Movies for New Beginnings

Movies for New Beginnings

The start of a new year is generally looked upon as a time for new beginnings. Whether those intents bear fruit, of course, depends on how convinced we are that those possibilities are capable of realization, and that’s where the power of our beliefs comes into play. Those beliefs can be reinforced through powerful sources of inspiration, such as those offered up in the movies. And now you can read more about this enlightening subject in “Movies for New Beginnings” in the January/February edition of Modern Warrior magazine, available by clicking here. Check it out to see all that’s in store in this uplifting online publication! ...
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‘Don’t Look Up’ skewers willful ignorance, complacency

‘Don’t Look Up’ skewers willful ignorance, complacency

“Don’t Look Up” (2021). Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi, Himesh Patel, Melanie Lynskey, Michael Chiklis, Paul Guilfoyle, Robert Joy. Director: Adam McKay. Screenplay: Adam McKay. Story: David Sirota. Web site. Trailer. When faced with difficult situations, it may be tempting to turn a blind eye, willingly choosing to remain oblivious and ignorant. By tuning out and wallowing in our own complacency, we have an opportunity to lull ourselves into distraction and denial, hoping that the wishful thinking spawned from such practices will somehow materialize into a bona fide reality. But what do we do when we realize that’s not going to happen, when we understand that we’ve squandered opportunities to solve the issues facing us? Such are the challenges faced in the new darkly satirical comedy, “Don’t Look Up.” Making a grand astronomical discovery should be a distinguished feather in one’s cap. Being the first to spot something previously unknown is quite an accomplishment. Indeed, it truly should be a cause for celebration. Ordinarily, that is. For Ph.D. candidate Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence), discovering a previously unknown comet is a ...
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‘Swan Song’ spotlights the power of choice

‘Swan Song’ spotlights the power of choice

“Swan Song” (2021). Cast: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Awkwafina, Glenn Close, Nyasha Hatendi, Adam Beach, Lee Shorten, Dax Rey. Director: Benjamin Cleary. Screenplay: Benjamin Cleary. Web site. Trailer. All too often, we’re faced with difficult situations that pose us with perplexing choices. Evaluating the options can be dizzying, leaving us feeling as though we can’t decide. Because of this, we may often default to what appears to be the most expedient choice, a move that frequently gives us an easy out – “I didn’t have any choice in the matter” – in case things don’t unfold as planned. In the alternative, we may remain indecisive, leaving us with no viable solution to the issue at hand. But those fallbacks are innately insufficient, because we always have the power of choice at our disposal; in fact, it’s incumbent upon us to act on it. All we need do is consider our options, deliberate the matter and proceed with making a decision that appears to be our best choice. Such are the circumstances of a troubled protagonist in the new sci-fi drama, “Swan Song.” Time is running out for Cameron Turner (Mahershala Ali). The young father and husband has been diagnosed with ...
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A Stocking Full of Cinema

A Stocking Full of Cinema

With the arrival of the holidays, it’s time to get ready for a Christmas stocking chock full of new movies, both in theaters and online. So what are the best selections in Santa’s big bag of cinema? Find out on a special holiday edition of The Good Media Network’s Frankiesense & More video podcast with yours truly and special guest host Danielle Findlay. Tune in Thursday December 23 at 2 pm ET on Facebook Live, available by clicking here, for a lively discussion of new releases worth seeing. And, as always, you can always catch the show on demand! ...
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This Week in Movies with Meaning

This Week in Movies with Meaning

Reviews of “Belfast,” “House of Gucci” and “The Last Right,” along with podcast and magazine article previews, are all in the latest Movies with Meaning post on the web site of The Good Media Network, available by clicking here ...
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‘The Last Right’ probes dignity in living and dying

‘The Last Right’ probes dignity in living and dying

“The Last Right” (2019 production, 2021 release). Cast: Michiel Huisman, Niamh Algar, Samuel Bottomley, Brian Cox, Colm Meaney, Michael McElhatton, Eleanor O’Brien, Jim Norton, Julie Sharkey, Catherine Byrne, Aidan O’Hare, Donough Deeney, Shashi Rami, Siobhan Owens. Director: Aoife Crehan. Screenplay: Aoife Crehan. Web site. Trailer. When it comes to doing right by someone in need, it generally should be fairly easy to determine what to do. Showing compassion and lending a helping hand are practices that come naturally to many of us. But how far should we go with this? What if we’re presented with a sizable request for assistance, one that could easily place quite a burden on us in our attempt at being a Good Samaritan? What’s more, what do we do when we’re faced with having to juggle several such scenarios simultaneously? Such are the circumstances unexpectedly thrust upon a would-be caring benefactor who suddenly finds himself overwhelmed by the pleas placed upon him, as seen in the endearing Irish comedy-drama, “The Last Right.” Irish-born lawyer Daniel Murphy (Michiel Huisman) has been steadily building a successful career in the US for years. In fact, he’s become so settled across the pond that America seems more like home ...
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