Movie Review: I Am Big Bird (2014)


Title: I Am Big Bird Release Date: 2014 Director: Dave LaMattina & Chad N. Walker Summary/Review: This sweet documentary tells the story of the life, career, and artistry of Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.  The film includes a wealth of archival footage and home movies balanced with interviews with Spinney, his wife Debbie,…

Beer Review: Magic Hat Single Chair


Beer: Single Chair Golden Ale Brewer: Magic Hat Brewing Company  Source: 12 oz. bottle  Rating: ** (6.6 of 10) Comments: This effervescent golden ale has scent of lemongrass, and the taste of lemon and honey with a grainy aftertaste. The flavor is not strong and the mouthfeel is light. Despite the ski lift on the…

Movie Review: Boredom (2012)


Title: Boredom Release Date: 2012 Director: Albert Nerenberg Summary/Review: Boredom: an interesting topic. While we all experience boredom, there’s very little research into the phenomenom. This short documrntary explores how school and work produce boredom and how it may be a cause for addiction and risk-taking behaviors, and reliance on screens for distraction. While Nerenberg…

Movie Review: The Night James Brown Saved Boston (2008)


Title: The Night James Brown Saved Boston Release Date: 2008 Director: David Leaf Summary/Review: April 5, 1968. Cities across the United States are in turmoil as grief and anger over the murder of Martin Luther King leads too violence and rioting. In Boston, city officials considered canceling a scheduled concert by James Brown, but instead…

Book Review: Vampires In The Lemon Grove by Karen Russell


Author: Karen Russell Title: Vampires in the Lemon Grove Narrator: Arthur Morey, Mark Bramhall, Jesse Bernstein, Michael Bybee, Kaleo Griffith, Joy Osmanski Publication Info: Books on Tape, 2013 Summary/Review: This collection of short stories is hard to describe. Not really science fiction, not really fanatasy, not really horror, maybe magical realism, definitely weird stories. Sometimes…

Movie Review: Big Fish (2003)


Title: Big Fish Release Date: 2003 Director: Tim Burton Summary/Review: The center of this story is a son trying to reconcile with his dying father. Edward is a man who charms people with his stories but Will feels that stories prevented him from really knowing his father. This being a Tim Burton film, the stories…

Podcast of the Week: “How Did the Flint Water Crisis Happen?” by ProPublica


How Did the Flint Water Crisis Happen? is an important podcast by the investigative journalism agency ProPublica about one of the greatest criminal acts performed by a government against its people in American history.  This is an important listen for gaining better understanding of this still under-reported humanitarian crisis in Michigan.

Movie Review: Wild Africa (2015)


Title: Wild Africa Release Date: 2015 Directors: Mike Slee, Neil Nightengale, and Patrick Morris Summary/Review: Saw this at the Mugar Omni Theater at the Museum of Science, Boston in IMAX format. It’s beautifully filmed with overhead shots reducing the flora and fauna of Africa to abstract art, then zooming in to immerse the viewer in waterfalls,…