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It seems like the days are gone when we would excitedly await new neighbors. That feeling that something profound is about to happen by mysterious chance. How will the neighborhood change? Will he, she or they become my new best friend(s)?

There are so many questions concerning new neighbors and the subsequent impact on our lives. Arguably no neighbor will have an influence equal regarding sincerity, warmth and overall goodness as Mr. Rogers. Thankfully, some moviemakers felt the same way…

My answer–along with everybody else–is yes (Hint: This, along with this blog post’s title, answers the film’s endearing question).

I was very happy that Mr. Rogers was my TV neighbor. He was the highest-definition of friendship.


Don’t Sleep on the Brazilian Rainforest. From What I Hear…

The psychology of sleeping is funny.

As Daylight Savings approaches this Sunday, it’s essential that we are getting all the sleep we can these days. Some nights we fall right to sleep, while other nights can involve a lot of staring into the darkness for no particular reason or effectiveness. The latter is (hopefully) a very rare occurrence. But still, why does it happen? Was it something we ate? Something we drank? Are we cognitively consumed with something important, either consciously or unconsciously?

Might be time to consult a psychiatrist (or two).

Don’t forget to turn off the lights, set your alarm, and to kick-out your annoying TV brother who is spending the night.

Winnie: The New Story

When you hear the name Winnie, what comes to mind? The Wonder Years? Hocus Pocus? Tuck Everlasting?

Actually, the most popular answer is unquestionably Winnie-the-Pooh.

Jimmy’s Daily Planet covers a myriad of topics and subjects, one of which being the latest movie trailers for films that appear to have a special “it” factor.

Enter Disney’s current project.

Considering the eternal connection between captivating books and Hollywood filmmakers, it should be no surprise that literary favorites from childhood for several generations–like Winnie-the-Pooh–receive its due in the form of silver screen treatments. Last year, the Fox Searchlight major motion picture Goodbye Christopher Robin hit theaters and received positive reviews. This year, Disney is preparing its take on the popular heartwarming character and accompanying story with the more succinct title Christopher Robin starring Ewan McGregor as the lead character.

We’ll never say goodbye to Christopher Robin or Winnie-the-Pooh as they continue to renew our childlike wonder and imagination.

P.S. I’m sensing a nieces-and-nephews day at the theater later this year…

There’s a Nice Way to Make a Movie Trailer, Karen

Is there a better “Flashback Friday” than the ’70s retro trailer for the 2016 buddy cop movie The Nice Guys?

I don’t think so.

The marketing campaign for The Nice Guys a couple years back was as fantastic and fun as the film being promoted. And it was covered extensively by Jimmy’s Daily Planet. The film’s trailers (retro, animated, traditional) and interviews with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling (individual and joint) were simply incredible. The strategy for making and promoting this entertaining flashback to ’70s-style cinema in the form of a hilariously self-aware and brutally clever buddy-cop bromance didn’t receive the accolades it should have at the moment.

Just this writer’s opinion.

The good news is, in the YouTube era, we can reminisce with relative ease.

And that’s nice, guys.

P.S. Bonus points to anyone who caught the admittedly subtle movie-line reference in this blog post’s title to a line from a recently acclaimed film by one of the aforementioned actors.