Movie Review: ‘West Side Story’ (2021)

West Side Story (2021) Directed by: Steven Spielberg Written by: Tony Kushner Based on: The Broadway musical West Side Story, conceived, choreographed, and directed by Jerome Robbins. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Arthur Laurents. Produced for the stage by Robert L. Griffith and Harold Prince. West Side Story itself isContinue reading “Movie Review: ‘West Side Story’ (2021)”

On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping, or: The Saga of the ‘West Side Story’ Steelbook…A Happy Ending at Last?

Today, all day I’ve had a feeling A miracle would happen I know now I was right… – Stephen Sondheim, “Tonight” from West Side Story When I last wrote about my issues with the exclusive-to-Best Buy Limited Edition Steelbook version of 20th Century Studios’ 4K UHD Blu-ray release of Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-nominated West SideContinue reading “On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping, or: The Saga of the ‘West Side Story’ Steelbook…A Happy Ending at Last?”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, February 5, 2022, or: The ‘West Side Story’ Book Has Arrived!

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida on Saturday, February 5, 2022. It is a grey and chilly winter day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 64˚F (18˚C) under cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the northeast at 9 MPH (14 KM/H) and humidity at 73%, theContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, February 5, 2022, or: The ‘West Side Story’ Book Has Arrived!”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 16, 2022, or: Why Can’t I See a Movie Musical…at the Movies?

Hola, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday. It is a gray and chilly – for the subtropics, that is – day. The current temperature is 62˚F (17˚C) under cloudy skies.  With the wind blowing from the west at 14 MPH (22 KM/H) and humidity at 79%, the wind-chill factor isContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 16, 2022, or: Why Can’t I See a Movie Musical…at the Movies?”

Movie Review: ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’ (1964)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg/Les Parapluies de Cherbourg  (1964) Written and Directed by: Jacques Demy Music by: Michel Legrand Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel, Ellen Farner, Mirelle Perrey, Harald Wolff, Jean Champion Madame Emery: Stop crying. Look at me. People only die of love in movies. On December 16, 1964, 20th CenturyContinue reading “Movie Review: ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’ (1964)”