Pirates, Pirates, Everywhere

Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by coffeecritic

pirate flag I just saw the movie "Captain Phillips", a suspenseful drama based on the true story of the 2009 hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates. Now I want to see the Danish film "A Hijacking", which offers a very different slant on two true incidents of Danish freighters taken over by Somali pirates. In this movie, the hijacking itself takes place off camera, . . . more »

Verdi Flash Mob!

Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2013 by coffeecritic

Verdi caricature It's Giuseppe Verdi's bicentennial and there have been celebrations going on all year. People are gathering at Verdi monuments all over the world to honor him with impromptu renditions of "Va pensiero", the stirring choral work from his opera Nabucco. Actually, the first Verdi flash mob took place in 1901, when crowds in the street broke into "Va, pensiero" during his funeral procession. As you . . . more »

Strange and Disturbing

Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 by coffeecritic

scene from Svankmajer's Alice I can't say I'm a fan of the typical horror movie. I never watched A Nightmare on Elm Street or the Saw movies. And although I do enjoy a good scare from classic horror films like Rosemary's Baby and Psycho, there's nothing quite like the uneasy feeling I get from these eerily disturbing movies.They're not exactly horror movies, but they create a creepy atmosphere and . . . more »