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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New York Times

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The New York Times.

Had the fortunate opportunity in my life to live in NYC. While there the New York Times is arguably the only way true new yorkers get their news.

What I’m excited about is The New York Times really is a global leader in news. As much as we have been hearing attacks towards the news media, they really are the pillar of freedom and the First Amendment to the Constitution.

And worthy of our support.

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call me by your name

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Call me by your name is a novel by Andre Aciman. It is set in the Italian Riviera and is about a romance that forms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest. It is set in 1983.

It first got my attention when I saw the trailer for the upcoming film, based on the novel. It stars Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet and is directed by Luca Guadagino. Currently,  the film sits at 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and is not released until November 24th, 2017. So there is just enough time to get and read the book before the film is released.

Was curious about the novel because of the storyline of gay characters meeting each other unexpectedly, and via a romance. Plus, the film looks lush, well-made, and well produced. That it is starring Armie Hammer, was also intruiging as he is a fairly well known actor.

As it turns out, the novel is so well written in exploring and exposing so many emotions which come from love, lust, and romance. It unabashedly goes to the heart and body. It’s fascinating to me when gay stories are becoming more mainstream. Bigger directors, actors, and producers are geting behind different projects like never before. Perhaps the Oscar Best Picture winner, Moonlight, signaled a new future of more inclusive and diverse stories.

The novel evokes such longing, such desire, such passion. These are universal human experiences, and through the story of Elio and Oliver, we get a chance to swoon with the warmth of a summer romance in a little Italian town.

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Atomic Blonde

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Atmoic Blonde is a film based on a graphic novel, The Coldest City. It stars Charlize Theron and is directed by David Leitch.

While this film may not be for everyone, the violence is brutal and the plot can be tricky to follow, it still is a clever and interesting ride. Mostly due to the work of Charlize Theron.

If you enjoyed her performance in Mad Max:Fury Road, consider this a more lipstic version of her kick-ass persona. It’s like watching Jason Bourne with a mix of Deborah Harry and Madonna.

The 80s setting provides a nostalgic trip down memory lane. The music chosen pulls from some of the best of the era. “Father Figure”, “Voices Carry”, “99 Red Luft Balloons”.

The director is a stunt man, and therefore, the stunts are incredible. Unrelenting and so tightly choreographed. How they do it is a mystery.

If you are looking for a Berlin wall, platinum hair, neon glow, action-spy thriller, this is the movie for you.

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SYTYCD Season 14

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So happy to report that one of my favorite shows, So You Think You Can Dance, has returned for Season 14 better than ever.

Last year they changed formats by allowing very young dancers to compete. While I support the arts and endeavors of younger dancers, this was a successful approach. Honestly, I stopped watching the show entirely.

This year, I reluctantly started watching again. Much to my surprise, they seemed to have breathed new life into the series. The talent is incredible and they have given the All-Stars a more prominent role.

Now, when the aspiring dancers audition, they do so in front of their peers. The energy is different, and it seems the performers are bringing their very best to impress the professionals.

An exampe of this fresh take can be seen in this opener for the “Academy”, replacing the Las Vegas concept, with an academy location.

Take a look below at the exciting outdoor dance.

Bravo SYTYCD! You’re back!!!

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Baby Driver

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Baby Driver, a new film by Edgar Wright, is one of the best films of the year. It tells the story of Baby (Ansel Elgort) who is the getaway driver from bank robbers. It’s also a love story.

The twist on this story is the character’s use of music, which he uses to score the soundtrack of his life. I’ve never seen such creative use of music and sound in a film before. It almost crosses the bridge into being a musical. The songs are integrated into the film, filming choregraphed, and even the dialogue has a specifc cadence.

Also starring Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, and John Hamm.

There is so much thought and care that goes into this suprising, action-packed, and moving film.

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Songlist: https://www.amazon.com/Driver-Music-Motion-Picture-Explicit/dp/B071P9SZDT/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499888887&sr=8-1&keywords=baby+driver+soundtrack

http://www.babydriver-movie.com/

The Greatest Showman

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The Greatest Showman is a new film coming out December 25th, 2017 starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, and Zendaya. It is also the next film for the writing team of Pasek & Paul who wrote music and lyrics for La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen.

This film is a new musical telling of the tale of PT Barnum and his creation of the circus, The Greatest Show on Earth! as well as the birth of show business. Sure to be filled with incredible songs and performances.  Take a look at the trailer below.

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