Interstellar

Family movie this weekend was suggested by the youngest. None of us had seen it or knew anything about the plot, really. (I knew the big twist from it being referenced in podcasts, but had no idea about the journey)

At almost three hours it was a lot longer than our normal choices.

We all enjoyed it and I think we’re going to have a mini space movie festival with Contact and The Martian the next two weekends.

Hamilton with the family

We were all excited to watch Hamilton over the holiday weekend. Like so many families, ours had a strong bout of Hamilton-Mania back when it was a national sensation. The soundtrack was on all the time and the kids sang the songs themselves when it wasn’t. There was a minor flareup when the show started to tour the US, but it died down pretty quickly. This week leading up to the Disney+ debut of the filmed stage production saw a return to the full-blown Mania but this time I was also excited about it.

I was the last person in the family to see it and it somehow exceeded my expectations. The show is great. The way it’s filmed is great. It looks and sounds so good that I never felt like I was watching a filmed stage production. I can’t recommend it enough if it something you’re remotely interested in.

“Out of Sight”

I talk about this movie so much and I was *hyped* when it made the cut for a family viewing. It’s peak Steven Soderbergh, peak Jennifer Lopez, peak George Clooney, with great small roles from Luis Guzman, Dennis Farina, and Michael Keaton (and there are another half dozen folks in it that I *love*).

And I haven’t even mentioned the David Holmes score. The whole soundtrack is perfect.

No Maps On My Taps

NO MAPS ON MY TAPS Trailer #1 from Milestone Film & Video on Vimeo.

featuring music by Lionel Hampton and the dance artistry of Bunny Briggs, Chuck Green, and Harold “Sandman” Sims. Nierenberg’s real love for the dancers and their art made this joyous documentary a hit with audiences and critics. The thrilling talent and ebullient charisma of the three dancers shines through in every fame. No Maps on My Taps showed on multiple television outlets in the US and abroad and screened in theaters and college campuses.

I am a sucker for good tap dancing, much to the chagrin of the rest of my family. No Maps On My Taps is a cool artifact from the late 70’s that has a lot of good tap dancing in it.

Saturday Morning Movie 4/18/2020

Had a lot of laughs with this one. The kids seem to really enjoy a costume-heavy production.

Did Disney pull a “A New Hope” and add a subtitle to this after the sequels came out? I don’t remember the “The Curse of the Black Pearl” bit from when we saw it in the movies.

Saturday morning movies are great because it’s a dedicated coffee/family time alongside a solid movie with the whole rest of the day to do whatever.

Saturday Morning Movie

What If is a rom-com that none of us had seen.
It was decent.
We liked the people in it (Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis) so the some of the more random plot/character/vfx choices were easier to swallow.

Since this wasn’t the lesson-in-film of the last few weeks, it was a much more casual viewing experience. The kids like it well enough. Probably because it was under three hours.

Saturday Cinema

It was a hard sell getting the kids to watch this one, not because of the content but because of the length. It’s almost 3 1/2 hours long. There was an intermission.

We did it, though, and it was fun.

This morning’s quarantine movie

It was a bigger hit with the kids than we expected. While it may be an all-time great American Film, it is definitely in the 70’s cinema style and we weren’t sure how it would play with the Zoomers.

The only real gripe the kids had was that it was too long. They’re not wrong.

We’re going to try to tackle Part 2 tomorrow.