Thrilling Travel Films to Beat the Blues

May 1, 2020Newsletter

“Man is a genius when he’s dreaming.”
Akira Kurosawa

For most people, these days, long distance travel is no longer an option.  So, the next best thing is to stream  extraordinary  films that feature thrilling cinematography of beautiful places we can only dream about.

Six Examples:

Chasing Cora​l

Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem. However with carbon emissions warming the seas…


The Elephant Queen​

The title character is the 50-year old elephant Athena. She has the responsibility of taking care of her family, daughter Princess, toddler Wei-Wei…

The Endless Summer

Bruce Brown filmed spectacular shots of surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August as they searched for the “perfect wave”…

Encounters At the End of the World​

Director/Writer Werner Herzog lived for a period of time at the McMurdo Research station, the largest habitation on Antarctica. While there…

Midnight in Paris​

Gil Pender and his fiancee Inez, are vacationing in Paris. Gil is an unfulfilled screenwriter struggling…

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations​

For 19 seasons, travel writer/personality Anthony Bourdain travelled around the world visiting places as exotic as the Congo, Saigon, Cuba and as contemporary…


“Martin Scorsese’s representatives have been holding talks with Apple and Netflix and others as they seek a new company to produce or distribute the director’s next big-budget film, KILLERS of the FLOWER MOON“(R.T. Watson & Joe Flint, The Wall Street Journal).

Netflix has received fierce criticism from movie theaters these past few years. Theaters want a window of at least 3 months between the beginning of their theatrical run and the time the film will appear on the Netflix platform. But here’s the thing: The big Hollywood studios that traditionally work with theaters are becoming reluctant to invest in big, expensive films. ViacomCBS was slated to produce KILLERS of the FLOWER MOON, but when the cost ballooned to over $200 million, they bowed out. Remember THE IRISHMAN? Paramount was set to produce this film. Again, when the cost ballooned, they opted out. Netflix has been making huge investments in films that the major Hollywood studios are not willing to make.  So, what do you think? Is harsh  criticism of Netflix by the theaters justified?

City Lights

City Lights

The Tramp (Charlie Chaplin), while clowning around the city, encounters a beautiful Flower Girl on the street corner…

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Divorce Italian Style

Divorce Italian Style

Ferdinando, an impoverished nobleman, feels stuck in a marriage with Rosalie, an unattractive and common woman. Secretly, he’s totally smitten by Angela, a much younger and attractive neighbor…

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Dolemite Is My Name

Dolemite Is My Name

Rudy Ray Moore was hungry and poor. Needing an income, he started making “party” records he culled from stories he heard from the local drunks. No established distributor wanted to carry these records so Rudy sold them under-the-counter at record stores…

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