Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Prom, David Byrne, Ma Rainey, & 40-Year-Old Version

If this wasn't for the pandemic, I'd be in theaters watching the last (and often the best) movies of the year. But instead, I've been streaming new movies available mostly on Netflix. (The exception is on HBO). By the way, all four films are about music, theater, or musical theater. A The Prom (2020), Netflix … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Prom, David Byrne, Ma Rainey, & 40-Year-Old Version

25 Official Classics: This year’s Library of Congress selections

Each year, the Library of Congress adds 25 films to the National Film Registry, which means these movies will be preserved by the United States Government instead of whatever distributor owns them. On Monday, the Library announced this year's selections. These are not all masterpieces, nor are they intended to be. The films must have "culturally, … Continue reading 25 Official Classics: This year’s Library of Congress selections

The Jewish Soul: Yiddish Cinema on Blu-ray

In the 1930s, small studios in Warsaw and New York made low-budget movies for an international market of not-quite-assimilated Jews. These films were mostly in Yiddish. Production costs were low, and the movies tried to have everything. Most of these pictures contain comedy, drama, and people breaking out in song. They were often about young … Continue reading The Jewish Soul: Yiddish Cinema on Blu-ray