Pumpkin Spice Movies: When Film Met Fall…

In late September, my friends and I got together to watch a film voted from our legendary List, a collection of films that we've agreed to watch together either as introduction for someone, or overdue revisit for another.  After voting in a bracket, 2002's Like Mike won, a film that Jonathan and Brooke adored, but … Continue reading Pumpkin Spice Movies: When Film Met Fall…

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Film School in a Park: Five Cinematic Lessons from The Great Movie Ride

On May 1, 1989, Walt Disney World welcomed its third "gate" to Central Florida with the moviemaking-themed Disney-MGM Studios Park, a partnership between The Walt Disney Company and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the legendary film studio responsible for revered classics as The Wizard of Oz, Singin' in the Rain, and Ben-Hur, along with contemporary hits of the 1980s such as Yentl, Moonstruck, and Rain … Continue reading Film School in a Park: Five Cinematic Lessons from The Great Movie Ride

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

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