Rise

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Funny how I was reluctant to watch this show. Perhaps after Smash and Glee, I had felt somewhat letdown.  Now Rise promises a more naturalistic approach to theatre, the heart behind teaching, and putting together a show in high school.

From Wikipedia: Rise is an American musical drama television series created by Jason Katims, starring Josh Radnor in the lead role as Lou Mazzuchelli. The series is inspired by the book Drama High by Michael Sokolove, which focused on real-life teacher Lou Volpe and the famed theater program at Harry S Truman High School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.[1]

I’m encouraged that the same producers behind Friday Night Lights are behind this production. Recreating seminal moments such as these, ones which happened in real life, can be a tall order.

Let’s hope they have the stuff to pull it off.

Let’s hope they can rise to the occasion.

Pun intended.

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Love, Simon

 

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Love, Simon is a new film about a 17 year old and he hasn’t told anyone he is gay.

From wikipedia:

Love, Simon is an upcoming American romantic comedy-dramafilm directed by Greg Berlanti based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The film stars Nick RobinsonJosh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner. It centers around Simon Spier, a closeted gay teenager in high school who is forced to balance his friends, his family, and the blackmailer threatening to out him to the entire school, while simultaneously attempting to discover the identity of the anonymous classmate he has fallen in love with online.

Love, Simon is scheduled to be released in the United States on March 16, 2018, by 20th Century Fox. It is historically significant as the first film ever released by a major studio to focus on a gay teenage romance.

The last line is why I am posting about this.

“It is historically significant as the first film ever released by a major studio to focus on a gay teenage romance.”

That means this movie will change lives, for the better.

Let’s all go see it, shall we!

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The Little Paris Bookshop

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The Little Paris Bookshop is a lovely novel written by Nina George. It tells the story of Perdu, who owns a Literary Apothecary on a barge in Paris. He is can see people’s souls and therefore offer the best book for them to purchase. He cannot, however, see into his own heart.

From amazon.com:

Monsieur Perdu can prescribe the perfect book for a broken heart But can he fix his own Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine he prescribes novels for the hardships of life Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs Perdu mends broken hearts and souls The only person he can t seem to heal through literature is himself he s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared She left him with only a letter which he has never opened After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef Perdu travels along the country s rivers dispensing his wisdom and his books showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people s lives.

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Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

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Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool is an unexpected great film. Based on the novel of the same name by Peter Turner, it tells the story of real life film star Gloria Graham.

Jamie Bell stars as Peter Turner, and Annette Bening, giving one of the best performances of her career, stars as Gloria Graham.

Gloria Graham played Violet in the film, It’s a Wonderful Life. She also won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the film, The Bad and the Beautiful.

It’s a bittersweet story. But also romantic, fun, and stirring.

Both actors have been nominated for the BAFTA awards. However, they are surprisingly missing from the Oscar nominations. If anyone has insight as to why that happened, please let me know.

It’s a noteworthy film with incredible performances.

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The Shape of Water

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The Shape of Water is a film by acclaimed director Gillermo Del Toro. And it’s a dazzling, odd, unique, spell-binding fairytale.

It tells the story of a mute woman Elisa (Sally Hawkins) and her encounter with a mysterious creature. From wikipedia: Set in Baltimore in 1962, the plot follows a mute custodian at a high-security government laboratory who falls in love with a captured amphibian creature.

The filmmaking is certainly some of the best of the year. Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Stuhlbarg all give outstanding performances.

It really is an incredible, lovely, violent, romantic, and wonderous film.

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Stronger

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We went to see the film Stronger, with little expectation. Only knew a little bit about the story of Jeff Baumen, who lost both of his legs during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2015.

What we didn’t expect was a tremendous film with incredible performances by Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, and Miranda Richardson. Each of these actors could score an Oscar nomination.

It’s an incredibly moving, restrained tale that should resonate with everyone. An unexpected surprise of a film. Gripping, notable, and award worthy.

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Rising Strong

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Brene Brown is an auther and scholar who’s latest book is called, Rising Strong. She has previously completed notable work on vulnerability in Daring Greatly. This book was originally published in 2015, and I’m just getting around to reading it now.

Her work really challenges the reader to examing ones life, learn from her knowledge, and move forward in the world a little bit stronger, more self-aware.

She is also skilled at embracing the challenges of living a whole hearted life. Never says it is easy, but encourages everyone none-the less.

If you are interested in self-help books, this is certainly one to read.

Some quotes from the book below.

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