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The “Pleasantvilles” of America

A search of the internet identified 17 different variations of “pleasant” being used in the naming of a city or town in the United States. Needless to say, the use of “pleasant” as part of a place-name is meant to … Continue reading

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“The Magic of Belle Isle” is truly enchanting

I am constantly amazed by the excellent films one can find on Netflix. Beyond that, I am also amazed at how out-of-touch some movie critics are. The Magic of Belle Isle is an enchanting charmer (released in 2012) which stars … Continue reading

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TC is “Totally Cool”

There are certain cities that immediately exude a cool or hip vibe the very moment you arrive. I call this the “it factor,” as in you just know it and feel it as soon as you get there. It may be … Continue reading

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“Inside Out” – Pixar’s best film yet

Pixar is so very good at making excellent animated movies on a wide range of topics, that it is hard to compare them equally. Wall-E and The Incredibles have long been my personal favorites. Still, Inside Out rises head and shoulders … Continue reading

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Cities of intrigue and mystery

When a city’s name is mentioned in conversation or in writing, it can conjure up certain images based on one’s personal knowledge of the place. If one has not visited the city, the image is largely shaped by perceptions derived … Continue reading

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Eerie winter images of an abandoned mall

Check out this weblink to wintry post-apocalyptic images of an abandoned shopping mall (Rolling Acres Mall) near Akron, Ohio. The photos were taken by photographer Johnny Joo.  The mall opened in 1975 and the last stores closed in 2013. It … Continue reading

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Best film of 2014…reconsidered

Upon further review after seeing a matinee showing of The Imitation Game this morning, I think this movie is the best of 2014. Originally, back in December, I felt Interstellar was tops, but have changed my mind. Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley are … Continue reading

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A powerful film – “Short Term 12”

We watched Short Term 12 on Netflix last weekend and were impressed by this remarkable film. The movie is about a temporary treatment facility for troubled teens nicknamed “Short Term 12.” The film is raw, intense, funny, inspiring, heartbreaking, and … Continue reading

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“The Intouchables” will melt your heart

Last night, we watched the French film, “The Intouchables”  on Netflix using our new Roku 3 web streamer. The movie is fun, hopeful, poignant, hilarious, and will absolutely melt your heart, while making you feel wonderful. Based on a true … Continue reading

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Forging one’s legacy in “Nebraska”

Sometimes a movie will tickle your funny bone. Other times it will open your eyes or scare the bejeebers out of you. But, in the case of Nebraska, the Oscar nominated film from 2013, it will touch your heart and leave a … Continue reading

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