Tonight on PBS: the 42nd Anniversary Concert A Capitol Fourth

Posted on July 4, 2022 at 8:00 am

Music and fireworks!  Country superstar Mickey Guyton hosts the 42nd anniversary Capitol 4th on PBS.  She’s joined by Darrin Criss, Cynthia Erivo, Yolanda Adams, Andy Grammar, Chita Rivera, Gloria Gaynor, Rachel Platten, Keb Mo, Emily Bear, Jake Owen, Loren Allred, Jack Everly, and more.

Get ready with their pre-show playlist.

 

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Movies to celebrate Independence Day

Posted on July 3, 2022 at 9:16 am

Happy 4th! Enjoy the parades, picnics, and fireworks, but make time to remember the courage of the the brave men who had a vision of a country based on equality and freedom. They failed in many important ways, but they knew that they could not envision all that the country would need and so they built in two great ideas: the checks and balances of the government and the ability to amend what would become the founding document.

Here are some movies to celebrate our country’s birthday.

Independence Day Will Smith, Bill Pullman, and Jeff Goldblum star in one of the all-time great popcorn pleasures. Aliens attack the earth and it takes a quirky engineer, a plucky President, and a heroic military pilot to save the day. What does that have to do with the 4th of July? Listen to the President’s stirring pep talk. (And skip the sequel)

The Patriot There are many films about the Civil War, but not many about the Revolutionary War. Mel Gibson stars in this uneven but stirring film about a farmer pulled into the rebellion.

1776 I love this film, based on the Broadway musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence, with almost all of the stars from the acclaimed stage production, including William Daniels as the “obnoxious and disliked” John Adams, Ken Howard as a dashing Thomas Jefferson, and Howard Da Silva as Benjamin Franklin. It is frank about the devastating compromise made on enslavement.

Learn more about the Founding Fathers. The most acclaimed musical of the last 20 years is “Hamilton.”

Ken Burns’ new series about Benjamin Franklin is one of his best.

Paul Giamatti is outstanding as John Adams in the HBO miniseries.

And don’t forget Schoolhouse Rock!

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Easter 2022!

Posted on April 16, 2022 at 8:00 am

Have a blessed Easter!

Some of the best Easter movies for families:

Copyright MGM 1959

Ben Hur: The heart-pounding chariot race is a classic in this stirring film with Charlton Heston as a proud prince turned slave whose life is transformed by an encounter with Jesus. The remake with Jack Huston is also very good.

The Passion of the Christ: Mel Gibson’s record-breaking blockbuster created a lot of controversy for its intense violence and charges of anti-Semitism and Gibson’s decision to have the cast speak in Aramaic. But it succeeds as a personal statement about the suffering Jesus endured in the last hours of his life as a demonstration of his divinity and his sacrifice in taking on the sins of the world.

The Gospel According to St. Matthew: This intimate, poetic, humble, and moving portrayal of the life of Jesus from Italian director Pier Paolo Passolini features young, local performers.

Godspell: This tuneful musical has Broadway star Victor Garber as Jesus, singing and dancing through urban environments to put the story into a contemporary context.

Easter Parade: Fred Astaire and Judy Garland star in a musical that has little to do with the holiday other than the unforgettable title tune, but the story of a successful performer who needs a new partner is a lot of fun.

Jesus Christ Superstar: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock musical about the life of Jesus includes the beautiful songs “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Hosanna.” The live television broadcast with John Legend was sensational.

Veggie Tales: An Easter Carol — Our veggie friends Larry and Bob present a gentle and witty kid-friendly reminder that Easter is about more than eggs and candy.

The Gospel of John: A sincere, reverent, and dignified presentation of the life of Jesus stars Henry Ian Cusick, who portrays Jesus with a warmth, wisdom, and sadness that add a great deal to the story.

The Robe: Richard Burton plays a tribune who is in charge of the crucification of Jesus who wins Jesus’ robe with a role of dice. Being touched by the robe changes his life and he goes on a journey to try to learn more about the man he killed.

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Happy Passover 2022/5782

Posted on April 15, 2022 at 8:42 am

Have a blessed Passover!  Whether you’re on Zoom or socially distant in person, enjoy the holiday devoted to family, freedom, and courage. Dayanu!

The story of the exodus to freedom is for all ages.

For family viewing: try It’s Passover Grover!, The Prince of Egypt, Rugrats Passover,  and The Ten Commandments

 

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For Valentine’s Day: Great Movie Kisses

Posted on February 14, 2022 at 7:00 am

Romeo and Juliet

Notorious — Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, and Alfred Hitchcock get around the restrictions on the length of a kiss by filming many small kisses

Carmen Jones

The Age of Innocence

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Pump Up the Volume

The Princess Bride

A Warm December

Spider-Man

Notting Hill

Carol

Lady and the Tramp

Avengers: Infinity War

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