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On Where Pianos Roam

So I wait with suppressed impatience for some movies to open here in the Nashville area. Today, I went with my Mom to see the new movie "The Soloist" that opens in US theaters nationwide this weekend. Here's the preview .  .  . [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5GvsB3NfD0] I enjoyed this movie tremendously.  In fact, I think any musician in particular would enjoy this film.  My second favorite instrument happens to be the cello, and there's plenty of its gorgeous resonance to enjoy in this film.   Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx both do outstanding work in it.    In an artistic sense, this movie is sonically and visually beautiful, but I have to say that I was a little confused as to its intent. It seemed as if it was torn between being social commentary for homelessness, being a character study of a brilliant musician, or being a film about friendship.  What I often find when there's too much being said is that very little winds up being understood.  Perhaps if a more distinct and singular intent was pursued, this would have been a more solid film, but since this film is based on true life, perhaps the truth was just as conflicted and complicated to begin with. In any case, this film is worth seeing just for the pure artfulness of it all.  The music, cinematography, and acting are truly first-rate. Now, I'd like to show previews of movies I hope to see in the near future. First off, I admit to really really really wanting to see what will probably be this summer's biggest blockbuster film: Transformers 2:  Revenge of the Fallen (!!!) Ahhh Yeah!!  I am a very dorky Transformer fan.  It's the coolest movie franchise EVER!!!!  Here's the newest preview that was just released: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmgbbGJW6ZE] I can't wait!!!!  I have a lovely little collection of Transformer toys that I have yet to brag/blog about.  This is coming soon.  Needless to say, I am itching for a little bit of revenge. Finally, this last film that I want to mention is currently enjoying a limited release in select US cities.  It's not here in Nashville right now, but I sure as heck hope it gets here.  It's rottentomatoe rating is currently at 87% percent and rising.  This is unusually high for any film, let alone a foreign film about two little Korean girls .  .  . Here is the preview for a little film called "Treeless Mountain": [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9ermzhKx54] The reviews for this one are off the charts.  It paints a heartbreaking picture of child abandonment and resilience.  I HAVE TO SEE THIS FILM!! These movies are on my mind. I'd like to watch more films in theaters this year, but hopefully, only the good ones. We'll see. -gordo

Cat-Dog Dragons and Other Beautiful Things

On EmZombie

Ever since I was little, dragons have been a fantastical part of my daydreams. Giant reptilian creatures gliding and battling in the air above me and, if I was extra creative that day, me riding upon their backs. When the first How To Train Your Dragon movie was announced, I found myself super excited by the trailers. I even read the first book to prepare for the movie, even though I was most likely fifteen at the time. Although the films do not really follow the plotline in Cressida Cowell’s books, the imaginative world of Berk brought in audiences with the tale of Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless.

Any sequel trying to follow up fantastic originals are often up to much criteria. Fans do not want to be disappointed and the film company most likely will have a lot of weight on their back. However, How To Train Your Dragon 2 lived up to its expectations as we follow our older heroes on a quest to bring down a dragon warlord.

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