68 Years Later and ‘An American In Paris’ Is Still Incredible

Before An American in Paris I wasn’t a fan of musicals. I loved the magic of The Wizard of Oz and I love Disney movies, which are essentially animated musicals, but beyond that, I didn’t think musicals were that great.

For years my mother has been talking about this movie that was one of her favorite films of all time, An American in Paris. And, as someone who didn’t really like live-action musicals at the time, I was skeptical. Until I watched it. By the time the movie had ended, I completely understood why it was the first musical to win an Oscar for Best Picture. It was amazing, to say the least.

Now, on my third and latest viewing, I continue to watch this film with pure awe and admiration. It’s literally perfect, from beginning to end.

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The story–which is impeccably written by the way–is really easy to follow as it focuses on an American painter in Paris who happens to literally bump into the girl of his dreams. He immediately falls in love with her and from that point onward the movie tells a beautiful romantic story that brings a tear to my eye every time I see the conclusion.

This film is truly movie gold. Paris, the supposed romantic capital of the world, is the perfect setting for such a brilliant love story. The utterly phenomenal music and songs bring a smile to my face and goosebumps to my goosebumps every time I watch this movie. The choreography for the dancing is fantastic and truly tells a story of its own.

All in all, this movie is amazing. I’ve written a review of An American in Paris before but after seeing it again I had to praise it once more. This film seems to get more enjoyable with every viewing and now I need to add this movie’s soundtrack to my Spotify pronto. 🙂

If you’ve never watched An American in Paris before I highly recommend it. It’s truly a masterpiece that deserves to be watched.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.

Movie Review Flashback: Reviewing ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’

Haven’t seen The Ballad of Buster Scruggs? Check out my review of this Coen Brothers’ Oscar-nominated hit.

I haven’t seen Roma yet but I did watch The Ballad of Buster Scruggs after my mother saw it and said it was a must-see. And when I learned that Joel and Ethan Coen (writers/directors of Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men) had made the film my intrigue rose considerably. Sure enough, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is easily one of the best movies I have ever seen.

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It tells six stories over a two hour and thirteen-minute runtime that range from cynically comedic and disturbingly dark to rivetingly triumphant and slightly horrifying. Joel and Ethan Coen take their brilliant genius of storytelling back to the Old West in a stunning fashion that leaves one reeling by the film’s conclusion.

I love Westerns and this movie reminded me why. No Country for Old Men is my favorite movie of all time and The Ballad of the Buster Scruggs is definitely another film I will add to my list of favorite movies.

It’s also a rather interesting film because it’s, in part, a musical as well. But don’t let this make you depict in your mind a film that is on part musically with films like An American in Paris or The Wizard of Oz. It may feature some singing but it isn’t at all composed in the classic veins of a musical. Not at all.

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This Segment of ‘The Last Jedi’ Perfectly Sums Up Leia’s Entire Journey and Her Constant Triumphs

I’ve watched The Last Jedi over twenty times and one of the most important scenes in the film is actually one of the quietest moments in the movie. And that scene which I am referring to is when Leia is shown sitting by herself in the cruiser, Ninka.

Throughout Leia’s involvement in Star Wars, we haven’t often seen her grieve even though she has obviously experienced so much loss.

She lost nearly her entire crew aboard the ship, Tantative IV, to Darth Vader and his stormtroopers. Then she had to watch her home planet of Alderaan get obliterated before her very eyes (and her mother and father along with it.) Who knows what tragedies she saw in the battle against the Empire during those unknown years between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. She had to endure seeing Han Solo getting frozen in carbonite, nearly dying in the process. And then, even after the Rebellion defeated the Empire, the hardships she would face were far from over. Continue reading This Segment of ‘The Last Jedi’ Perfectly Sums Up Leia’s Entire Journey and Her Constant Triumphs

Throwback Friday: A Surprise Gift From Nature

Last year while doing yard work I happened to come across this gorgeous moth sitting among the grass. At first glance, it looked exactly like a large leaf until I looked closer and realized it wasn’t. I was totally flabbergasted. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful birds and bugs in my time but I have never seen a moth as beautiful as this.

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And just to give you an idea of how big the moth was I placed a dime right beside it to show you how large it actually was.

I love nature for so many reasons and every once in a while nature provides a special gift that you don’t see coming and I thought it would be the perfect gift to give you as well for this week’s Throwback Friday.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a glorious day.

Recapping the Best Trailers from San Diego Comic-Con

Yeah, San Diego Comic-Con was a few weeks ago but I’m still excited about the awesome trailers that were released. So, for all of you who may not have seen the trailers or want a quick reminder of the movies and tv shows to look forward to, here they are.

The Witcher

The Witcher was first a novel, then a game, and finally, its become a live-action series on Netflix starring Henry Cavill and the first teaser trailer dropped during San Diego Comic-Con. I saw it and I was definitely impressed. Fantasy shows are hard to make because of the budget needed to make that show look convincing. The Witcher looks like a lot of money has been utilized to make this show as good as it can possibly be and I’m glad to see that.

The only thing I found lacking in this teaser was The Witcher himself. This show is supposed to be about him and yet it seemed to focus more on the characters surrounding him. But let me not judge that as a fault considering that I don’t even know The Witcher story. Continue reading Recapping the Best Trailers from San Diego Comic-Con