When a Song Gets Bigger than the Movie: Stay Alive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NucJk8TxyRg This one is for all the daydreamers and travelers out there who want to be anywhere but stuck at home right now. The song 'Stay Alive' is one of several the Argentinian-Swedish indie folk singer/songwriter José González contributed to the soundtrack for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a 2013 adventure drama/fantasy starring Ben Stiller, Sean … Continue reading When a Song Gets Bigger than the Movie: Stay Alive

When a Song Gets Bigger than the Movie: Walking on a String

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a17sJFSSds 'Walking on a String' -- a collaboration between The National frontman Matt Berninger and solo singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers. This song is featured in the Zach Galifianakis comedy Between Two Ferns: The Movie. It plays during a short scene where Team Two Ferns gathers at a bar. I have been a fan of The National for … Continue reading When a Song Gets Bigger than the Movie: Walking on a String

Ad Astra

Release: Friday, September 20, 2019 →Theater Written by: Ethan Gross; James Gray Directed by: James Gray Ad Astra is not the increasingly familiar, inspiring saga of human achievement the marketing has been pitching it as. It's something much more honest and intriguing -- a terrifyingly lonely quest for truth that dares put us in our place and puts potential limits … Continue reading Ad Astra

Alpha

Release: Friday, August 17, 2018 →Theater Written by: Daniele Sebastian Wiedenhaupt Directed by: Albert Hughes As the dog days of summer are finally upon us, you might consider taking a walk somewhat off the beaten path by checking out Albert Hughes' Alpha. A prehistoric epic adventure set 20,000 years ago in unrecognizable Europe, it offers a tale … Continue reading Alpha

Your Name.

Release: Friday, April 7, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Makoto Shinkai Directed by: Makoto Shinkai To say Makoto Shinkai's massively acclaimed anime is ambitious would be an understatement. Your Name. seems to be an opus on everything from teen awkwardness to the relationship between time and memory to astrology. At its core it's a grand romantic tale but fastened to that are … Continue reading Your Name.

Moana

Release: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Jared Bush Directed by: Ron Clements; John Musker; Don Hall; Chris Williams Moana might just be Frozen's spiritual, tropical sequel. But to be honest, I'm only just guessing that -- I never saw Frozen. Couldn't stand the hype. When hype for a film made by a film company I generally … Continue reading Moana

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

Release: Friday, October 14, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Directed by: Kevin Macdonald If you have never heard of Cai Guo-Qiang, you are primed for a transcendent experience in Sky Ladder, a Netflix exclusive that delves into the personal and professional life of this blisteringly original Chinese contemporary artist. In this quietly unassuming but bold and visually-oriented documentary from Kevin … Continue reading Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

The Little Prince

Release: Friday, August 5, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Written by: Irena Brignull; Bob Persichetti Directed by: Mark Osborne The Little Prince is a gem. It's a crime it never received a theatrical release. It's a heartwarming journey rivaling anything Pixar has created on an emotional and intellectual level, and perhaps it's the complex, multi-layered animation that truly sets the … Continue reading The Little Prince

Star Trek: Beyond

Release: Friday, July 22, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Simon Pegg; Doug Jung Directed by: Justin Lin If this is the movie in which we go where no man has gone before, why does it feel like we've been here already? Star Trek: Beyond, a beautifully crafted feel-good blockbuster, the third such film in a post-modern interpretation of the world's second most popular … Continue reading Star Trek: Beyond

The BFG

Release: Friday, July 1, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Melissa Mathison Directed by: Steven Spielberg Great Gallywampers and fiddly tweezlesticks, I is very pleased indeed that Steven Spielberg has delivered the goodles in his very first venture into Roald Dahl's brilliant imagurnation. The BFG is breathtaker beautiful, and not just thanks to its scrumptioutious imagery, neither. It recalls the warminess and … Continue reading The BFG