Monthly Archives: March 2015

There’s Time to Discover Another Dimension

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“Confusion gives us the opportunity to find clarity’s stretched-out hand”
–Me

The above quote was inspired by today’s Blu-ray release of Interstellar. Fans of the emotional operatic space epic finally have limitless time to watch and re-watch the Christopher Nolan Sci-Fi classic in an effort to connect the dots together.

Have no fear, the nearly 3-hour gargantuan of a film (see what I did there) has a quick, entertaining pace.

The best movies leave the audience thinking about the story and its key message(s) long after leaving the theater. They strike a nerve (see picture above). Movies, regardless of how refined or goofy, need to have a purpose. And it’s the films that present something that’s larger than life that have the greatest impact and lasting impressions on people. This goes for Jaws, Jurassic Park, Titanic, The Godfather, Citizen Kane, The Sound of Music, Ghostbusters and The Breakfast Club (to literally only name a few).

Think about it: 1, 5, 10, 20, 30, 50 and even 74 years later, modern society still talks about a wide-range of movies and their impact several decades later for a variety of reasons. This timeless fact is why release dates like today are so exciting. Watching Interstellar in your living room will be astonishing with its green screen-free visuals, pulsating soundtrack, excellent acting and exhilarating twists and turns. But, in the big picture, it’s the latest example of a great movie’s second-life. It will earn itself a permanent spot on people’s movie shelves. This is one of those films that will be enjoyed multiple times because there will always be something new (no matter how small) that will be seen with each viewing.

To help with that, Paramount Pictures included “3 hours of bonus features!” and an IMAX film cell with the Blu-ray and DVDs. My film analysis teacher in high school taught me that we need to see a movie 3-4 times to completely see everything the director wanted us to see. The story won’t change, but it’s fascinating to focus on different things to bring the experience together all the more. Example: Appreciating the intricate detail of the specific books that were placed on the bookshelf in the beginning of the movie. Or when Steven Spielberg recorded how Lincoln’s pocket watch would have ticked in the 1860s. And, quite honestly, to enjoy the movie all over again!

“My films, if people go to them worrying about whether they’ll understand and approach it like a crossword puzzle, they’re not going to get as much out of it. You’re meant to go along for the ride,” Nolan said.

Thankfully, there’s now no line for the epic ride of Interstellar.

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Happy Monday!

Do you like big fish?

Let me rephrase that: Do you like the movie Big Fish? If so, Colin Hanks, Catherine O’Hara and J.K. Simmons have come together to star in a television/web series that plays on a similar spirit as the aforementioned classic called, “What Lives Inside.”

The show airs with new 13-minute episodes on Hulu for free (a quick search on a web browser) every Wednesday, with its series premiere ready for all to enjoy.

Look at Things a Little Differently This Week! 

The First Shot’s Been Fired

It’s always a good time for a vodka martini.

Tonight we saw definitive proof that the 24th film in the James Bond series, Spectre, is in fact happening beyond still photographs with that amazing Aston Martin, a Tom Ford suit and a first glimpse at the most lethal secret international organization in the world premiere of its teaser trailer. Regardless of being ~7 months until the movie is released, anticipation has been rising since the conclusion of Skyfall back in late 2012.

Quietly, yes, but building nonetheless.

Ladies and gentlemen, let the tease begin:

Forget the barkeep, this first trailer’s got the exact right stuff.

Have a Little Faith on the Edge

Spoiler Alert: Content from this blog post is from the March 25, 2015 episode of The Goldbergs

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(The Goldbergs Twitter)

Like any good sitcom, the objective is to humorously dance on the border of what’s funny and what’s not, what’s acceptable and what’s taboo. In the case of The Goldbergs last night, they literally dealt with lines of acceptable behavior in ways they haven’t before.

When it gets real, you’re gonna feel…almost as much as those lost boys from that ’80s cult classic.

“So, which boy is lost? His poor mother must be going insane.”

On more than a few occasions in our lives, we’ll get angry. In fact, we’ll get so piping mad that we’ll build everything up that’s bothering us for an explosion that would rival Pompeii. That unlucky person at the bottom better prepare for the hottest lava they’ve ever seen and thought possible. Then, it happens. Bottled up emotions are released and our message has finally gotten across to that certain someone.

Victory at last! Line = crossed.

Barry and Erica stood up to their mom’s ridiculous guilt-tripping antics. It was long overdue. In their minds, if they didn’t do something dramatic, then they had failed as children (self high-five).

The result? They stranded their über (not the car service) loving mom on the side of a road for her to walk home, until she’s rescued and dropped off by a nice police officer.

Uh oh.

The consequence? Succumbing to a bedazzling session that would make Liberace blush.

On the other side of town was Adam and Murray at a Phillies game. As is the situation at most every baseball game, the real exciting action takes place off the field. Adam, determined to prove once-and-for-all that he was in fact a man to his frustrated father, chose the all-too-familiar disgusting stadium bathroom (without decorative soaps, mind you!) as his Death Star to conquer. The only problem was Luke Adam forgot to remember where his seat was…Being lost in a stadium, before cell phones, was a terrifying ordeal. There’s literally almost nothing to do. It’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack., except this needle is your kid/dad and there’s a time limit with serious fears of never seeing him again.

So, what does a man do in this maze of fear?

A real man (in a split second) is able to prioritize what’s truly important in life and shut everything else out. We refrain from using whatever ammunition we had saved up for our boisterous proclamations and, instead, use our energy to make sure the other person is alright. That’s precisely what happened when Adam finally saw his dad worriedly waiting for him by the car in the cleared parking lot.

Even more important than children (11, 14 or however old they are?) obeying their parents’ sometimes absurd wishes is realizing that parents are in a similar dynamic. They can be argumentative, stern and just as capable of overreacting as their children. Ironically though, parents want exactly what their angst-filled kids want: for them to be happy, independent and to feel safe. And John Hiatt’s “Have a Little Faith in Me” was the perfect song to capture this sentiment at the end of arguably the most sincere Goldbergs episode yet.

One of the best parts about family is that they give us plenty of chances to learn this essential life lesson, with hilariously awkward moments sprinkled in bedazzled on.

It’s as awesome as high-fiving a dolphin.