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”

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”

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 generallyContinue reading “Moana”

Sing Street

Release: Friday, April 15, 2016 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: John Carney Directed by: John Carney John Carney returns to the emerald-green shores of his native Ireland for his latest quasi-musical/romantic comedy Sing Street, his third such feature after 2007’s Once and 2014’s Begin Again. Though it possesses many of the traits that made his higher-profile, New York-set dramedy anContinue reading “Sing Street”

Janis: Little Girl Blue

Release: Friday, November 27, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Amy J. Berg Directed by: Amy J. Berg Janis: Little Girl Blue isn’t the whole puzzle but it offers up a lot of significant pieces in its exploration of the life of iconic blues rocker Janis Joplin. The account offers a celebration of a life cut tragically short,Continue reading “Janis: Little Girl Blue”

Begin Again

Release: Friday, June 27, 2014 (limited) [Theater] A disgraced record label executive has a chance run-in with a down-on-her-luck musician at a bar and the two forge a friendship that inspires more than great music — it reinvigorates one another’s thirst for life. The Hulk takes a chill pill as Mark Ruffalo fits himself back into aContinue reading “Begin Again”

TBT: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Holy Gene Wilder, it’s an actual, legitimate “throwback” post for once! 😀 (Yes, this is not that new Johnny Depp remake, the one that looks more like a horror movie.) This one currently stands as the oldest film I’ve reviewed so far but it might also strike a second landmark as being one of myContinue reading “TBT: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)”