My Favorite Things of 2015: This Year’s Hot Toddy Culture

As I reflect on my favorite things of 2015, one question keeps haunting me: Why would anyone care? It is a tradition that I have repeated each year, and I’ve come to enjoy the opportunity to reflect on what mattered to me during the past year. I am very aware that some of my friends … Continue reading

The Best of Sundance 2014 For Your Netflix List

It’s that time of year again when I mourn that I was not at Sundance Film Festival due to my demanding work schedule — why can’t it be during the last week of December or in the middle of summer? Well, I assume that the corporate schedule is probably not the one that most interests … Continue reading

My Favorite Things of 2013: Film, Music, Restaurants and Books

Every year at this time, I publish a list of my favorite things from the year, and this year I decided  to do it all in one post. As I always like to remind my readers, this is a list of my personal favorite things — not a list of the “best” of the year. … Continue reading

Gravity and the Power of Resilience

I’ve discovered over time that the rush of life into the tender place where we are broken is the beginning of resilience.” – Mark Nepo The astonishing new film Gravity by director Alfonso Cuoron tells the story of astronaut Dr. Ryan Stone, played by Sandra Bullock, who finds herself alone in space after the death of … Continue reading

To the Wonder: A Review of the New Film by Terrence Malick

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The Best of Sundance 2013: For Your Netflix List

Couldn’t make it to Sundance Film Festival? Join the crowd. I kept a close watch on the buzz from industry friends that I respect as well as media coverage, and here are the films that emerged from the Festival that you may consider for your theater or Netflix experience this year: Blood Brother (Award: US Grand … Continue reading

My Top 10 Favorite Films of 2012

It’s that time of the year again, and many of us will flock to the theaters this week to watch some of the year’s best films. Some of the year’s notable films already are available on Itunes and Netflix. I am going to trim back my “favorites” postings this year, but I can’t help but … Continue reading

My Favorite Film of 2012: Les Miserables

I’ve seen most of the major films of the year by now, and Les Miserables is arguably the best, and definitely my personal favorite. I will be honest: This is my favorite musical ever, and it sets the bar for all other musicals in my opinion. So, I was biased towards liking this film already … Continue reading

My Favorite Films of 2012 … So Far

I had time to catch up on a lot of film this summer, and it now seems appropriate, at this mid-point in the year, to report on my favorite films of 2012 so far. By now, my readers will know that I’m not much given to summer blockbusters, but this summer I enjoyed a few … Continue reading

The Best of Sundance 2012 for Your Netflix List

Ever since I attended Sundance Film Festival in 2008, I have been posting an annual blog entry with recommended films from the Festival to add to your Netflix queu. Like recent years, I was unable to attend this year due to my work schedule, but I closely followed the Festival online and heard reviews from … Continue reading