institute: Volume Two – The Great Film Ride

Call Me By Your Name (2017): The Criterion Collection (Wishful Thinking)

Recently, Sony Pictures Classics released Call Me By Your Name on Blu-Ray and DVD, although a digital release already occurred two weeks prior.  The supplements seem rather light (a commentary, two featurettes, and music video), so I'm holding on to some hope that perhaps the studio will eventually licence the title out to Criterion.  The last … Continue reading Call Me By Your Name (2017): The Criterion Collection (Wishful Thinking)