Six Films With a Lot of Heart and Soul
“The only failure is the failure to try”
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These six films not only have a lot of heart and soul but they are films that will make you feel good. Just what we need today.
The Biggest Little Farm
John and Molly Chester followed their dream. When they were evicted from their Santa Monica apartment because their dog would not stop barking, they bought…
Birdman of Alcatraz
Robert Stroud is imprisoned as a young man for committing a murder in Alaska. His rebellious attitude puts him in conflict with Harvey Shoemaker, the prison…
Queen of Katwe
Phiona is a 10-year-old living in Katwe, a slum in Kampala Uganda. Together with her mother, Nakku Harriet and her brother, they make ends meet by selling maize in…
Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy
Diana Kennedy, an expat from England, became obsessed with Mexico and its cuisine the moment she set foot in the country in 1957. She stayed on and devoted the…
Agnes Varda, an 89-year old filmmaker, teams up with 34-year old JR, a photographer of public art. Despite their age difference, they are a perfect fit: both are environmentalists and…
After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Desmond Doss enlists in the Army even though he probably could get a deferment as an employee with a defense…
Coming Soon, Can’t Wait
Aug 14: Platform TBD. The Personal History of David Copperfield. Dev Patel in a reimagining of the classic Charles Dickens novel through the comedic lens of Armando Iannucci.
Aug 21: HBOMax. Chemical Hearts. Emotional coming-of-age story
Sep 04: Disney+. The Beatles: Get Back. A documentary that chronicles the Beatles recording of their 1970 album, Let It Be.
Sep 25: Netflix. The Trial of the Chicago 7. Aaron Sorkin directing the seven men charged with conspiracy during the anti-Vietnam war protests.
Dec 18: Platform TBD. West Side Story. Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Broadway classic.
News & Commentary
Need more uplifting? Read these quotes from Will Rogers:
The taxpayers are sending Congressmen on expensive trips abroad. It might be worth it except they are coming back…I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts…The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets..The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office…The income tax made liars out of more Americans than golf…Never miss a good chance to shut up…If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is to stop digging…Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for…Good judgement comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
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