Archive for the ‘Movies’ Category

Happy Halloween 2017!

October 31, 2017

If 2016 can serve as an indicator of popularity, 2017 should be no exception (here are some fun facts from 2016).  Of course, for all of you who enjoy the occasional Halloween-themed movie (not all of these are “scary”), here is a list of movies you may wish to watch again (I should have thought to post this earlier in the month so that you could have watched one of them each day for the month of October, but alas . . . ).

My favorite is the original Halloween (1978) and they have a whole website dedicated to the fans of this movie (and its numerous sequels).

If you are brave enough to venture out tonight . . . be safe.

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Greatest Films of the 21st Century!

July 29, 2017

As the Traverse City Film Festival prepares to wrap up the 2017 season, here is an infographic that details the greatest films of the 21st Century so far through July 2016 (courtesy of the BBC).  This list is based upon the input of 177 critics from 36 countries and does not necessarily represent “my” list of the greatest, but alas!

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Traverse City Film Festival 2017!

July 25, 2017

Lucky number thirteen!  That’s the number of years that Traverse City (Michigan) has hosted their film festival and today marks the kickoff of this year’s festival!  I can’t wait to start seeing movies!  This year I had more than twenty movies on my “to see” list over the six day festival;  I only ended up with seventeen (17) tickets.  And, this year, we are actually sponsoring a movie (in memory of Mom) — Cool Hand Luke, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year!

The movies that I’m interested in viewing include:

http://www.traversecityfilmfest.org/

 

A Bohemian Kind of Day!

February 11, 2017

If you enjoy “Bohemian Rhapsody” (I do) and if you enjoy movies (I do), then you are sure to enjoy this version of the song using clips from 260 movies.

TCFF 2016!

July 29, 2016

Happy Friday!  Well, movie fans, the Traverse City Film Festival is now in full swing with a few more days of film watching still on the schedule (things will wrap up on Sunday).   Another year of “just great movies” and I’ve been fortunate enough to experience sixteen movies over the five-day event!  So many movies . . . so little time.  I figured it out that if I was wanting to view a different movie in each and every time slot available, I’d end up seeing more than 30 different movies (and be totally brain dead for having tried).  The most movies I have scheduled for any one day: five (whew, that’s a lot of screen time.)  Needless to say, I will not be attempting to fill each and every day with this many movies.  But I will certainly get in a good share.  My final list of movies I’ll be seeing (plus the country):

  • Adult Life Skills (UK)
  • Certain Women (US)
  • Concerto: a Beethoven Journey (US)
  • Conspiracy of Faith (Denmark)
  • Equity (US)
  • Five Nights in Maine (US)
  • Folk Hero & Funny Guy (US)
  • Hell or High Water (US)
  • Here Alone (US)
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople (New Zealand)
  • Infinitely Polar Bear (US)
  • Man Called Ove (Sweden)
  • Marguerite (France)
  • My Blind Brother (US)
  • Viva (Ireland)
  • Welcome to Norway (Norway)

“The Artist’s Dream!”

June 12, 2016

On June 12, 1913, The Artist’s Dream (aka The Dachshund) was the first animated cartoon created with cel animation.  Produced by John Randolph Bray, and using clear sheets of acetate, the cartoon depicted Bray drawing a dachshund that continued to eat sausages to the point of exploding.

For more information and history re: animation, visit this link.

Source: Famous First Facts by Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin, and Janet Podell

The Force Has Awakened!

January 8, 2016

Happy Friday!  Yes, the new Star Wars movie has been out for a couple of weeks, but here are a few a cappella versions the Star Wars theme/medley that will definitely get us geared up for the weekend!   And, if by chance you are one of the many who have not yet seen the movie, perhaps this will be the impetus you need.  May the Force be with you!  Enjoy!

Traverse City Film Festival Getting Underway!

July 28, 2015

Today marks the official start of the Traverse City Film Festival 2015!

Are you ready to watch movies?  This year there will be more than 200 screening across the ten venues: the State Theatre, the Old Town Playhouse, the Lars Hockstad Auditorium, the City Opera House, the Milliken Auditorium, the Bijou by the Bay, the Buzz, the Dutmers Theater, Movies on a Boat, and the Open Space Park Outdoor Cinema on the waterfront.

I’ve got my tickets, what about you?

The numbers last year (the tenth anniversary) . . .

– 131,000 admissions
– 82% of available tickets sold to 250 screenings, of which 170 were sold out
– 128 features, 85 shorts across 12 venues
– 160 industry guests
– 1,600 Volunteers, 500 Volunteer Managers
– 100 festival musicians
– Mid-Life Achievement Award – Barbara Kopple
– Movie Around the World
– The Buzz and Movies on a Boat added as Venues
– “Best of” Open Space

A Dynamic Duo!

June 10, 2015

No, I’m not talking about Batman and Robin, but rather Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe (Fritz).  This duo of songwriter (Loewe) and lyricist (Lerner) collaborated on eight plays as well as six films (or film adaptations).  Most notably: Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, Camelot, and Gigi (all of which were produced on the screen as well as the stage). My Fair Lady is by far my favorite.

I’m a sucker for musicals, and these two were among the best of their time (along with the duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein who had the following Broadway hits: Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music).  In honor of Fritz’s birthday (today), here are a couple of clips of the Kennedy Center Honors from 1985, a tribute to Lerner and Loewe (Lerner would die three months following this tribute and Loewe three years later).

Comics and the Movies!

November 19, 2014

I think it is safe to say that I am an avid moviegoer.  Did you know until the year 2000, there were just a handful of movies based on old comic books (Marvel, DC, etc.) and that they were predominantly Superman or Batman?  Here recently there has been an explosion of movies based upon old comic books and from the production schedules (Warner/DC; Marvel), it looks like there are numerous others in the pipeline for years to come.  Here’s the complete list of films based on Marvel Comics.  Here’s the complete list of films based on DC Comics.

Checkout this infographic (courtesy of Comics Alliance) that highlights the superhero movies that are scheduled for the next several years.

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