Music and Movies

It Has Arrived

Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 by coffeecritic

If you've seen my blog "Who's Afraid of Modern Opera?" you know that I've been anxiously awaiting the dvd release of San Francisco Opera's Moby Dick. Well, it has arrived! you can check it out here: Moby-Dick Now, I'm waiting for a dvd release of Dolores Claiborne, the opera adapted from the Stephen King novel which premiered this season at San Francisco Opera. You can . . . more »

Christopher Nolan's Mindbending Movies

Posted on Sunday, November 3, 2013 by fillups

Director Christopher Nolan While movies are definitely a collaborative medium, I've always found the idea of the auteur really fascinating. In short, a director who manages to create a film with enough personal style that she (or he) is considered the author. A good case for this is the work of Christopher Nolan. From his very first short film (Doodlebug seen above), Nolan has shown an interest in . . . more »

The Timeless Horror of Carrie

Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by fillups

Three Actresses who played Carrie White in the movies What do Sissy Spacek, Angela Bettis and Chloë Grace Moretz all have in common? They have all played a version of Stephen King's Carrie White, the much abused teenager who takes out her misery lethally and psychically on her fellow classmates. If I include the misbegotten sequel, The Rage: Carrie 2 (about Carrie's unknown half sister, on her father's side!!), I can see a total . . . more »

Remembering Lou Reed

Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 by mztupelo

Remembering Lou Reed March 2nd 1942 - October 27th 2013 A rock legend has died. The cause was liver disease, said Dr. Charles Miller of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where Mr. Reed had liver transplant surgery earlier this year and was being treated again until a few days ago. Lou Reed was best known for his band The Velvet Underground. The band consisted of . . . more »

Top Ten Horror Movies of All Time

Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 by Movies_and_Music

The Shining Although for me any time of year is ripe for watching a bone-chilling horror movie, the penultimate time of year to do it is during October. With inklings of Halloween swirling in the air along with the Autumn leaves, this time of year lends itself to engaging in some good old-fashioned scares like no other! I'm a lifelong horror movie fan, and here's my picks . . . more »

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 »

Help! These Kids Scare Me

Posted on Friday, October 18, 2013 by fillups

Scene from the 1960 film Village of the Damned One of the scariest things a movie can throw at me is.... a creepy kid. These are the creepiest kids I have seen in movies. Check them out and see if you can stop the nightmares. 5. Village of the Damned For 24 hours an entire village falls unconscious and then wakes with no apparent ill effects. A few months later most of the women . . . 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 »

The Awesome Gravity of Alfonso Cuarón

Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 by fillups

Scene from the film Gravity Sorry for the pun, but audiences are really falling for director Alfonso Cuarón's movie Gravity . This is great news because not only is Gravity a terrific movie experience but it means that an exceptional director is getting some deserved mainstream attention. Cuarón started out directing television in his hometown of Mexico City. While his best known films are large budget science fiction and fantasy . . . more »

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