If you’ve seen a trailer for Manchester by the Sea or read any reviews, you may be hesitant to see it.
Now. During the holidays. A time of good cheer.
Because this not a feel-good classic or a comedy about a drunken holiday party gone awry. It’s a family tragedy and how one family struggles to survive.
But I would argue that this is the perfect time to see it.
Not only will you appreciate a nuanced, Oscar-worthy performance by Casey Affleck and his supporting cast, but you will walk away feeling lucky…grateful for each day and every friend and family member in your life. Because they are a gift.
And this movie, while tragic, is a beautiful reminder of that.
Met Life, say it isn’t so.
You’re dropping Peanuts as the spokes characters for your brand?
Snoopy and the gang can sell anything…plus, your timing couldn’t be worse.
The popular comic just released a new feature film, and a weekly cartoon series is coming to television at the end of the year. Not to mention a new book (that I wrote) which is being released November 1st.
If I saw the Met Life folks, I think I would probably say:
I usually avoid movies about dogs because of the inevitable ending.
No matter how wonderful the story, the relationship, the plot — the dog is going to die, either of trauma or old age, and my heart simply can’t take it.
But I saw this trailer at the theater last night. And although it made me cry like a baby, I may have to see this one.
Has the movie Swiss Army Man opened in your town?
When it does, go see it! Here are five reasons.
1. The title. It brilliantly encapsulates the film yet is never spoken in it. Bonus points.
2. The premise. A man shipwrecked on an island finds a corpse who ‘helps’ him find his way home (and becomes his best friend along the way). Original? Uh, yeah.
3. The cast. Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe fully commit to their respective roles as suicidal loser and farting corpse. I was blown away [rimshot].
4. The soundtrack. Led by two music video directors, the movie soundtrack is almost a third cast member. It’s that good.
5. The farting. It’s pretty important to the plot. And you’ll laugh at all the farting. Heck, we’re all still 12 years old at heart — am I right?
I thought I had read Thomas Wolfe, but it turns out I haven’t.
That didn’t stop me from going to see the movie Genius, which details the publication of Wolfe’s first two novels, and his relationship with his editor Max Perkins.
Jude Law’s Wolfe is a loud, melodramatic Southerner, self-involved yet low in self-esteem. Colin Firth as Perkins is his solid, steady opposite, the voice of reason who, despite his better judgment, is drawn to Wolfe’s charm and bravado.
I expected the movie to focus on their editorial process, and it does. But instead of passing any judgments on Wolfe as a writer, it celebrates their relationship – – more like a father and son than editor and writer.
Both of their families suffered at times from their single-mindedness, but no one more than Wolfe himself.
I now have Wolfe’s first book Look Homeward, Angel on hold at the library. I suppose I was charmed as well.
I love a Craig Ferguson show, and his new series on History Channel, Join or Die, is no exception.
Craig along with three celebrities from various walks of life debate different topics and, with the studio audience’s assistance, crown a champion. Recent topics have included greatest unexplained phenomena, greatest gangster, history’s dumbest mistake, you get the idea.
This week they tackled history’s best founding father. The panelists were actor Fred Willard, comedian Jo Koy, and journalist Joel Stein. The founding father choices? George Washington, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.
Now, I don’t expect the panelists to do excessive research in preparation for the show, but the dismissive comments they made about John Adams’ contribution to the founding of this country made me realize…
They hadn’t even watched the movie or stage version of 1776.
Take away their citizenship. Right. Now.
George Washington won, by the way. Shocker.