The Great Beauty

The beginning party scene was one of the most exhilarating film openers in a while. Especially when Tom Servillo melted onto the screen the way that he did.

But the take-down scene you can view in the following video, that was one for the eternal books. I hadn’t heard a movie delivery that struck me like this since “Network”.

It was the type of a speech that too few of us are brave enough to give. Never mind with the cool and quick ease in which it flowed forth.

That’s all right, it feels inspirational simply to see it.

Bless the creators who made it so.

Imagine the face of any smug “know-it-all” who ever gave you grief. Disrespected your life. Or simply eyeballed you with naked self righteous contempt.

Then, enjoy the scene.

The soundtrack is quite a sweet collection on its own.

Carrying On

A toast to younger generations of parents who will carry on the more elegant traditions of the Christmas season for their children.
Victorian man and  2 children carrying holly  from 1880 journal
Hats off to those who will choose to bypass the modern media that highlight holiday family fights to snicker over. Instead, they will happily share films void of crude jokes and foul behaviors. Their children will appreciate that “It’s a Wonderful Life” is not the only holiday film from the earliest screen days that warrants affectionate attention. A couple of my childhood favorites can be sampled in the following videos.

A warm embrace to those who will fill their home with the elegant and pure magic of angel voiced choirs.
Starting with my most favorite Christmas carol to sing and listen to..

May these parents remain unconcerned by modern covers of traditional Christmas songs. Where pseudo sentimental singers howl out notes for as high and long as they can, sustaining a waver or warble in their voice to emphasize their “soulfulness”..or their skill at endurance yodeling, either one.

Last, but definitely not least, a loving acknowledgement for those who (regardless of sect or village) continue to share the story of Jesus’s arrival on earth..for it is, after all, THE reason for the season that we celebrate.

Ahh..

There’s nothing that needs to be said, really. Just simply sitting back and enjoying the movies in your mind to the music seems good enough to me.

A Most Unique Gift

When I hear people proclaim that they’ve never experienced a fine foreign film , I feel a sense of loss for them. As if they announced they’d never made love or bathed in the glow of a setting sun.
What a perfect gift it could be-taking a friend by the hand and showing them an escape route from the juvenile , dry hump detritus that is our popular domestic film industry.
Try suggesting the following films (highly regarded personal favorites) if you’ve come up short of unique holiday gift ideas.
You may receive the warmest “thank you” ever-for rejuvenating spiritual passions long thought to be lost..if experienced at all in the first place.

Pennies Slide Again

It’s Benny Goodman’s “Benny Rides Again”. You can hear the sweet original in the following video

I was enjoying a remix and pondering cynical thoughts over our holiday hypocrisies. So, I threw together a little something.

 

Another Ridiculous Back Patting Ceremony

I’m watching another show of back patting & celebrity glorification.
The outgoing POTUS, honoring a group of individuals with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It was meant to honor exceptional civilian contributions. You can look it up via link -history on Presidential Medal of Freedom.https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidential_Medal_of_Freedom_recipients
..not for being clever singers or athletes who broke backboards.
They already have chance to get recognition belly rubs with shiny plated toys like the Oscar, Emmy and the Stanley Cup, to name a few.

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There is, however, one thing I can agree with. With the POTUS having received the Nobel Peace Prize for doing not a god damned thing..how apropos that he be the one bestowing honors upon, frankly, slightly above average folk who merely honed their talents for the sake of putting money in their pocket; the purposeful betterment of society, the furthest thing from most of their minds.

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Yes, I scoped out a couple of individuals who deserved at least one medal-their conduct/actions being solid and admirable.
No, it was not Mr Gates nor his wife Melinda. I don’t have much time to explain why I don’t consider a founding prince of the tech age worthy of an award. I’ll place a link instead.
http://mobile.wnd.com/2012/08/bill-gates-world-needs-fewer-people/
I will close with a reminder that the Presidential Medal of Freedom specifically addresses society of peoples living better. The evidence linking Melinda and Bill to the practice of forced sterilization, assembly line abortions and gunpoint vaccinations is NOTHING to be honored for. It spreads horror amongst helpless and poor folk who are being treated more like diseases to be catalogued and eliminated …not as human beings. It’s a Far flipping stretch from the snuggly, warm boo shaw we’re expected to choke down while watching these ridiculous and hollow ceremonies.

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