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“Meru”: A Visually Astonishing Documentary

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In summer nearly fifty years ago, I climbed to up the snow-clad slopes of 14,410-foot high Mount Rainier south of my hometown of Seattle. The plan: Reach 10,000 feet above sea level, then in the company of one of my college fraternity brothers, ski back down over 4,500 feet to Paradise Inn where we had […]

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Go Climb A Rock: In Yosemite

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Back in November of 1970, living on an Air Force Base in central Indiana that was flat earth surrounded by cornfields, I watched on TV as two men did something that had never been accomplished before: They scaled the sheer rock face of El Capitan’s “Wall of Early Morning Light” in Yosemite National Park. (Click […]

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Holiday 2014 Movie Lineup

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Ah, December holidays. The movie studios just love them. Kids will be out of school, adults will be playing hookey from work, and they all want to see the latest, greatest, cinematic offerings from Hollywood and elsewhere. Tales Told From The Road focuses on films where the place where the story takes place is a […]

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At The Movies, In Berlin

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Last Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Long before that barrier was erected, and in the 25 years since it came down, Berlin has been the setting for scores of motion pictures. But there are two movies that visual convey the sense of dread that East Berliners felt living […]

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On Location: Eqypt in California

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“Location, location, location!” If the place where the story is set is important, then the movie version of that story should be shot in that place or at least somewhere that looks like that place. For The Ten Commandments, the final film of his career, legendary Hollywood director Cecile B. DeMille took his cameras, cast […]

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Video Storytelling, Two Ways

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Recently the “Starz” network decided so sponsor an unusual movie-making contest: Give two directors the same script, allow them to produce two different films, show them both in theaters, and award a $250,000 prize to the one whose film gets the most votes via social media. This isn’t a new idea. Hollywood has been turning […]

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The Hobbit Battles Back (While Reminding You To Fasten Your Seatbelt)!

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There are times when I wonder if movie director Peter Jackson ever read more than these two books in his entire life: Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, both written by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson’s “Lord” trilogy of films, released from 2001-2003, were a box office bonanza and also dramatically increased tourist travel to New […]

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“Omar” – A Pack of Liars

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Depending on how you calculate it, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has simmered along, occasionally boiling over, for almost 30 years, or since before the mid-mark of the 20th century. So it figures that a  movie whose story is set on both sides of the “Israeli West Bank barrier,” a 25-foot-plus high “security” wall, would focus on […]

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You Be The Movie Critic

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Professional critics who are paid to write movie reviews see far more films that most of us could bear to watch. For us, going to the movies is fun. For them, it’s work, work, work. Last week, I got to be a “movie critic” of sorts. I saw 15 films. In a single night. Actually, […]

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“All Is Lost” – “Gravity” on Earth

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Outer space. The vast ocean. What do they have in common? Neither is a place to be lost alone. And that’s why the movies Gravity (starring Sandra Bullock) and All Is Lost (Robert Redford’s latest film) are the same basic story set in two different hostile-to-humans-locales.

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“A Story for Tomorrow”

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A picture is worth a thousand words, more or less. While we often read stories about someone’s journey, watching it unfold and learning a lesson from it can be even more worth our while. This video from Gnarly Bay, a production company located in Westerly, Rhode Island, needs no introduction. It is beautiful and imaginatively […]

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