Archive for the ‘Movies’ Category

“There Is a Meadow . . .!”

January 20, 2019

My favorite movie of 2017 was Wind River by Taylor Sheridan.  Here is opening poem . . .

There is a meadow in my perfect
world. Where wind dances the
branches of a tree, casting leopard
spots of light across the face of a
pond …

The tree stands tall and grand and
alone, shading the world beneath

There will come a day when I rest
against its spine and look out over
a valley where the sun warms, but
never burns …

I will watch leaves turn. Green,
then amber, then crimson. Then no
leaves at all …

But the tree will not die. For in
this place, winter never comes …
It is here, in the cradle of all I
hold dear, I guard every memory of

And when I find myself frozen in
the mud of the real — far from
your loving eyes, I will return to
this place, close mine, and take
solace in the simple perfection of
knowing you.


Summer Movie Tally!

August 19, 2018

At the beginning of summer, there was a list of the 15 best summer movies 2018 (in a year already full of blockbusters).  I can proudly say that I have seen all fifteen as while I did not enjoy all of them to the same level, I was not disappointed in the least by any of them.  What a great summer of movies this has been!

Mission Impossible!

August 14, 2018

The new movie (Mission Impossible: Fallout) was released a couple of weeks ago.  It was action-packed and suitable for satisfying the adrenaline junkie in us all.  Here is a version of the Mission Impossible theme song, courtesy of the Piano Guys (along with Lindsey Stirling on violin).  Enjoy!

Traverse City Film Festival, 2018!

July 30, 2018

TCFF2018Tomorrow marks the start of the Traverse City Film Festival . . . a fun-filled week of movie-going and enjoying the exquisitely beautiful Traverse City area in northern lower Michigan.

This year I will be attending only thirteen (13) movies over the course of the festival:

And, we will once again be sponsoring a movie at the film festival (it is showing twice: Wednesday at 9 PM at the Kubrick, and Saturday at 6 PM at the Central High School).  This year’s sponsored film: “Support the Girls.”

Let the movie-watching begin!

“Born on a Monday . . . !”

April 23, 2018
Happy Monday!  I rewatched the movie The Accountant the other day and was reminded of the poem “Solomon Grundy.”  Until this movie, I had never heard of this poem, but Ben Affleck’s autistic character was taught to use this poem as a calming mechanism (repeatedly reciting the poem to himself when he is in stressful situations).   He recites the shorter version, but I discovered that there was a longer version as well.  And, if you have not seen the movie The Accountant, I give it two thumbs up.  It is a very entertaining, star-studded (Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jean Smart, and John Lithgow) crime thriller.  Enjoy!  
Short version
Solomon Grundy,
Born on a Monday,
Christened on Tuesday,
Married on Wednesday,
Took ill on Thursday,
Grew worse on Friday,
Died on Saturday,
Buried on Sunday,
That was the end,
Of Solomon Grundy.
Long version
Solomon Grundy, born on a Monday,
Christened on a stark and stormy Tuesday,
Married on a grey and grisly Wednesday,
Took ill on a mild and mellow Thursday,
Grew worse on a bright and breezy Friday,
Died on a gray and glorious Saturday,
Buried on a baking, blistering Sunday.
That was the end of Solomon Grundy.

Unheeded Warnings!

April 14, 2018

Despite receiving numerous warning of sea ice, it wasn’t until her lookouts actually saw the ice that the danger was realized and by then it was too late to take evasive action.  The Titanic struck the iceberg at approximately 10:40 PM and began sinking on this date in 1912.  A tragic event indeed.   When they made the movie “Titanic,” I’m sure the Hollywood took more than their share of liberties with the story (for entertainment value, of course), but the theme song, “My Heart Will Go On,” by Celine Dion continues to stir my emotions.

BAM (Bohemian And Movies)!

March 22, 2018

I just discovered a new video that combines one of my favorite songs (Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen) with references to movies . . . all voiced by Peter Hollens.  Simply wonderful!  Enjoy!

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.

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!

top films

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: