Category: Movie Reviews

You Be The Movie Critic

You Be The Movie Critic

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, make that in about an hour and a half.

Today, I’m going to ask you to not only be a “critic,” but also to hand out your own personal “awards” for “Best Movie(s).”

Movie-Reel_thumb.jpgI’m going to make the task simple for you.

You only have to watch four “shorts,” each around 3-4 minutes long, then rank them “Win,” “Show,” “Place,” and “Out of The Money,” as though they had been in a horse race instead of a film competition.

All four were screened at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival. All were shot in “4k” or “Ultrahigh definition”, so tap on the little “gear” icon in the player and select the highest number that will allow the video to play over your computer without herky-jerky motion caused by a slow Internet connection. To appreciate the “4K” resolution, play the films full-screen on your computer or mobile device.

Grab some popcorn and a beverage, dim the lights, and press “Play.”

Here they are.

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“A Story for Tomorrow”

“A Story for Tomorrow”

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 filmed and edited.

Need I say more?

No.

Just hit “Play.”

 (Thanks to professional photographer, Andrea Johnson, for bringing “A Story for Tomorrow” to our attention via Facebook. “The Noble Spirit,” a moving documentary that she and her partner, Robert Holmes produced, recently premiered. They are both on the faculty of the prestigious annual Book Passage Traveler Writers & Photographers Conference, and mentors of Tales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan.)

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