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

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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)

A Twice-Told Musical Cue: “The Princess Bride” & “Tosca”

I had a late-night revelation during my drive home last night.  This four-note cue from the score of The Princess Bride (specifically the track, "Guide My Sword") is the same as the opening four notes of "Vissi d'arte" from Puccini's Tosca.  And now I'm reading The Princess Bride completely differently than I did before. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK8gSdKqIyoContinue reading A Twice-Told Musical Cue: “The Princess Bride” & “Tosca”