‘Victoria and Abdul’ celebrates the power and beauty of friendship

“Victoria and Abdul” (2017). Cast: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith, Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar, Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams, Paul Higgins, Fenella Woolgar, Simon Callow, Ruth McCabe, Sukh Olja, Kemaal Deen-Ellis. Director: Stephen Frears. Screenplay: Lee Hall. Book: Shrabani Basu, Victoria and Abdul. Web site. Trailer. Friendships are one of the most precious, enjoyable and special elements of life. They’re especially prized when they take on magical qualities, those that involve acquaintances who are seemingly unlikely, perhaps even mismatched. So it was when a humble Indian servant met a powerful but lonely, aging monarch trapped by the rigidity and responsibility of her title, a fable-like tale depicted in the new biographical offering, “Victoria and Abdul.” When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), [...]

2017-11-28T08:03:29+00:00October 3rd, 2017|Archives|

This Week in Movies with Meaning

Reviews of "Victoria and Abdul" and "I Smile Back," as well as looks at a new book and web site, are all in the latest Movies with Meaning post on the web site of The Good Radio Network, available by clicking here.          

2017-10-16T08:25:51+00:00October 2nd, 2017|Archives|

On the Radio Thursday

Join host Frankie Picasso and me this Thursday, September 28, at 1 pm ET for the next edition of Frankiesense & More radio. In addition to our regular Movies with Meaning segment in which we talk about new film offerings, we'll also discuss the upcoming release of my new book, Third Real: Conscious Creation Goes Back to the Movies, as well as the impending launch of my new web site and my Project Bring Me 2 Life Crystal Chalice Award nomination for Writer of the Year. Tune in for some lively movie talk or listen to the on-demand podcast, available by clicking here.          

2017-10-15T01:27:33+00:00September 27th, 2017|Archives|

Meet the Writer

As a Crystal Chalice Award nominee for Writer of the Year, check out the profile published about yours truly by the program's sponsor, Project Bring Me 2 Life, available by clicking here.    

2017-10-13T00:21:02+00:00September 26th, 2017|Archives|

This Week in Movies with Meaning

Reviews of "Battle of the Sexes," "Columbus" and "How To Change the World," as well as a radio show preview, are all in the latest Movies with Meaning post on the web site of The Good Radio Network, available by clicking here.          

2017-10-22T16:21:58+00:00September 25th, 2017|Archives|

‘Battle of the Sexes’ confronts and smashes barriers

“Battle of the Sexes” (2017). Cast: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Natalie Morales, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Eric Christian Olsen, Fred Armisen, Jessica McNamee, Austin Stowell, Wallace Langham, Lewis Pullman, James Mackay, Cooper Friedman. Archive Footage: Howard Cosell, Howard K. Smith, Roosevelt Grier, Chris Evert, Lloyd Bridges, George Foreman. Directors: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy. Web site. Trailer. Getting ahead in life can be fraught with obstacles that keep us from moving forward. But, no matter how formidable these limitations may appear, they’re all meant to be overcome, provided we believe in the possibility. That can be challenging, especially when the barriers appear on multiple fronts, but it’s by no means impossible, [...]

2017-11-21T11:05:58+00:00September 24th, 2017|Archives|

‘Columbus’ gives us space for reflection

“Columbus” (2017). Cast: John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey, Rory Culkin, Michele Forbes, Erin Allegretti. Director: Kogonada. Screenplay: Kogonada. Web site. Trailer. Getting away from it all – even under less-than-ideal conditions – can sometimes work wonders, particularly if there’s much weighing us down. But what we do with such opportunities when they present themselves is most important. That’s very much the case for a pair of searching protagonists in the new, thought-provoking drama, “Columbus.” While on a national lecture tour, a renowned, aging, Korean-born architect collapses, falling into a coma. With no one to attend to his needs, his longtime aide, Eleanor (Parker Posey), springs into action, summoning the ailing icon’s son, Jin (John Cho), to come care [...]

2017-10-24T12:40:39+00:00September 24th, 2017|Archives, Drama, Movie Reviews|

Join Me for Cinema Scribe Wednesday

Tune in for the latest Cinema Scribe segment on Bring Me 2 Life Radio's Seeker's Path show, tomorrow, September 20, at 12:30 pm ET, available by clicking here (on the "Shows" tab). And, if you don't hear it live, catch it later on the podcast!      

2017-10-12T19:27:55+00:00September 19th, 2017|Archives|

Cinematic Missteps

Everyone makes mistakes, even filmmakers. That can be a real disappointment to fans, including those who enjoy movies with New Age, spiritual and metaphysically oriented themes. Read about some of them in “Cinematic Missteps,” my latest installment in the Conscious Cinema series in the fall edition of The HAPI Guide magazine, available by clicking here, here or here.  

2017-10-19T16:48:53+00:00September 17th, 2017|Archives|
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