movies & film

An index of blog posts tagged ‘movies & film’ here at MarkCz.com.
‘The Way’ (2010 movie, Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez)

‘The Way’ (2010 movie, Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez)

Regular readers may remember the recent review of The Alchemist here, which also touched upon the unique biography of author Paulo Coelho. The book Coelho wrote before The Alchemist was The Pilgrimage, a story about his walking the Camino de Santiago which led him to...

‘Neil Young Journeys’ (2011 Jonathan Demme movie)

‘Neil Young Journeys’ (2011 Jonathan Demme movie)

It helps if you're into Neil Young. Back in the mid-1970s there was this guy Brian, who wore his dirty blonde hair down to the shoulders of his Army surplus jacket. He would come around the park across from my house carrying albums, like After the Gold Rush. My mom...

How long is a turkey good for?

How long is a turkey good for?

orgive me if I pause to discreetly gag while writing this, dear reader, but our house currently smells of roast wet dog. The lesson to be learned from this is that the expiration date of a fresh turkey should not be stretched — not even by a couple...

‘Birdman’ (2014 movie, Michael Keaton, Emma Stone)

‘Birdman’ (2014 movie, Michael Keaton, Emma Stone)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a masterpiece of moviemaking. Presented as if it were one continuous flowing shot, it gives a tremendously heightened sense of real life, of the seer inside us who follows paths — hallways, staircases, sidewalks — and...

Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin: The rich flee climate change

Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin: The rich flee climate change

Energetic thinker Russell Brand — whose brand new book is called Revolution — has a YouTube show called The Trews ("The Trews is news if the news were true") on which he discusses current events and world problems. Back in August, The Trews gained attention through...

‘Muscle Shoals’ (2013 music documentary movie)

‘Muscle Shoals’ (2013 music documentary movie)

Muscle Shoals is a 2013 documentary about a legendary recording studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, way up in the northwest corner of that state, a 150-mile drive from Memphis, Tennessee. Actually, it's a documentary about two legendary recording studios in that little...

‘Tiny Dancer,’ by Elton John and Bernie Taupin

‘Tiny Dancer,’ by Elton John and Bernie Taupin

The Elton John song "Tiny Dancer" (lyrics by Bernie Taupin) is in my iTunes library because of its use in the sing-along scene of Almost Famous, the Cameron Crowe movie from 2000 in which a touring rock band, its crew and entourage are touchingly reunited by the song...

Frances Ha (2013 movie, Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig)

Frances Ha (2013 movie, Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig)

If you'd like to spend an hour and a half sometime watching a thoroughly enjoyable portrait of an adorable young woman coming to grips with adult life in New York City, Frances Ha is the movie you should see. Directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Greta Gerwig as...

Barney’s Version (Paul Giamatti movie, 2010)

Barney’s Version (Paul Giamatti movie, 2010)

Barney's Version is a 2010 movie based on a 1997 novel by Mordecai Richler. It stars Paul Giamatti as Barney, a Jewish TV producer from Montreal who goes through a series of marriages. We didn't read the book nor hear much about...

Chris Rock: ‘Good Hair’ (documentary movie, 2009)

Chris Rock: ‘Good Hair’ (documentary movie, 2009)

Often, a documentary movie can reveal a whole world you never knew existed. Sometimes, that unknown world may even be occurring right alongside your own. Good Hair, comedian Chris Rock's documentary about African-American hairstyles, was like this for me. Growing up,...

Greer Garson: ‘Mrs. Miniver’ (1942 movie)

Greer Garson: ‘Mrs. Miniver’ (1942 movie)

I've been reading about World War 2 lately, so, as a step toward immersion, I thought it might be edifying to watch a related movie or two. My first selection was Mrs. Miniver, the 1942 hit starring Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, and Teresa Wright, an Academy Award...

‘Catfish’ (2010 movie, Nev Schulmann documentary)

‘Catfish’ (2010 movie, Nev Schulmann documentary)

Thanks to incredibly clever electronic gadgets and the miracle of the Internet, we live in an age when anyone, anywhere, can potentially produce words, audio, and images, and share them with the world at large. Further, we can use inexpensive tools to assemble and...

‘Bill Cunningham New York’ (2010 documentary movie)

‘Bill Cunningham New York’ (2010 documentary movie)

People often talk about living life on your own terms, but in Bill Cunningham New York we are shown an example of someone who has actually done it. Photographer Cunningham spends his days on the street in New York City, bicycling from place to place to take fashion...

‘Argo’ (Ben Affleck movie, Best Picture of 2012)

‘Argo’ (Ben Affleck movie, Best Picture of 2012)

Many people know something about the Iran hostage crisis, which began when the U.S Embassy in Tehran was stormed by angry Islamists on November 4, 1979. Fifty-two Americans inside it were then held hostage for 444 days, released only as Ronald Reagan was being sworn...

‘Road to Nowhere’ (Monte Hellman movie, 2010)

‘Road to Nowhere’ (Monte Hellman movie, 2010)

If you're acquainted with any wannabe filmmakers, you may know the agony of listening to people spout movie jargon and watching them direct scenes for films that can never amount to more than an indulgent mess of amateur acting, clumsy technique, and flawed...

‘Cedar Rapids’ (Ed Helms, Anne Heche movie, 2011)

‘Cedar Rapids’ (Ed Helms, Anne Heche movie, 2011)

It's the quirks and surprises that make an offbeat movie like Cedar Rapids enjoyable. The basic story is strictly conventional: Naive insurance agent Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) is unexpectedly catapulted from his routine life in the Wisconsin hinterlands to the bright...

Ryan Gosling movie: ‘Lars and the Real Girl’ (2007)

Ryan Gosling movie: ‘Lars and the Real Girl’ (2007)

Imagine if the late comedian Andy Kaufman made a feature film. Picture a movie with an authentic indy drama feel and a sturdy cast — but revolving around a ludicrous predicament which is uncomfortable to begin with, and then continues on and on until the absurdity...

‘I Love You Phillip Morris’ (Jim Carrey movie, 2009)

‘I Love You Phillip Morris’ (Jim Carrey movie, 2009)

What I Love You Phillip Morris (trailer above) has going for it is a great story. The saga of impostor and con artist Steven Jay Russell is unbelievable, outrageous — it's beyond your wildest imagination. It's also a true story. This point is emphasized during the...

movies & film

An index of blog posts tagged ‘movies & film’ here at MarkCz.com.

‘The Way’ (2010 movie, Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez)

Regular readers may remember the recent review of The Alchemist here, which also touched upon the unique biography of author Paulo Coelho. The book Coelho wrote before The Alchemist was The Pilgrimage, a story about his walking the Camino de Santiago which led him to...

‘Neil Young Journeys’ (2011 Jonathan Demme movie)

It helps if you're into Neil Young. Back in the mid-1970s there was this guy Brian, who wore his dirty blonde hair down to the shoulders of his Army surplus jacket. He would come around the park across from my house carrying albums, like After the Gold Rush. My mom...

How long is a turkey good for?

orgive me if I pause to discreetly gag while writing this, dear reader, but our house currently smells of roast wet dog. The lesson to be learned from this is that the expiration date of a fresh turkey should not be stretched — not even by a couple...

‘Birdman’ (2014 movie, Michael Keaton, Emma Stone)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a masterpiece of moviemaking. Presented as if it were one continuous flowing shot, it gives a tremendously heightened sense of real life, of the seer inside us who follows paths — hallways, staircases, sidewalks — and...

Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin: The rich flee climate change

Energetic thinker Russell Brand — whose brand new book is called Revolution — has a YouTube show called The Trews ("The Trews is news if the news were true") on which he discusses current events and world problems. Back in August, The Trews gained attention through...

‘Muscle Shoals’ (2013 music documentary movie)

Muscle Shoals is a 2013 documentary about a legendary recording studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, way up in the northwest corner of that state, a 150-mile drive from Memphis, Tennessee. Actually, it's a documentary about two legendary recording studios in that little...

‘Tiny Dancer,’ by Elton John and Bernie Taupin

The Elton John song "Tiny Dancer" (lyrics by Bernie Taupin) is in my iTunes library because of its use in the sing-along scene of Almost Famous, the Cameron Crowe movie from 2000 in which a touring rock band, its crew and entourage are touchingly reunited by the song...

Frances Ha (2013 movie, Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig)

If you'd like to spend an hour and a half sometime watching a thoroughly enjoyable portrait of an adorable young woman coming to grips with adult life in New York City, Frances Ha is the movie you should see. Directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Greta Gerwig as...

Barney’s Version (Paul Giamatti movie, 2010)

Barney's Version is a 2010 movie based on a 1997 novel by Mordecai Richler. It stars Paul Giamatti as Barney, a Jewish TV producer from Montreal who goes through a series of marriages. We didn't read the book nor hear much about...

Chris Rock: ‘Good Hair’ (documentary movie, 2009)

Often, a documentary movie can reveal a whole world you never knew existed. Sometimes, that unknown world may even be occurring right alongside your own. Good Hair, comedian Chris Rock's documentary about African-American hairstyles, was like this for me. Growing up,...

Greer Garson: ‘Mrs. Miniver’ (1942 movie)

I've been reading about World War 2 lately, so, as a step toward immersion, I thought it might be edifying to watch a related movie or two. My first selection was Mrs. Miniver, the 1942 hit starring Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, and Teresa Wright, an Academy Award...

‘Catfish’ (2010 movie, Nev Schulmann documentary)

Thanks to incredibly clever electronic gadgets and the miracle of the Internet, we live in an age when anyone, anywhere, can potentially produce words, audio, and images, and share them with the world at large. Further, we can use inexpensive tools to assemble and...

‘Bill Cunningham New York’ (2010 documentary movie)

People often talk about living life on your own terms, but in Bill Cunningham New York we are shown an example of someone who has actually done it. Photographer Cunningham spends his days on the street in New York City, bicycling from place to place to take fashion...

‘Argo’ (Ben Affleck movie, Best Picture of 2012)

Many people know something about the Iran hostage crisis, which began when the U.S Embassy in Tehran was stormed by angry Islamists on November 4, 1979. Fifty-two Americans inside it were then held hostage for 444 days, released only as Ronald Reagan was being sworn...

‘Road to Nowhere’ (Monte Hellman movie, 2010)

If you're acquainted with any wannabe filmmakers, you may know the agony of listening to people spout movie jargon and watching them direct scenes for films that can never amount to more than an indulgent mess of amateur acting, clumsy technique, and flawed...

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