Movie Review: Fight Club (1999)


Title: Fight Club Release Date: 1999 Director:  David Fincher Summary/Review: Scratch this off the list of movies everyone has seen except me.  Not that I hadn’t already known the basic plot details of the movie for some time.  Still that made it fun to watch for evidence of the big twist before it was revealed….

Movie Review: Brooklyn (2015)


Title: Brooklyn Release Date: 2015 Director: John Crowley Summary/Review: I love immigration stories, and Irish immigration stories especially.  I’m sentimental that. But I really struggled reading the novel Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín.   It’s a beautifully written book that depicts the everyday challenges of a young woman alone in New York half a world away from her family,…

Movie Review: Her (2013)


Title:  Her Release Date: 2013 Director:  Spike Jonze Summary/Review: Set in the near future, this movie is about a man developing a romantic relationship with the consciousness of a computer operating system.  It’s an interesting take on the love story dealing with layers of reality and artifice and the role of technology in human society….

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…

The Christmas Revels: A Welsh Celebration of the Winter Solstice


It’s warm and overcast out, and looking to only get warmer as the week goes.  We’re more likely to have a wet Christmas than a white Christmas, but I know the holiday is coming soon.  Today my family and I celebrated the solstice with a matinée of The Christmas Revels.  This is our (mostly) annual…

The 44th Annual Christmas Revels


The Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge are annual family tradition.  My first Revels experience was in Washington in 1996.  After moving to the Boston area, the Cambridge Revels were an annual event from 2001-2006.  We missed the show in 2007 due to a newborn, and in 2008 due to a blizzard, but have…

The 43rd Annual Christmas Revels


This afternoon, my wife, son, and good family friend Craig took in the  performance of The Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge. The annual pageant of music, dance, storytelling, and drama focused this year on the pilgrimage along the Camino de Compostela in the Spanish region of Galicia.  As a Celtic culture, the Galicians…

The 42nd Annual Christmas Revels


It would not be Christmas without the Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge.  This year my wife, son and I joined by our friends Abby, Kim, & Sid took in the Winter Solstice performance on the evening of December 21st.  The show was delightful as always with the subject being near and dear to…

The 41st Annual Christmas Revels


This afternoon my family and I took in the annual performance of The Christmas Revels at Sanders Theater in Cambridge.  The Revels is a family tradition and this marks the tenth Christmas Revels production I’ve attended (including a Washington Revels performance in 1995 and performing as a cast member in the 2009 Christmas Revels).  This…

The 40th Anniversary Christmas Revels


Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I’m a big fan of Revels and their annual Christmas Revels performances at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge.  I was excited and honored to attend the dress rehearsal performance of this year’s 40th anniversary production of the Christmas Revels on Thursday, December 16th.  Had I better journalistic standards…

Christmas Revels: The Reviews Are In


As reported earlier, I’m participating as a member of the Roaring Gap Chorus in this year’s Christmas Revels at Sanders Theater in Cambridge, MA.  The show has been great thus far and tickets are still available for the final six performances.  Come out and see us and don’t just take my word for it, read…

39th Annual Christmas Revels


I’ve promoted the Revels before on my blog because it is an organization that promotes song and dance, participation, community and tradition.  This is most apparent from the annual Christmas Revels productions at the Sanders Theater in Cambridge, MA. This year I have extra reason to be excited about the Revels as I’ve managed to…

Movie Review: The Right Stuff


Thanks to Craig for our new Netflix subscription, Susan and I were able to watch one of my favorite movies of all time, The Right Stuff (1983).  I watched this movie repeatedly on cable and VHS as a child and had much of the dialog memorized.  The excellent dialog plus the skillful acting and the…

Movie Review: Broken English


There’s a common argument that men don’t like “chick flicks” because these films tend to be about relationships. I tend to counter that I don’t like movies that earn the tag “chick flick” because they’re usually full of fluff and hackneyed clichés of both women and men. Broken English (2007) makes an effort to be…

Movie Review: Sophie Scholl: The Final Days


Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005) tells the story of a young woman today considered one of the great heroes of Germany.  Sophie Scholl (portrayed by Julia Jentsch in a great performance) was part of the White Rose, a student organization in Munich that opposed the Nazi regime during the Second World War.  Along with…

Movie Review: The Mission


The Mission (1986) has long been on my “too see list.” A lot of people I knew in college loved this movie for it’s explorations of faith (“the perfect movie to watch on Good Friday,” said one), it’s cinematography and the soundtrack by Ennio Morricone. So I’ve finally redressed that wrong. The film itself is…

Movie Review: The New World


As a follow-up to Jamestown’s 400th anniversary, Susan and I watched the latest cinematic interpretation of the Jamestown story The New World (2005). In the movie we meet our lead characters John Smith (Colin Farrell) and Pochahantas/Matoaka/Rebecca (Q’Orianka Kilcher). Smith wanders sullenly through the tall grasses of the Virginia swamps and laconically avoids conversation with…

Jamestown 2007 – America’s 400th Anniversary


As detailed in this post about Jamestown, the buried truth, I’ve been greatly anticipating the 400th anniversary of the first permanent English settlement in the Western hemisphere. May 13, 1607 is the date of the founding of Jamestown by the Virginia Company (although some sources state May 14, since that is the day the colonists…

Movie Review: The Wind That Shakes the Barley


“If they bring their savagery over here, we will meet it with a savagery of our own,” declares an IRA commander to his troops in The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006). In director Ken Loach’s film about the Irish War of Independence, the British leave but the savagery remains and is channeled literally brother…

Movie Review: El laberinto del fauno


A week ago Friday Susan and I returned to the Somerville Theater to see El laberinto del fauno (2006) or it’s English title Pan’s Labyrinth (which is odd since Pan does not appear in this film). This movie is a wonderful fantasy/drama that is worthy of all the accolades it is receiving. I was surprised…