Ever since Filmstruck shut down, I’ve been in a bit of a movie funk. Then Criterion announced they will have their own channel, my mood lifted. Recently, I received an email from Criterion notifying of their new channel’s arrival in April 2019. New charter members get free Movie of the Week if they sign up now. So … of course … I signed up!! Excited about all these amazing classic films and extra goodies that will be coming our way. I especially love Director’s Commentaries. This week’s movie is MIKEY & NICKY directed by Elaine May which I’ve never seen before. Can’t wait!
A lovely bookshop in Annapolis, Maryland is featured in this episode of The Book Lovers Series. Introducing Old Fox Books, a used/new/antiquarian bookshop opened in 2016.
Episode 5 of The Book Lovers Series is up! And it’s definitely the longest one so far, featuring Foyles in London. With 7 floor of books, I happily spent almost the entire evening there filming. Thanks for watching!
All my close friends know I’m a die-hard fan of Wes Anderson. So it’s a given that I’m over-the-moon excited to hear that his next film is in the works. The French Dispatch is casting now, and heading the list of suspects are all my favorite actors, including Timothée Chalamet, Bill Murray, and Tilda Swinton. Rumors are that Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, and Léa Seydoux may also come on board the Wes Anderson train. With production to wrap-up early next year, we may get to see The French Dispatch in theaters by the end of 2019. I will rewatch all my Wes Anderson DVDs and re-read all his screenplays until then. That’s the plan.
Ever since I first read Peter Mayle’s A Year In Provence many many year sago, I’ve been dreaming of visiting Provence. This fall, I finally had a chance to actually do it. Even though it was a brief stay (3 days / 2 nights), it was just enough to get a feel for the region. Here are the Provence vlogs. Thanks for watching them with me!
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The books I ordered from Shakespeare and Company finally arrived!
“Treasure” - for Chetty & Ro.
If you follow the blog, then you know how much I love John Krasinski's first feature film A Quiet Place. Here's a video in which Krasinski breaks down how he shot one of my favorite scenes in the movie!
For more BTS of A Quiet Place:
Added on September 29, 2018
How the sounds of A Quiet Place were made:
I have a handful of favorite directors. And among the top five is definitely Wes Anderson! We all know what an exceptional visual artist Mr. Anderson is, but did you know that ambient sounds and foley techniques - combined with nostalgic, whimsical soundtracks - are also huge parts of his movies? Watch this video essay by the wonderful folks at Fandor and you'll see why Wes Anderson is such a beloved filmmaker!
... a film within a film shot between 1970 and 1976, written and directed by the one and only Orson Welles is coming to Netflix and selected theaters on November 2, 2018! The trailer is DOPE and oh so nostalgic! I can't wait to see this!
For a bit of background story on why this movie took so long to finish, read this May 2015 Vanity Fair article.
I'm your typical geek. I love books. I love bookstores, libraries, and all things to do with books. For a while now, I've been wanting to start a short film or documentary series just about bookstores. Whenever I travel somewhere, one of the first things I Google or Yelp for, next to food & restaurants, is a bookstore. So here it is! The first bookshop of many more to be featured on The Book Lovers Series. Welcome to Bards Alley Bookshop in Vienna, Virginia!
BARDS ALLEY BOOKS
110 Church St NW
Vienna, Virginia 22180
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