The New Criterion Channel

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!

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Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch

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.

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3 Days in Provence

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!

The Sounds of Wes Anderson

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!

The Book Lovers Series Ep. 1: Bards Alley

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