Ron Kovic' story (played by Tom Cruise) is brought to life with heartbreaking and compelling force and is accompanied with great cinematography and music in this film directed by Oliver Stone in 1989. The movie shows how Ron's life changes dramatically after enrolling in the Marines and eventually going to the Vietnam war. He had … Continue reading Born On The Fourth Of July
Writer Nathan Zuckerman (David Strathairn) stares with nostalgia at photos and trophies displayed in the main hall of his old high school. After many years away, he has come back to attend the 45th reunion of the class of 1951. Looking at the pictures, he remembers his old-time friend Seymor Levov (Ewan McGregor) whom everyone … Continue reading American Pastoral
I was video hunting for something to watch that could keep me awake after a hard day at work on Friday night. After a few bad choices that didn't do the trick, half-asleep, I stumbled upon this music documentary from 2016. Wow! This was better than 3 cups of Cuban coffee! From the first scenes … Continue reading The Rolling Stones: Ole, Ole, Ole! A Trip Across Latin America
Only a word I can use to describe this miniseries: POWERFUL!
OR ELEVEN LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF ROBERT McNAMARA This documentary made in 2003 traces the life of a troubled man. With mixed feelings of regret, guilt, and urgency to publicly confess, yet restraining his political opinions, the once called architect of the Vietnam War, Robert S. (the middle initial stands for Strange) McNamara, tells … Continue reading The Fog of War
It's almost 40 years after John's assassination and many people still ponder the "what ifs" about his life. What if he would have returned to live in England before Dec. 8, 1980? Would he still be involved in music today? In politics? This beloved musician left behind not only his great influence, songs and talent, … Continue reading John Lennon: Living On Borrowed Time
Since they first appeared on our TVs on December 1989, The Simpsons have stretched their irreverent comedy conquering viewers all over the world for now three decades. At that time, religious zealots (including myself) saw the show as just another threat to American family values. These yellow characters were far from the ones we've come … Continue reading Priceless Simpsons