When a Song Gets Bigger than the Movie: Shallow

It feels like only yesterday the world fell in love with Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born, the third and most recent remake of the classic ill-fated romance between two lovers in showbiz whose career trajectories are trending in opposite directions. Maybe it doesn’t feel like the two years it has actually been considering how thirstyContinue reading “When a Song Gets Bigger than the Movie: Shallow”

When a Song Gets Bigger than the Movie: Stay Alive

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 Penn,Continue reading “When a Song Gets Bigger than the Movie: Stay Alive”

Yesterday

Release: Friday, June 28, 2019 →HBO Written by: Richard Curtis Directed by: Danny Boyle Imagine all the people living day to day without the music of the Beatles. Imagine John Lennon aging into his 70s, living a quiet life with an un-famous instead of infamous significant other. And imagine being Jack Malik (Himesh Patel), the only one inContinue reading “Yesterday”

Month in Review: December ’19

Happy New Year from Thomas J! New year, new decade and a new slate of movies to take in and start complaining about immediately! 😀 Let’s do it! I’ve come out of 2019 tripping over my own damn shoelaces. Not only did I botch the landing when it comes to finishing off the Marvelous BrieContinue reading “Month in Review: December ’19”

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

‘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 quiteContinue reading “When a Song Gets Bigger than the Movie: Walking on a String”

Month in Review: September ’19

I don’t really know what happened, but in September I found a bit more rhythm and motivation to put up content. Maybe I was starting to feel guilty calling myself a “blogger” by putting up nothing but empty wrap-around posts and the occasional streamed review (see August — that was dire!). I have been oneContinue reading “Month in Review: September ’19”

Mock and Roll

Release: Friday, November 30, 2018 (watch now on Amazon Prime)  →Vimeo  Written by: Ben Bacharach-White; Mark Stewart Directed by: Ben Bacharach-White You don’t need to be a groupie to join in on the fun in Mock and Roll, a low-budget yet high-spirited independent film representing the Columbus, Ohio underground filmmaking scene and styled as a mockumentary that followsContinue reading “Mock and Roll”

A Star is Born (2018)

Release: Friday, October 5, 2018 →Theater Written by: Eric Roth; Bradley Cooper; Will Fetters Directed by: Bradley Cooper Bradley Cooper has been a star for some time, but alongside the inimitable pop star Lady Gaga he seems to burn even brighter. Legitimately honing another craft within the framework of one of his best acting showcases to date, Cooper,Continue reading “A Star is Born (2018)”

Month in Review: November ’17

To encourage a bit more variety in my blogging posts and to help distance this site from the one of old, I’m installing this monthly post where I summarize the previous month’s activity in a wraparound that will hopefully give people the chance to go back and find stuff they might have missed, as well asContinue reading “Month in Review: November ’17”

July Blindspot: Swingers (1996)

Release: Friday, October 18, 1996 →YouTube Written by: Jon Favreau Directed by: Doug Liman It is all too easy to assume certain things about a movie titled Swingers. Oh, how does that expression go? The project that launched the careers of both its leads as well as the director is, yes, very much a “dude-flick” preoccupied with the pursuitContinue reading “July Blindspot: Swingers (1996)”