Work, Work: Repetition and Circular Songwriting in “Hamilton”

Look at where you are. Look at where you started. Most songs, whether on the radio, on stage, on film, follow the basic "Verse-Chorus" structure. If the Chorus is the "thesis," or point of the piece, the Verse is the "body paragraph," providing specifics, examples, additional color to flesh out the key message of the … Continue reading Work, Work: Repetition and Circular Songwriting in “Hamilton”

Weekly Round-Up: June 19-25, 2016

Last week I only saw three movies, as much more time was spent with family and friends (not a bad thing!) -- The Last Days of Disco (1998) - Whit Stillman is back with his fast-talking young urban professionals, who dress and look like the 90s but apparently are in the late 70s / early … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: June 19-25, 2016

Weekly Round-Up: June 12-18, 2016

Last week, I saw: Finding Nemo (2003) - First time watching with Cine-Explore, a terrific commentary-esque feature with visual pop-ups including concept art and storyboards. The filmmaker's insights on the parallels between father Marlin and son Nemo's journeys were particularly compelling. REQUIRED. Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) - This story of an aging actress and … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: June 12-18, 2016

Criterion Collection: Sep. 2016 Titles

Let there be Dolls! The upcoming Criterion releases are now available for pre-order on Amazon. I'm definitely in for Valley of the Dolls and likely a blind buy for Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, and look forward to seeing the others. Night Train to Munich The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum Cat People Blood Simple Valley … Continue reading Criterion Collection: Sep. 2016 Titles

Phantom Page Alert

Just spotted new phantom pages for: William Wyler Howard Hughes Jack Arnold John Hughes Robert Zemeckis Aside from them all being filmmakers, I'm not sure what else they have in common (in terms of identifying a new spine); could be five different films with other collaborators already in the Collection, or pages being made for … Continue reading Phantom Page Alert

Life is the Bubbles

Nobody loved The Little Mermaid as much as I did. The music, the adventure, the characters, and the high-stakes drama - it was all two-year-old me could ask for in a movie. He could watch it every day, so he did. As soon as his big sisters were off to school, the daily Little Mermaid ritual began: … Continue reading Life is the Bubbles